The Dreaded Adverb Problem
 

The Dreaded Adverb Problem

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Exploring Rural Landscape
 

Exploring Rural Landscape

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Plotting – What Happens Next?
 

Plotting – What Happens Next?

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The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French – SPFBO Review

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French – SPFBO Review 

The Grey Bastards is one of ten novels in the final round of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2016. Updates on the contest’s progress can be found here. I have a bone to pick with you, Jonathan French, aka. author of The Grey Bastards. You, sir, owe me a great many hours of sleep; […]

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Slipping by Lauren Beukes

Slipping by Lauren Beukes 

Slipping by Lauren Beukes is a collection of previously published short stories and nonfiction. Having read—and loved—two of her novels, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters, I jumped at the chance to read this collection. Everything I liked about her novels I found here: dark and unsettling imagery, relationships forming and exploding, clever turns of […]

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RIP Carrie Fisher

RIP Carrie Fisher 

Fantasy-Faction is very sorry to hear of the passing of Carrie Fisher, the actress known globally for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies. Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack during a flight to Los Angeles from London on Friday and had been in an American hospital since. The news will […]

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Holidays In Fantasy Fiction

Holidays In Fantasy Fiction 

With the arrival of the Christmas season I’ve been thinking about the effects of holidays on our lives. The influence of Christmas is incredibly far reaching; I doubt most people can make it through the day without seeing some sign of the festivities or feeling its impact. Holidays are an important part of our lives; […]

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The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher

The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher 

Sequel to Michael R. Fletcher’s grimdark masterpiece Beyond Redemption, The Mirror’s Truth, continues the tale of the deranged characters with new additions to the cast. The story opens with a bloody scene and Bedeckt re-emerges with a new companion called Zukunft. After abandoning his friends in the Afterdeath and escaping back to the living world […]

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett 

‘On the second day of Hogswatch I . . . sent my true love back, A nasty little letter, hah, yes indeed, and a partridge in a pear tree—’ Of the quarter or so of the Discworld I’ve explored, Hogfather is my favourite. Vadim Jean’s TV adaptation is superb: I watch it religiously every Christmas, […]

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The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis – SPFBO Review

The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis – SPFBO Review 

The Shadow Soul is one of ten novels in the final round of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2016. Updates on the contest’s progress can be found here. When Jinji’s home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to–until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that […]

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Putting Fantasy On The Map

Putting Fantasy On The Map 

A while ago, I came across a wonderful spoof map of the fantasy land of Clichéa. For those who haven’t seen it before, you can find it below (click the picture to see a larger version). It features all the places that no self-respecting fantasy world would be without, from the Northern Shire (the Village […]

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Outpost by F. T. McKinstry – SPFBO Review

Outpost by F. T. McKinstry – SPFBO Review 

Outpost is one of ten novels in the final round of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2016. Updates on the contest’s progress can be found here. “Nine thousand suns ago, a race of immortal warriors came from the stars through a rare alignment and stepped onto the world of Math, a world much like […]

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Shy Knives by Sam Sykes

Shy Knives by Sam Sykes 

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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Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses

Why Aliens Look Like Octopuses 

Have you ever noticed that extra-terrestrials in most “aliens-make-contact” science fiction usually resemble octopuses, squids, or other cephalopods? At least, when they don’t just look like humans in Halloween masks or cheap make up. Arrival, Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Simpsons… the list goes on. The default non-humanoid aliens seem to always have […]

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Hammers On Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Hammers On Bone by Cassandra Khaw 

Tor’s novella series was started in 2015, with the aim of promoting this shorter medium. The line includes both established authors and those just making their debut, and has included a number of authors from diverse backgrounds. The resulting line is full of interesting and different stories from authors both familiar and new. This column […]

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