For anyone who might have missed it, my Small Gods series was on a blog tour for a bit. A few of the people who hosted did reviews of the books, so I thought I would gather them together in one place. Thanks to everyone who participated, to Jennifer Marston at Neverland Blog Tours for … Continue reading A Few Nice Words
I had a visit with a friend over the weekend who is making a big splash in the world of Big 5 publishing. Here’s a few differences I noticed between that route and self/small press publishing.
By Bruce Blake
I did something unusual this weekend…I had a Saturday off. If you heard angels singing, now you know why.
While it’s not typical for me to have a day off from the ole day job on a Saturday, it wasn’t a surprise. Mainly, it didn’t surprise me because I asked for the day off. Those guys sure know how to reward good work.
I took the day off because a friend of mine who is a traditionally published author was doing a book signing at a local book store. My friend–Jordan Stratford, author of the fantastic Wollstonecraft Detective Agency books for young readers–has a very interesting story that we can all feel jealous of (check it out here), but that’s not the subject of today’s post. No, today’s post is inspired by the conversation Jordan and I had regarding the differences between…
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I don’t normally reblog posts that I haven’t written, but when Amanda said she had a Guild of Dreams post featuring an interview with Peter V. Brett, author of the Demon Cycle books, how could I not?
Enjoy this interview with a best-selling author!
by A.M. Justice
About eight years ago, my husband came home from work and announced that his coworker Peter had given notice so he could become a full-time fantasy author. Curious and skeptical, I bought the coworker’s book, thinking, “Let’s see what this guy’s got.” I quickly learned he had the right stuff. From the opening lines about a community gathering together in the wake of a strange fire, New York Times Bestseller The Warded Man hooked me, and I’ve been a loyal follower of Arlen, Lessa, Roger, Renna, Ahmann, and Inevera since. My copy of The Skull Throne, Book Four of The Demon Cycle, published by Del Rey, will be delivered to my Kindle today, and I look forward to reading it on an upcoming family vacation.
I admire Peter’s tight prose, inventive storytelling, and nuanced characterizations. Arlen is one of my all-time favorite fantasy heroes, and…
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My most recent post over at the Guild of Dreams...can't George leave something for the rest of us? The Trouble With George R.R. Martin.
No, this isn't a post about a bunny hiding chocolate for the kids to find, though that is one of my favourite times of the year (I kinda like chocolate). It's about a different kind of Easter Eggs...the ones Yahoo dictionary defines as " a hidden message or feature, as in a video game or … Continue reading Finding Easter Eggs
Chantal Boudreau looks into the problem of gender bias that plagues fantasy fiction (and our wolrd at large). Great read, so take the time to have a look.
by Chantal Boudreau
When someone mentions female characters in fantasy, some stereotypes come to mind. There is the damsel in distress, the plucky princess, the matronly queen or the bawdy tavern wench, just for a few examples. These seem to show up everywhere, unfortunate tropes who sometimes serve as sidekicks and who often give the male hero extra purpose to their cause, but don’t have much purpose in their own right.
Then there’s the flip-side – the “strong female” character: the man-hating amazon, the stoic and noble female warrior who is an exception to the norm, the experienced sorceress or priestess who often proves self-sacrificing. While they may have a prominent role in the story, they tend to be loners and atypical of the women in that particular fantasy culture. Most of the women in the story other than that one outstanding character fall into the traditional medieval female roles:…
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If you like epic fantasy, the kind that feels like reality, you want this book. This is a world the likes of which you cannot even imagine. No problem, Bruce Blake has already done that part for you. Honestly, you want this book. And you want it now, while it’s on this incredible deal.
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It rained fire the day the Small Gods fled.
Balls of flame fell from the sky, shattering homes and skulls alike, burning gardens and turning forests to ash, setting alight both farmers’ fields and farmers’ lives with disregard. Much later, it would be said the Goddess banished them for their wicked ways, but on that day, the Small Gods were naught but men and women afraid for their lives. In the eyes of history and legend, the width of the line between…
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In the year and a bit I've been working at my day job, it has been fairly common knowledge that I am a writer, but it wasn't until my recent announcement of my Small Gods series being released through Paper Gold Publishing that my co-workers really sat up and started paying attention. Since then, I've … Continue reading Excuses, Excuses – Part 1
I can't believe it's been 6 months since the last time I wrote in my blog (bad writer...bad!), and even then, the last time I lazily reblogged one of Steven Montano's entries from the Guild of Dreams blog. I'd like to think that there are still a few of you out there wondering where I've … Continue reading It’s Been a While/Paper Gold Publishing
Great post from Steven Montano. What are your favourite cheesy fantasy movies?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is pretty awesome. Game of Thrones, perhaps even better. For fans of epic fantasy, these efforts represent the culmination of what we love about the genre, everything that pulls us in whenever we pick up a new novel or sit down to play Dungeons & Dragons with our friends — the drama, the politics, the darkness, the sense of danger and wonder and excitement and the discovery of worlds that can only exist in the imagination.
But not every effort to bring epic fantasy to the screen have been nearly so successful. In fact, it’s safe to say that most of them were pretty awful…and yet we love them anyway.
It’s hard to say why epic fantasy translates so poorly to film, but it seems that much of what feels so sweeping and serious in the personalized experience of reading a novel comes across as a bit…
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