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We'll Be Right Back...

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The short story is this: we are switching hosting companies, and as a result, Fantasy Matters will experience some downtime this weekend.

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Overall, we think this switch will make our site faster, more reliable, and easier to navigate.  We know you'll miss us this weekend, but we'll be back and better than ever, bright and early on Monday!

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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko DVD CoverI watched Donnie Darko once, in college (a long long time ago) and thought it was ok, but I would never say that really liked it, let alone loved it.  On the advice of a good friend, I recently re-watched it and found it fascinating.  

I can tell you that I definitely liked it.

I can also tell you that I definitely didn’t understand it.

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Royal Assassin: a review

Robin Hobb's Royal AssassinAbout a month ago, I reviewed Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice.  I really enjoyed that book, in spite of a few misgivings.  I felt like the first book in the series didn’t stand quite well enough on its own and that the ending wasn’t quite climactic enough for me.  The character development on the other hand was stellar.  Each person in the story acted in realistic ways and I grew to feel like I knew many of them.

My initial impression of the second novel in the series, Royal Assassin, was less than ideal.  The cover of the copy I read displayed Fitz standing on top of a mountain, arms outstretched, holding a sword up above him.  His shirt is open, and he is standing beside a howling wolf.  In the background is the pink and purple of a sunrise or sunset.  Unfortunately, the predominantly pink and purple coloring combined with Fitz’s open shirt (apparently flapping in the winds of change?) is very reminiscent to me of some sort of a romance novel.  I try not to be judgemental about this sort of thing, but it’s not exactly the kind of novel that I was proud to whip out on the bus.

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Who We Are and How We Read: Rethinking N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand KingdomsSeveral of us here at Fantasy Matters have read N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and really enjoyed it, and after reading Matt Rasmusson's review of the novel last week, two of our editors were inspired to write down their own thoughts about the novel.  Reading these reviews in conversation with each other is particularly intriguing, as it highlights how a novel can speak to different people in vastly different ways.  If you have read Jemisin's work, we'd love for you to become part of the conversation as well--post your thoughts in the comments!


Adam Miller:

Well, I did it again: I read a novel, then afterwards learned that it was part of an unfinished trilogy. This is my personal hangup, and it’s the reason that I was unwilling to start reading the Harry Potter series until The Deathly Hallows was released and remain unwilling to start the Kingkiller Chronicles. For high-profile novels, it's a relatively easy thing to do, but for newer novels that I’m unfamiliar with it seems to happens from time to time. The issue is that my memory for plots and characters is not stellar, so I generally feel like I have to re-read any prior novels when new installments come out. In this particular situation, it was an especially painful realization because I loved this novel and don’t look forward to waiting for another novel to be released. The good news in this case is that book two (The Broken Kingdoms) has already been released, and I only have a few months to wait for the trilogy to be complete.

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