God of Gnomes by Demi Harper
 

God of Gnomes

Review

 
Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw – SPFBO #6 Finals Review
 

Last Memoria

SPFBO #6 Finals Review

 
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
 

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

Review

 

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The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
4.75

Epic stories—especially epic fantasy (the term “saga” is used for science fiction)—are known for their long narration. Epic fantasy stories consist of a slew of characters, layered and complex plots and subplots, and A LOT of worldbuilding—which often includes family trees and timelines of historical events. In the midst of these factors is the recollection […]

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The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
4.25

It was the name that first attracted me to this book. An angel associated with a pagan symbol of death and mysticism; the possibilities set my mind racing. Then, I learned that Addison was the same author who wrote the highly inventive, characterful, and absorbing fantasy novel, The Goblin Emperor. I was pretty much sold. […]

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The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
4.5

Many fantasy stories tend to focus on a set of characters within one central setting. Then, there are the stories that take place across generations and various locations. The former follows a story that can end within one book, and the latter can result with either a saga, or a series. Jenn Lyons does the […]

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
4.5

Stories are told as entertainment, and we all become familiar with certain tropes: the lost heir, the fulfillment of the prophecy, the quest for a mythical sword, etc. Nowadays, some of these stories twist readers’ expectations of these tropes to the point where one cannot predict what will happen next. Then, there are the stories […]

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Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
5

Inspiration and influence comes from anything from an ephemeral moment to a persistent belief; from one line in a song to a passage in a story to a scene from a movie. The Birth of a Nation remains as one of the most infamous films ever made. Praised for its cinematography and belittled for its […]

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
4.5

Reviewer’s Note: Upon finishing this novella, which took six days the first time around, I immediately wrote an initial review where I rated it 6/10 stars. Then, I re-read it, knowing how it ended. Two hours later, I was done, and was smacking my head at having missed the subtlety. NOT “Handmaid’s Tale meets Game […]

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TorCon 2020: V. E. Schwab & Neil Gaiman

TorCon 2020: V. E. Schwab & Neil Gaiman 

Editor’s Note: This post is a wee bit late. My June got a bit crazy and this article got lost in the shuffle. Apologies to the authors and organizers for the late posting. – JI Let’s look back for a moment. It’s the middle of June and COVID-19 is still raging across the lands, changing […]

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Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
5

The 21st Century has seen a slew of diverse authors writing and releasing stories that have expanded the speculative fiction canon. Not only have these authors written stories for readers like them, but also presented a deeper look into issues—both past and present—that affect their represented groups. Themes of oppression, slavery, colonialism, poverty, and genocide […]

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The Last Page by Anthony Huso

The Last Page by Anthony Huso
4.25

I must admit I started reading The Last Page years ago and got distracted, eventually abandoning it to gather dust in a corner of my flat. Now, like many bookish people, I’ve found myself digging back through my shelves and TBR pile to find ways to pass time in lockdown. And I’m glad I did. […]

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The Nine Realms by Sarah Kozloff – Series Review

The Nine Realms by Sarah Kozloff – Series Review
4.75

Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Brent Weeks, Samantha Shannon, Haruki Murakami and Robin Hobb. These names go with epic fantasy, or any fantasy story that has multiple characters, amazing worldbuilding, complicated yet believable plots, and over 600 pages of content. Many people, including other readers, are amazed at how their fans […]

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Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford

Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford
4

“There’s so much going on at night, in the shadows, that people who spend most of their waking time in the sunlight have no idea about. Neon and spotlights and bulbs have pushed back the darkness, but night is still largely an undiscovered territory.” Out of Body (2020) by Jeffrey Ford is a surrealist exploration […]

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
4.75

Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Eye of the World. “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” Why did it take me so long to […]

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