Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
 

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Film Review

 
The Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Shortlist 2017
 

Gemmell Awards 2017

Shortlist Announcement

 
A Perfect Blend: The Seven by Peter Newman
 

The Seven

Review

 

Browsing all articles by T. O. Munro.

A Perfect Blend: The Seven by Peter Newman

A Perfect Blend: The Seven by Peter Newman
5

Seven is a magical number. Indeed, a 2014 survey found that seven is the world’s favourite number. Perhaps that is why the world of film and books has known so many sevens; from seven brides to seven brothers, from the secret seven to the magnificent seven, from the seven sons of Feanor to the se7en […]

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The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman

The Hammer and the Goat; The Vagrant and the City by Peter Newman
4.5

Covers count; every author knows this. Covers can make you buy books, they pose questions, raise mysteries – draw in the eye and the imagination. It is rare, however, for the cover of one book to make you buy a different book, but so it was with me this weekend. Later this month, the final […]

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
5

As a reviewer, Red Sister set me a challenge I have not had since The Girl with All the Gifts: the conundrum of capturing how it made me feel and why, but without spoiling the experience for anyone who comes after me. (By the way – as far as The Girl With all the Gifts […]

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Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft
5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers for Senlin Ascends. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the first book. Having steadily accelerated in devouring Senlin Ascends (the first of the books of Babel), I fell with almost unseemly haste into its sequel, Arm of the Sphinx. I will try to avoid giving […]

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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
5

This is an exceedingly rich book. A depth of imagination married with a poetic turn of phrase and an engaging cast of characters (both those we meet and those who keep us waiting) conspire to deliver an epic story soaring high above the clouds. The engine of the fantastic story is a terrifyingly ordinary dilemma. […]

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Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley

Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley
5

Pretty Little Dead Girls was the first of Ms Yardley’s books I ever read. I sort of flirted with the idea of buying it for quite a while. The title, the cover, the blurb all caught my eye and yet the theme seemed so dark it made me hesitate. The book is not fantasy in […]

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Detritus In Love by Mercedes M. Yardley & John Boden + Interview with the Authors

Detritus In Love by Mercedes M. Yardley & John Boden + Interview with the Authors
4.5

Detritus in Love opens with a fourteen-year-old boy discovering that he can see and hear dead people. Three years later he’s not only made some dead friends, but he’s fallen in love with one of them, though her being dead is actually the least of his many reasons for not bringing her home to the […]

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Mark Lawrence Interview

Mark Lawrence Interview 

Mark Lawrence’s first published work Prince of Thorns attracted some controversy on its release and Mark has been as robust as he is generous in his online engagement with fans, fellow writers and critics. There is a rare gift and a sharp wit to all his writing such that even his most ardent critics would […]

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The Sacred and Profane in Fantasy Writing: Who Gives a F___?

The Sacred and Profane in Fantasy Writing: Who Gives a F___? 

As I started writing this my five-year-old niece was settling down to a sleepover with my youngest daughter, and my second daughter had just reminded me that we would have to watch our language around the impressionable little one. Those who have worked with me will know that I have a slight tendency to cuss. […]

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The Iron Ship by K. M. McKinley

The Iron Ship by K. M. McKinley
4.5

I started off intending to simply review K. M. McKinley’s steampunk fantasy novel. I was surprised at its relatively low number of Goodreads and Amazon reviews despite being out for over a year. Perhaps it had not tickled the fancy of others in quite the same way that it worked for me. However, in setting […]

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Teresa Frohock Interview

Teresa Frohock Interview 

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Teresa Frohock, author of several ground breaking fantasy novels and novellas including The Broken Road, Miserere, and the recently completed trilogy of Los Nefilim novellas (In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death). Can you tell us a little bit about when you first got […]

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Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On?

Tropes and Clichés in Epic Fantasy: Is It Time To Move On? 

I just finished Diana Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland first published twenty years ago, but still accurately satirical in the shots it takes at the more recognisable “issues” in fantasy fiction. Tropes of plot, style and substance are all scythed down in a humorous harvesting of fantasy’s most memorable clichés, from the impeccably behaved […]

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