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New Release: The Terrible – Tessa Crowley

The Terrible - Tessa Crowley

Tessa Crowley has a new MM fantasy out: The Terrible. Once upon a time in the kingdom of Leithbrochen, a king and queen in need of an heir went to seek the aid of a fairy who lived in a hut that was never in the same place twice. Many years later, in a small village along a river, a monster made of shadows begins to kill and devour people in the night. Ness Catterick, the adviser on all matters magical to the Crown of Leithbrochen, is placed in charge of dealing with the monster. To his dismay, the attacks … Read more

FOR READERS: Do you want More Boom?

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer K.S. Trenten: Seeing one of the ‘Star Trek’ movies and the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake made me realize how many movies I’ve seen lately involve characters resolving things in a final battle involving their fists, rather than their wits. I love a good fight scene, but I enjoy stories where the land/universe/person is saved through cleverness, as well as strength. So what’s your take? Do you like reasoned, intelligent resolutions and endings in your spec fic, or lots of boom? Or maybe both? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to … Read more

FOR READERS: Violence in Fantasy & Paranormal Fiction

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: Some readers prefer a certain amount of violence in their fantasy and paranormal novels. Is the violence necessary to these genres? It doesn’t have to be physical violence, one of the things I like about Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint series and Melissa Scott’s Astreiant, is the kind of social violence that can be inflicted and those results. Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

For Readers: Clash vs. Clever

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Kari Trenten: As well as violence in science fiction (seeing the recent ‘Star Trek’ movie and the ‘Ghostbusters’ remake made me realize how many movies I’ve seen lately involve characters resolving things in a final battle involving their fists, rather than their wits. I love a good fight scene, but I enjoy stories where the land/universe/person is saved through cleverness, as well as strength). So what do y’all think? Are you partial to some good old fashioned wreaking of havoc, especially for a climactic scene? Or do you prefer a more clever, … Read more

For Readers: Violence in Fantasy

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Violence in fantasy: I’ve noticed that I prefer a certain amount of violence in my fantasy novels. Is the violence necessary to the milleu? It doesn’t have to be physical violence, one of the things I like about Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint series and Melissa Scott’s Astreiant, is the kind of social violence that can be inflicted and those results. So what do you think about violence in fantasy? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat