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Do You Have To Finish Reading A Book You Don’t Like?

As an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction, I’ve read more than my share of terrible stories. I don’t mean dull or unoriginal. I mean monumentally stupid, packed with cliches, lacking any redeeming features what so ever. Just plain bad.

But being the good little reader I am, I stolidly plugged away reading them until I got to the end. I did this for years. I mean it’s only fair…

Growing Up On Fantasy Literature

From my web surfing, I’ve noticed that sites covering science fiction and fantasy tend to sway heavily towards the science fiction side of the shelf. For myself I’m more inclined towards fantasy when it comes to reading.

This is a reverse of my tastes in television and movies which (The Lord of the Rings excepted) tend more towards science fiction. However, that’s a discussion for another time.

Very often when the writers…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Set Report and Photos

HP4U News has a set report from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The report is about a location soot at Black Park in Buckinghamshire. The location is being used for the Hogsmead station and platform and apparently a night shoot is planned using this location.

The station will feature the Hogwarts Express engine and carriages and the entire thing (engine, tracks and station) is described as being full…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix First Production Stills

Update: I’ve uploaded all five of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix images in much higher resolution. You can view in them in the gallery. Enjoy!

The Scotsman has an article up about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which includes a couple of production photos from the movie, the first so official photos so far.

The first image features Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter…

6 Steps To Writing A Fantasy Blockbuster

These days if you want to make money as a writer of genre fiction it seems you have to write a fantasy blockbuster. Everybody’s doing it. Never mind honing your craft with short story submissions or exploring the more original forms of the genre. Go where the money is!

But how can you write a fantasy blockbuster? It has to be difficult right? If it wasn’t difficult everybody would be doing…

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