Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
 

Beren and Lúthien

Review

 
Josh Vogt Interview
 

Josh Vogt

Interview

 
Miles Cameron Interview – The Fall of Dragons
 

Miles Cameron

Interview - The Fall of Dragons

 

Browsing all articles by Eric Christensen.

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
4

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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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3.5

Mythology is meant to be told and retold, down through the generations. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, is the latest telling. As Gaiman recently described it in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, this collection is his version of a “cover song” or his take on the role of Hamlet. It’s a clever metaphor […]

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The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman

The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman
3

The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman is the sequel to Silver on the Road. Isobel, along with her mentor Gabriel, rides the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand, serving as his eyes and ears, helping those who live by the Devil’s rules and punishing those who would violate those rules. Like the first book, […]

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Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Slipping by Lauren Beukes
4

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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