Interview with Bernard Cornwell
 

Bernard Cornwell

Interview

 
Reading My Namesake: Guest Post by Titus Chalk
 

Reading My Namesake

Guest Post by Titus Chalk

 
The Writer’s Plague
 

The Writer's Plague

Article

 

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Urskuul’s Reading Circle (Second First Official Meeting)

Urskuul’s Reading Circle (Second First Official Meeting) 

Hello, and welcome to the first official Urskuul’s Reading Circle Newsletter! Read on for brand new details of the discussions that occurred at the latest meeting (wherein we reviewed the book of the month), and of the thoughts and insights that were raised during the meet. Now, as some of you may be aware, we […]

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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
3.75

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal presents an alternate World War I where a soldier’s duty doesn’t end when the shell falls or the bullet finds a target. Spiritualism is real, and mediums have given the Allies the edge. Although death and betrayal are at the heart of this book, a cast of plucky, charming […]

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Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Company Town by Madeline Ashby
4

There is a lot to like about this ambitious, quick and explosive sci-fi story. Company Town is told through the eyes of the protagonist Hwa and takes place in a city called New Arcadia. She lives in a world where almost everyone has some sort of physical or biological augmentation. People are stronger, faster, more […]

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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
5

“People so often try and make themselves look good when they lie. That, however, should never be the point. The point should be to distract from the truth. Whether you look good or not is irrelevant. All that matters is that you sound believable.” In 13 Minutes, Sarah Pinborough relocates the Whodunnit thriller to the […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Plot Twists

Monthly Short Story Winner: Plot Twists 

Plot twists are often a specialty of short stories and you find them there more often than in other forms of writing. The most famous examples I can think of aren’t in literature, though. I guess most of you have seen one or more of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies: The Sixth Sense, The Village, Signs, […]

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Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak

Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak
4.5

Prohibition is in full swing. The cops are scrambling around, closing down speakeasies, and arresting gangsters whenever they can – those that aren’t on the take that is. And in Chicago, Al Capone is about to make his move. To Nick Medea this is all background noise, a fact of life in the roaring 20s. […]

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In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres

In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres 

Fantasy is a genre that assimilates elements of other genres, whilst still remaining, for the most part, a genre not often thought of as having a great number of “crossovers” and hybrids. Strictly speaking, this is changing with the natural evolution of the genre. SFF as a whole is growing more diverse and this results […]

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The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
4

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is a detective story with a difference, the biggest being that the detective himself, one Mr Barnabus, is not all he seems. So much so, that his real name is Elizabeth; she masquerades as her own brother, enabling her to get into places where a woman normally couldn’t, while still being able […]

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Fantasy Book Club – May 2014: Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Fantasy Book Club – May 2014: Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough 

For May, our members voted to read Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough. I’ve seen some great reviews for this one, including on here on Fantasy-Faction where it earned a 10 star rating. I look forward to reading it myself hope a number of people join us. A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East […]

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Swords of Haven by Simon R. Green

Swords of Haven by Simon R. Green
3.5

Swords of Haven introduces us to Hawk and Fisher; they’re husband and wife, the only truly honourable cops in Haven, a violent and corrupt city filled with monsters, wizards, thieves and politicians. This volume from 2006 collects the first three stories – Hawk & Fisher, Winner Take All, and The God Killer – published between […]

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Something More than Night by Ian Tregillis

Something More than Night by Ian Tregillis
4

If you’re thirsty for pulp fiction flavored with angels and cosmic rays, then Something More than Night by Ian Tregillis was written for you. Enter a not-too-distant future where a city glows a moldy hue with luminescent tattoos and graffiti. The newest rage in body modification leaves street denizens bleeding endlessly from paired wounds on […]

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The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky

The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky
3

Eloquence goes a long way towards making amends for selfish immorality, which is why the protagonist of Daniel Polansky’s The Straight Razor Cure makes the book enjoyable despite his general nature and a few irksome plot points. Taking advantage of the cohesive nature of fantasy and detective-led crime novels The Straight Razor Cure drops us […]

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