Will Fantasy-Faction Shut Down?
 

The end of Fantasy-Faction?

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Society in Story
 

Society in Story

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The Kingfountain Trilogy by Jeff Wheeler – Spoiler Free Series Review
 

Kingfountain Trilogy

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A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane

A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
5

Can any self-respecting fantasy author write a series about magic in our world without mentioning Ireland? The answer, of course, is yes, but facts are beside the point. The point is Ireland has a place in the popular imagination (particularly the popular imagination of the sorts of people prone to reading fantasy and thinking about […]

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High Wizardry by Diane Duane

High Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

Even though I’ve only reviewed two books in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I’m sure people will be able to guess from the previous two reviews how this one will go. I’ll swoon over the friendship between Nita and Kit, and how the two of them are such a perfect example of a bookish friendship […]

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
4.5

‘On the second day of Hogswatch I . . . sent my true love back, A nasty little letter, hah, yes indeed, and a partridge in a pear tree—’ Of the quarter or so of the Discworld I’ve explored, Hogfather is my favourite. Vadim Jean’s TV adaptation is superb: I watch it religiously every Christmas, […]

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Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane

Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
5

The second book in Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, Deep Wizardry, is just as good as the first, I’m happy to say. Nita and Kit, the young wizards who thwarted the Lone Power, reappear just as they were in the first book: young, brash, and in ever so slightly over their heads. They are also […]

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So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
5

I think it’s a safe bet that most people who visit this site have wanted to be a wizard at some point (and a safe bet that some of us still do). Unfortunately, as far as I know, none of those wishes have come true, which is why we turn to books. If we can’t […]

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
5

It’s a safe bet to assume that most if not all of us have heard of Shirley Jackson, regardless of how much of her work we’ve read. My first experience with her writing came from high school, when I was exploring the school library to see what sorts of books were available that couldn’t be […]

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Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time

Serial Reader: Reading Books One Bite at a Time 

Serial Reader is a new app that delivers daily chunks of books that can be read in 20 minutes or less to your phone. After a few weeks, I’ve become hooked. It’s perfect for my commute on the subway, while waiting in line for coffee, or while eating my lunch. Books that might seem intimidating […]

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J. K. Rowling is Better than Shakespeare

J. K. Rowling is Better than Shakespeare 

Tell me if you’ve ever read these stories before: – A young male sociopath disapproves of everyone and everything around him, including any of his romantic interests. He changes nothing, learns nothing, and leaves. – It’s the olden days, and terrible things are happening to good people. Terrible things continue to happen for 200 – […]

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King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember – Video Game Review

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember – Video Game Review 

King’s Quest is an episodic adventure game, heavy on story, featuring puzzles and challenges along the way. It’s a reimagining from developer The Odd Gentlemen (published under Sierra) of the original King’s Quest series created by Roberta Williams in the 80s. While most of the game’s content is designed to fit into the gaps and […]

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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
4.75

The Anubis Gates was first released in 1983, and I was fortunate enough to pick up a paperback copy at the time from my local library. Back then, I would read anything that could be classed as fantasy and sci-fi, and this tale of time travel back to the 1800s mixed with magic and the […]

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Grandmothers of Fantasy

Grandmothers of Fantasy 

It’s often said that, until the past two or three decades, both fantasy and SF were completely male-dominated genres. To a large extent this is true, but not entirely. For this article, rather than focus on a specific classic author or book, I thought I’d take a brief overview of some of the women who […]

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Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Song of Susannah by Stephen King
4.5

Wow, did this series get super weird. I don’t even know where to begin with Song of Susannah (SOS as I like to think of it). Considerably shorter than Wolves of the Calla, SOS is a fast-paced can of craziness with the main aim of setting up the climax of the series. It’s fun, it’s […]

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