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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

    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
  5. 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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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    One difference between the games and the books is the handling of the Scoiatael. In the games, they're an oppressed minority fighting back. In the books, they're a bunch of guys interested in ethnic cleansing and a homeland free of X Minority (humans in this case). In the games, humans are just awful bigots. In the books, humans were kind of snooty to elves but the Scoiatael radicalized them on a nonhuman killing spree.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    SWORD OF DESTINY has some incredibly evocative writing. "Not this war, Geralt. After this war, no-one returns. There will be nothing to return to. Nilfgaard leaves behind it only rubble; its armies advance like lava from which no-one escapes. The roads are strewn, for miles, with gallows and pyres; the sky is cut with columns of smoke as long as the horizon. Since the beginning of the world, in fact, nothing of this sort has happened before. Since the world is our world... You must understand that the Nilfgaardians have descended from their mountains to destroy this world." "That makes no sense. Who would want to destroy the world? Wars aren’t waged to destroy. Wars are waged for two reasons. One is power and the other is money." "Don’t philosophise, Geralt! You won’t change what’s happening with philosophy! Why won’t you listen? Why won’t you see? Why don’t you want to understand? Believe me, the Yaruga won’t stop the Nilfgaardians. In the winter, when the river freezes over, they’ll march on. I tell you, we must flee, flee to the North; they may not get that far. But even if they don’t, our world will never be what it was. Geralt, don’t leave me here! I’ll never survive by myself! Don’t leave me!"
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Blood of Elves is easily the worst of the series. The only parts worth anything are the wizard revolt and the attack on the Dwarvish caravaner where it's discovered no matter how nice he is to humans and how much he wants peace, bigots gonna be bigots. Time of Contempt is GRIMDARK and benefits from its horrific depiction of war. It has Geralt wandering through the horrific ruins of the Nilfgaard invasion and witnessing the casual atrocities on both sides. It also has poor Ciri going through her own mental breakdown. Fun times!
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Yes, Sword of Destiny pretty much explains huge numbers of plotpoints. Like, "who the hell is Nilfgaard?" And "Why is Ciri so damn important to Geralt?"
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Some of my upcoming art: Lucifer's World Wraith Lord Starships Online
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    LUCIFER'S STAR is available for $2.99. Perdio Street Station is on sale for 1.99.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    The short version is you've been screwed over by both the oddity of Sapkowski's writing and Amazon's publishing. The longer version is that the Witcher started as a serialized set of short stories in fantasy magazines. They're meant to be a bunch of adventures which have a loose narrative hook but are really just Geralt being the Man with No Name and two swords. The actual narrative you're looking for before Blood of Elves is THE SWORD OF DESTINY. Which was not published in English until well after Blood of Elves and The Last Wish. In other words book 1# and 3#.
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    Persepolis Rising (Book 7 of the Expanse) - SPOILERS

    I just finished the book: I really liked the story of Singh who isn't even a villain so much as a story of a guy getting way in over his head. You can understand how a guy who is perfectly nice at home can completely go HEART OF DARKNESS once he's out of his element among people he's racist to. I think this is going to be the big problem the Laconians face because it's clear their soldiers are completely unprepared for life outside of their little interstellar North Korea. I'm probably the only Expanse fan who has no interest really in the Proto-Builder Killers. I don't really ever want to see the aliens who wiped them out, let alone see our heroes fight them. I'm here for the human politics. I also think the advances in technology have gone a bit too much as I liked the hard and nasty side of science fiction most embodied by the early books. Laconia, for me, is a decent "final villain" to the series by themselves. I can't be the only person who has picked up on all the Warhammer 40K nods. The attempts by Duarte to become God Emperor, the fact he's created his own army of Space Marines in blue power armor with an eagle on them, and his vision of a united humanity that will exterminate all aliens. It's kind of cool really. The 30 year time skip is a nonstarter for me as it seems like our protagonists have either changed too much or not at all. The idea they literally continued flying for 30 more years is kind of ridiculous, especially on the same starship. The Rocinante is a muscle car and those take constant replacing. I also feel bad about some of my favorite ships sinking like Bobbie and Alex. Mind you, I kind of like the fact Clarissa and Amos are in a platonic nonsexual effective marriage. Still, I'm utterly confused about some things. Mars was dying in the previous book. Is it dead now? The Belters were afraid of being wiped out but they seem just fine. What's going on here? I feel like this could have been achieved with a 10 or 15 year timeskip and while it'd still be unbelievable--it's more palatable. I like the Laconian Empire as villains as they're pretty much how I always viewed Mars as a bunch of fascists in the making (but now made). It feels kind of like Mobile Suit Gundam with the nation of Zeon....except, well, they have super suits so it's no conflict at all. I do dread the idea that there will be people who think they're "right" because that seems to be a common thing in sci-fi fandom. Fred Johnson's absence is noticed terribly and I wish he'd lived for this. I just realized the Laconian Empire is basically the First Order from Star Wars. They're a breakaway faction who hid in the Unknown Regions then returned 30 years later to wreck their revenge with a brainwashed new generation.
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    Has anyone read Arabian Nights?

    Mind you, I like how a lot of the stories like Aladdin are set in the Mysterious Exotic Foreign Land....of China. Which a lot of people forget when adapting the stories.
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