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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    My second novel has just been released as an e-book; the paperback will be available within a month.

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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by Caedon View Post
    For those of you who are fantasy fans, you will know what I mean. Most fantasy is simple drivel, a cheap knockoff of Tolkien, often replete with plot holes roughly the size of the author's ego.

    That being said, I have found a few decent authors. One that I've read quite a bit of in the past year is Steven Erikson. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series is excellent, although particularly dense. The only negative that I've seen is that I don't think he proofs his writing much - some of his sentences have just horrible structure and are overly obtuse.
    Steven Erikson is pretty awesome, he actually lives in my city, and went to my university I believe!

    I would recommend Tad Williams for intelligent fantasy. I'm reading his book Shadowmarch, and it seems pretty intelligent, with interesting characters and such. In fact, it seems to be primarily character driven.
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    My second novel has just been released as an e-book; the paperback will be available within a month.
    Congratz to you sir! Hope your book does well!
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    My second novel has just been released as an e-book; the paperback will be available within a month.
    Congrats Groucho!
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Steven Erikson is pretty awesome, he actually lives in my city, and went to my university I believe!

    I would recommend Tad Williams for intelligent fantasy. I'm reading his book Shadowmarch, and it seems pretty intelligent, with interesting characters and such. In fact, it seems to be primarily character driven.
    Tad Williams is a crazy bastard and I mean that in the best sense. My ex made me read Otherland... I think I needed push pins and colored string to figure out what went on. But i loved it
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    Tad Williams is a crazy bastard and I mean that in the best sense. My ex made me read Otherland... I think I needed push pins and colored string to figure out what went on. But i loved it
    He's a very nice guy with a great taste in music too. If you're interested in an interview I did with him on my blog, click the link:

    Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author Tad Williams Michael A. Ventrella's Blog

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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    Tad Williams is a crazy bastard and I mean that in the best sense. My ex made me read Otherland... I think I needed push pins and colored string to figure out what went on. But i loved it
    I read Otherland a while ago, it didn't really grab me enough to make me want to read the sequels from what I remember. However, Shadowmarch is much better.
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    I read Otherland a while ago, it didn't really grab me enough to make me want to read the sequels from what I remember. However, Shadowmarch is much better.
    the first book is slow because it's set up for the next three. they get amazing.
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    My second novel has just been released as an e-book; the paperback will be available within a month.
    What is it?
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    Re: Intelligent Fantasy

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    What is it?
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