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Can books tell your age?

Do you think the books you have read or know about can tell your age? Here is a fun experiment quiz, 7 questions about 7 fantasy book series, depending on your answer the quiz will try to guess your age.

Will they tell your age? let’s try:

Did the quiz work? Maybe your reading persona is older than you or perhaps the opposite? Comment and share your results!

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Best Steampunk novels: 7 modern and 4 classic

The Steampunk subgenre is getting more popular among science fantasy and fiction. One of its main traits is its fashion, the aesthetic design usually inspired in the century’s British Victorian era, even though some stories have the American “Wild West”. No matter the setting, technology is the main element in this subgenre.

Steampunk has one basic element as a key: industrial steam-powered machines. In addition, steampunk fashion is another of its claims, an entire culture has been gathered around this new style. In short, Steampunk dressing is the perfect mixture of modern styles with the Victorian era. Here, gowns, corsets, petticoats, topcats and even military garments are revisited creating the Steampunk style. Of course, a Steampunk outfit is never complete without the proper accessories, such as flying/driving goggles, aviator hats, and heavy machinery watches. And gears, lots of gears!

Small airplane steampunk

 Which Steampunk books read?

Steampunk novels are heavily inspired by the Works of H.G Wells and Jules Berne, therefore recreating their fictional machines in their stories. Here you have a selection of classic, modern and for kids steampunk novels:

 Classic Steampunk novels

Homunculus by James Blaylock

Homunculus

A crazy story. Everything starts with a dirigible with a dead pilot flying over London in the Victorian era.  This will catch the attention of the scientist Langdon St. Ives and the evangelist Shiloh.

The Difference Engine  by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling

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An alternative history taking place in Victorian Britain. The novel is set in 1855,  depicting a powerfully weaponized British Empire thanks to the development and use of extremely advanced steam-driven technology in the industry.

For some, this is the book that invented the steampunk genre.

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

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A time travel story, The Anubis Gates will take us to London in the 19th century.

Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter

Infernal devices

Another novel taking place in Victorian London. Everything begins when a mysterious man enters George’s watch shop with a strange device in need of repair. Eventually, George will get involved in the most unexpected conflict.

It was K.W Jeter who created the term Steampunk, as a way to refer to his work as well as the work of the authors previously mentioned. Notice that even it is the same title, this book is not related with Cassandra Clare Infernal Devices.

Modern steampunk novels

 Soulless (Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger

Souless

This novel is set in the Victorian era, but here werewolves and vampires are accepted as normal members of society.  Soulless tells the story of Alexia Tarabotti, a woman with no soul, a particular ability that allows her to turn supernatural beings into humans.

Mechanica Wars by Jay Noel

Mechanica wars

Mechanica wars is a trilogy, composed of: Dragonfly warrior, Shadow warrior, and Iron warrior. This series takes place in an alternate universe, even so, it still has the usual traits of the steampunk genre. This saga tells the story of Kanze Zenjiro, the prince of Nihon, a region assaulted by steam-powered giants and iron spiders sent by the Iberian Empire.

Gears of Golgotha by Rebekah McAuliffe

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A novel set in 3141, in a dark future after World War Three. In this story, Earth is now a nation, Pangae.  Humans live in a society where people believe in magic, Mages, or in science, Chemists. Eventually, such segregation will arise conflict.

Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregellis

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Alchemy wars is composed of The Mechanical, The Rising and The Liberation. This series tells the story of Jax, a mechanical mal created thanks to the arts of alchemy. He, as his kind, is the ultimate fighting machine.

The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia

Grimmoir chronicles

The narrative takes place in an alternate 1930s. In this setting, some people are Actives, people born with magical activities. This series tells the story of Jack Jake Sullivan, a private investigator with the ability to make objects light or heavy at will.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan

An alternate history set in the beginnings of World War I.  Leviathan tells the story of Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. However, Aleksander’s life will change when he meets Deryn Sharp, an airman.

