Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

The edition that I read had 280 pages; I tore through 205 of them in one day. 'The Last Wish' is on the Robert Heinlein side of fantasy, meaning it is snappy, dialogue- and action-driven, full of plot and conflict, and has very little time for subplots, exposition, or world-building.However, this does not mean the …

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Writing Fantasy: How to Make a Great Map 2

This is part 2 of my 'How to Make a Great Map' piece. Let's pick up where we left off. Nations and countries. First of all: how many people? How many villages? How big are the cities? The answers to these problems can be found right here. Seriously, this post is a godsend. It addresses everything from …

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A story you should go and read right now

If you're a fan of science fiction, you should go and read 'Salvage Opportunity' by Jack Skillingstead, over on Clarkesworld Magazine's website. Link here. It is my favourite kind of science fiction short story. It's easy to read, the worldbuilding is subtly handled, the mood is fabulous, it's fast-paced, the characters are fun and believable, …

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Writing Fantasy: How to Write Realistic Cultures

I am going to  have fun with this one. Culture is a topic of endless fascination to me. Which is why, whenever I see fantasy writers who have obviously copy-and-pasted a real-world culture into their story, I can't help but wonder "why? You could have done so much more!". Of course, that's just me being …

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