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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 2:30:41 PM PDT
K J Wemple says:
Thank you Will, I have already taken your polite reply and have posted in the forum you mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 2:32:55 PM PDT
Wow, you're extremely unlikely to make yourself any fans by getting so rude and defensive. The simple fact is that your post is against Amazon's own rules for the forum. Don't get mad at me for pointing it out...take it up with them.

You're also unlikely to garner yourself many fans as an author when you have spelling errors even in a post defending your self-promotion.

But...you ARE free to continue doing as you please...and Amazon will ban you from the boards for it. Feel free.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 2:35:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012, 3:05:46 PM PDT
K J Wemple says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 2:55:40 PM PDT
You're just further showing your ignorance. Apparently you don't understand what either "trolling" or "spamming" actually mean. I truly don't believe my post was rude. In fact, I would argue that it's rude to keep self-promoting in threads where such is against the rules, then to respond in nasty ways when someone points out the fact. I'm glad you posted in the MOA forum, but the simple fact is that representing yourself in these ways will not garner you any fans.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012, 4:08:03 PM PDT
J.C. Fiske says:
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but the Legend of Drizzt series is great fun :) I found though that the books throughout the series can be hit or miss. Some are great, others not so great. Thank you everyone else for your suggestions! New things for me to read! Woo!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 4:40:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012, 8:28:52 PM PDT
Your comments fall under the "any form of spam, including advertisements, contests, or other solicitations..." (Hence the term "spamming"). It would also fall under "Repeated posts that promote an item in the amazon.com catalog."

The main point here is that Amazon has created a forum specifically for self-published/self-promoting authors. The users of the other book forums are typically seeking established, published authors. It therefore becomes super annoying when people constantly post links to their own material. You'll also notice that Amazon routinely removes such posts from the non-MOA boards. Not only does it breach Amazon's guidelines...it's just poor forum etiquette.

FYI: http://www.amazon.com/forum/fantasy/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxRHP2KEWXI0H1&cdThread=Tx28QIC6JLBS9GM

***Amazon Forum Oath taken on 6/4/2012***

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012, 10:46:52 PM PDT

The people who manage the Amazon Forums do a bad job of keeping their rules obvious. They do indeed have a rule against any author self promotion but they oh so brilliantly (note the sarcasm) gave the post the name "Important Announcement From Amazon" (doesn't sound like it has anything to do with authors does it?) and they only stickied it in a couple forums. But here is what the post says.

Initial post: May 16, 2011 2:18:03 PM PDT
Amazon Community Team says:
Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors' community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self promotional posts in other communities. Starting on Monday, May 16th, all "shameless self promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:


We look forward to seeing you!

Posted on Jun 5, 2012, 9:51:06 AM PDT
Amy Braaksma says:
I recently enjoyed Stephen R Donaldson's books, especially the Mordant's Need series (of 2).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 2:02:29 PM PDT
Well if you haven't read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings...get ready for a great adventure! Also to take you in another direction On a Pale Horse is a great start to a series by Piers Anthony. And yet another direction and I know this is sci-fi, but the writing is hilarious and great Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 2:08:12 PM PDT
Heather Myst says:
M Ribbink,

Good start with the four you listed. I would suggest the Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivan, Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick, and Best Served Cold and The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 3:31:03 PM PDT
check out Iron & Wine by Candace Osmond. Evil fairies, Australian vampires and rich secret societies of shapeshifters. I'm the author, so i'm a little biased but it is getting a huge response and is a contender in the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 3:41:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2012, 3:41:32 PM PDT
Thanks Heather Myst for mentioning my Riyria Revelations series. It's nice having all the six-books released - especially now that Orbit has but them into a convienent trilogy (for those that don't know they put 2 books in each Omnibus edition).

Posted on Jun 5, 2012, 3:52:17 PM PDT
I'll second anything by Joe Abercrombie. I'll finish book 3 of the First Law series tonight, and it's fantastic. I'll be reading his other two next.

Personally I thought Riyria was mediocre at best. The story was good, actually, but there were a lot of grammatical errors and the dialogue was particularly awful. I've heard the books get a bit better (in that regard) as the series goes on, but it was bad enough that I never bothered to continue.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012, 11:28:43 PM PDT
Did you read the books as released by Orbit, or did you read them earlier? Grammatical errors, at least, would seem to be the kind of thing that might easily get cleaned up in a new edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 9:27:22 AM PDT
Irindia says:
You should try The Chronicles of Irindia. It's a really good book even though it's by an unknown author. The Gatherer is the first in the series and the second will be coming out soon. Check out www.irindiaonline.com, there's a direct link to the product page on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 10:30:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2012, 10:32:52 AM PDT
try these fantasy authors and series:
Joe Abercrombie here are his books:
First Law Series: 1. Blade Itself 2. Before they are Hanged 3. Last Argument of Kings.
Stand Alone books:
Best Served Cold
THe Heroes
Steven Erikson-Malazan Empire Series
Jv Jones-sword of shadows series
Juliet Mckenna-The Tales of Einarinn and Lescari Revolution
Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
Shadow of the Apt-Adrian TCHAIKOVSKY
Michael Sullivan-Riyria series

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 1:47:13 PM PDT
It wasn't so much grammatical errors like run-on sentences or things like that (though there were some grammar problems like that); it was more the writing style...just seemed extremely amateurish. But perhaps I'll give the series another try some day. I have such a backlog at the moment that it will be quite a while, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 8:07:01 PM PDT
From what I understand, Sullivan wrote the books as a series of short pieces to encourage his dyslexic teen to read more, so it would seem to be a natural consequence that the books would be strong on story and simpler in style than a lot of other fantasy, much of which is aimed at an audience that likes more literary challenge and complexity in their books.

I've seen it recommended by others as a series for people who enjoy a good story with fantasy themes but who don't want to slog through the difficulty of some of the heavier options in the genre. It sounds like you might agree with that, to some extent.

Thanks so much for clarifying why it wasn't for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 8:14:38 PM PDT
Interesting. I didn't know the backstory.

The worst part for me was the dialogue. I could get past the grammatical and spelling errors if the characters were believable, but the dialogue was overly cheesy and every character spoke exactly the same way. More than anything else I found this jarring and it disrupted the experience for me. In fantasy literature, in particular, I want to feel absorbed in the world and the story, and every time someone spoke (or near enough), it pulled me out of that. The story was decent, so if the dialogue improved as the series went on, I may give the latter books another shot.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012, 8:55:31 PM PDT
Cyad says:
I LOVE the Ignore this customer button almost as much as I appreciate the Report abuse button. :P

Posted on Jun 6, 2012, 9:07:54 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012, 9:15:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2012, 9:18:50 PM PDT
The opportunity to find out for myself if things that annoyed me about one book in a series continue on in later books without having to hunt around in a bookstore is part of why I love the "Free Kindle sample" feature.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012, 5:23:35 AM PDT
Deeboy says:
The book of red

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012, 12:27:26 PM PDT
Raindog says:
Read "Bringing Avalon Back" by Lisa Lody WOW! I guess she's a new author- I never heard of her before.
It seems like it will be a series or at least I HOPE it is.
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