Steampunk books for children

If you want to introduce your children to the amazing world of Steampunk here you have some suggestions for children. If you want to encourage your kids, this is what you are looking for Reading for children.

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve

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Mortal Engines takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe This series consists of four novels, the series taking the name from its first novel. If you want to start reading this series, just check this reading order post.

His dark materials by Philip Pullman 

His dark materials

His Dark Materials is a trilogy telling the story of  Lyra Belacqua. In this case, the story takes place in several locations, in a multiverse, in a world with witches and armored bears. Recently, the second novel of its equel, The Book of Dust, was published:  The Secret Commonwealth.

Also, His Dark Materials is having a tv series adaptation, see His Dark Materials BBC tv series.

Additionally, you can check these other books for kids.

 

Hope these Steampunk novel suggestions were of your interest!

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The longest fantasy series of all time

Ever wondered which are the longest fantasy series of all time? Fantasy books are usually longer than in other genres. While the standard word count for a novel is 80.000 this is not so if we are speaking of science and fantasy fiction. Here, the word count increases significantly falling within 90.000-120.000 words per novel. Yes, fantasy and sci-fi novels are considered the longest ones (along with historical fiction).

Longer does not mean better. But at least we can say, that their movie adaptations may gross more, just check The highest grossing fantasy movies of all time. This, of course, if the movie adaptation goes well, just check what happened with Percy Jackson movies instead…

Why are Fantasy and Science fiction novels longer than other genres?

Mostly, because Fantasy and sci-fi books stories are usually set in fictional words. While in a novel taking place in our world (low fantasy for example) we know the locations, we know the rules and how our world is governed. After all, we live on this planet, so the basic rules are already set. Meanwhile, in a fictional world all of this remains unknown, and therefore requires further explanation and depiction. In conclusion, Fantasy and sci-fi novels are longer because of all the worldbuilding, we have to explain the world we made up to the reader so he can be fully immersed in it.

Of course, in Fantasy, there are long novels, but there are also really long book series. Which are the longest fantasy book series ever? Let’s take a look.

Words vs pages

Quick clarification here, when we compare book lengths, it must be done using word count. The number of pages can be misleading. This is because in some cases, mostly because of dialogues, some text might occupy more space but that doesn’t mean it will take more time to read. Just see for yourself:

page vs words

See? Bet The Hobbit excerpt was longer to read.

These are the longest fantasy series:

Here you have some of the longest fantasy series in history:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia book cover

  • Wordcount: 345.535
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

Speaking of The Chronicles of Narnia:

→If you like books for kids take a look: Book suggestions for kids.

The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

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  • Wordcount: 481.103
  • Books: 1 (but published in 3 different volumes)
  • Finished.

Speaking of Lotr:

→ Do you like quizzes? Discover which race would you be in the Lotr universe.

→ The new upcoming Amazon LOTR tv series is being produced: see here.

→ Did you know J.R.R Tolkien is the reason the fantasy genre is how it is now? This is how Tolkien influenced Fantasy.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Percy Jackson book cover

  • Wordcount: 432.494
  • Books: 5
  • Finished.

Speaking of Percy Jackson:

→ The movie adaptations of Percy Jackson flopped, they were canceled. What happened to Percy

→ Ever wondered how Percy Jackson would look as a League of Legends champion? Here you can know.

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Kingkiller Chronicle book cover

  • Wordcount: 650.000
  • Books: 2
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of The Kingkiller Chronicle:

→ Want to start reading this series? This is all you need to know.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Harry potter sorcerers stone book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.084.170
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

Speaking of Harry Potter:

→ Quiz: Discover which animal is your Patronus.

→ The developers of Pokemon Go are about to release Harry Potter Wizards Unite.

→ The leaked Harry Potter rpg.

→ Do you miss magic? here you have some books similar to Harry Potter magic world.

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Black company book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.087.747,00
  • Books: 9
  • Unfinished.

