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Fantasy and the Collector Mentality

Fantasy and the Collector Mentality 

Raise your hand if own more than one copy of Lord of the Rings. I own four: the ebooks, my first mass market paperbacks from when I was 7 or 8, a leather-bound omnibus version I got for my 11th birthday, and a 7-volume edition I bought in my late teens. They look great on […]

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Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy

Diverse Fantasy Is Better Fantasy 

I recently I submitted a story to my writing group for critique. It was a secondary-world fantasy set in a pre-industrial port city. Of all the comments I received, the one that stuck with me complained that it was unrealistic that the people of my world didn’t have a problem with my lesbian protagonist and […]

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The Paper Menagerie And Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie And Other Stories by Ken Liu
5

“Time’s arrow is the loss of fidelity in compression. A sketch, not a photograph. A memory is a re-creation, precious because it is both more and less than the original.” Before moving to novel-length fiction with last year’s excellent The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu concentrated his writing on short stories. His moving and inventive […]

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Berserkers In Fantasy

Berserkers In Fantasy 

In fantasy, we see a lot of magicians, shape-shifters, werewolves and all manner of humanoid characters with supernatural qualities. One type of powerful character that crops up more rarely, however, is the berserker. A “berserker” is someone liable to be overcome by rage – a rage that sends them into a violent, frenzied state, temporarily […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
5

Mirka of Hereville has defeated a troll in a knitting contest and won her home back from a meteorite that tried to take her place in her family, but now she faces a challenge both potentially more familiar to her readers and more difficult: babysitting her bratty six-year-old half-sister Layele. Mirka, being Mirka, doesn’t take […]

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The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

The Silver Tide by Jen Williams
5

By now, I’m sure everyone knows how much I love Jen’s books. Last year I was raving about The Iron Ghost, which was one of my favourite titles of 2015, and I’m happy to say that The Silver Tide is firmly lodged in my favourites of 2016. Not only is it a great book, it’s […]

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Mythology in Urban Fantasy

Mythology in Urban Fantasy 

I’ve talked before about creating a mythology using fantasy, and I’ve delved a little into world mythology and folklore through various articles on dragons, demons, fae, and magic, but this time I want a different spin. Mythology is all about the past: legend, folklore and tales that were somehow brought into being by our ancestors […]

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Danielle L. Jensen Interview

Danielle L. Jensen Interview 

Today we are lucky enough to have Danielle L. Jensen, author of The Malediction Trilogy with us to answer some questions about the series, which will be wrapping up in May with the final book, Warrior Witch. So who is Danielle L. Jensen—and what is she all about? What’s she likely to be found doing […]

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Bloodfeud by Ben Galley

Bloodfeud by Ben Galley
3.75

Just like its protagonist, Ben Galley’s Scarlet Star Trilogy is a series constantly on the move, constantly growing and changing from a coming-of-age fantasy/western hybrid to an adventure set in an alternate London. With the final book in the trilogy, Bloodfeud, Galley wraps up a consistently strong self-published series that introduced readers to likeable characters, […]

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Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
4.5

I’ve done a post on sequels before, and on the difficulty of making them both true to the original book while still building on the world and the characters. I think, in every review I write of a book that isn’t either standalone or the first in a series, I’ll be tempted to revisit that […]

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Gateway to Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda

Gateway to Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda 

I was eight years old on August 22, 1987—the day The Legend of Zelda was released in the United States. A month later I turned nine and received a copy of my own and in an instant a world of matte grey was transformed. Remember when Dorothy finally gets to Oz? The sudden switch color, […]

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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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