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“King Rat” & a New Short

Today, I want to briefly talk about what I’m currently reading and also bring your attention to a new piece of flash fiction I’ve just made available here on the blog. King Rat by China MiĆ©ville I’ve never read China MiĆ©ville before. As a fantasy fan, I guess that should make me feel ignorant/shameful/unworthy (delete…

What is a (Modern) Hero?

People nowadays tend to steer clear of using the word “hero” when talking about stories, whether that’s a novel or a movie. The correct word to use is “protagonist” or “central character”. It’s funny, because back here in the real world we’re quite happy to call soldiers, doctors and teachers “heroes” (which is funny, because…

My Top 3 Fantasy Reads

Here’s an idea for today. I’ll share my top three fantasy reads and give you a good reason to go and read them yourselves. Then you tell me your top three in the comments section and we’ll see if we can find some stories we’ve not tried before. I’m not going to include obvious choices…

What I’m Reading – July 2012

I thought I’d talk a little about what I’m reading at the moment. Usually, I’m known for not reading much at all and taking ages to get through a book. Recently, however, I’ve decided to make amends for that and I am now reading four books! A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin) This…

Learning From “A Game of Thrones”

Who would have thought not having the internet at home would be so limiting? Roll on next week so I can get my posting back on track! Anyway, today’s post is going to take two forms: a quick review/update on the book, A Game of Thrones, as I now near the halfway mark and a…

Writing Catchup: 15th May 2012

For your pleasure today I have brought together a collection of blog posts and articles that cover everything fantasy writing related. I will also share with you a brief update on my own writing progress. I wrote a really nice scene over the past few days which takes place in a subterranean living stronghold that…

“Some People” by Luke Pearson

Today, I wanted to share a great comic strip that I came across the other day. It not only rocks but it also demonstrates a really interesting way of telling several people’s stories in a fluid, confident style. I hope you enjoy. The artist’s name is Luke Pearson and you can find his website here.…

A Game of Thrones (The Book) So Far…

I recently started reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, albeit a little late to the party, and I thought I would share my thoughts so far. What I Like Firstly, I’m loving Tyrion Lannister. It’s great to read about a dwarf in fantasy that isn’t actually a beard-toting, axe-wielding drunk. I…

LFG: Groups, Bands & Fellowships in Fantasy Fiction

For those of you who noticed and understood the little gaming reference in the title… grats. For those of you reading this with question marks over your head: LFG = Looking For Group. If you are still clueless, that’s just tough luck. I’m going to carry on regardless! Mwahaha! This article is going to look…

Throne of the Crescent Moon – Arrival

So, ‘Throne of the Crescent Moon’ by Saladin Ahmed arrived in the post today. I had to rush down to the post depot to collect it because it’s hardback and didn’t fit in the letterbox, but the eagerly awaited parcel was soon in my hands. The first thing I noticed about it was its brilliantly…

Making Progress: The Wise Man’s Fear

Today, it’s a post about reading, as I have been lecturing on writing for a few days running now! ** If you haven’t yet read any of Patrick Rothfuss‘ novels, look away now! Here be spoilers. ** As it currently stands, I’m about a quarter of the way into The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick…

Reading: An Uphill Struggle

I enjoy reading. I really enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy it, I would never have started writing fiction. If I find a good book that grips me and I do nothing else but read for a few days, I can blaze through it without much effort. The same goes for writing a good chapter;…