Monday, December 30, 2013

Fantasy-Faction's Best Fantasy Books of 2013

Maybe the last list of 2013, Fantasy-Faction has chosen their best fantasy books of the year:
Firstly, and fore-mostly, I want to say a huge thank you to every author, publisher and blogger involved in fantasy literature in 2013. I’ve been involved in the fantasy community for about four years now and this was BY FAR the very best year I’ve experienced in terms of the amount of quality fantasy published and the additional amount of passionate community involvement. 
For that reason it has proven impossible to do a top 10 for 2013, so we’ve been forced to come up with a top 25 instead. As always, there will be people who think some books on the list should be reordered, there will be some who disagree completely, but reading is a subjective thing and this is our opinion; I hope you will respect it  Oh yeah, and remember that although between our staff writers we read A LOT of books, we didn’t read EVERYTHING. 
So, PLEASE do leave a comment with your thoughts – we truly are interested in what you think.
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kotaku's Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2013


Kotaku has assembled a fairly lengthy list of their favourite science fiction and fantasy books of 2013:
This was a banner year for science fiction and fantasy books — and choosing the year's best titles was harder than usual. From time-slashing serial killers to grand space operas to Kafka-esque nightmares, this was a year of brilliant reads. Here are the 20 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2013.
Full Story: HERE

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Joe Abercrombie's Process

Mr Joe Abercrombie has done some thinking and blogging about his writing process:
With some of my later books I got into planning on computer, on the very sensible grounds that I can type far faster than I can write longhand, and that any chunks of dialogue that might suddenly come to me while planning (and they quite often do) can be got down faster and more easily pasted into a document.  But I’ve actually gone back to pad and fountain pen lately.  There’s just something about the act of writing longhand with a good pen on good paper that gets the mind working in a slightly different way to the computer.
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Fantasy Literature's Favourite Books of 2013

FanLit has posted a list of its favourite books of 2013:
Here are our favorite books published in 2013. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click the cover to read our review. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! You can read some of our thoughts about these books in today’s later Thoughtful Thursday post, and you can add your comments there — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kotaku's Best Boardgames of the Year


The year end times are upon us and that means lists! I like lists. I like 'Best Of...' lists. Not because I think they tell me which were the best thingies of the year - that's all subjective - but because lists generate discussion, and they show my thingies I might have missed.

Here's Kotaku's list of the Best Boardgames of the Year:
As I've talked about before, board games aren't simply enjoying a resurgence right now. They're in a glittering golden age with fabulous releases every single week, the entire hobby evolving and adapting with Borg-like ease. There's no easier way to prove it than with my favourite releases from 2013.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Thorn of Emberlain

Good new for fans of Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard Sequence: the fourth book in the series, The Thorn of Emberlain will be out Fall 2014:
“My next book, THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN, ought to be out in the fall of 2014. [It's] the fourth book in the Gentleman Bastard sequence [and] picks up about half a year after The Republic of Thieves and finds Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen trying to get back on their feet with a major con. They’re trying to sell the services of a non-existent mercenary company to the besieged city-state of Emberlain, hoping to escape with the hiring fees before the chaos of the Vadran civil war overruns Emberlain. Naturally, things don’t go according to plan…
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Speculative Fiction: Top 10 of 2013

Pat has posted his Top 10 Speculative Fiction novels of 2013:
A few weeks ago, I was complaining on Facebook that 2013 turned out to be the year of disappointments. And yet, looking back as I put together this annual Top 10, regardless of the disappointing titles and although many of the heavyweights are absent, it's been another good year for speculative fiction readers everywhere!
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Joe Abercrombie: Progress Report

Over on his blog, Joe Abercrombie has written up a handy progress report on his current writing projects.  The good news is book one of his new trilogy is done, and he's halfway through book two.  Also, updates on a new trilogy set in the world of 'First Law' and a brace of short stories.  It looks like there are a lot of words inside Joe that will be pouring out over the next few years.
But you know that righteousness never sleeps, and I’m already half way through a draft of the second book in the trilogy, Half the World.  Long time followers of this blog will know that the drafting is the bit I really dislike (a writer that likes writing? Puh-lease!), especially the front of a book, but I think this one’s starting to come together now, and will, of course, in my unbiased opinion, be FANTASTIC. I’m a little behind my initial, ludicrously over-optimistic schedule, but still well on target to have this one comfortably finished by the time Half a King is unleashed, hopefully with the 3rd and final book, Half a War, well underway.  I flipping despise those series which have themed titles that just change a little bit with each iteration, don’t you?  Then I went and did it.  I like to say that I’ve reinvented and subverted the concept, though, whatever the hell that means.  The dream is that these other two instalments will publish six months apart – so in Jan 2015 and July 2015 – but that’s very much not set in stone at this point. We shall see.
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