Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan
 

Uncanny Collateral

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Worldbuilding Through Characterization
 

Worldbuilding Through Characterization

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One Way by S. J. Morden
 

One Way

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The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
3.5

Amaranthe Lokdon is one of the Turgonian Empire’s enforcers. She keeps the streets safe (much like a policewoman) and is known for being fastidious. She chews her fingernails when she’s anxious and keeps her hair pinned in a tight, efficient bun. Her approach to sexism in the workplace is to prove herself through hard work. […]

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Historical Research with Miles Cameron and Anthony Ryan

Historical Research with Miles Cameron and Anthony Ryan 

The fantasy genre has always been happily aware of its deep connection to history. Pull a book at random from the fantasy section of your bookstore and you’re sure to find something that jogs your high school memories of Scandinavian Vikings (The Blade Itself), the Napoleonic Wars (The Thousand Names), The Wars of the Roses […]

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The Banner Saga RPG

The Banner Saga RPG
4.5

The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies along the way to help battle a strange, new threat. Decisions have […]

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
4

This is one of the tenderly beautiful children’s books that is written with wit and an elegant simplicity for all ages. A close comparison that I’m sure many of you know is The Last Unicorn. If you enjoyed The Last Unicorn, you will enjoy Haroun and the Sea of Stories. That is as much of […]

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Anthony Ryan Audio Interview

Anthony Ryan Audio Interview 

Anthony Ryan is the author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy and Slab City Blues series. His debut, Blood Song, was one of the most successful self-published fantasy novels and caught the attention of Penguin, who acquired the rights in 2012. This interview is spoiler-free and runs 28 minutes, covering, among other things, Anthony Ryan’s lifelong […]

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The Aeneid by Virgil

The Aeneid by Virgil
4.5

The Aeneid is The Iliad’s lesser-known younger brother. It was written by the Roman poet Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, 800 years after Homer. The story begins directly after the events of the Trojan War, following Aeneas, son of Venus, through his escape from fallen Troy to his arrival in Lavinium. This is Virgil’s […]

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Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson
3.5

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel is a foray into the scarcely read world of prehistoric fantasy. It is a raw story, stripped of knights and kingdoms, cities and armies. Instead of these tropes, the story focuses intensely on human relationships and quests of necessity, for food and fire and an old kind of honor that […]

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
4.25

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fairy tale about a boy who stumbles into a mystical world interwoven with his own. There are villains and heroes yet no one character in the cast of six is decidedly good or evil. The characters are described with emotions and desires that – in […]

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Patrick Rothfuss Interview – The Name of the Wind Playing Cards Kickstarter

Patrick Rothfuss Interview – The Name of the Wind Playing Cards Kickstarter 

We tracked down Patrick Rothfuss for an interview about his collaborative The Name of the Wind Playing Cards Kickstarter project. In this thirty-four minute interview, Pat answers a few questions and shares his Kickstarter experience. For those of you scratching your heads, go on over to the Kickstarter project page to see exactly what this […]

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Berserk by Kentaro Miura

Berserk by Kentaro Miura
5

Berserk is fantasy at its finest. There are faeries, sages, knights, and demons – tropes, in fact, that may be terribly clichéd in a novel yet are fresh and exciting in manga. In addition to excellent writing, Kentaro Mirua’s drawing adds a certain gravitas to his dark fantasy that authors like Joe Abercrombie would adore. […]

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Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Cold Days by Jim Butcher
4.5

This review contains spoilers for the previous Dresden books. Read with caution if you have yet to read Ghost Story. Cold Days is the latest installment in the bestselling Dresden Files series, featuring the magic-wielding gumshoe, Harry Dresden. The mantle of the Winter Knight has given Harry command of Fae magic, making him second only […]

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