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Black Leviathan is Moby Dick . . . with dragons, airships, and an endless sea of clouds

A retelling of Moby Dick set on an endless sea of clouds, featuring dragons, airships, birdmen, and enchanted spears?  Sign me up!  Black Leviathan is also notable for being my first German book in translation as best I can recollect.  … Continue reading

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Review of The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson

It was an unexpected arrival, but book mail is always welcome at la casa de martes.  I started reading The Bard’s Blade in part due to comparisons to The Wheel of Time.  As it happens, I had just started a … Continue reading

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Bright Steel by Miles Cameron

Miles Cameron has now written two of my favorite fantasy series published this millennium.  Bright Steel is the final book in Cameron’s Masters & Mages trilogy (I previously reviewed Cold Iron and Dark Forge).  It absolutely stands with The Traitor … Continue reading

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Review of The Walking Dead Compendium 4 by Robert Kirkman

It’s hard to believe that The Walking Dead comics are over.  And so abruptly.  But the timing made sense.  For someone who likes their collection tidy, I appreciate that they coordinated the ending to allow for one more full compendium … Continue reading

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Review of Sabbath by Nick Mamatas

An ARC of Nick Mamatas’ Sabbath was an unexpected arrival at the house a couple of weeks ago (a consolation prize for not getting a Warrior of the Altaii ARC, perhaps?).  The cover blurb bills it as “the blood-splattered epic … Continue reading

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Review of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wes Chu

I have long been a fan of the comics and watcher of the show, but I haven’t yet dived into any of The Walking Dead novels.  But with an impending trip to China and a good experience with Chu’s Lives … Continue reading

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SF: Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins

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Over the course of a life hard lived, the minder and the town and the mountain became as one, and no one ever left Harlan alive. Country noir fits easily with horror.  What is scarier…

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Robert Jordan’s Warrior of the Altaii Foreshadows The Wheel of Time More Than His Conan Pastiches

Decades ago James Oliver Rigney Jr. wrote a book.  That book allowed him to break into the publishing industry.  He sold it several times.  It established his working relationship with Harriet McDougal, who would become his wife.  It led to … Continue reading

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Review of Dark Forge by Miles Cameron

How is it that Miles Cameron keeps impressing me more with each book?  The Traitor Son Cycle is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time.  After Dark Forge, I already think Cameron may surpass it with his Masters … Continue reading

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SF: Desper Hollow by Elizabeth Massie

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Just a couple of weeks ago I was talking about how a crime story fit uneasily into a second-world fantasy shell.  A country noir shell, on the other hand, is an excellent fit for any…

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