Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher
 

Smoke and Stone

Review

 
Scion RPG 2nd Edition Review – Part Two – Scion: Hero
 

Scion RPG 2nd Edition

Part Two – Scion: Hero

 
An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister
 

An Introduction to Xianxia

Article

 

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An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister

An Introduction to Xianxia: LitRPG’s Redheaded Stepsister 

The most widely read fantasy story in history is not George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, nor even JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. That honor belongs to Jin Yong’s Condor Trilogy, which fits into the Wuxia (pronounced ooo-shyah, literally Martial Knight-Errant) genre. If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or old […]

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Unsouled by Will Wight

Unsouled by Will Wight
5

The Monkey King meets Up. For a novel entitled Unsouled, Will Wight’s prototypical story has a lot of soul. I’d picked it up a couple of years ago, but each time I’d tried to start, like many books buried on the slopes of Mount TBR, I never made it past the first two pages. Not […]

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
4.25

“Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones, and while it does have an intricate plot and luscious world building, its […]

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Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
4

Originally written in Chinese and published in 2013, this edition of Waste Tide is translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books. It is also Chen Qiufan’s debut book. Set in a dystopian China of the future (post 2020s), Waste Tide is an excellent example of environmental science fiction and is inspired by the […]

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The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews

The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews
4.25

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Red Plains. “Listen, Jiin-Wei, Taiji, I do not ask you what you can do or tell you what you cannot. Do not presume you know the same about me. I have lived more years than you can imagine and seen more of the world than you […]

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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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The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang

The 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 The 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 […]

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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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