 

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Dark tower book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.670.000
  • Books: 7
  • Finished.

Speaking of Stephen King:

→ Did you know about Laurie, a download free short story written by the author?

→ Pet Sematary, a new movie adaptation of one of King’s most notorious works, was recently released.
→ Stephen King was influenced by H.P Lovecraft: The influence of H.P Lovecraft.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Stormlight Archives book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.269.212
  • Published books: 3
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of Brandon Sanderson:

→ Discover more about one of his most famous series: Mistborn.

→ Brandon Sanderson recently published Skyward.

Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot

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  • Wordcount: 1.924.112
  • Published books: 7
  • Finished.

 

A song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

Game of Thrones book cover

  • Wordcount: 1.749.211
  • Published books: 5
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of ASOIAF, Game of Thrones:

→A weird progression in the latest published works by the author might tell us when Winds of Winter will be published: This is why you shouldn’t read GOT.

→ Will George R.R Martin finish Game of Thrones? Discover what would happen if he didn’t finish his series.
→ Are you a GOT fan? these are the best presents for GOT fans!

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

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  • Wordcount: 2.251.400
  • Published books: 15
  • Finished.

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander book cover

  • Wordcount: 3.227.831
  • Published books: 8
  • Unfinished.

 

Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Recluce book cover

  • Wordcount: 3.899.213
  • Published books: 21
  • Unfinished.

 

Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

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  • Wordcount: 4.061.121
  • Published books: 16
  • Finished.

 

The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind

The Sword of Truth book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.138.677
  • Published books: 21
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of The Sword of Truth:

→ Want to start reading this series? here you have the  The Sword of Truth all you need to know

→ If are you a fan of quizzes: how much you know about swords challenge.

Valdemar Universe by Mercedes Lackey

Valdemar book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.082.433
  • Published books: 22
  • Unfinished.

 

Xanth by Piers Anthony

  • Wordcount: 4.719.200
  • Published books: 40
  • Unfinished.

 

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Discworld book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.625.321
  • Published books: 41
  • Finished.

Speaking of Discworld:

→ Want to start reading Discworld? here is Introducing Discworld.

→ Which items are a must have for every Fantasy fan? here you have 9 must have items.

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (finished by Brandon Sanderson)

Wheel of time book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.082.665
  • Published books: 15
  • Finished.

Speaking of The Wheel of Time:

→ Discover everything about the upcoming The Wheel of Time tv series.

The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist

Riftwar book cover

  • Wordcount: 4.755.902
  • Published books: 30
  • Unfinished.

 

Which is the longest fantasy book series ever written?

Drums, if you please:

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

Malazan Book cover

  • Wordcount: 5.630.199
  • Published books: 13
  • Unfinished.

Speaking of Malazan:

→ Want to start reading Malazan? Here’s an all you need to know guide about Malazan Book of the Fallen.

There you go. The longest fantasy right now, so far, is Malazan Book of The Fallen.

What’s the longest book title ever?

The longest book title ever has 11.284 characters, it was achieved by  Srijan Timilsina (Nepal) in Lalitpure, Nepal, on 19 February 2014. It is a Guinness world record, therefore you can see the original title (sorry for not including it here, but come on 11k characters!)  on Guinness official site: see here. So here you have the longest b

What is the longest book in the world?

Right now, The longest book in the world is The Blah Story by Nigel Tomm, which has more than 3 million words. It is followed by Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach with 2.5 million words. Too long?

 

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These are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is already here and we fans are dying to know how this amazing fantasy series will resolve. Of course, book fans will have to wait a bit more since… well, Winds of Winter has not been published yet. And as you might know already, according to this weird progression I found Winds of Winter might be published in 2026: This is why shouldn’t read Game of Thrones.

