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I hear Oz is lovely this time of year

TatooineAs anyone who has seen my house can tell you, I'm a big fan of minimalist/vintage-style travel posters.  I have one with a giraffe advertising South Africa in my living room, one with a train advertising the Black Forest Railroad, and, as of this past Christmas, three in my dining room suggesting that I visit Tatoonine, Hoth, and Endor.

That's right.  I have Star Wars travel posters.

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What to read next??

Well, I'm in a bit of a pickle: I am going to finish my current book in a couple days and I don't currently have another fantasy/scifi book on my 'to-read' list.  I'm looking for suggestions.  Here are some details :

  • My favorite books of all time are The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
  • I've read The Lord of the Rings through 4 times.  I love them as well.
  • I have a personality flaw - I won't read a series before it's complete, so the Kingkiller Chronicles is out until book 3 is complete
  • Recently I've read The Fionavar Tapestry and really enjoyed it.  I also read The Lies of Locke Lamora (before I realized it was in a sequence... arg...) which I enjoyed, but thought was a bit too grisly for my taste.

Comments are shut down on this post -- please comment on this forum.  I appreciate your input!

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Fantastically Fun Fridays: June 3, 2011

Here at Fantasy Matters, we post content Monday through Friday, taking the weekends off to do important things like hang out with friends, catch up on our reading and gaming, and, you know, laundry.  Sure, you guys don't have to interact with us in person, so clean clothes might seem unncessary, but we all have day jobs that we'd like to keep, thank you very much.  While we know that you will desperately miss us, we are taking a page out of the Fug Girls' playbook and leaving you with some of the fun things related to fantastic genres that we found on the web this week, so that you have something to tide you over until Monday.  Enjoy!

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"There's so much I want to know about eleven year old China Miéville"

EmbassytownOn 1 June, I attended an event, hosted by WORD Brooklyn, for China Miéville's latest novel, Embassytown. The catch when talking about events - or anything, really - is if you are wildly enthusiastic, people assume you're not thinking critically, that you're just reacting as a fangirl. But really, this was one of the best author events I've ever been to.

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An Origin Story

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss reminisces about the origins of Fantasy Matters:

The Name of the WindBack in May of 2007, I was the newest of new authors. My first book had only been on the shelves for a month, and I was proud, terrified, excited, and shellshocked in roughly equal amounts.

It was at this time that I got an e-mail from a couple grad students in Minneapolis. They invited me to a convention they were starting up.

They were very flattering and their e-mail said something along the lines of, “We’re just getting started, so we can’t pay you or anything, but if you check out our home page, you can see that if you come, you’ll be getting not-paid with the best.”

So I hopped over to their webpage, and what do I see? Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes.

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