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Review of The Walking Dead Vol. 31 by Robert Kirkman

A long-term comics story requires a certain ebb and flow.  Not every volume of The Walking Dead can have massive set pieces.  Nor would we want it to.  And the comics do a much better job than the show at … Continue reading

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Titanshade is a Meaty, Inventive Fantasy Noir

For a book set in a wildly inventive fantasy world, Titanshade feels damn real.  And not just because they have 8-track players.  Most of the characters fit into well-worn roles—jaded veteran cop, earnest rookie cop, angry police captain, dirty ex-cop, … Continue reading

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The Sword of Kaigen is a Character-Driven Fantasy with Maybe the Best Set Piece I’ve Ever Read

High on a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice. For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Northwest Smith by C.L. Moore

Hither came Northwest Smith, the earthman, sunburnt skin, paled-eyed, in spaceman’s leathers, a pirate, a smuggler, a gunslinger, facing life and death with an equal grin, to tread the back-alley bars and lost ruins of the solar system heatgun in … Continue reading

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The Dragon Hand is a Solid Fantasy with a Killer Premise

The Dragon Hand is a solid fantasy with a killer premise.  An epic fantasy featuring a dragon as the protagonist?  Yes, please.  The Dragon Hand has great epic fantasy bones and some killer set pieces.  Unfortunately, some weak spots keep … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

I know that Space Cadet is a good book on an intellectual level.  But it doesn’t evoke the same kind of visceral gut reaction that Have Space Suit—Will Travel did.  There certainly isn’t anything remotely as gripping as the two … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

Nightfall and Other Stories is a collection of 20 pieces of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, including, of course, the novelette “Nightfall,” one of his most famous works.  “Nightfall” was Asimov’s 32nd work but in many ways his first breakout … Continue reading

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