Anyway, what if you have a birthday party or you just want to make a present? If the receiver is a GOT fan, then let’s put it easy for you. In this list, you will find different alternatives to please every Got enthusiast, unless the birthday girl/boy expects a direwolf… I am afraid those are out of stock… do not despair, in this article you will find some Game of Thrones present ideas. Also, ever wondered what would happen if George R.R Martin didn’t finish GOT? see here to know what would happen.

Here are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan. You will find the link for every product in case you’d like to purchase it, of course before buying take a look at the alternatives since here only one example is shown, so there may be other alternatives that might be cheaper or might be a better choice for what you are exactly looking for:

Hand of The King Pin Brooch Replica

Hand of the King brooch

Those who carried this Brooch before didn’t have the best of lucks, even so, this brooch represents one of the most powerful positions in the Seven Kingdoms. Do you want to become the Hand of the King? beware the dangers of the palace.

“What’s the line? ‘The King shits, and the Hand wipes.'” Jaime Lannister

You can purchase this replica here.

HBO Shop Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs Collectible Set

Dragon Eggs Game of Thrones

Want to feel like the mother/father of dragons? Then no better gift than this Egg collectible set. While this set is smaller than the ones shown in the show and also they might not hatch either, who knows? If you want your own dragon army then this is only the beginning. Remember the magic word “Dracarys!”

You can purchase these dragon eggs here.

Valar Morgulis coin

Valhar Morgulis Coin

In the books, as in the tv series, Jaqen H’ghar gave this black iron coin to Arya. Use this coin wisely and become one of the Faceless men, this bravoshi piece of iron could save your life someday.

 Arya crossed her arms against her chest. “Valar morghulis,” she said, as loud as if she’d known what it meant.
“Valar dohaeris,” he replied, touching his brow with two fingers. “Of course you shall have a cabin.”

If you like this replica you can purchase it here on Amazon.

Game of Thrones House Targaryen Tournament Banner

Targaryen banner

Do you know his/her favorite House? The banners are a great choice as a present. Here you have House Targaryen’s tournament banner, which looks both impressive and threatening.

With their house words being “Fire and Blood” this banner couldn’t represent better such philosophy. Speaking about Targaryens, have you already read the prequel of Game of Thrones? A novel that displays Westeros when the Targaryens reigned the Seven Kingdoms and dragons ruled the sky: Fire and Blood the last book by George R.R Martin.

You can purchase this banner here.

Game of Thrones – Longclaw Letter Opener

Longclaw letter opener

This series has a lot of famous swords, one of the most relevant being Longclaw, the sword carried by Jon Snow after Jorha Mormont gave it to him. Here you have a letter opener in the shape of Longclaw, a less dangerous Game of Thrones gift than a blade…

Did you want a real sword? Then no problem, a replica of Longclaw can be bought and it was already shown in this article: Nine must have items for a fantasy novel fan.

You can buy this Longclaw letter opener on Amazon, see here.

Game of Thrones Westeros Essos Antique Map

Map of Westeros and Essos

The lands of Westeros are vast and dangerous, this is the continent where most of the action of these novels takes place. At its right, separated by the Narrow Sea, stands Essos, where the Nine Free cities are located.

In this map replica, you will be able to explore in deepness all the secrets of these two continents.

Click here to purchase.

 

Hope you liked these Game of Thrones present ideas, which did you choose? with such epic birthday gifts, they will love you forever!

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Fantasy novel characters becoming League of Legends Champions/Dota heroes?

Hello Wottareaders! this is an article for both bookworms and gamers. What if some of our favorite fantasy novel main characters were Lol champions/Dota heroes? which abilities would they have? would they be op?

A bit of introduction for non Moba Players

In Moba games, every player can choose a champion or a hero (the term differs depending on which game you play). These champions have diverse abilities, which can be cast (active abilities) or others that can’t be toggled (such as an attack aura, for example, providing higher damage to closer units). One of those abilities is more powerful than the others, and also costs more mana and has a higher cooldown. This last ability is called the ultimate.

