What’s in a name?

I’m still away for work. I’m glad to find Mr NW is doing a good job of keeping on top of things but this is really bugging me, so here I am, ranting about a pet-peeve.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m reading The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks [according to Mr NW the M is important]. I’m enjoying it but there is one thing that is frustrating me. Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

Has Fantasy Gotten Better?

Today, Mr NW gives his opinion on the changes in fantasy writing styles over the years. You can find the previous instalment, where Mr NW discusses the “coolness” of science fiction here

Fantasy used to be given a bad rap for many reasons. People would say it lacked interesting characters or character development, that it lacked strong female leads, that there were far too many uses of magic and old dudes as solutions and deus ex machina. As much as it hurts me to say, these people were often right – at least when it comes to old fashioned fantasy. People often say that modern fantasy is better – but is it? Continue reading “Has Fantasy Gotten Better?”