Monthly Archives: September 2017

Review of In the Field Marshal’s Shadow by Brian McClellan

Brian McClellan is one of my favorite fantasy authors to hit the scene in the past decade.  His Powder Mage trilogy is the epitome of Flintlock Fantasy, as far as I am concerned.  McClellan has written and self-published a good … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Leonard Carpenter’s Conan the Hero

Today we close the books on The Summer of Conan.  You can find all of my Conan posts here.  Over the course of three months, I read every Conan story Robert E. Howard wrote, watched all three Conan movies, and … Continue reading

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Paperbacks from Hell is a Fun, Hilarious Work of Popular Cultural Anthropology

Grady Hendrix is Tor.com’s resident expert on horror.  He is responsible for the Great Stephen King Reread and a more recent series, Freaky Fridays.  It is the latter hilarious exploration of 1970s/1980s paperback horror novels that led to this book.  … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Roland Green’s Conan and the Death Lord of Thanza

Roland Green wrote seven Conan pastiches.  He also wrote most of the infamous Richard Blade books.  I have four of his Conan books—Conan at the Demon’s Gate, Conan and the Death Lord of Thanza, Conan and the Mists of Doom, … Continue reading

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The Rage of Dragons is a Very Good Book With a Mediocre Book Stuffed Inside It

Really?  Another pitch comparing a book to Game of Thrones?  What’s that—there’s more? “GAME OF THRONES MEETS GLADIATOR… ON ARRAKIS” Oh.  Now you have my attention.  I’ll give Winter this—he can write some killer copy. The Omehi are surrounded by … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: The John Maddox Roberts Pastiches

John Maddox Roberts wrote eight Conan books.  I have three—Conan the Champion, Conan the Bold, and Conan and the Amazon.  He is best known for his SPQR series, historical fiction mysteries set in Rome at the dawn of the empire.  … Continue reading

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Some Dark Holler Beats Manly Wade Wellman at His Own Game

Bauserman pitched an advanced copy of Some Dark Holler to me because I reviewed a collection of Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John stories.  I get a lot of these, usually with the author comparing their work to some colossus in … Continue reading

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