A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
 

A Conjuring of Light

Review

 
When Characters Shed Names
 

When Characters Shed Names

Article

 
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
 

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Review

 

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Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills

Heart Blade by Juliana Spink Mills
3

Urban fantasy is absolutely my bag. I write it. I read it. I openly pine to live in a world where I can punch a troll in the face on my way home from work. Or to work. Honestly, I’m not picky about when my troll punching gets done. The idea that something big and […]

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Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day

Science Fiction: Asking The Questions Of The Day 

There are few genres in all of entertainment that are more sculpted by the times they are written in than science fiction. From its earliest beginnings, sci-fi has been about asking questions. What will humans eventually evolve into? At what point will humanity’s drive to invent give birth to a new lifeform? Which accent is […]

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Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free by Randy Henderson
3.5

The phrase “never judge a book by its cover” is one we should all live by, especially those of us who read fantasy in the 90s, when all covers required dragons regardless of the content of the book. No, I have always preferred to judge a book by the first paragraph. When buying a book, […]

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Surviving NaNoWriMo 2016

Surviving NaNoWriMo 2016 

Ah, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short (or NaNo for shorter)). We meet again. For the…I don’t even know. How many times is it now? Five? Six? It’s hard to keep track after a while. Fortunately, NaNo is not my enemy. It’s something that I have willingly done every year for a while […]

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What I Learned as a Tabletop Gamer

What I Learned as a Tabletop Gamer 

In news that will shock precisely no one that has spoken to me for any amount of time, I am a massive nerd. Like, huge. I am the kind of nerd who is genuinely surprised when people don’t enjoy hour long one-sided conversations (re: rants) about political systems of Middle Earth or subtleties hidden within […]

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Fantasy’s Tricksters

Fantasy’s Tricksters 

Fantasy loves a big, strong hero, almost as much as we love a big, scary villain. We love to see a good, old-fashioned epic showdown, preferably on top of a castle or inside an active volcano. However, there are some characters who weren’t blessed by being the biggest and the strongest. They may not be […]

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3 More Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right With Combat…

3 More Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right With Combat… 

A few weeks ago I told you the story of Chet MacGuffin, a young man chosen by destiny to overthrow the evil that has oppressed the kingdom for years now and how, if you think about it, he tends to be a really, really bad Chosen One. You might think there could be nothing else […]

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Three Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right with Combat

Three Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right with Combat 

This may come as a shock, but I don’t think any of us read fantasy for realism. In fact, we usually read it to escape from the real world and thus are very willing to let a whole lot of crazy stuff pass so long as it is cool and adds something to the story. […]

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
4.5

I should, in the interest of fairness, begin with two disclaimers. The first is that I freaking love Jim Butcher, to an extent that would make both him and my wife uncomfortable were it ever discovered. The second is that I really, really dislike steampunk. Of all the subgenres in fantasy, it is the one […]

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