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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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“Must fantasy be stupid?” by Pereslegin [on hold]

In his essay “The Back Story to the Last Ring-bearer” Kirill Eskov refers to a work by Pereslegin about errors in fantasy worlds. It sounded interesting, so I followed the link to “Must fantasy be ...
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Can Sources become Witchers?

Theoretically, could a Source go through the process that creates Witchers, survive, and retain their full magical potential? If so, could it actually increase their magical potential? Are their any ...
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What is earliest version of a “horcrux”? [duplicate]

I just realized a few days ago that Sauron's One Ring is kind-of like a horcrux, in that Sauron can't ever be totally destroyed as long as the One Ring exists. That set me to wondering: did Tolkien ...
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Film ID: 70s, basement, female, frozen man… or something

This is either a movie or television production, can't remember which. The likely production date is sometime in the 1970s. My memory is very brief. Time has probably distorted it. In a suspense ...
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Bringing spare horses when you have to “ride hard?” [closed]

How does this trope make any sense? I've been re-reading the Sword of Truth series, and numerous times they mention that they need "6 horses. We're going to ride hard and need the spares." How does ...
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Fantasy novel series with paraplegic protagonist

I am looking for a fantasy book where the main character travels back and forth between Earth and his world and they watch him like he is on TV. He gets stabbed in the stomach and in the second book ...
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80's children's fantasy book with a cat on the cover

Trying to remember the title/author of a book that had a cat on the cover, with some planets or moons in the background. Borrowed it from my elementary school library in the 80's. The main character ...
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Young adult fantasy series from 80s about a girl transported to a different reality?

Looking for a series I read when I was in middle school 20-25 years ago. All I remember is a girl visiting an older man on her way home from school is accidentally transported to a different reality. ...
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What is the origin of steampunk theme usually seen in movies and video games? [duplicate]

I have seen few movies and played few video games with steam punk theme. Usually these movies or games have modern day gadgets but with different looks. Most of time with steam engines, gears and ...
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Book identification - towns separated by energy storm [duplicate]

Towns/cities are surrounded by a kind of swirling & confusing energy storm or field. In my mind's eye it was blue/purple in color. The towns/inhabited regions are in bubbles of normal ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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What's the Original example of the common fantastical trope of Dwarf vs Elf?

Related this another recent question What's the original fictional (including) mythological example of Elves and Dwarves being set up as rival races? Is this a trope that first made it's appearance ...
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Technology decreases in fiction [closed]

I find that a very common concept in fantasy fiction is the fact that human (I am using the word to also include humanoids) acchievements are decreasing over time. Usually, some sort of glorious ...
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Is there any particular aspect differentiating feminist and non-feminist work in sci-fi/fantasy? [closed]

How does a work in sci-fi and fantasy qualify as a feminist or otherwise? Should gender based questions be part of the work and having only strong female character isn't sufficient? Case in point ...
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In Lone Wolf, why does 7 and 13 signify everlasting death in life, and evil power respectively?

According to Lone Wolf wiki: Vashna, also known as Darklord Vashna, was the leader of the Darklords and their most powerful member. ... ... The number ninety one was that of Vashna which he ...
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Looking for a short story of a medieval town where wishes were granted unintentionally

A friend just pointed me here after I asked this on Facebook. I haven't had any luck there, so hopefully a more dedicated forum might help track it down. :) This has been bugging me for about 20 ...
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Real-World Origin of Avrupa(n) and Hijer(o) in Patricia C. Wrede's 'Frontier Magic' Series?

In this alternate history/reality fantasy series, set in a Frontier North America with magic, there are 3 main magical theory systems mentioned - Aphrikan, Avrupan and Hijero-Cathayan. Aphrican magic ...
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“The Enchanted” 1984 - confused by the plot

I watched the film The Enchanted last night randomly and unless I misunderstood something in the film, how and more importantly why did the strange family that lives in the woods turn into humans? It ...
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What is the origin of the vampire's drudge?

I have recently come across the idea of a vampire's drudge: a slave to do a vampire's bidding. However, I have not been able to find the origin of it. In fact, the only references to it I am able to ...
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Is there an encyclopedic book of fantastic materials?

I do not believe this to be a list-type question, surely only one or at most two such books have ever been written. I am searching for a book somewhat in the vein of Barlowe's Guide to ...
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Looking for a Trio based Fantasy series for Children [closed]

I'm looking for a Trio based Fantasy Series for Children, please help. It is based on Harry Potter like theme, not very old – released after Harry Potter. It's a fantasy series, featuring three ...
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Worst Sci Fi / Future Fantasy Cliches [closed]

I am creating a futuristic fantasy setting for my latest novel. In your opinion what are the most over used cliches that I should avoid when creating the setting? Many thanks.
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A Blessing of Unicorns?

According to Penny Arcade, A group of Unicorns is called "A Blessing Of Unicorns" Where was that stated? Why was it really called a blessing? ..was Gabe spot on?
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What's the difference between faries and pixies? [closed]

I am struggling to find a difference? I honestly do not know a difference, I have tried all kinds of folklore books. Tell me a difference?
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Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
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Help with title of an old Japanese anime about a quest involving magical creatures?

