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Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Was the Texan Tolkien

The Conquering Sword of Conan is the final volume in Del Rey’s three-volume collection of every Robert E. Howard Conan story.  I wrote about the second volume, and how Robert E. Howard wrote like Hank Williams sang, last week.  Gregory … Continue reading

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Review of Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

Devil’s Call is one hell of a story, a bloody weird western propelled by protagonist Li Lian’s remarkable voice. Li Lian is the mixed race daughter from a family where witchery runs on the female line.  She follows her husband, … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Robert E. Howard Wrote Like Hank Williams Sang

The Bloody Crown of Conan is the second of Del Rey’s three-volume collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan yarns.  Including Howard’s only Conan novel, it has the fewest stories of any volume in the collection.  The Bloody Crown of Conan … Continue reading

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Review of Graveyard Shift by Michael Haspil

Alex and Marcus are officers working the Graveyard Shift in the Miami-Dade Police Department Nocturn Affairs Division.  “Nocturn” being the PC term for vampire after the reveal.  They’re well qualified for the job.  Marcus is an “Ancient,” a vampire so … Continue reading

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Summer of Conan: Howard’s True Forebears are in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, not Epic Fantasy

Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. The first volume of Del Rey’s … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Gondwane Epic by Lin Carter

The full Gondwane Epic runs six books.  Lin Carter apparently planned ten.  I have the first four chronologically—The Warrior of World’s End, The Enchantress of World’s End, The Immortal of World’s End, and The Barbarian of World’s End (there are … Continue reading

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Review of The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

The second in a planned trilogy, The Bones of the Earth is an able follow up to Dunne’s grimdark debut.  Dunne continues to build on her strengths.  But if you were frustrated by In the Shadow of the Gods, you … Continue reading

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