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Anyone not really into fantasy/sci-fi that much?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can make a very clear distinction about what I like and don't in respect of fantasy, and I think that it is summed up perfectly by the two examples of Donaldson given above. The quest based fantasy of the Chrons type, I'll normally be okay with; political type fantasy of the Mordants Need kind will by and large bore me. (Navel gazing stuff like the third Chrons is pretty tedious, even if situated in a quest setting.)

I suppose I tend towards action as opposed to too much internal thinking based narrative. I like my fantasy settings to be medieval, not mixed in with too much tech, and I lean toward a good "sword and sorcery" type of fantasy. My protagonists I like to start in village style settings (normally they work in the inn), get caught up in a quest following a visit by a Gandalph like figure and develop from hapless floundering about into competent adversaries for the 'dark lord' style nemesis they struggle against. One member of the team usually is confused by some (generally ancestor related) power or quality they discover they possess (or have always known themselves to have deep down, that makes them different from their support cast friends who accompany them on the quest. (Who are comprised by a solid half-brother and the wayward son of a nearby Lord - a cheeky chappie full of japes who carries an ancestral sword, and cries the name of his family when going into battle; he finds his pride on the journey, thanks to a hooded wanderer type who turns out to be a prince of a far off land. There is also a girl of stunning beauty who tags along somewhere into the ride.) It helps that they have a bit of 'elf' somewhere in their background. Also a few black crawly things of ineffable power should be tracking them.

Yep - that's the formula to get me on board! Can't think why no-one's thought of it before.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've read Wheel of Time right? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm on book four or five Av; I've lost count and have flagged a bit with it!

I'm struggling with reading quite a bit at the moment; I've got books by the score, but can't seem to settle on one. I start a new one (or pick up a semi-completed one) and enjoy it for a day or two......then go off the boil with it. I finished a book on quantum gravity yesterday - but it was only a short one, doable in three nights of reading. I've got one on the go about the history of the Bible which is interesting to a degree, if a bit dry. It's a damn shame because reading is a very important escape mechanism for me - and I seem to be loosing it.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, it's the times...I've been struggling to settle on either a book or a game myself recently...call it the last couple of months at least. Just sorta drifting, nothing catching my interest or imagination much.

(Oh, and as I've said before, 1-6 are great, 7-9 progressively worse, 10 is abysmal, and then they improve again from 11 to the end. (Also I was fairly satisfied with Sanderson's take-over of them.)

(And a series is allegedly in the works, some people appear to have been cast already, although unsure how firmly...)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My perception in Australia is that in recent decades fantasy books have come to occupy an increasingly large proportion of the shelves in scifi/fantasy bookshops, and an increasingly large proportion of the scifi/fantasy shelves in mainstream bookshops. Is this perception accurate in terms of what we know about book-buyers' changing preferences? Also, does it reflect a trend specific to Australia or is it more general?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, I think more general, especially as the people who grew up on it became more and more part of the buying public.

Certainly here the current amount of sci-fi / fantasy is staggering compared to 20 years ago, when you'd be lucky to get a couple small shelves... Very Happy

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