Jeff Wheeler – Livestream Interview – This Friday!
 

Jeff Wheeler

Livestream Interview - Friday!

 
Fantasy-Faction Turns 10! Help Us Spread the Love of Reading!
 

Help Us Spread the Love of Reading!

Fantasy-Faction Turns 10!

 
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
 

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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The War of the Worlds – 2019 BBC Adaptation Review

The War of the Worlds – 2019 BBC Adaptation Review 

Imagine you go to a concert to see a classic band perform their greatest hits. However, the band only performs some of their best-known songs, and many of those are in unusual arrangements. How many songs does the band have leave out, and how strangely do the familiar songs have to be performed, before you […]

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
4.25

Novelist Ben Mears returns to his hometown of ‘Salem’s Lot after the death of his wife. He becomes part of local life and begins a new relationship, but things are not going well in the town. An antiques shop has just opened, run by two suspicious men, and a spate of deaths and disappearances plagues […]

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One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
4.5

In January 1986, 15-year-old Nick is told that he has cancer. He begins chemotherapy and struggles to maintain as much of a normal life as he can. But a girl has joined his Dungeons and Dragons group, and a mysterious man has started following him around—a man who looks curiously familiar. Nick is drawn into […]

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40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up?

40 Years of The Perfect Organism: Does Alien Hold Up? 

Spoiler Warning! This article contains many spoilers! When I was about 15, Aliens had a reputation among my friends as a great film. It was part war movie, part science fiction film: futuristic in a tough, edgy way. After watching it on a battered VHS videocassette and thinking it was excellent, I settled down to […]

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Frostgrave and Carnevale – Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews

Frostgrave and Carnevale – Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews 

In the last couple of years, tabletop gaming has become more popular. A lot of people don’t have the space, budget or playing time for vast wargames involving hundreds of models, and smaller-scale, skirmish games have arisen to fill the gap. I thought I’d have a look at two such games: Carnevale, sold by TTCombat, […]

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Taking Comedy Seriously

Taking Comedy Seriously 

From Geoffrey Chaucer to Raymond Chandler—and a lot of people in between—all kinds of writers have used comedy to entertain and inform in their writing. Comedy can form a useful distraction from a darker story, or can take the form of a sly comment on the main action—or it can be the backbone of a […]

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Worldbuilding: More Than Just Maps

Worldbuilding: More Than Just Maps 

When we think about worldbuilding, we tend to think of it on a grand scale: maps of continents in the front of fantasy novels, or astral charts showing rival galactic empires. But worldbuilding is deeper, and more subtle, than that. A novel can have a huge cast and be set in a huge background, but […]

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Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
3.5

The Dragonlance books were published between 1984 and 2011, and are a group of connected fantasy novels set in the world of Krynn. Krynn was an official setting for Dungeons & Dragons, so it’s fair to say that Dragonlance was an “official” D&D product. Most of the novels were set in Krynn’s “present day”, but […]

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Editing Your Writing

Editing Your Writing 

Editing is, in a way, the less fun counterpart to writing a novel. However, in writing fiction, the devil often is in the details, and a good edit can make the difference between a reasonable book and a brilliant one. Of course, a traditionally-published book will be edited by the publisher, and many self-published writers […]

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The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
4.5

The late Victorian era was a time of new and dangerous ideas. The concept of evolution challenged traditional religious belief. The first few voices were questioning the politics of Empire. Ideas of hypnotism and psychology were starting to be taken seriously. H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau is a vivid, uncomfortable exploration of […]

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Of Lead and Plastic: Tabletop Wargaming In 2018

Of Lead and Plastic: Tabletop Wargaming In 2018 

Wargaming and miniatures games have got a pretty bad rep in the past for being dry, intense and hard to enjoy. However, if the stereotypes were ever true, they aren’t now. Whether you’re interested in recreating the Battle of Helm’s Deep or sending a few brave adventurers into a dungeon, there’s never been a better […]

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Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan

Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen) by Richard Morgan
4

Carl Marsalis is a Variant Thirteen, a genetically-engineered throwback to a strain of human that died out thousands of years ago. He is a tough, aggressive loner, instinctively cunning and brutal, predisposed not to follow rules. Thirteens are used as elite soldiers by the government and forcibly retired to Mars, where they can be kept […]

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