Knocking People Out: Easier In Fiction Than In Real Life
 

Knocking People Out In Fiction

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Blurring The Lines
 

Blurring The Lines

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Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
 

Age of Assassins

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Malice of Crows by Lila Bowen

Malice of Crows by Lila Bowen
4

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the series, but nothing beyond what you’d see on the back covers of the books. Malice of Crows, book three of The Shadow series, by Lila Bowen (a.k.a. Delilah S. Dawson) was ranked among Fantasy-Faction’s Best Books of 2017 but somehow, we didn’t review it when […]

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Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
4.5

Looking at the list of genres above, it’s clear that I had difficulties categorizing Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne. But I suppose that is what the New Weird is all about. Although there is some disagreement over the precise nature of the genre, it seems to be a sort of mashing together of speculative elements to produce […]

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Django Wexler Interview – The Infernal Battalion

Django Wexler Interview – The Infernal Battalion 

Back in 2013, Fantasy-Faction interviewed Django Wexler as the first book in his Shadow Campaigns series, The Thousand Names, was about to come out. So it’s only fitting that we interview for his January 9th release of the fifth and final book in the series, The Infernal Battalion. And in this interview, in addition to […]

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The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler

The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler
4

The Infernal Battalion is the fifth and final book in Django Wexler’s series, The Shadow Campaigns. And when it comes to a series finale, I’m looking for any final mysteries to be resolved, plot threads to come together, characters to fully and finally embrace who they are, and a big showdown to be fought. In […]

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A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall

A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
3.5

A War in Crimson Embers is the third and final book in Marshall’s Crimson Empire trilogy that began with A Crown for Cold Silver. What started as a revenge tale grew into a world war and now finishes with an existential fight against a Lovecraftian army of devils. Concluding a trilogy is always a risky […]

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Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer
4

When I first heard of Creatures of Will and Temper, I read descriptions calling it a gender-swapped, lesbian The Picture of Dorian Gray with swords and demons. While that was enough to get my attention (and it helped that I was a fan of Tanzer’s Vermillion), that description is both right and wrong. Yes, there […]

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2,000 to 10,000 and 5,000 Words Per Hour – Reviews and Comparison

2,000 to 10,000 and 5,000 Words Per Hour – Reviews and Comparison 

I think it’s safe to say that most writers wish they could write more. We block out time to write before work, during our lunch hours, and before bed. But life often gets in the way: we have jobs, school, family to look after, friends to meet up with, gym sessions, or errands to run. […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Book Review
5

When I kicked off the Fantastic Literature column, I mentioned that Hulu was producing a series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And that television show has helped spur a renaissance around the 1985 book, with libraries seeing waitlists for the book run a mile long, and the iconic costumes popping up at state […]

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City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
4.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first two books in The Divine Cities trilogy. Read with caution if you have yet to finish City of Stairs and City of Blades. City of Miracles completes Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy (which also includes City of Stairs and City of Blades). On the […]

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
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Recently, it seemed that no matter where I turned on the internet, someone was mentioning—and praising—Angela Carter. Maybe it was because of the recent biography, or maybe it was just the universe’s way of pointing me to a new writer and a crucial text I somehow hadn’t read yet. And after a little digging, I […]

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
4.5

Welcome to the inaugural column for the new series Fantastic Literature. As part of this series, I hope to explore new and new-to-me writers and works of literary fiction that include genre elements. Just like the bookshelves in most bookstores, the two categories are often considered to be miles apart. And fans of each category […]

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
4.5

Spoiler Warning: To the extent possible, I have done my best to minimize spoilers for the entire Shades of Magic trilogy. However, this is a review of the third book in a trilogy, so some details might have been inadvertently revealed. If so, I apologize in advance. When V. E. Schwab recently visited the Washington, […]

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