Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga
 

Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
 

Godsgrave

Review

 
Matthew De Abaitua Interview – The Red Men US Release
 

Matthew De Abaitua

Interview - The Red Men US Release

 

The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan – Cover Reveal and Giveaway 

I know Halloween is over, but I bet all you Factioners out there would still love to see another sweet, sweet Angry Robot cover. And I’m positive you would also like an extra special treat afterwards! Well today is your lucky day, because not only do I get to introduce you to some awesome cover […]

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Tough Travels: Mentors

Tough Travels: Mentors 

At the start of every month, Fantasy-Faction will lead you (yes, YOU!) on a tour of the fantasy genre. From high to low, from classics to new releases, from epic to urban; each month, we will guide you in search of a different trope, theme or cliché. Lest we become lost, we’ll be referring to […]

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith

Urskuul’s Reading Circle: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith 

Hello all of you lovely members of Urskuul’s Reading Circle. And a hello to the non-lovely ones as well, such as Melissa. I wouldn’t want to be accused of being mean to anyone by not saying hello to them. Oh. Except I already have been. Well, not because I didn’t say hello. But yes. One […]

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Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas 

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it had remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the front door will be opened for the first time in decades. But something is waiting, lurking in the shadows; anxious to meet its new guests… When best-selling […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Music

Monthly Short Story Winner: Music 

Music plays a huge part in our lives and so it’s no wonder that it has its part in fantasy too. There are countless ways in which to include it. As a song to set the mood or as a part of your worldbuilding. As the integral theme of the story (and its magic) like […]

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Coping with Reading Guilt in 7 Easy Steps

Coping with Reading Guilt in 7 Easy Steps 

Every year, countless readers suffer from a condition known as Reading Guilt. According to a prominent scientist (or possibly, to no prominent scientists), anxious or time-strapped readers are particularly vulnerable. Sometimes the condition can be so debilitating it actively prevents the reader from reading, which can lead to a dangerous spiral that only further exacerbates […]

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Adding to the To-Be Read: East Asian Fantasy

Adding to the To-Be Read: East Asian Fantasy 

Yesterday we learned a bit about qi and how it relates to fantasy. I found the article fascinating and realized I had read very few books set in/or based on an East Asian setting. So I asked people on Twitter and Facebook to suggest fantasy (and sci-fi, horror, etc.) books they’d read in this setting. […]

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Worlds Within Worlds – Part Five: Qi and Fantasy

Worlds Within Worlds – Part Five: Qi and Fantasy 

Most people associate magic with strange symbols, chanting, and waving a wand around. Dusty books are usually in the picture, along with ritual circles or sacrifices. The mages themselves are usually old men with grey beards—frail but knowledgeable. I’ve already written about them. Compare that kind of magic and mage to qigong and (arguably) its […]

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The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley 

The Blue Sword takes place in a setting reminiscent of British Imperialism, where the Homelanders have occupied the Royal Province of Daria for a generation. Penniless and with few prospects after the deaths of her parents, Harry Crewe is sent to join her brother, a soldier at the remote desert outpost. While she finds life […]

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The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker 

Just when I thought I wouldn’t soon read an indie fantasy book as beautifully crafted as Alec Hutson’s Crimson Queen, I was pleasantly surprised by Phil Tucker’s The Path of Flames. I’d known about The Path of Flames since its release, and had followed Tucker’s meteoric fantasy debut and subsequent releases; but, like my experience with Crimson […]

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Lisa Tuttle Interview – The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross

Lisa Tuttle Interview – The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross 

Since selling her first story in 1972, Lisa Tuttle has written a wealth of material that spans genre. She has won awards for her incisive short fiction. Her first novel Windhaven (1981), written with George R. R. Martin, is space opera, but she has written truly chilling horror with Familiar Spirit (1983) and Gabriel (1987), […]

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Sky Coyote by Kage Baker

Sky Coyote by Kage Baker 

I return to the world of Dr. Zeus and his company this month, although in a very different manner from last time. Sky Coyote, the second book in the series, is very different from The Garden of Iden, not least because it is set on a different continent and in a different century. The protagonist […]

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