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C.T. Phipps

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About C.T. Phipps

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    Grimdark Author Extraordinaire
  • Birthday 12/19/1980

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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

    The Richard Morgan Thread III

    I think his fantasy trilogy holds with the other Takeshi Kovacs books. Altered Carbon is the only absolutely great one. A Land Fit for Heroes is good but never quite reaches the greatness of the first novel.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Here's a sketch just done for CAMP DEERWOOD, third book in my Bright Falls Mysteries. I'm proud of this one. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jw1dIzfmL0U/WwaQSnXYPPI/AAAAAAAAIrQ/DGG3uXqCe9QLVLNhc84kl1k7C-CTYQeuQCLcBGAs/s1600/bfm_sketch02.jpg
  3. I admit, I have only read the First Law Trilogy. I need to read the rest of his work.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I'm presently debating whether or not to pick up the Hollows prequel or not. The series was never the same after a certain character died and I was primarily interested in the books because of the strong Ivy and Rachel friendship. Frankly, though, I've heard the reason it becomes almost nonexistent was because of a homophobic fan reaction. I also wasn't blown away by the latest Alpha and Omega book and the previous one wasn't great either. Still, I love the ongoing Mercy Thompson world and hope it continues as my literary comfort food. I'm trying the Daniel Faust series soon. Currently, I'm wondering if there's anything like a slasher movie in urban fantasy as I think it's a natural fit since Buffy the Vampire Slayer is based on the premise of the Final Girl fighting back from the beginning. Mostly I'm reading these to get myself in the headspace to write my third I was a Teenage Weredeer book.
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    The Rhenwars Saga by M.L. Spencer

    I'm going to recommend these books for being a Deconstructor Fleet (thank you TVtropes.org) to fantasy tropes without being grimdark. They really are exceptionally well-written stories that take pot shots at a lot of common storytelling elements. The premise of the books is, 1000 years ago (they have a prequel called Darkmage which details it), an epic band of misfits tried and failed to save the world. It turned out all of their dysfunctional angst-ridden personality flaws resulted in them screwing up and dropping the ball at the last minute. The world is thus divided between the Light and Dark Portions of the world with the latter always pushing against the former. Our protagonists are given the task of preventing the bad guys from taking over the world. And prove completely inept at the task, in small part because they sympathize with the foreigners or simply don't think heroes are enough to turn the tide. I think most people here would really enjoy these books.
  6. I sincerely doubt that. Though I certainly recommend my books then! :wink:
  7. I'm thinking a tight moving plot which doesn't take too much time out for description or story but is constantly moving forward. The Handmaid's Tale on television isn't remotely like the books because that would be June contemplating the horrors of her situation for 12 episodes while the show is all about various events as well as displays of resistance.
  8. I'm sadly still underead in some of my grimdark reading. Him and Erikson are the two biggies I'm missing.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I just read CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH. I'm now reading Blackwing by Ed McDonald.
  10. I assumed he was just asking for books that had a cinematic television-esque feel.
  12. GRIMDARK MAGAZINE posted my essay, "Is the First Law Trilogy the anti-Lord of the Rings?" http://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/first-law-trilogy-anti-lord-of-the-rings/
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    My headcanon until proven otherwise is the existence of the Athosians will result in a lot more understanding and peace than if the Cetas had gotten psychic powers. The ultimate diplomats.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    I really love these books but I think they have some serious issues in their portrayal that boils down to acceptance of the class differences in the setting. Part of that probably comes from Miles but I wish we had more Cordelia shaking the pear tree about the problems involved. For example, Barrayar treats the people of Komarr better than they treat their own peasants which is shown as a justification of why it's okay for Komarr to be subjects. Except, why the hell is it a good thing? I feel like the peasants of Komarr get the short end of the stick in this. I also felt like Lois Bujold was a little softer on the Cetagandans more than she should have been. She had a lot of interest in transhumanism but the system of them is that they're creating permanent slave casts of genetically engineered subhumans. That's not a new idea, it's a very old idea and I think by humanizing them--she actually made them worse. Mind you, I absolutely loved Ethan of Athos which dealt with a similar twisted topic.