When I was young (so this was about 30 years ago) I saw this cartoon about a character (I don't even remember if it was a young man or woman) who was sent on a quest. I think he or she had to defeat ...
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Is there a relationship between Stanley Steamer and any business?

Stanley Steamer received his name in 'Dragon on a Pedestal (1985)' having previously been the Gap Dragon. I recall becoming aware of Stanley the Dragon about the same time I became aware of television ...
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How large are the layers of the nine hells in the Forgotten Realms?

I recently read about the structure of the nine hells or 'Baator' in the Forgotten Realms setting. I was wondering how large each of the different layers actually are. I mean, are they endless or are ...
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Is there a substance like phraxdust in the real world or other fantasy writings?

Most stories will have similar weapons, aliens, space travel etc, but in The Edge Chronicles there is a substance called phraxdust that can purify water when mixed with contaminated liquids. I have ...
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What is the assumed name of Jon Snow's mother, as told to Arya Stark?

Related to the book series A Song of Ice and Fire: I forgot the assumed name of Jon Snows mother that was told to Arya Stark by a lord (forgot his name - first name Edrik I think), in the third book, ...
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Reading order of Tolkien's middle-earth books [duplicate]

I have these books written by J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion The Hobbit All three LOTRs Which reading order is the best to get the complete story? The one I wrote up above, or?
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Differences between dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...
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In the Silmarillion, what was Morgoth's “dark design” against Luthien?

In the chapter "Of Beren and Luthien", we're told that, when Morgoth discovered Luthien in Angband, he "conceived in his thought an evil lust, and a design more dark than any that had yet come ...
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DYN for Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures?

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series has the Annotated Pratchett File. The Simpsons has episodic "did you notice" (DYN) posts. Is there an equivalent for Robert Asprin's popular Myth Adventures ...
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Cyberpunk with “spiritual” elements = science fantasy? [closed]

I am working on a story that incorporates spiritual elements (the soul, non-physical beings, God, etc) in a cyberpunk setting. Does this make it "science fantasy"?
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What order should I read tales of Mythago Wood?

Robert Holdstock thoroughly confused me with his Mythago Wood series, to the point that I gave up trying to understand them. I'm wondering now if I should have read the novels in a different order or ...
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Does the fantasy genre garner more sequels and series? If so, why?

Trilogies seem to be prevalent in fantasy, but there are a disproportionate amount of sequels in general it seems. Why is this? The ratios described in the link, and below are (roughly) 1:8 for ...
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High fantasy writers like Erikson and Bakker [closed]

I discovered Steven Erikson's Malazan series about 5 years ago, which gave me a hunger for brutally dark fantasy works along the same lines. I then read Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series which I ...
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Looking for a Book about people Called Talents

I remember something about people gaining powers from areas that were once inhabited by dragons. The main character can talk to animals and is followed around by a wolf; her brother can influence ...
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Identify YA series about magical cats

I'm looking for a series I read five or more years ago, about cats (strays, but also housecats) who I'm pretty sure lived in a fairly big city and had some kind of ability that involved seeing ...
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A trilogy, the first of which was about a girl (fairy?) hiding a flute in a tree stump?

I've been looking for years, trying to figure out if a book I think I read as a kid existed or not. It was a girl (I think a fairy) in a green dress and a blue cape, with dirty blonde hair in thick ...
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Fantasy story about neanderthals having moon magic

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy novel I read about 15-20 years ago that featured both neanderthals and homo sapiens. The neanderthals had a magical connection to the land and some form ...
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Fantasy book, where people are born with a magical talent

There was a female who could grow plants, and she carried seeds with her. But there was this door made of Reverse Wood that when she threw the seed in front of it and told it to grow nothing happened ...
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Identify a fantasy book about a white haired wizard

I need to know the title of a book I read a few years ago (90s). It's about a orphan boy that has a little white in his hair, meaning that he has magic powers, and as the book progresses his hair ...
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Fantasy movie from 70's, or 80's maybe early 90's [duplicate]

Hi all I am looking for a movie, this time a fantastic one. Various groups are sent on a search for an artifact. I think it was a sword. There is one scene I can remember quite clear: A group of ...
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Fantasy novel written as first person narrative [closed]

I am looking for a fantasy novel written exclusively as a first person narrative, where the world and its creatures, the metaphysics and everything else is gradually revealed to the protagonist. Has ...
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Why are wizards typically depicted living in towers?

Why are wizards in fantasy literature depicted as living in towers?
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Are characters in scifi/fantasy TV shows more likely to die?

There are many science fiction/fantasy TV series where several/many main characters are killed (A Game of Thrones, Firefly / Serenity, Earth: Final Conflict, Robin Hood, even back in Blake's 7 days). ...
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Non-Tolkenian Orcs with redeeming qualities? [closed]

This question is a follow-up to Were there any good Orcs [in Tolkien's fiction]?, where we agreed that Tolkien's Orcs cannot be good (if you disagree, please reply to that question). This question is ...