Peter Haynes Interview – The Willow by Your Side
 

Peter Haynes

Interview – The Willow by Your Side

 
Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen by Garth Nix – Series Review
 

Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen

Abhorsen Series Review

 
Blade & Rose by Miranda Honfleur
 

Blade & Rose

Review

 

Browsing all articles by A. M. Justice.

Wraith Knight and Wraith Lord by C. T. Phipps – Double Book Review

Wraith Knight and Wraith Lord by C. T. Phipps – Double Book Review
3.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for book one of the series. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish Wraith Knight. When Wraith Lord, the sequel to C. T. Phipps’ outstanding Wraith Knight, opens, protagonist Jacob Riverson has a few problems: 1. He has two wives, and they’re mad at each other. […]

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El Ministerio del Tiempo (Ministry of Time) – TV Series Review

El Ministerio del Tiempo (Ministry of Time) – TV Series Review 

I am a sucker for costume dramas. If a show involves somebody wearing farthingales, I will give it a try, and I’ll usually hang in there even if it’s not that great. Usually on the stationary bike, I’ll pedal along, admiring fashions, upholstery, and candelabras. I’ve watched my share of mediocre historical dramas and fantasies, […]

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Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review

Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review 

When I hear my twelve-year-old weeping, I know one of two things is happening: a) she’s reached the climax of another Warriors book, or b) there’s been another tragic death in a Warriors book. This massive series has been my daughter’s singular book obsession for roughly a quarter of her life. She occasionally takes a […]

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Temporal Anomalies: Timekeeping in Fantasy

Temporal Anomalies: Timekeeping in Fantasy 

Humans are OCD about time. We obsess over birthdays and anniversaries and are ruled by the work week. We live for the weekend and look forward to holidays with either joy or dread, depending on which relatives are coming over. We count the seconds until midnight on New Year’s, and we count the billions of […]

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Great Fantasy Films From Yesteryear

Great Fantasy Films From Yesteryear 

Before I begin, as I wrote this title I thought, “How did the 1970s become yesteryear?” I have to keep reminding myself that there are adults out there—many of them friends—who were born two decades after my childhood years. So yes, Amanda, your own lifetime includes yesteryears and bygone eras. But let’s get to it. […]

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Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review

Jordskott: Seasons 1 and 2 – TV Series Review 

How far would you go to protect your child? Would you destroy a community? Commit genocide? Kill another’s child? On the Swedish urban fantasy crime drama Jordskott, the answer to these questions is often yes. Jordskott could be described as The Killing meets Trollhunter. It begins when Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel), a troubled police detective, […]

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Annihilation – Movie Review

Annihilation – Movie Review 

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for the movie Annihilation. Please read with caution if you have yet to see the movie. You can find our review of the book Annihilation, on which the movie is based, here. Annihilation is one of those rare films where the writer/director tossed a whole lot of science fiction […]

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The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character”

The Problem with Abandoning the “Strong Female Character” 

Yet another descriptor has been caught in the verboten term net. Recently, several essays have appeared arguing that people should stop using the term “strong female character” (SFC) or “strong female protagonist” because a) The SFC has become just another trope in speculative fiction, providing authors with another cardboard token with which to people their […]

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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
4.5

How many times have you read something that made you gasp aloud? I’ve cried pretty liberally over events—Dobbie’s death and burial (HP and the Deathly Hallows), the duel between Ammar and Rodrigo (Lions of Al-Rassan), Frodo’s departure for the Blessed Lands (Return of the King)—but I can’t remember gasping aloud at a single word uttered […]

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Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
4

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien contains echoes of Romeo and Juliet, Rapunzel, and the Orpheus and Persephone myths. In it, Lúthien—a demigod elf princess whom Tolkien refers to both as a “mere maid” and “the greatest of the children of Iluvatar”—singlehandedly defeats Morgoth, the Big Bad of the First Age of Middle Earth. The story […]

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