Interview with Jonathan Oliver
 

Jonathan Oliver

Interview

 
Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
 

Shadowmarch

Review

 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
 

The 5th Wave

Review

 

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Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
3.75

This review’s been a long time coming. It’s almost a year to the day since a friend loaned me his copy of Shadowmarch and suggested I read it and, in a year where I’ve been averaging a book a week, it’s taken me almost a month to complete. It’s as if I’ve been avoiding the […]

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Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship

Winner of the July 2014 Writing Contest: Apprenticeship 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our July 2014 contest. In July we were […]

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Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction

Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction 

The line drawn between so-called literary fiction and genre fiction has always irked me. As I embarked upon a re-read of the first two volumes of Lev Grossman’s frustrating Magicians trilogy, this issue resurfaced. Grossman’s books have, for reasons that boggle my mind, sparked a debate about just what constitutes literature. As the final book […]

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
4

A few days before I started reading Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, I picked up Patrick Rothfuss’s novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Though the stories were different, there was a similarity in the way both books defied convention – there’s no brooding antihero, no large-scale conflicts, not even a tangible plot outside of […]

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Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy

Winner of the May 2014 Writing Contest: Portal Fantasy 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. Today we will be looking at the winner from our May 2014 contest. In May we had […]

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Jay Kristoff Interview

Jay Kristoff Interview 

Hey all you Factioners! I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Jay Kristoff about the finale for his Japanese steampunk series The Lotus War. If you haven’t heard about these books yet you should do yourself a favor and pick up Stormdancer. There are plenty of mythic creatures, civil unrest, and a strong female […]

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
4

If you’ve come into contact with any of David Mitchell’s work before, you’ll be well-acquainted with the sort of genre-switching, time-slipping, scene-shifting fiction that the author is best known for. A film adaptation by the Wachowski siblings in 2012 brought his lauded tapestry of souls, Cloud Atlas, to a wider audience. 2014 heralds the debut […]

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
5

Harper Price has everything. She’s president of the Student Government Association, has Cotillion coming up, does well in school, has a great group of friends (and one best friend, Bee), is dating a guy who’s just about perfect for her, attends Future Business Leaders of America meetings, and is all set to be Homecoming Queen. […]

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What Makes a Great Bookstore?

What Makes a Great Bookstore? 

Everyone has a favorite bookstore—whether it’s a big chain or the corner independent. It’s the place where we discover new books, maybe even wait in line for hours for the latest in our favorite series. I don’t know about you, but walking into a bookstore always brightens my day. So, how do you know if […]

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Giveaway – The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Giveaway – The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley 

In December, our book club will be reading The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. There has been a lot of buzz about The Mirror Empire this year and I have to confess, I was already extremely excited about the choice because it’s one of my favorite reads of 2014. It also lends its self quite […]

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Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
4.5

“Thrown out of the best universities, excommunicated from all the most popular religions and many of the obscure ones, fresh from his recent engagement in Hell, we present Johannes Cabal, Necromancer!” — Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer opens with the title character taking a trip to hell to get […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Video Game Review 

Author’s Note: This review is spoiler free! Licensed video games do not have the best of reputations. E.T., for the Atari 2600, is considered one of the worst games ever made. The recent Legend of Korra game has been widely panned. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi? Well, the less said about that train wreck, […]

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