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    Ashland, Ky
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    Being married to my beautiful wife. Writing. Fantasy. Urban Fantasy. Horror. You know, the usual.

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  1. C.T. Phipps

    Still Looking for a Good Space Opera Series

    I wrote an R-Rated space opera series called LUCIFER'S STAR. It is a trilogy that's two books in and so far people seem to really like. I had the idea as the basis of, "So, after the Battle of Endor, what happened to all those TIE pilots and stormtroopers? What if one of them discovered that he was the bad guy?" Bookbub did a nice release of it. I enjoy the LOST FLEET series a great deal but it got a little repetitive toward the end and I haven't yet finished the second series. It's nice competence porn with space tactics even though the protagonist's whole deal is he's not the legendary figure everyone believes he is. The Honor Harrington series was good right up until War of Honor when the heroes became cused with a bad case of invincible. I recommend stopping there. The protagonist, like Lost Fleet, is way OP but that's just how these things work I believe. I had a lot of fun with Alexis Carew which is a steampunk Age of Sail series where the British Empire is in space and feuding with, well, Nazi Germany because apparently Napoleonic France wasn't good enough for it. They're a YA series but I've enjoyed every one of those books a great deal. Pirates, slavers, dashing French nobleman, and more. I also recommend two Warhammer series in CIAPHAS CAIN which is about a cowardly soldier pretending to be a hero (and accidentally pulling it off) as well as Dan Abnett's GAUNT'S GHOSTS series. On the humorous side of things, there's a great space station-based series called HARD LUCK HANK that stars a Patrick Warburton-esque professional legbreaker who has the superpowers of being invulnerable. The space station is constantly threatened by outside forces as he struggles not to be involved then inevitably fails.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    My review of the Labyrinth Index, the latest Laundry books: 3,5/5 THE LABYRINTH INDEX is probably the book which is the most like a James Bond pastiche after a long period of the series poo-pooing on the very concept. It stars an arrogant sexist protagonist who fights against a sinsiter cartel with a world-ending scheme that doens't actually make a whole lot of sense. The big difference being that Mhari is a woman sexist against men (referring to her boyfriend and partner as "****boy" for most of the novel) plus she has a team of minor Laundry characters accompanying her on a mission. In that respect, it's more like the Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movies. I can't be too hard on Charles Stross because he's reversed one of his earlier decrees of the Laundry when he declared that everything from Howard Phillips Lovecraft was true(ish) other than the existence of Cthulhu, who he calls Old Bat Wings. Charles said that was the one element of the series which wasn't true--and is apparently now like vampires in that he was totally lying. Cthulhu's presence is revealed early on and he is also revealed to be the master of a longtime group of petty antagonists for the Laundry in the Black Chamber. In this book, Mhari is dispatched by the Prime Minister (Mr. Everyman who is basically Johm Simm's Master with godlike power and a hatred for all Jews--which include Christians and Muslims BTW) to the Americas. Someone has wiped the President of the United States from its 300 million citizens' memories and this is probably the prelude to something bad. Much gunplay, shoggoth summoning, and character growth for Mhari occurs. We also get snapshots into other characters views on events. Charles Stross has been struggling to keep the Laundry relevant with the cataclysmic weirdness in politics these past few years and this is the book he finally gives up on. Brexit, Trump, and other contemporary issues flat out don't exist in the Laundryverse now with a fictional new heroic President taking their place while the U.K. has bigger issues than its withdrawal from the EU. It's probably for the best but costs the series some of its meticulously researched realism. Then again, I suppose that went out the window with K-syndrome superheroes and PHANGS. The short version is this book is...okay. I give props for the use of the Black Chamber, Cthulhu, American military history, and the return of characters I like such as Peter. However, the fact Stross writes his heroes as overtly evil (siding with Nyarlathotep versus Cthulhu is even namechecked as "Stalin over Hitler" but that's not exactly reassuring). A bit like Mo in The Annihilation Score, Mhari is a deeply unpleasant person. While she undergoes some character growth, it seems consistent Stross prefers to write his men as nardy and devoted to their partners while the women are overtly dismissive to them when not doing "necessary" evils. It showed up in The Nightmare Stacks as well. So, it was okay, I guess? I think the series has lost a lot of its charm without Bob Howard and none of the other protagonists really work well. I liked Mhari more than Mo and she's probably the second best protagonist but this feels like the kind of fiction which Charles Stross used to mock in earlier books and that's a bit odd to now have to take completely straight.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    I have but it's all in one series that outsells all the others. It worries me at times.
  4. I'd argue very specifically it's the Lord of the Rings. But to each their own. Then again, I wrote an essay on it.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I just picked up the CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES and have more or less gone through eleven books in the series within a few weeks. It's not really GREAT urban fantasy and has a lot of the usual problems I have with the series but am enjoying it nevertheless. Anyone have some good vampire series to recommend?
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    I wrote a 20 Recommended Indie Science Fiction and Fantasy novels list. http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2018/10/15-recommended-indie-fantasy-and-sci-fi.html
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    BLACKEST KNIGHTS is now available on Kindle for purchase. It's a great anthology which a lot of great indie authors. https://www.amazon.com/Blackest-Knights-C-T-Phipps-ebook/dp/B07J2QS57T/
  8. https://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/first-law-trilogy-anti-lord-of-the-rings/ I think people might like this article I wrote for Grimdark Magazine. IS THE FIRST LAW TRILOGY THE ANTI-LORD OF THE RINGS?
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Patricia Briggs Raven's Strike https://www.bookbub.com/books/raven-s-strike-by-patricia-briggs?ebook_deal Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Outta-Fangton-Comedic-Vampire-ebook/dp/B01KNHICCC/
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Anyone here watch VAMPIRE REVIEWS on Youtube? It's a great series where the host (who pretends to be a Goth girl who doesn't quite 'get it') reviews movies, books, and other vampire related media. She did a great review of GUILTY PLEASURES which highlights how feminism, urban fantasy, and other elements have changed its reception as a series.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    In the case of the delay of PEACE TALKS, it was because Jim Butcher got a divorce and decided to build himself a new house rather than buy one--which resulted in massive amounts of delays to him having a space where he could work. Also, he got sidetracked by writing the Harry Dresdem comic books (some of which are quite good) and the Bigfoot short stories that compromise a book on their own.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Broke the top 200 of Amazon sales for the first time. Am very proud.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    I managed to successfully get a Book Bub for Lucifer's Star, which is like the holy grail for Indie book publishing. I'm really proud of my "R-rated Star Wars" and hope people with an extra 99 cents to spare will give it a try. Proton swords, starfighters, android rebellions, and the question of who is the bad guy in war. https://www.bookbub.com/books/lucifer-s-star-by-c-t-phipps-and-michael-suttkus?ebook_deal
  14. C.T. Phipps

    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    I managed to successfully get a Book Bub for Lucifer's Star, which is like the holy grail for Indie book publishing. I'm really proud of my "R-rated Star Wars" and hope people with an extra 99 cents to spare will give it a try. Proton swords, starfighters, android rebellions, and the question of who is the bad guy in war. https://www.bookbub.com/books/lucifer-s-star-by-c-t-phipps-and-michael-suttkus?ebook_deal
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Reminds me of a quote I put in my books, "Being oppressed doesn't make you a better person. It just means you're oppressed."
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