Generally speaking, League of Legends champions have more than four spells.  However, in order to make this article less overwhelming let`s assume these characters only have four spells: three of them being regular abilities while the fourth one being ultimate. Meanwhile, in Dota or Dota 2 heroes usually have four spells.

Having mentioned the basics, let’s create some new champions!

Frodo Baggins – The Lord of the Rings series

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Armored Hobbit: Frodo wear’s Bilbo’s Mithril shirt, providing him impressive additional armor allowing him to survive to lethal attacks.

Sting’s premonition: Sting glows blue when enemies are nearby, allowing Frodo to detect enemy champions who are approaching to him.

Lembas healing: Frodo always carries Elven bread with him, when he eats Lembas he recovers his full hp.

The One Ring:  The power of the One Ring grants invisibility to Frodo letting him escape from any battle untouched.

Harry Potter – Harry Potter series

Harry Potter League of Legends

Expeliarmus: this spell disarms all the enemies of Harry Potter in range preventing them to deal physical damage.

Invisibility cloak: Harry can hide himself and one of his allies under his invisibility cloak and won’t be revealed unless they move.

Felix Felicis: Harry Potter can drink this potion or give it to an ally, Felix Felicis increases the champion’s evasion to 90%  and doubles his damage for 5 seconds.

Patronus: Harry can cast his Patronus charm granting him and his allies area protection, enemy spells will not work as long as Harry Potter’s stag remains on the field.

Rincewind – Discworld series

Rincewind League of Legends

Runaway master: Rincewind’s philosophy is based on the “there is nothing worth to die for” principle. When this ability is casted Rincewind speed gets multiplied x3.

Accidental hero: he never meant to be a hero, even so, fate wanted him to be. When in combat, Rincewind’s attacks deal x2 damage.

Death evader: No matter how much Death tries, it can’t find Rincewind. When Rincewind hp is lower than 15% he gest invulnerable for 15 seconds.

The Eight spell: This wizzard’s incompetence is so that he can’t spell (hope Discworld fans get the reference). Rincewind can cast the Eight spell, a spell nobody knows what it does exactly. When casted a random ability will be cast instead: a ball of fire, time stop or dead corpses rising are some examples of abilities that have been witnessed when the wizard casts this ability on combat.

Percy Jackson- Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

Percy Jackson League of Legends

Swordsman: After his training in the Camp Half-Blood, Percy is a highly skilled swordsman. When attacked he will instantly counter attack his opponent.

Curse of Achilles: Percy Jackson can cast this ability that grants him immunity from physical damage.

Anaklusmos: Percy’s celestial bronze weapon can change of shape adapting to fight every enemy. Percy Jackson’s attack deal damage as if the target had no armor.

Son of Poseidon:  Percy Jackson has the ability to manipulate water, he can summon waves of water that deal damage and stun his enemies.

Geralt of Rivia – The Witcher series

Geralt of Rivia League of Legends

Alchemist: His collection of herbs allow Geralt to prepare a potion that makes him deal x5 damage while the attacks  the damage he receives will also deal x5 damage to him.

Monster Hunter: Geralt of Rivia is a master swordsman experienced in hunting and killing monsters. His blade is lethal, gaining a chance of dealing critical damage to enemies.

Witcher ritual: As a witcher, Geralt survived to the Trial of the grasses among other mutations and experiments increasing his physical capabilities. This is a passive that grants Geralt of Rivia bonus health regeneration, attack speed, and additional armor.

Sign master: Witchers can cast simple spells called signs, these abilities have proved to be very useful and versatile in combat. Geralt can use his signs of Aard, Igni, Yrden, Quen, Axi, Heliotrop or Somne.  This champion after using one of these signs won’t be able to use the rest of the signs until 120 seconds have passed.

 

Hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it. Of course, these characters could have other abilities, this was just an example of abilities that these fantasy figures would be able to use during a battle. Also, if you don’t know which saga read next, just make this quiz to know!

Which other fantasy main characters would you like to see as League of Legends champions? just leave a comment!

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