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J. Zachary Pike

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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. By day Zack is a web professional and creative-for-hire, but at night he returns to his lair to create books, films, and illustrations that meld fantasy elements with offbeat humor. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, Zack writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

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J. Zachary Pike I felt the explanation of why Mages' robes transform was appropriate because I didn't think clothing growing buttons or changing decoration on its own…moreI felt the explanation of why Mages' robes transform was appropriate because I didn't think clothing growing buttons or changing decoration on its own happens often enough in fantasy to go without explanation, and because Laruna's robes transforming foreshadows a more significant change in a mage's attire later in the series.

Sometimes I regret putting "A Satire" in the title, but it's because it messes with the metadata. Orconomics absolutely is a satire. A satire uses humor to criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in a political sense. Orconomics satirises corporate greed and systemic injustice using a bunch of fantasy and role playing tropes.

You may disagree, and you're welcome to; I understand that people develop strong opinions around the definitions of certain genres or devices. But I like the label, and I'm sticking with it.(less)
J. Zachary Pike I've been reading a few books for SPFBO #5, but I listened to Kings of the Wyld (5 stars), Hero Forged (review coming, very good), and Senlin Ascends …moreI've been reading a few books for SPFBO #5, but I listened to Kings of the Wyld (5 stars), Hero Forged (review coming, very good), and Senlin Ascends (Excellent).(less)
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I was on r/fantasy this morning when I came across a question I get asked a lot: “what’s the best way to support authors?” I know the feeling; you’re passionate about an author’s works and you’re wondering how you can help them spin these wonderful worlds out of random thoughts. There are a lot of things you can do to help authors, and some of them are free. Here are the ten ways I find most h

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“There is not always a light at the end of the tunnel. That is why you must carry a torch.”
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“Truly, nothing is better than to crush your competition, to drive down their profit margins, to hear the lamentations of their sales representatives.”
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“How many times has the world ended before? Perhaps we are just toiling among its ashes.”
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“The exact ratio of irony to matter in the universe is known as Nove’s Constant, and by definition it’s more than you’d expect.”
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“There is not always a light at the end of the tunnel. That is why you must carry a torch.”
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“Truly, nothing is better than to crush your competition, to drive down their profit margins, to hear the lamentations of their sales representatives.”
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“It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. In the same vein, desperation is the father of compromise, panic is the sister of slapdash improvisation, and despair is the second cousin of quiet apathy. By that reckoning, dinner was a dismal family reunion.”
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