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Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 05:31 pm
posted by: shibatsu_mage in __fantasynovel

Hey all, it's been ages since I posted here. ^^; Two things. First, I'm trying to build a summer reading list before grad school, and would like ideas for things to put on it. I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and also enjoy the works of Terry Pratchett, John Connelly's Book of Lost Things, Murakami Haruki, and Diana Wynne Jones, to name a few. I like both adult and YA fantasy provided it's well written, and I'm big on originality and characterization.

Second, I have a community for my WiP, Lavender, and would love a few new readers to tell me what they think. Only two chapters are up so far, though I've completed eighteen. It is an SF/fantasy blend, set in an alternative future, and the jacket blurb would probably be something like:

Born an experiment but living a life of failure, Surano is forced to flee the only home she's ever known. She is ignorant to the true state of the world Outside, a world plagued with terrorism and beasts returned from mankind's ancient past, and she has only one clue as to where she might be safe: south. Joined and protected by Atke, a boy halfheartedly seeking revenge for his parents' murder, Surano changes her name and begins her journey. But what she gains along the way -- friends, knowledge, and a new identity -- may not be enough to save her from her first life... nor, indeed, her current one.

If you're interested, you can join the community and read the finalized chapters, or just scroll down and read an earlier version of the first chapter (which kind of sucks, but reminds me how far I've come).

Thanks to everyone in advance. :)

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It's been a good month...

Nov. 12th, 2009 | 03:04 pm
posted by: danaewinters in __fantasynovel

I just wanted to share with you guys two giant leaps in the creative process for me. First, I got my first voice-acting role in the Metamor City fantasy podcast. It's written by a great author, Chris Lester, and can be downloaded here:

And also, I'm celebrating the release of "Creatures of the Night" a fiction anthology with two of my short stories in it - the first work of mine that's managed to get it's own ISBN# to it (needless to say, I am duly stoked). One of the stories, "Buttons Almighty" is about a teenage witch and a cat she thinks is her familiar, but is really an incarnation of Bastet, who's just trying to keep her from damaging herself or the surrounding cities. The second, "The Full Treatment" is a dark comedy about an ayurvedic health spa run by directors who aren't exactly what they seem. Can't give more of that story without giving it away, but it's my favorite of the two. We're doing an Amazon chart rush on Saturday, between noon and 3 PST, if you want to click on the link to check it out. http://www.amazon.com/Creatures-Night-Absolute-Fiction-Challenge/dp/1770530029/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&&tag=edgescienceficti

Thanks for the support in this community!

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New Writing Community

Jul. 16th, 2009 | 01:49 pm
posted by: keptawake in __fantasynovel

As I didn't see anything in the rules about advertising websites here, I decided to post this -- but also to put the ad itself under a cut just in case.

It is a forum-based community, and so no replacement for an LJ community, but I do think writers could find it to be very fun and helpful as it grows.

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Entering a Contest

May. 19th, 2009 | 06:03 pm
posted by: christa_wolf90 in __fantasynovel

Hi, everybody. I'll get right to the catch. I've entered my novel Wind Witch into the LeapFrog Writing Contest. First prize is a publishing contract (not in this lifetime), finalists get $150, and semi-finalists get a temporary spot on the LeapFrog website. I entered it last month, and they closed the boxes on May 1st. I'm lucky if I can even be a finalist, let alone get that easy path to a contract. Either way, I've still got butterflies. There's a good chance I'm the youngest participant in that contest, and I'm probably up against people who've been doing this five, ten, twenty years. Me? I started *counts fingers* a year and a half ago. But yeah? I'd rather enter and lose than not enter and lose the slim chance of a win.

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why, why, WHY?!

Apr. 5th, 2009 | 06:57 pm
posted by: christa_wolf90 in __fantasynovel

Why is it the whole fantasy creatures are usually the same in every book? Dragons are either the evil creatures that are meant to be slain or that must be trained. Unicorns are beautiful horse-like creatures that can always be ridden by pretty girls. Elves are basically humans with pointy ears, are sometimes short, and live forever. Werewolves are always man-eating people who forget everything as soon as they turn back into humans. Give me something new here, people!

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I'm curious

Apr. 4th, 2009 | 09:42 pm
feeling: curiouscurious
posted by: gretagarbled in __fantasynovel

do other black people feel happy about the portrayal of black characters in fantasy literature? I'm 16yr old girl of Nigerian descent and have just re-read the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and was thinking about this quite seriously. In many of the fantasy novels I've read, the author either goes with the 'Calormenes' school of thinking from CS Lewis, i.e. making them 'dark-faced savages' or bending over backwards to make sure that the reader knows that they're good people, but then making them so good that they're annoying.

