March 29th, 2011

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My tweets

  • Mon, 13:44: RT @emoryhealthsci: Emory University Hospital (@emoryhealthcare) has performed its 1st hand transplant! Latest from @ajc ...
  • Mon, 13:47: Over free office pizza lunch, I and half dozen others confessed to news burnout bc it is all SO depressing & awful at the moment.
  • Mon, 14:03: It seems so typical that the Braves MARTA shuttle gets to come back when daily riders stuck with massive cutbacks. Infuriates me a bit.
  • Mon, 14:16: After some reflection, my favorite fantasy reads: #books #reading #fantasy
  • Mon, 15:01: I really really hate being handed a 52 min. DVD and told to make it into a video file. Really. Why didn't they just give me a mov file?!
  • Mon, 15:32: Wait, you mean giving an image a file name that has the correct image size doesn't magically resize the image? Ppl are unteachable, LOL.
  • Mon, 16:30: Probably a good thing I couldn't make a 4 pm mtg. I had. In such a grumpy mood :>(
  • Mon, 17:10: The NYT doesn't exist to me bc I got a deal for it free the rest of this year. Seems inexplicable but I'm not complaining, I'm a NYT junkie.
  • Mon, 17:12: Going grocery shopping for first time in a month or more. Pretty much living on Moore Farms & staple foods when it comes to home cooking.
  • Mon, 18:18: Ticked off for no reason I can consciously name.
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Fantasy Cliches

Some recent reading has got my mind on the topic of fantasy cliches, in part because I'd like to do some writing (gasp!) and really, really want to avoid these. I suppose I'm mainly talking about "typical" Medieval type fantasy, not at all Dark Fantasy, as there's certainly fantasy out there that has nothing whatever to do with swords and sorcerers...

So here's what I came up with the other day:

apocalyptic scenarios
Celtic influences
corrupt council
European analogies
European words
evil priest
evil sorcerer
evil warlord
grand destinies
heterosexuality / het.-only romance
hidden/parallel worlds
kings and queens
lost ancient civilizations
lost heirs
magical caves
magical objects
magical races / species
Medieval / Renaissance type society/technology/etc.
no electricity
political intrigue out the wazoo
plucky peasant kids
rigid class system
Roman Empire parallels
salty old warriors
saving the world
secret identities
self-contained "world"*
soul transfer / reincarnation
sorcery / black magic
swearing by gods ("Deunor's teeth!")
tragically flawed princes
tunics, tabards, breeches, etc.
warlike/scholar contrasted siblings
warrior women
witch hunts and inquisitions

* Meaning that events take place which are worldwide significance (say: fate of the planet or universe) and yet only on kingdom on a whole planet is involved, which makes me wonder what other drama is going on elsewhere. Seriously, a prince, his sorcerer and a smart peasant woman are the center of the world? Really?"
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Favorite Fantasy Reads - and Suggestions

After coming up with a long list of fantasy cliches, I started thinking about makes GOOD fantasy and then about my favorite fantasy reads. Here's my list:


Calenture (Storm Constantine)

The City of Dreaming Book (Walter Moers)

Imajica (Clive Barker)

The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Perdido Street Station (China Mieville)

The Scar (China Mieville)

Sign for the Sacred (Storm Constantine)

Thin Air (Storm Constantine)

The Thorn Boy (Storm Constantine)

Tourniquet: Tales from the Renegade City (Kim Lakin-Smith)

Wicked Gentlemen (Ginn Hale)


Dream and a Lie (Fiona McGavin)

Bridge of D'Arnath (Carol Berg)

Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Kushiel's Legacy (Jacqueline Carey)

Lighthouse (Carol Berg)

Nightrunner (Lynn Flewelling)

Magravandias (Storm Constantine)

Stone Dance of the Chameleon (Ricardo Pinto)

Tales of the Flat Earth (Tanith Lee)

Tamir Triad (Lynn Flewelling)

Wraeththu (2 trilogies + singles) (Storm Constantine)

Story Anthologies

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Dreams of Dark and Light (Tanith Lee)

Mythanima (Storm Constantine)

The Oracle Lips (Storm Constantine)


So, based on this, what else might I like? I like my fantasy WEIRD.