You don't want to spend all your time listening to what I say? I mean, you don't want tospend your time just listening to me. Obviously. Slip of the fingers there. And so, because I can't pick what to review today, I present a general list fun, interesting, educational and 'Jacob-just-likes-it' fantasy resources! (And yes, some of these I have featured before)
Writing Excuses is, as the name indicates, about writing (but not, incidentally, how to avoid it!). It's a podcast which goes into a fair bit of detail about writing various aspects of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (on occasion) - and is very, very informative. Even if you're not writing your pet fantasy epic, this podcast is still a great listen just to hear writers' perspectives and recommendations... And I have to admit to enjoying the numerous funny moments as well. As the show's start puts it: "15 minutes long because..." - it's short, snappy, and well worth a go.
Find it here: http://www.writingexcuses.com/
Even fantasy websites need their own T-shirts. :P
Not much to do with the T-shirt, admittedly. Fantasy Faction is a website and forum based around the genre, and rest assured that me being a staff member has not affected my inclusion of it at all. Jokes aside, FF has a huge range of articles and a very active and friendly community, with a number of interesting discussions ('What is gritty?' being the most recent to catch my fancy) - and we've even spotted some authors on there. There's a lot of commenting on trends on fantasy, as well as some more straightforward reviews, so it's well worth checking out!
You can find it here: http://fantasy-faction.com/
The Little Red Reviewer
Onto a blog, this time! The Little Red Reviewer
inspires rabid envy in me never fails to produce articles on topics which I wish I'd thought of, books I've never heard of, and she's a fellow Stephenson fan (which makes her taste almost as good as mine!). There's a lot more SF reviews, and it's a great resource for reading ideas for a fellow reviewer - because I'm constantly running out of books. Jacob's First Law says, after all, the eternal truth: 'Print fuels life'. Anyway, go read it!
You can find it here: http://littleredreviewer.wordpress.com/
While I don't get their hardcore Dr Who references, Iceberg Ink has a good collection of articles and reviews - many of books which haven't yet reached me. I'd heard a little about the Ryria Revelations series, but their recent feature on Sullivan (who's now been picked up by Orbit) clinched the deal for me: I have to read these books. There's a lot of insight round there, so it's well worth checking out.
CustomReads is akin to a cut-down version of Goodreads (which I use as well), focusing just on providing recommendations and reviews - you pick the genres you're interested in, and you'll see recommendations! You can even follow particular reviewers (I'm on there, as Jacob @ Drying Ink, if you can stomach any more of me!). At any rate, it's a pretty solid service.
Jinny from Skyink.net has a blog even better described by 'eclectic' than mine: reading SF, fantasy, and pretty much everything else, as far as I can tell! At any rate, there are some very nice reviews of books I haven't thought about reading - and as far as my very subjective tastes allow, there are some very good recommendations. If you're interested in reading outside your normal genre or subgenre, I thorouugly recommend this blog.
You can find it here: http://skyink.net/
...And the rest? There are, of course, plenty more - just take a look at my blogroll. Not to mention I haven't mentioned some of my more popular picks. The Wertzone and A Dribble of Ink are consistently good fantasy resources, for two. But these are the ones I think need to be mentioned the most: so here they are.
Have any picks of your own, or want to comment on mine? Tell me below!