Blackwing by Ed McDonald
 

Blackwing

Review

 
Worlds Within Worlds – Part Three: Old Grey Beards
 

Worlds Within Worlds

Part Three: Old Grey Beards

 
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
 

Games Wizards Play

Review

 

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Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner

Apocalypse: An Epic Poem by Frederick Turner
4

Apocalypse is an epic poem about humanity’s struggle against the end of the world. When I was first pointed in its direction, and began reading, I was a little conflicted about potentially reviewing it here as it seemed to be too straight sci-fi for our little fantasy corner. However, there has always been crossover appeal […]

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Michael J. Martinez Interview

Michael J. Martinez Interview 

I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to catch up with author Michael J. Martinez about once a year, thanks to his ability to so quickly write fantastic books for us to discuss. In 2015 we talked about the end of his dual-universe sci-fi/fantasy Daedalus trilogy. This year we both dressed up in our best James […]

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MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez

MJ-12: Inception by Michael J. Martinez
4.5

Michael J. Martinez first hit our shelves with the incredible Daedalus series, which dazzled critics and fans alike with 18th Century battleships in space and multi-dimensional plotlines. It was a trilogy (and spin-off novella) that mashed a range of genres into a fresh fantasy adventure that we really hadn’t seen before and I couldn’t help […]

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Does Size Matter In Epic Fantasy?

Does Size Matter In Epic Fantasy? 

This year I decided to do something crazy—compete in an online writing contest called Pitch Wars. Run by the wonderful Brenda Drake, this is where unpublished writers query a selection of ‘mentors’ (published writers, agents, editors, etc.), for the chance to get some professional help on their manuscripts one-on-one, before pitching the polished work to […]

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Michael J. Martinez Interview

Michael J. Martinez Interview 

That last time we talked to author Michael J. Martinez he had just released his debut novel, The Daedalus Incident, which introduced us to a dual-universe story full of 18th Century sailing ships in space and ancient Martian warlords. Flash forward only two years and he’s completed the trilogy with The Venusian Gambit, as well […]

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The Venusian Gambit by Michael J. Martinez

The Venusian Gambit by Michael J. Martinez
4.75

The Venusian Gambit is the third and final instalment in the Daedalus series by Michael J. Martinez and boy does it strive to redefine the word ‘epic’. I read the first book, The Daedalus Incident, a couple of years ago and found it to be an exciting swashbuckling, space-sailing adventure with multiple dimensions, races, species, […]

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Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
4.5

Chuck Wendig is a name most readers here will recognise. A stellar writing force on the internet, his opinions, arguments, sage advice and (often) sage profanity are well known and usually well received. I have long followed Chuck through the magic of Twitter and via his blog terribleminds, and have been a fan of his […]

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Editor Abigail Nathan Interview – Part Two

Editor Abigail Nathan Interview – Part Two 

Welcome back to part two of our interview with professional editor Abigail Nathan of Bothersome Words Writing and Editing Services. In this section we talk more about working with writers and publishers. If you missed Part One, you can read it here. You obviously deal with a lot of fiction in your line of work. […]

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Editor Abigail Nathan Interview – Part One

Editor Abigail Nathan Interview – Part One 

“There is no good writing, only good rewriting.” The writers among you will have heard this many times. Likely you’ve heard different variations of it, but the message is the same: First drafts are about getting something down on paper. It will be rough. It will probably stink. But it’s simply part of the process. […]

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Eleri Stone Interview

Eleri Stone Interview 

A couple of months ago I reviewed the excellent Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone. It was a cracking read, with a brilliant couple of protagonists, and while this follow-up interview to delve deeper into the author’s story is a little late (entirely my fault—thanks to Eleri for her patience!), I think it’s worth the wait. […]

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Alan Baxter Interview

Alan Baxter Interview 

From humble (but rather excellent) self-published beginnings, British/Australian author Alan Baxter has established himself as a widely respected writer—and excitingly has a new series coming out from Harper Voyager in the next couple of months. After reviewing his first two books (RealmShift and MageSign) recently, I have the good fortune to be able to give […]

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MageSign by Alan Baxter

MageSign by Alan Baxter
4.25

Last month I reviewed the excellent RealmShift by Alan Baxter, an author in Australia who we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of in the future, after he recently signed a three-book deal with Harper Voyager (to be released later this year)! RealmShift left me with a lot to think about. Not only a thrilling […]

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