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Fantastical Biology – Part Nine: Fantasy Insects

Fantastical Biology – Part Nine: Fantasy Insects 

Insects represent more than half of all known living organisms on our world. They’re found in nearly all environments, even in the ocean. And yet, it’s so rare to see them in fantasy fiction, even if it’s just swatting away an annoying fly. This just means there’s lots of room for insects to crawl into […]

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Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective

Magic: The Gathering – A Fantasy Lover’s Perspective 

There are lots of games out there for fans of fantasy, both video and table-top. Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well-known table top fantasy game, but Wizards of the Coast also publishes Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that also belongs in the fantasy genre. But I noticed that there isn’t a […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Eight: Fantasy Diseases

Fantastical Biology – Part Eight: Fantasy Diseases 

When creating a believable fantasy world, we often focus on things like politics, religion, culture; but there’s a tiny (microscopic, in fact) detail that can flesh out a story world and be used to create tension and conflict. Protagonists in fantasy novels often get cuts and bruises, or spend a few nights camping in the […]

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Books on Writing Fantasy

Books on Writing Fantasy 

There are lots of books about writing out there, waiting to be read by future authors. Books on characters, books on plot, books on writing a novel in X amount of days. And of course all of this information can be used when writing fantasy novels, but wouldn’t it be nice to read a book […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Seven: Fantasy Biologists

Fantastical Biology – Part Seven: Fantasy Biologists 

So far this series has focused on animals and habitats, exploring anything from the relationships between predators and prey to the deepest parts of the ocean. But what is fantastical biology, without a fantastical biologist? This article takes a look at the people who study science in our world, and how the real world study […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Fantasy Creatures & Urban Living

Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Fantasy Creatures & Urban Living 

Wildlife isn’t the first thing that might come to mind when you think of the city, but lots of animals make their homes there. Things are no different in fantasy cities, and urban fantasy is a popular genre often featuring fantastical incursions into modern day life. Looking at how nature copes in real cities can […]

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
3.5

In a never-ending quest to find new and interesting fantasy fiction, I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I liked the idea of a magician that could walk between worlds while also walking the line between royal messenger and smuggler. Kell is Antari, one of the last magicians who can create […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Symbiosis

Fantastical Biology – Part Six: Symbiosis 

Nature is often depicted as being brutal, where only the strongest survive, and fantasy novels often follow this idea. But, predator versus prey is not the only way animals interact with one another in the real world. While different species living in the same area often compete with one another for resources, there are many […]

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The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard
4.5

This review contains spoilers. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. Cabal looked at the man, and he was astonished, and yet so profoundly relieved that when he spoke, the first word was almost a sob. “You,” he said, his voice thin and weak from illness and disuse. “It’s you.” […]

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Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight

Fantastical Biology – Part Five: Fantasy Creatures in Flight 

A dragon soars through the clouds; a fairy flutters through the woods; a gargoyle flexes its stone wings—flying creatures are a staple of fantasy literature. There are the traditional ones above, or whatever creature the author wants to slap a pair of wings onto. With fantasy’s focus on wonder and magic, it’s not strange that […]

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The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard

The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard
4

“Why on Earth did you steal three dead popes?” asked Cabal. “First, to make the Vatican very cross. That was funny. Second reason, delicious.” It’s rare for Johannes Cabal to have visitors that aren’t of the torch-bearing mob variety, so when three strangers show up at his front door asking for his help, he greets […]

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The Detective by Jonathan L. Howard

The Detective by Jonathan L. Howard
4.5

“Don’t think you can quantify me and put me in a thesis. A census taker once tried to test me. I let my front garden eat him.” – Johannes Cabal Johannes Cabal: The Detective is Jonathan Howard’s second novel featuring the title character, a necromancer of some little infamy. While the first novel took its […]

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