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Other Media / Algernon Blackwood on Radio 4
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:33:09 pm »
How come it has taken me this long to be aware of this!  ???

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2014
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:26:05 am »

The venue looks great. It would make a great setting for a convention-wide Cluedo game.

Books / Whats in your to-get list?
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:20:19 am »
Okay, so briefly inspired by all of the noise about Super Thursday (when some of the big name publishers announce their books for the Christmas bestseller), what is on the members of the forum must-get list? What authors are they avidly following, eagerly awaiting or otherwise disgruntled with?

As for myself, I am eternally grateful that after 6 and half years I will be able to finally get a hold of Scott Lynch's new book.

BFS Publications / BSF August 2013
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:00:06 am »
Been meaning to drop a note to everyone here -well done on the latest journal! As well as being an enjoying read, for a design nerd like myself I was particularly impressed with the layout and 'clean' look.

Good job everyone  8)

General Discussion / Re: Notes, Notebooks and Digital Writing
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:05:03 pm »
Wow, that sure looks the business. I would worry that I might get engrossed in creating armies of stick-men, however. :) It looks great for a forensic approach to the creative process: sit down, start working/doodling/thinking, stop and assess.

General Discussion / Notes, Notebooks and Digital Writing
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:02:10 am »
I am eternally on the quest for useful writing techniques, and recently been thinking about moving my 'General Thought Bin & Inspiration' into digital or even online somewhere. Some place to chuck quotes, character sketches, favorite words, strange bits of history, that kind of thing (especially when working on a story). Eventually however it always seems to come back to using a notebook by the side of my Netbook, and whatever pen comes to hand.

Has anyone else has had any success with digital notes, and if so, what do they find that works? Here are some of the different techniques I've been thinking about:

Tumblr, Wordpress
Dropbox folders

Anything else?

Other Media / Re: Dungeons and Dragons version preference?
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:40:07 am »
AD&D 2e here, mostly for the nostalgia!

Since the OGL came out there have been some really good D20 hacks and tributes, any number of which I think are probably well worth taking a look at. I love modern, pick up and play indie games but there was that sense of challenge of having to trawl through pages and pages of details and charts and specifics...

Books / Re: Fantasy book birthday present
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:12:45 am »
Well hope this suggestion hasn't arrived too late!
At the moment there seems to be a really impressive new wave of 'realistic fantasy' or 'gritty fantasy' with the likes of Game of Thrones, Joe Abercrombie & Scott Lynch - i think it depends on how old your son is and how much hack and slash you like to see in your fantasy books.

Not as 'gritty' I guess and enough fantastical moments to inspire wonder - The Farseer Trilogy by Robyn Hobb. She has a second trilogy following the same characters in their later years called The Tawny Man Trilogy, and another cycle of books The Live Ship Traders set in the same world. Has more fantasy elements than Game of Thrones, and in my opinion brilliant characterisation and development.

Other then that, has he checked out one of the old favorites; Memory, Sorrow & Thorn cycle by Tad Williams? As far as I can remember has quite a lot of fantasy elements to it, young boy turns prince kind of idea but with 'dark forces' surrounding his enemy; the evil king etc.

good luck, and tell us what your final choice is!

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Maps
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:12:40 am »
I do like a well drawn map in a book, however I refuse to write my fantasy novel until the Kindle has built in Sat-Nav.

"Turn Right at the Misty Mountains... Continue past Balrog....

Books / Re: Best Sci Fi of the last 20 years?
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:02:55 am »
One vote for the Culture books by Iain M Banks, they're intelligent reads with (IMHO) well thought out characters and technology. Each one can be read as a stand alone and focus on a different kind of theme; war, transhumanism, artificial intelligence etc. Not so much High Space Opera and Zapping lazer pistols, but really great literature in their own right.

After that, if he wants to investigate some of the other possibilities of Sci Fi I'd say explore Kim Stanley Robinson's back catalogue - some of it stays close to home (the next a hundred years or so) but the Mars Trilogy gets truly weird the further on it goes into the future.

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