Why I Don’t Like Dragons
 

Why I Don’t Like Dragons

Guest Post by Oliver Langmead

 
Top Ten Books To Improve Your Writing
 

10 Books To Improve Your Writing

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Promoting Your Personality, A.K.A. Marketing For Authors In 2017
 

Promoting Your Personality

Marketing for Authors

 

Browsing all articles by Eric Christensen.

Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Slipping by Lauren Beukes
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Slipping by Lauren Beukes is a collection of previously published short stories and nonfiction. Having read—and loved—two of her novels, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, I jumped at the chance to read this collection. Everything I liked about her novels I found here: dark and unsettling imagery, relationships forming and exploding, clever turns of […]

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Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen

Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen
3.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains mild spoilers for Wake of Vultures. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. Conspiracy of Ravens, by Lila Bowen (AKA Delilah S. Dawson), gives me exactly what I want in a sequel. Everything I loved in book one of the series, Wake of Vultures, […]

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Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
5

Simply put, I loved Six-Gun Snow White. Although many have adapted fairy tales across a variety of media, very few have done it this well. This isn’t a simple retelling or putting an old tale in new set dressing; Catherynne M. Valente transforms the story of Snow White and tells it beautifully, painfully well. She […]

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A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky
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A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky is the story of M, a very old and very powerful magician, who has returned to New York City after some time away. Although he’d much rather spend his time getting drunk, getting high, and getting laid, he can’t avoid taking a subway train through hell, sidestepping into a […]

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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
3.75

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal presents an alternate World War I where a soldier’s duty doesn’t end when the shell falls or the bullet finds a target. Spiritualism is real, and mediums have given the Allies the edge. Although death and betrayal are at the heart of this book, a cast of plucky, charming […]

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Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time

Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time 

Serial Reader is a new app that delivers daily chunks of books that can be read in 20 minutes or less to your phone. After a few weeks, I’ve become hooked. It’s perfect for my commute on the subway, while waiting in line for coffee, or while eating my lunch. Books that might seem intimidating […]

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Graphic Fantasy: Catching up on Comics

Graphic Fantasy: Catching up on Comics 

Step into any forum, whether on Fantasy-Faction or another site, and conversation often turns to recommendations. “I liked X, but not Y. What should I pick up next?” Unless X and Y are really off the wall, the same handful of names pop up pretty much every time. And while I do try to suggest […]

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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
3.5

Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay’s 13th novel, interweaves several individual tales into a larger story highlighting the pain and opportunity and fragility of living between clashing empires in an alternate Renaissance Europe. Although Kay likes to say his books are histories that take a quarter-turn to the fantastic, in this case, he […]

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New Models for Magicians

New Models for Magicians 

In many fantasy stories, magicians often follow one or two traditional models. Many are often portrayed as guides or teachers that assist the protagonist. Often this mentor is described as an old man, with a long, white beard. They wear robes and carry walking staffs. Merlin and Gandalf cast long shadows over the genre. Alternatively, […]

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Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy

Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy 

I recently I submitted a story to my writing group for critique. It was a secondary-world fantasy set in a pre-industrial port city. Of all the comments I received, the one that stuck with me complained that it was unrealistic that the people of my world didn’t have a problem with my lesbian protagonist and […]

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Split Worlds Series by Emma Newman – Review of the First Three Books

Split Worlds Series by Emma Newman – Review of the First Three Books
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Spoiler Warning! I’m reviewing the first three books of the Split Worlds series. Consequently, when describing the plot of book three, it’s darn near impossible not to say things that are spoilers for book one, but I have minimized them as best I can while still talking about the books sensibly. If you are extremely […]

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Emma Newman Interview: The Split Worlds Series, Writing, Tea, and More

Emma Newman Interview: The Split Worlds Series, Writing, Tea, and More 

On the eve of her February 23 re-release of her Split Worlds series, I caught up with author, narrator, and host of the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, Emma Newman to talk about her path to publishing, her writing style, finishing the Split World Series, her motivations for writing this story, being married to a novelist, […]

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