Bored of games… board of life?
 

Bored games?

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Small Press, Big Stories: NewCon Press
 

Small Presses: NewCon

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

Review

 

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Brian Jacques: An Appreciation

Brian Jacques: An Appreciation 

Brian Jacques died on February 5, 2011. He was 71, and he leaves behind him the legacy of a full and successful career: 39 published books, including 21 in his famous Redwall series (with another awaiting publication this year), legions of loyal fans, and a vision of a fantasy world that retains its power to […]

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What Makes ‘Epic Fantasy’ Epic?

What Makes ‘Epic Fantasy’ Epic? 

What does the term “epic fantasy” make you think of? For most people, even most well-read, card-carrying members of the fantastic-fiction-reading community, these words conjure an image of a very specific type of fantasy story. It does not take place in a recognisable version of the world we all (I hope) wake up to every […]

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Sandman Slim: A Novel by Richard Kadrey

Sandman Slim: A Novel by Richard Kadrey
3.5

Vacation season is coming and it’s time to give yourself a break, stretch out by the pool or on the beach, and distract yourself with a relaxing summertime read about…demons, black magic, and killer hit men from hell?! Well, maybe. Sandman Slim (2009) by Richard Kadrey may have a touch more nihilism in its outlook […]

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The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
4.5

This is the first in a semi-occasional series that examines classic or influential YA and children’s fantasy—the sorts of books that fantasy fans remember as the stories that brought them into the genre-reading world and ones that provide entry points of new readers of every age. The Chronicles of Prydain, a series written by author […]

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Kraken: An Anatomy by China Miéville

Kraken: An Anatomy by China Miéville
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They say there are no new stories, just tropes, myths and archetypes that appear over and over again in different guises. This is, perhaps, especially the case in genres such as fantasy, where the narrative traditions are strong enough to provide joke material for fans and where unoriginal tales can so easily slide into self-parody. […]

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Going Old School: Re-Re-Defining Urban Fantasy

Going Old School: Re-Re-Defining Urban Fantasy 

I have a confession: I have not always maintained my current, high-intensity level of fantasy fandom. There was a period (which coincided with several years of full-time school), during which I stopped reading so widely in fantasy literature, and let my fan cred slip shamefully. It was only in mid-2010 that I really began to […]

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
3.5

It is pretty clear at this point, that there is something of a glut of vampire literature hitting the fantasy scene these days. Bookstore bestseller tables groan with novels about bloodsuckers, adaptations of the most popular stories appear on screens big and small, the undead make up a major focus of not one, but two […]

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The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
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The best thing about Felix Gilman’s latest novel, The Half-Made World, is without a doubt the world it introduces us to. In shape and ambiance, it has shades of the mythic American West—recalling not just the physical aspects of a frontier terrain, but the thematic qualities of wilderness and receding civilization, lawlessness and the struggle […]

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Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis

Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis
4.5

Although they may seem to be two separate books, Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis are in fact two halves of a massive science fiction novel released six months apart last year. Together, they tell the story of a handful of time-travelling historians caught amidst the chaos of the Blitz in World War II […]

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