Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?
 

The end of Fantasy-Faction?

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Society in Story
 

Society in Story

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
 

Kingfountain Trilogy

Spoiler Free Series Review

 

Browsing all articles by Zachary A. Matzo.

The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review

The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
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Some of the best series I’ve read are series that have snuck up on me—ones that I’ve gone into cold, either based on a random cover, a sale or some other arcane reason. The sense of discovery that comes with unearthing a diamond in the rough adds to the reading experience in myriad ways, not […]

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Rogue One – Book and Movie Review

Rogue One – Book and Movie Review 

Note: This review covers both the film Rogue One and the prequel novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. Small “spoilers” abound but I’ll say without reservation that there is no way this review can really spoil anything. The conclusion was foregone. We already know how the story ends. What I haven’t spoiled are some of […]

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Shy Knives by Sam Sykes

Shy Knives by Sam Sykes
3.5

Paizo is killing it these days. A deal with Tor for their Pathfinder Tales series, a new sci-fi campaign setting—Starfinder—in the offing. One video game in the can and another (maybe) on the way. Podcasts. Dedicated cons. And now—Sam Sykes. Good job, Paizo. More and more people are taking notice. Sam Sykes writing a Pathfinder […]

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Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review

Star Wars: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – Spoiler Free Review
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The second volume in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy—filling in some of the timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens—Life Debt differs from its predecessor in tone, scope and style. Life Debt is a widescreen, traditional Star Wars tale set smack in the eye of the storm raging in a galaxy far, far […]

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The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey

The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey
3.5

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series has quietly worked its way into a place of prominence on my shelf. Imagine a punk rock Harry Dresden fresh out of [expletive deleted]s to give, and you’ll begin to scratch the surface of James “Sandman Slim” Stark—Kadrey’s acerbic, violent protagonist. The Perdition Score—the eighth full novel and ninth entry […]

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Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider – Spoiler Free Review

Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider – Spoiler Free Review
3.5

Tie-in fiction isn’t known for its broad appeal. By its very nature, tie-in novels are appealing to fans of a very specific thing, be it a show, movie, game or something else. Bloodbound, the debut novel by Pathfinder RPG co-creator Wes Schneider, is the exception to that rule. It checks a lot of boxes. There’s […]

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Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – Spoiler Free Review

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – Spoiler Free Review
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“History is written by the victors.” It was Winston Churchill that said it first, and the adage has been repeated countless times over the decades. What we take as true, as fact, as history is very often nothing more than the winner’s version of events. Separating the fact from fiction—that’s the hard part. Churchill’s theory […]

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Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
5

Bloodline is best novel of the new Star Wars unified continuity. It’s certainly one of the best Princess Leia tales ever told. Steeped in the myth, lore and continuity of the Star Wars films (all seven of them…) while remaining fresh and fiercely individual, Bloodline exists as a novel set in the Star Wars universe. […]

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Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery

Game of Thrones: Content vs. Delivery 

I’ve just finished the fourth episode of the current season and I’m more engaged with both the show and the world of A Song of Ice and Fire than I have been since A Dance With Dragons was published in 2011. This renewed interest in Mr. Martin’s world is 100% attributable to the fact that […]

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Fantasy and the Collector Mentality

Fantasy and the Collector Mentality 

Raise your hand if own more than one copy of Lord of the Rings. I own four: the ebooks, my first mass market paperbacks from when I was 7 or 8, a leather-bound omnibus version I got for my 11th birthday, and a 7-volume edition I bought in my late teens. They look great on […]

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Gateway to Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda

Gateway to Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda 

I was eight years old on August 22, 1987—the day The Legend of Zelda was released in the United States. A month later I turned nine and received a copy of my own and in an instant a world of matte grey was transformed. Remember when Dorothy finally gets to Oz? The sudden switch color, […]

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Revisiting The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Revisiting The Magicians by Lev Grossman
3.5

I recently re-read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, the 2009 novel that some ham-fistedly referred to as a “Harry Potter for adults.” A television series based on the book premieres January 25 on SyFy in the US, and I still haven’t read The Magician’s Land (the final book in the trilogy) so I figured the time […]

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