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  1. I feel like I’m committing a grievous writerly sin by even typing these words, but I must speak my truth: I would like to see more passive protagonists in fiction. While the title of this post is tongue-in-cheek, I do think that passive protagonists are unfairly maligned in part because of the unspoken association between passivity and femininity. I’ll get into why I think so a little later, but let’s discuss what “passive protagonist” means first. The importance of intent Passive protagonists are the antithesis of what we’re told makes a good story. A good story, says common wisdom, is dr
  2. On Wednesday, we announced our sixth trio of eliminations and revealed that this week’s two quarter-finalists from the “different” batch are SHADOWS OF IVORY by T.L. Greylock/Bryce O’Connor and WINDS OF STRIFE by U.G .Gutman. These two battle it out in our final quarterfinal of SPFBO 7 In treading a different path in fantasy fiction, our two quarter-finalists stretched our expectations of fantasy protagonists. One gave us a cruel man who finds and murders witches but considers that a mercy, even as his actions eat away at him. The other gave us a young woman gifted by position and wealth
  3. I’VE JUST WORKED OUT THE TITLE. That’s so damn clever… The title obviously, not me. Damn I hope you gave yourself a proper pat on the back Gray. Anyway We’re off to a good start, aren’t we. You’ll have to excuse me, please, as I’m suffering from serious book hangover. The kind where… you’ve finished the book, so you stare off into space thinking about it, then your hands reach for it in an attempt to return to reading it. But there’s nothing left to read… The Last Days of Hong Kong is the third and final instalment of G. D. Penman’s Witch of Empire series (The Year of the Knife and The Wou
  4. All right fine, two decades later, I’ll admit it. Back in grad school I may have been a little overeager. Probably a lot overeager. While most of my fellow MFA candidates approached the program with an enviable amount of cool, professional detachment, I was about as cool and detached as a sugar-crazed toddler running wild through Disneyland. In my defense, I’d spent my entire life up to that point surrounded by non-writers. In grade school and high school, my aspirations to someday become a novelist made me a favorite of English teachers, but a curiosity to my classmates. In college, my best
  5. This is a delightful little story – a mere 25 pages long in its Amazon listing, yet with themes that could have easily born a longer piece. There are shades of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time in the notions of a far future of colonisation, faster than light technology and terraforming. Pilot Msizi and Engineer Tariro make the first transit of a recently constructed “Einstein-Rosen bridge” to an unexplored star system. The bridge is effectively an artificially maintained wormhole making near instantaneous travel possible between two vastly separated locations – a sort of star gate if yo
  6. Joe Abercrombie is the author of the FIRST LAW series and the SHATTERED SEA series. His novels have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Awards, John W. Campbell Award and the David Gemmell Legend Awards. Joe formerly worked as a freelance film editor and is now a full-time writer who lives with his family in Bath. The world of the First Law collides with the industrial age in a new trilogy – The Age of Madness – which began in September 2019 with A Little Hatred, continued a year later with The Trouble With Peace and concludes in September 2021 with The Wisdom of Cr
  7. Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type), there are 16 or 17 lines on the first page. Here’s the question: Would you pay good money to read the rest of the chapter? With 50 chapters in a book that costs $15, each chapter would be “worth” 30 cents. So, before you read the excerpt, take 30 cents from your pocket or purse. When you’re done, decide what to do with those
  8. Welcome to our Sixth Eliminations post for SPFBO 7. This week, we have grouped our five brave entrants together into a “Different” batch. You can find out more about this week’s posts in our Meet the Batch post. Read on to find out which three of them fell in our sixth batch of eliminations, listed in alphabetical order. Faye in the City by K.E.Willis Theo: The fantasy element is quite light – in the first 20% we get to see that the main protagonist Faye has some kind of skill of precognition, influence and awareness of moods/emotions – which could be quite cool. The main thrust o
  9. Being an Emergency Room physician for close to forty years, Dr. Mucci found that the pandemic brought forth new horrors in the ER. Writing this fantasy story about Ignatius became an enjoyable escape for him from all that was happening in the real world. Follow him on: Instagram | Facebook Welcome to the Hive, Dr. Mucci! Let’s start with the basics: dazzle us with an elevator pitch! Why should readers check out your work? Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw is the first in an action-packed series perfect for readers who love an impossible mission led by an unlikely hero. The coming-of-
  10. When we think of setting, the first thing that comes to mind is likely to be a panoramic view of a place—a village, forest, castle, planet. When people ask me about my WIP, I tell them that it’s “set” in Iceland, among the glaciers and thermal lagoons. Right away, they have a vision, a way to locate the characters and picture what will happen … A setting like Iceland can situate a story in a time or culture or geography, evoke limitations and possibilities, create a mood. Yet setting can do so much more than that! When we shrink the scale from landscape to detail and focus on bits of setting—
  11. Please note this review will contain spoilers for A Little Hatred and The Trouble with Peace, but it is spoiler free for The Wisdom of Crowds. ‘Wisdom is not a premium, madness is the fashion, the balance sheets are all torn up and the friends that were assets have become liabilities.’ Vic kept walking, ‘Threats for tomorrow don’t cut very deep when today is so damn threatening.’ The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie is the last book in the Age of Madness trilogy, and for now at least, marks the end of our time within the world of the First Law. Before I began this book I was apprehensive
  12. Apologies in advance for the unpleasant imagery that follows. Some years ago, I was traveling through Malaysia, and part of that meant a long bus journey. At one point, I really had to use the bathroom on the bus, but I’d been avoiding it the whole trip because I could smell that bathroom all the way to my seat near the front. But, as my old dad used to say, you cannot hold what is not in your hand. So, eventually, I had to go. I tried to make the visit as short as I could – no longer than I could hold my breath. But that wasn’t short enough. In the moments I was in there, the bus took a sud
  13. The seventh Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) is underway! Check out our introduction here | meet this year’s judges here | read all about the contest’s origins here | and keep track of phase one here We have divided the 30 books into 6 batches of five books each, with each batch loosely grouped around a common theme or motif. For the next six weeks our SPFBO posting pattern will be: Monday introduce a new batch of five Wednesday eliminate three of them and identify two quarter finalists Friday post the decision as to which quarter finalists which is our pick for semi-finalis
  14. Hello, mae govannen, and welcome to the first in a series of guided walks around the post-scouring Shire with your host, Everard Took. Each walk will feature a map and a description of the route pointing out places of interest (and local gossip). As Everard’s official scribe and map-maker, I can only hope to do the great hobbit justice. Thanks to the Fantasy Hive for inviting us in! Cheers, Kai Greenwood (@LostDunedan) Hobbiton Hike: A gentle stroll around the heartlands of the Shire, visiting Bag End and Sam’s mallorn tree. Distance: 2 miles Difficulty: Easy Dangers: The Gaffer’s Ire
  15. In an earlier post for WU, I wrote about the process of writing my audio-first novel for adults, A Hundred Words for Butterfly, and how it had differed from other novels I’ve written, because of the fact I specifically created it for the audio format. Well, this week the novel has been officially released by its publisher, Spineless Wonders Audio, and is available now for purchase on lots of different platforms, including Google Audio, Kobo, Nook, Libro, Authors Direct, and others. Audible will also follow shortly. It’s been an amazing and exciting process, seeing and hearing the audiobook tak
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