And what about those people who feel that they belong to neither black nor white social demographics? Do you feel under-represented or are you indifferent?

Comments and replies much needed and appreciated (I'm trying to write an essay on this).

The authoress thanks ye



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Article by Piers Anthony!

Apr. 3rd, 2009 | 01:03 pm
posted by: cgmod in __fantasynovel

An article by Xanth author Piers Anthony on writing Humor!

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Mar. 23rd, 2009 | 04:10 pm
feeling: chipperchipper
posted by: unusualdemoness in __fantasynovel

Hey, I'm new here and I've recently began reading a lot again after about a year of nothing and I'm looking for as many new books as I can get my hands on. Does anyone have any fantasy rec's? Any favorites?

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Questions for Writers

Mar. 18th, 2009 | 03:02 pm
posted by: christa_wolf90 in __fantasynovel

 Two questions: one, how long have any of you been writing (this does not include getting published)?
                              two, if any of you are published, what books have you written? 

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Mar. 16th, 2009 | 03:03 pm
feeling: curiouscurious
posted by: caitie578 in __fantasynovel

Just finished Brisingr. Before I write what I thought about it any thoughts?

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What's your fav?

Mar. 11th, 2009 | 04:56 pm
posted by: christa_wolf90 in __fantasynovel

 I'm just doing a survey. I want to know everybody's favorite fantasy creature/character and why they like it. Mine is Jaenelle from "the Black Jewels Trilogy". She's just one example of a witch that's been creatively twisted to an original form. 

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Reading recommendation

Mar. 10th, 2009 | 10:06 pm
posted by: blood_of_winter in __fantasynovel

If you like Lovecraftian inspired (but not imitative) stories or darker short fantasy, then I would like to recommend the following book of collected early fiction.

My good friend, entrepreneur and Renaissance man extraordinaire, Everett Warren has a book of short stories, Cautionary Fables: Warts & All on sale HERE ON LULU.

from the site:
Being a collection of words arranged in various orders and patterns, set in place over the last decade or so of the twentieth century, and including such diverse subject matter as bikers and cats; demons and dragons; electric chairs and historians; madmen and monks; portals and priests; serial killers, sorcerers, and story-tellers. There are no toads, nor frogs for that matter, but there are warts enough amongst these early works of short fiction and other miscellanea, and, beyond that, there are warts enough on a certain goblin skulking about...

As you can see, Mr. Warren has a very distinctive, eloquent style. His stories most influenced by Lovecraft, especially Lovecraft's The Dream Cycle of Unknown Kadath, bear not Lovecraft's often verbose and sometimes obtuse language or his sexist and racist leanings, but rather the wild imaginative style and world building which has inspired so many modern day writers. The other pieces of short fiction showcase Mr. Warren's own creativity and love of language - the flow of words and ideas, even when told by a madman (or savior) at the apocalypse, draws the reader into the heady, romantic worlds built upon the page.

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Mar. 10th, 2009 | 06:45 am
posted by: dark_haru in __fantasynovel

Wow it's been a long time since I've visited this journal!

Well I'm back and I need some help! My love for fantasy is alive and well, and am currently reading Forgotten Realms' "The Wizards" novels and enjoying them. But here's where my dilemma comes up. Forgotten Realms is still targeting a more teenage audience, and as I grow older, I find that I want a little more from my fantasy.

I loved George R. R. Martin's A song of Ice and Fire, and eagerly anticipate the next novel(if it ever is released...).

Beyond those 4 novels, I haven't really experienced more mature writings.

Hopefully you'll be able to suggest some worthwhile reads that you think would suit my needs.

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Sunshine, Robin McKinley

Mar. 3rd, 2009 | 09:00 pm
feeling: busybusy
posted by: aqeldroma in __fantasynovel

Cross-posted to my journal, as this is a series I'll be writing.

Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
Genre: Post-apocalyptic dark fantasy
Brief description: Sunshine just wants to bake cinnamon rolls for the rest of her life. That won't happen now, not after she comes face-to-face (by accident!) with the darkest of the Others: vampires.

Of course, we begin with my favorite.

When I first read this one (recently! back in 2006), I was disappointed. But then I read it again a month later because I could not get the story out of my head. Two months later I was standing in front of my bookcase after a truly atrocious first-read, and I reached for it to get the bad book taste out of my head.

I've always been afraid that rereading this one too often will make me lose my enjoyment of it, but to my delight, that's not the case. Every time I read it, I discover something new. As with her other titles (Deerskin, The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword), McKinley selects each word with precision and weaves each sentence with incredible delicacy. Her characters ring true and you find yourself identifying with them.

Most of those to whom I have recommended Sunshine have liked it. There have been those who haven't been able to get past the first chapter, too. If you are familiar with her other work, the stream of consciousness first-person narrative can be occasionally challenging. McKinley's prose, regardless, is darkly witty throughout. (If she's anything like her protagonists, she is awesome.)

Oh, and before you turn your nose up re: the vampire thing. THIS is how vampires should be. Gut-wrenchingly scary. NOT sparkly, or fun, or even sexy. Vampires are terrifying and different and not-human in the most chillingly possible way. Here's a quote:

"If you've been kidnapped by the Darkest Others, you know it. In the first place, there's the smell. It's not at all a butchershop smell, as you might expect, although it does have the metallic blood tang to it. But meat in a butcher's shop is dead. I know this is a contradiction in terms, but vampires smell of live blood. And something else.... Your body knows it's prey even if your brain is fuddled by the Breath or trying not to pay attention. It's the smell of vampire, and your fight-or-flight instincts take over. There aren't many stories of those instincts actually getting you away though. At that moment I couldn't think of any." (pg 18)

Just about the only thing that makes me sad about this book is that (to quote McKinley herself) there will be no sequel. Damnation. McKinley is notorious for loose ends, and that's the case here as well, but part of this book's mystery is that its world is so, so much larger than can fit in one tiny 404 page book. There is enough world here to fill twenty of those.

And that's how I like them. It's a decidedly adult book, even more so than Deerskin, but well-worth the read.

Notable quotes under the cut. Don't read if you can't stand really mild spoilers.

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Daughter of the Blood

Mar. 3rd, 2009 | 06:19 pm
posted by: christa_wolf90 in __fantasynovel

This book is so cool! It's adult fantasy, so there's a little bedroom stuff involved, but the other parts are pure genius. There are three Realms: Terreille, Kaeleer, and Hell. Kaeleer has been out of contact with Hell and Terreille for centuries, and Terreille is being destroyed by the self-proclaimed High Priestess, Dorothea. Hell is where everyone who's too powerful to truly die goes when their bodies die. Two slaves, Lucivar and Daemon, who are also half brothers from their father's side, are searching for Witch, the born queen of the Realms. Daemon's born to be her lover; here's the catch: she's seven years old. So he has to struggle to keep her alive while Dorothea's sniffing around, and neither will stop until their goals are accomplished.

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Chronicles of Anaedor

Jan. 12th, 2009 | 11:50 am
feeling: hyperhyper
posted by: la_bonne_vie in __fantasynovel

"Strange things happen to Lavida Mors. Maybe that's why her father sent her away to Portal Manor, a mysterious family estate she has never seen. Lavida quickly discovers that not everything at Portal Manor is as it seems when she stumbles across a secret passage to a hidden world - Anaedor.

Anaedor lies deep beneath the surface, separated from humanity, populated by mythical creatures. Long ago, ignorant humans, frightened by the powers of these magical and strange beings, forced them to flee to this dark world of huge caverns, frigid rivers and deep pits. It is these same creatures who take Lavida captive forcing her to realize there might have been very good reasons for humans to be afraid."

I came across this book and it is awesome. It's going to be a series too. Check it out!




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Dec. 30th, 2008 | 12:26 pm
feeling: calmcalm
posted by: gretagarbled in __fantasynovel

I definitely think anyone who is looking for something to read while suffering Tolkien-based withdrawal should try the Books of Pellinor. Written by a woman called Alison Croggon, they are beautiful, long and there are four of them!! Yippee :)

P.S. Would anyone like to share their views on Brisingr? I've been dying to talk about it with someone, but my friends aren't into books like these. Indulge me!

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fresh blood.

Dec. 7th, 2008 | 07:49 pm
feeling: chipperchipper
hearing: Life Saver -- Emiliana Torrini
posted by: llyerly in __fantasynovel

heh :] New here, and oh so eager.

Name: elle. pronounced ell-ee.

Age: 16 (don'tjudgeme! XD)

favorite fantasy author: ooh, so hard. Holly Black tops, then Neil Gaiman, Isobelle Carmody, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass, Robin Hobb.

favorite fantasy novel: Valiant, by Holly Black, and the Legendsong Saga by Isobelle Carmody, and the Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Does Sandman count? Neil Gaiman is so deliciously dark.

favorite fantasy creature: the fey!

...and share a random something: My muse is a sixteen hundred and twenty two year old wenchish leanan sidhe, and she disapproves of how much I use and abuse text-based smilies. :]

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