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Accessible Fantasy

Note: I’m going to be mostly talking about fantasy in this post so that’s the word I’ll use throughout, but Mieville’s book that I mention really falls more under the broader umbrella of speculative fiction. 863 more words

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You May Actually Like Fantasy Novels

Growing up I primarily read fantasy novels.  There was some science fiction thrown in there like Asimov and lots of Russian authors like Tolstoy and that time I snuck the whole Clan of the Cave Bear series behind my mom’s back.  366 more words

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Why Are So Many Characters In Books Orphans?

I look back at the books I’ve read over the years and so many of the characters are orphans.  Or they’ve lost a spouse or sibling or child or best friend or everyone they ever loved.  321 more words

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My Lifelong Love Affair With Fantasy Novels

I was a reader of fantasy long before I was a writer of it. Oh, sure, I have a notebook in a drawer somewhere where ten-year-old me started a story about a queen giving birth to a prince on a stormy night, but really growing up for me it was all about reading books not writing them. 670 more words

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