J. Zachary Pike's

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In Defense of Orcs, Goblins, and More

Patrick Rothfuss famously said:

The problem with a lot of people who read only literary fiction is that they assume fantasy is just books about orcs and goblins and dragons and wizards and bullshit. And to be fair, a lot of fantasy is about that stuff. … However, we should not be judged by our lowest common denominators.

And I’m usually not one to pick a fight on my blog*, but I like orcs and goblins and dragons and wizards. I don’t like bullshit, however, which is why I hate that freaking quote.

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Orctoberfest 2015

October is my favorite month for a number of reasons: I was born during it, it’s the time of year when cosplay enjoys the broadest degree of social acceptance, it’s the month that I published Orconomics: A Satire, and it falls into easy wordplay with the word “Orc.” (It should be clear by now that horrible Orc puns are part of my schtick.)

For those last two reasons, I’m hearby announcing Orctoberfest on this first full week of Orctober. I’m running some promotions and kicking off new initiatives and doing fun stuff all month. Stuff that a cool person like you should probably be a part of.

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