Fantasy

Aug. 31st, 2010 12:17 pm
wellinghall: (Tolkien)
[livejournal.com profile] camillofan has asked me:
"Is the distinguishing feature of fantasy (as opposed to other sorts of speculative fiction) Magic?"

And she has also said:
"What you need is a bracing debate on what exactly constitutes fantasy literature."

So - over to you, oh wise FList. What made a book "fantasy"?
wellinghall: (Firefly)
Driver blames UFO for failure to pay parking fine
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8614134.stm

Doctor Who regeneration was "modelled on LSD trips"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8616413.stm

Doctor Who "was behind UK space agency logo"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/7518521/Doctor-Who-was-behind-UK-space-agency-logo.html

Year of the Plank: remembering Douglas Adams
http://yearoftheplank.com/

Tolkien linguistics draws praise from best seller Martin
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/04/13/36166-tolkien-linguistics-draws-praise-from-best-seller-martin/
http://grrm.livejournal.com/148593.html

Blog them out of the Stone Age: WWII counter-factuals
http://warhistorian.org/wordpress/?p=2336

HarperCollins have re-launched their Tolkien website
http://www.tolkien.co.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Fantasy

Feb. 25th, 2008 06:58 pm
wellinghall: (Firefly)
From [livejournal.com profile] naominovik:
"Victory of Eagles final draft is in. 110,000 words. Comes out in July."

From www.dendarii.com:
"It's official: the subtitle of the second volume of the Wide Green World, er, The Sharing Knife Continued duology will be Horizon. Eos very much wanted to keep to the one-word pattern, understandable with so much series title and author's name already crowding the cover. The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon. Projected publication date: February, 2009."

At www.dwcon.org:
"Discworld Convention 2008; Hilton Metropole Hotel; Birmingham; 22nd to 25th August 2008. Guest of Honour: Terry Pratchett."
wellinghall: (Autumn)
Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's.

http://www.paulkidby.com/news/index.html
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Imaginary worlds from Philip Pullman to Terry Pratchett
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/children/article2882716.ece

Russians offer Terry Pratchett-style droid luggage
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/14/infrared_ultrasonic_electric_robot_luggage_pratchett/

Update on ITV JK Rowling Documentary
http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/12/2/update-on-itv-j-k-rowling-documentary

Why don't we love science fiction?
"Aldiss says that was SF’s one golden age, when Oxford dons were happy to be seen indulging the genre."
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2961480.ece
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"Children’s books are being sanitised to a “crazy” extent by publishers, authors claim. Lindsey Gardiner said that editors opposed her depiction of a dragon toasting marshmallows on flames from his nostrils in one of her books because “it looked dangerous and went against health and safety”."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2896715.ece
wellinghall: (Default)
... the new Naomi Novik :-)
wellinghall: (Default)
Anke Eisemann is illustrating an edition of Temeraire.

http://naominovik.livejournal.com/
wellinghall: (Orkney)
... who somehow didn't really enjoy "Deathly Hallows"?
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New book

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Hogfather
Currently being made into a TV film, to be broadcast around Christmas 2006 on Sky One.
Read more... )
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I think it's important to keep all editions of Tolkien's books, don't you?
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,71407-0.html?tw=wn_index_11

The coffee shop and Hobbiton U.S.A. trails, which are both located on the Avenueof the Giants just south of Phillipsville, have been in the family since Boughner's grandmother, Marguerite Satterlee, purchased the property in 1945. A huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Satterlee dreamed of creating a kind of hobbit theme park.
http://www.times-standard.com/lifestyle/ci_4069319

Every week Terry Pratchett finds more counterfeit copies of his work for sale
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,20411-2273188,00.html
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New Study of LOTR Announced
http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1150637434

Nature in short / Learning the lessons of the fantastic 'Earthsea' world
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/20060619TDY12003.htm
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Warning: may contain spoilers (but probably only small ones)

My thoughts on these subjects, in slightly more detail; but I'm writing from memory here, and I'll need to check the book to confirm some of this.

On rank, Naomi Novik seems to have made two mistakes. The first is having no rank between Lieutenant and post-Captain. Now, I do not think that the modern naval rank structure (with, I think, Lieutenant-Commander and Commander) necessarily applied two hundred years ago. However, I did think that not every (ship) captain necessarily had the exalted rank of (post) captain.

On weapons, she has her dragon-borne "men at arms" armed with rifles. Rifles were *very* new in those days, and I wonder if such new technology would have been adopted by the air force so quickly. Secondly, rifles then were very slow to load and fire; even if some were armed with rifles, it would make sense to also have some armed with the quicker, if less accurate, muskets.

Of course, there's nothing to say that her fictional world is just like the Real World, with added dragons; but these points do have the feel fo mistakes, rather than deliberate changes.

Comments from those better-versed in such matters would be welcome!

And while talking about the book - the blurb is so horrible as to make us suspect that it was written from an earlier draft of the book.

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