The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab
 

The Steel Prince

New Release Comic Review

 
The Son of Summer Stars by Meredith Ann Pierce
 

The Son of Summer Stars

Classic SFF Review

 
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
 

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

Review

 

Browsing all articles by Liz Fellshot Ambrose.

Subgenre Bingo – Steampunk

Subgenre Bingo – Steampunk 

For a lot of people, steampunk is less a speculative fiction variant and more a fashion and decorating aesthetic. That’s okay (far be it for me to say it isn’t) but the roots of the aesthetic are pretty much in literature. Specifically, Victorian era science fiction. Why am I naming it a subgenre of fantasy […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Interview

Nnedi Okorafor Interview 

Acclaimed author Nnedi Okorafor was kind enough take some time to answer some questions for us about her books and worldbuilding. Her stories are a panorama of rich imagery and the whole dynamic range of emotions intermeshed with delightfully twisty plots. As I am good at writing none of these things, I thought it would […]

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Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
4.5

After the delightful impression that Etiquette and Espionage left me with, of course I had to follow up with Curtsies and Conspiracies. Set in the same story universe as the Parasol Protectorate albeit several years earlier, Sophronia has her first test in upper class manners and the art of passing notes and successful poisoning. While […]

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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
3.5

When I initially got a copy of this book, my first thoughts were along the lines of “Middle manager dealing with demons and extremist attacks for his salaried job? I suppose it would be a change of pace.” And indeed it was, but not in the ways I was expecting it to be. What initially […]

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Cold Steel by Kate Elliott

Cold Steel by Kate Elliott
5

The last installment of the Spiritwalker trilogy, Cold Steel follows the further adventures of Catherine Bell Barahal as she tries to save her cousin Bee who walks the dreams of dragons, her half brother Rory who is a saber toothed cat of some kind, and her husband Andevai the cold mage. While she’s running from […]

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San Diego Comicon 2013 Report

San Diego Comicon 2013 Report 

As everyone probably already knows, Comicon landed on the city of San Diego like the usual ton of bricks. All traffic slowed to a crawl in the vicinity of the convention halls, it took over the large ballrooms of nearly every hotel in a block radius, nearly every single hotel room in the county was […]

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
5

After enjoying Who Fears Death so much, I thought I would pick up another book by the same author. One reading success does lead one to hope for another and in this case, my hopes were fulfilled. Akata Witch centers around Sunny, a Nigerian schoolgirl with albinism, as she discovers that she has juju magic […]

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Amazon Opens Up Kindle Worlds

Amazon Opens Up Kindle Worlds 

So the news has hit that Amazon, in its ever increasing hold in publishing, will be supporting sales of fanfiction for certain franchises who have already given their approval. The premise is that all those fanfic authors will finally get a little something back from something that they love doing. This is all well and […]

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Hemlock Grove – Season One Review

Hemlock Grove – Season One Review 

On certain rare occasions, Netflix releases a show that it made in house. Hemlock Grove is their first foray into anything science fiction/fantasy/horror related (that I know of). There’s an evil medical corporation, werewolves, and a gory body count which leads me to think that they tried to do everything all at once for all […]

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The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
4

I’ve had people tell me that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. While I understand (and agree with) the metaphor as it applies to people, I think that I am perfectly justified by judging an actual book by its cover and blurb. Marketing people have certain audiences that they want to buy their […]

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Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
4

For some people the formula for young adult steampunk seems simple. Step 1: Find some classic science fiction from the mid to late 1800’s. Step 2: Add a “plucky” heroine. Step 3: Add a love triangle. Step 4: ???? Step 5: Profit! After careful sampling and many dents in the wall, I have discovered that […]

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The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest

The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest
5

Set in the Clockwork Century universe where there are zombies, diesel and steam powered war machines, and mad scientists aplenty running around through the United States, Rector has gotten old enough to get kicked out of a Seattle orphanage. Sadly, he hasn’t kicked his drug habit and has been guilting himself over the disappearance of […]

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