Introducing ‘Cruising the Cosmere’!
 

Introducing 'Cruising the Cosmere'!

Sanderson Re-read

 
I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too
 

Science-Fiction Matters, Too

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Interview With Brian Staveley
 

Brian Staveley

Interview

 

The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley 

‘There will always be wars. And I will always fight them.’ Task is a soldier like no other. For one thing, he’s not human. For another, ‘following orders’ is not a choice, nor has disobedience ever been an option during his four long centuries of existence. The reason for this is that Task is a […]

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Interview with Nicholas Eames

Interview with Nicholas Eames 

Those who follow my reviews over on Booknest may already know that I found “Kings of the Wyld” one of the greatest debuts I’ve ever read. I even took a gamble and declared it debut of the year. Since I have the joy to call Nicholas a friend (at least as far as a Facebook […]

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Bored of games… board of life?

Bored of games… board of life? 

All right, I’m sorry for the title pun. Let me just say that now, but it seemed too good an opportunity to waste. This past year I’ve got hooked into Board Games and they deserve the capitals! We’re not, or at least I’m not, talking about Cluedo or Monopoly, Ludo or Snakes and Ladders. I am […]

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Small Press, Big Stories: NewCon Press

Small Press, Big Stories: NewCon Press 

To kick off this new monthly column focusing on small and independent presses from around the world, what better place to start than Ian Whates’ NewCon Press, which has published stories, collections, and novels by some of the biggest names in the genre over the last ten years? I caught up with Ian as NewCon […]

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab 

Spoiler Warning: To the extent possible, I have done my best to minimize spoilers for the entire Shades of Magic trilogy. However, this is a review of the third book in a trilogy, so some details might have been inadvertently revealed. If so, I apologize in advance. When V. E. Schwab recently visited the Washington, […]

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When Characters Shed Names

When Characters Shed Names 

We real-world folks can get very attached to our names. Most of us only change them when we get married or divorced, convert to a new religion, or arrive in a new country. Even then, such changes often only alter part of our name, such as the family name, or the way it is pronounced. […]

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan 

The fourth book of an ongoing series is a troublesome prospect. Stagnation and repetition are potential pitfalls, and there is no doubt that Marie Brennan totters on a precarious ledge at times during In the Labyrinth of Drakes. Isabella, not-quite-yet Lady Trent, certainly has to deal with many of the recurring themes from the first […]

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Scrivener for iOS

Scrivener for iOS 

Picture this. You’re sitting on your own in the doctor’s surgery and they are running 30 minutes late. Or there’s been some signalling failure and your train home is at a standstill. Or you’re meeting a friend at a restaurant or bar and they text to say they are running a little late. With time […]

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The Black Guard by A. J. Smith

The Black Guard by A. J. Smith 

The Black Guard has been described as “Martin meets Lovecraft,” and doesn’t disappoint on either count. With bleak personal stories of loss and hardship, wars between rival nations and a plot to resurrect a dead god, the novel is packed with action and intrigue. The book is not without its flaws, there are moments where […]

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The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane

The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane 

Well, here we are. Another month, another volume of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series. By now, you probably all know what to expect from this review: chatter about brilliantly portrayed non-human characters, gushing over the way the theme of wizardry as selflessness continues to come up in the series, and maybe, if I find the […]

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Pilot X by Tom Merritt

Pilot X by Tom Merritt 

What if a time traveller lived in a world where disrupting the timeline could destroy everything in the universe-except himself? Pilot X is the Ambassador of the Alendans, a race with the ability to move through space and time as guardians of the timeline. Though his people have been locked in ongoing conflict with the […]

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Relics by Tim Lebbon

Relics by Tim Lebbon 

‘I like the fact there can be so many secret places in a city filled with people. It gives me hope.’ ‘Hope for what?’ Dean frowned, unsure. He searched for the words. ‘For wonder,’ he said at last. ‘Mysteries. Mysteries are important, don’t you think?’ Mystery. Wonder. Secrets. If you recall, these are three things […]

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