David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Morningstar Award
 

Morningstar Award

Gemmell Awards

 
Interview with Keith Yatsuhashi
 

Keith Yatsuhashi

Interview

 
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
 

Assassin's Fate

Review

 

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (Movie Review)

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (Movie Review) 

If you’re anything like me (and gods help you if you are), you’ve spent a lot of time playing video games and watching anime. If that’s the case, you’ve probably already seen Sword Art Online, the immensely popular anime based on a light novel about a group of people trapped in a virtual reality MMORPG […]

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Marc Aplin’s Dog Walk

Marc Aplin’s Dog Walk 

This coming Saturday, Fantasy-Faction’s founder Marc Aplin will be walking from Bristol to London (around 120 miles) non-stop to raise money and awareness for dog rescues across the United Kingdom. It is expected to take around 35 to 40 hours. In the UK, around 50,000 dogs are given up as ‘unwanted’ each year. With our support, […]

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Self-Published Fantasy: How the SPFBO is Revitalising SFF

Self-Published Fantasy: How the SPFBO is Revitalising SFF 

With the exciting kick-off of the THIRD Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (#SPFBO) already underway, I thought I’d share some thoughts about the complexities of self-publishing and how Mark Lawrence’s SPFBO initiative is shaking up not only the medium, but also the genre itself. (An older, less awesome version of this article can be found here.) Self-published […]

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Plot Twists That Defy Genre Expectations

Plot Twists That Defy Genre Expectations 

Most of us love a good plot twist. We’re always trying to predict where a narrative is headed, but we’re usually thrilled when it takes an unexpected turn, surprises us, and makes us re-evaluate the assumptions we’ve made about the characters and the story. However, some of these sudden turns knock the wind out of us more than others, because […]

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Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan 

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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An Introduction to Anime and Manga

An Introduction to Anime and Manga 

In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in anime and manga by Western cultures. Before, mentioning the terms anime or manga in casual conversation would have been met with confusion, but more and more it’s met with “What do you watch?” or “Which one are you reading right now?” Most anime and […]

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan 

The fifth – and final – of Lady Trent’s memoirs is a difficult beast to review without lurching firmly into spoiler territory, both for the preceding books and for the plot of this one.  So, in order to set the scene for this review, the next paragraph will contain brief spoilers from the previous entry. […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Bear & the Serpent

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: The Bear & the Serpent 

Hello, and welcome to the second official Urskuul’s Reading Circle Newsletter! Read on for brand new details of the discussions that occurred at the latest meeting (wherein we reviewed the book of the month), and of the thoughts and insights that were raised during the meet. Hello lovely, paying members of Urskuul’s Reading Circle and […]

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The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 3: So It Begins . . .

The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 3: So It Begins . . . 

Last week saw the exciting kick-off of the THIRD Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (#SPFBO), with nearly 250 novels submitted in the first four days of the announcement. As of May 7th, there are still around 50 spots left in the SPFBO3. If you’re planning on entering – HURRY! (Edited to add: the contest is full and submissions […]

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Small Press, Big Stories: Luna Press & A.J. Dalton Cover Reveal

Small Press, Big Stories: Luna Press & A.J. Dalton Cover Reveal 

Small Press, Big Stories is a monthly column focusing on small and independent presses from around the world. This month’s featured publisher is Luna Press. Back in March I popped up to the York Pubmeet (find them on Twitter @YorkPubmeet) for AJ Dalton’s talk on his PhD thesis, The Sub-Genres of British Fantasy Literature. Not only […]

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel 

Warning: this review contains spoilers for Sleeping Giants! Waking Gods is the sequel to Sleeping Giants, which established a world where a gigantic robot named Themis had been found, put together and stocked with two special pilots under the guidance of the person who discovered her – Dr Rose Franklin. (Our Overlord Marc Aplin wrote […]

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Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn 

Timothy Zahn’s first foray into the New Star Wars EU sees him return to his most beloved character, the enigmatic and sorely missed Grand Admiral Thrawn. In a pseudo-origin story that both pulls back the veil on the origins of the Chiss mastermind and deepens the mystery of his service to the Empire, Zahn proves […]

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