Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Place Called Hope is as Much Military Thriller as Zombie Apocalypse Book

Happy belated Thanksgiving.  If you are looking for things to be thankful for, here are a couple: Good books No zombie apocalypse (yet) If you haven’t read Daniel Humphreys’ A Place Outside the Wild, go read my review of that … Continue reading

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The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes

The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes.  It benefits tremendously from a rich, Venetian-inspired setting, a well-crafted plot, and two strong leads. Heiress Amalia is pulled into empire politics when chance (and … Continue reading

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Short Review Roundup – Movie Edition, part 2

I haven’t done a great job at getting to the movie theater lately, but I did go see War for the Planet of the Apes.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes I had to watch so I could watch … Continue reading

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A Place Outside the Wild Takes Survival During the Zombie Apocalypse Seriously

Campbellian science fiction, especially hard science fiction, gets a hard time in the quarters I run in.  Epic fantasy is denigrated in favor of slim sword and sorcery paperbacks.  I like a good pulpy adventure as much as the next … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Conan was dumb, and 4 other common misconceptions by David Thomas

Originally posted on mightythorjrs – The Black Blog of Nameless Cults:
? ? ? As part of my guest blog series I am proud to present another guest blog spot. David Thomas the blogger behind Conan the Cimmerian Blog (The Rambling Conan Blog) has been…

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DNF Review of The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

I stuck with The Tiger’s Daughter for either a short time or a long time, depending on how you look at it.  On one hand, I only made it 20% through the book according to my Kindle.  On the other … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Vintage Science Fiction Must Flow

Originally posted on the Little Red Reviewer:
I had to scrape ice off the car windshield yesterday morning.  All the Halloween candy has been eaten. It’s dark when I leave for work in the morning, and dark when I get…

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Thor: Ragnarok is fun, but let’s not get carried away

I swear I am going to write a short review again one day.  tl;dr version: Thor: Ragnarok is very funny at times but too uneven, sometimes veering into camp.  The visuals are gorgeous and bonkers, at least as pictures—full Jack … Continue reading

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A Plague of Giants is Plagued by Narrative Choices

I wanted to like this book.  A lot.  And I did like it!  Just not a lot.  A Plague of Giants has a great concept between the giants (underserved in fantasy!) and the seven kenning magic system.  And Hearne is … Continue reading

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State of the ARC: November

State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books.  The idea being to publicly shame ourselves as book bloggers for our paltry progress reading and reviewing all of the ARCs that accumulate.  Ok, let’s start by going to … Continue reading

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