Fantasy You Should Read – Part 2

And so, we come to Part 2 of my list of Fantasy fiction that I think everyone should read. Before I start I’ll do a quick recap of the books that appeared in Part 1;

  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • The Raven’s Mark series by Ed McDonald
  • The Godblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens

Shall we go on? Here’s a photo of someone in a shop looking at books. You should do that too…and buy them, obviously, it’s not a damn library.

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Fantasy You Should Read – Part 1

I haven’t written in this blog in a while. I’d say it’s because I’ve been too busy looking after my six-month old child, but that would be a lie, especially as she sleeps from 8pm right through until the morning. I’ve just been procrastination incarnate. But here I am, back again, ready to write some nonsense for a very small audience – hurrah!

Today, I’m going to write briefly about some fantasy novels / series that I think you should read. Let’s face it, I mean fantasy series, not novels. When was the last time you saw a stand alone fantasy novel that wasn’t a prequel, or a Neil Gaiman book? Incidentally, while Neil Gaiman is great, I haven’t included any of his books in this blog, but maybe I will in a future entry to this.

FYI – there will be no plot spoilers in this, you will be glad to know.

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A Change In Direction

Over the last three weeks I have been trying to get some serious writing done for my main project – the epic / traditional fantasy idea. When I say trying, I mean staring at the screen wondering why nothing was happening. It is for that reason I started looking at my old Flipping Out blog, which was a lighter affair, resulting in the recent (attempts at) humour. After revisiting these old posts, and looking at news articles relating to the sorry state of Northern Ireland’s political affairs, I had a eureka moment and an entirely new idea for a story was born.

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Tensions Rise Ahead of The Last Battle

The final post from my old blog. This one is a news article from the world of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. There are probably spoilers in this!

The city of Illian was plunged into chaos last night as a local Messianic Saviour/ World Destroyer got a little bit too drunk.

Rand al’Thor, known also as ‘Lord of the Morning’, ‘Prince of the Dawn’, ‘Shadowkiller’, ‘He Who Comes With the Dawn’, ‘The Dragon Reborn’ and ‘The Rose of Tralee’ was on a night out clubbing with friends celebrating his recent victory over a large force of Shadowspawn when the trouble began.

It is alleged that after drinking several bottles of wine, Rand got into an argument with with Elan Morin Tedronai aka Ishamael, Champion of the Shadow, who was also at the club to promote his new range of vitamin supplement drinks. Onlookers state that the two arch enemies tried to ignore each other for a large portion of the night and things were peaceful until Ishamael made a wise crack along the lines of;

Stupid, bloody, one handed twat…he’s probably going to get drunk and kill all his friends and family again.’

At this point, al’Thor allegedly hit Ishamael with a chair shouting;

Bridget Jones Diary was not shit, it wasn’t, it wasn’t, it wasn’t! I liked the bit when Paul Atreides talked to Captain Picard. ‘

Many have been worrying recently about the mental health of al’Thor, and this just proves that the madness of saidin is still very much affecting the Dragon Reborn.

At this point however, the Dark One himself intervened, stating that Rand and Ishamael should not be fighting until the proscribed date and time at the Last Battle, and as such both were in breach of contract. Both were fined five hundred gold pieces.

The Dragon Reborn replied to the Great Lord of the Dark with a loud ‘Fuck off, you shit!‘ At this point several bouncers tried to expel Rand from the club but were promptly murdered by al’Thor in a very ‘explodey’ manner.

Long time friend of the Dragon Reborn, Nynaeve al’Maera, responded to questions by tugging on her braid and sulking, while Elayne Trakand, one of al’Thors lovers, responded by having a bath.

Sauron To Head Environmental Watchdog Group

One of the last ones from the vaults of Flipping Out…

Pollution in Middle Earth has been a major problem since the industrialisation of Mordor; a once quaint, idyllic land, now transformed into a sprawling industrial area.

This economic growth has been a great source of wealth for the inhabitants of Mordor, however neighbouring country Gondor has complained that the increased pollution is causing global warming, and that this warming is happening with the full knowledge of the Mordor government.

Sauron sadly gazes on the polluted landscape of Mordor
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One Ring to Rule Them All, and in Craigavon Bind Them

Another one from the vaults…this one has been updated slightly to correspond with the ridiculous situation Northern Irish government finds itself in i.e. there hasn’t been one for two years. I think this might actually be better than the current state of affairs….

View of new Craigavon Council Chambers.
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Cthulhu Wants a Kitten

The Philmarillion is my second attempt at a regular blog. Before this I had tried my hand at blogging using the Blogspot platform with a site called Flipping Out.  It’s redundant now, but there are some articles I would like to share. The first one is a tale of non-euclidean cosmic terror….

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The Real Enemy

This weekend I was involved with a charity coffee morning for the charity Aware NI, to raise awareness for mental health issues, particularly mental health issues in males. It was the brainchild of my friend Chris, who did a great job organising everyone and everything. Males are generally terrible about talking about their feelings due to the expectation of society that they maintain their ‘masculinity’ and soldier on. Unfortunately, things like anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts aren’t things you can soldier on through. There is no shame in asking for help. It could save your life. Men need to know this, and it is up to society to change the preconceptions and stigma associated with mental health. I have struggled with depression in the past and am thankful that I was able to talk about it with others. Talking about it helped. Writing about it helped. With hindsight, from the conception of my ‘traditional fantasy’ world, long years ago, mental health was a big inspiration; in fact, without realising it at the time, depression and anxiety are literally the enemy…

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A Writing Prompt

I recently downloaded Reddit and subscribed to some very good world-building and writing prompt groups. What follows is a quick attempt at a prompt along the lines of: You are a simple farmer in a world of famine and plague. You pray every night. This time, however, your god answers…

It’s a bit sceptical to say the least…

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