Frostgrave and Carnevale – Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews
 

Frostgrave and Carnevale

Two Skirmish Wargame Reviews

 
The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab
 

The Steel Prince

New Release Comic Review

 
The Son of Summer Stars by Meredith Ann Pierce
 

The Son of Summer Stars

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Never Die by Rob J. Hayes

Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
4

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets The Walking Dead.” As an ethnic Chinese martial arts practitioner, I have a love-hate relation with Wuxia. My first introduction to the genre came not through literature, but through Shaw Brothers movies. One of my favorite ages of cinema is 1990s Hong Kong, where Jet Li rose to fame in […]

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Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang

Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang
4.5

The Poppy War’s darkness meets The Last Airbender’s elemental magic. Being a second world conflict between China and Japan, M. L. Wang’s Sword of Kaigen brought to my mind R. F. Kuang’s meteoric debut, The Poppy War. With all the hype surrounding it, The Poppy War was my most anticipated release of 2018, but one […]

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The Blue Mountain by G. R. Matthews

The Blue Mountain by G. R. Matthews
3.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Stone Road and The Blue Mountain. “You were a diplomat, what do you know of war…” I’d like to thank G. R. Matthews for allowing me to review his first self-published trilogy The Forbidden List. This trilogy was entered into Mark Lawrence’s (author of The Broken […]

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Masters of Deception by J. C. Kang

Masters of Deception by J. C. Kang
4

I would like to start with a confession, I haven’t read any of J.C. Kang’s previous novels and know nothing about the world in which this story takes place. I jumped in totally blind, went with the smooth pace of the book and was captivated with the wonderful world that the author created. While I […]

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The Stone Road by G. R. Matthews

The Stone Road by G. R. Matthews
4

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers. Content Warning: This review contains excerpts from the book which briefly depict child murder and rape. A note is posted before and after the excerpt. – – – News would spread like the plague, everyone it touched would be changed. Fear would infect every heart, no one would […]

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
4

Today is May 4, coincidentally the 99th anniversary of the first popular protest in China’s history. Due to the somber tone of The Poppy War, I am eschewing my usual levity in this review. In my review of Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon, I proclaimed to be an avid student of Napoleonic History. If there’s […]

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R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War

R. F. Kuang Interview – The Poppy War 

Rebecca F. Kuang (writing as R. F. Kuang) immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. When she isn’t writing books she is a student of Chinese history focusing on military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. Her debut novel, The Poppy War, based on the Second Sino-Japanese War, released in the US yesterday […]

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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
5

Under Heaven is the first book in the Under Heaven duology. It is set in a fictionalized version of the Tang Dynasty of 8th Century China and contains a masterful story of family, intrigue and power. “The world is not something to be understood. It is vanity, illusion to even try.” This was my first […]

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Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review

Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review 

So apparently China is making big animated movies now? Good on them. No seriously, that wasn’t sarcasm. Good on them. The more different animations out there the better. Especially if they’re as gorgeous and engaging as this movie. Seriously though, as anyone who knows me might be aware, I’m a fairly big fan of animated […]

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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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Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu

Invisible Planets edited and translated by Ken Liu
5

Invisible Planets is superb anthology of short fiction that offers Westerners in particular a series of totally unique entry points and perspectives. There is plenty of impressive science fiction and fantasy but so many other genres are also touched upon that readers are bound to be swept away and will assuredly find a new author […]

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