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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Conan the Valorous by John Maddox Roberts

I’ve said before that John Maddox Roberts is neck-and-neck with Robert Jordan for best writer of Conan pastiches, but that he gets Conan better than any other writer of pastiches I have read.  Conan the Valorous helps firm up my … Continue reading

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Vintage SF Month: A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Goodreads used to give you nifty little pie charts divvying up your books read in a year by genre or however you categorized your books in shelving them.  Google (as Google does) discontinued the tool they used to generate the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: The Voyage of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese, narrated by J.D. Ledford

I couldn’t resist the premise of the Iron Dragon trilogy—using advanced knowledge to build a space program from scratch in Viking Europe.  I very much enjoyed book one and book two.  But those books tended to be heavier on human-human … Continue reading

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The Bitter Fruit of War – Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil is one of those final books in a trilogy (the alternative history fantasy Milkweed Triptych) that is impossible to talk about without badly, badly spoiling the prior two books.  So if you haven’t read Bitter Seeds and The … Continue reading

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The Bitter Fruit of War – The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis

The Coldest War is book 2 in alternate history series The Milkweed Triptych, and the sequel to Bitter Seeds.  If you’ve come here to decide whether to read Bitter Seeds—do it!—I’ll still be here when you get back.  If you’ve … Continue reading

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The Bitter Fruit of War – Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

British sorcerers versus German supermen in an alternate history WWII: what’s not to love?  Actually, the premise left me nonplussed initially.  Sorcerers v. supermen seems a little like grist for post-role-playing discussions turned story premise for nothing more than the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Verdant Passage by Troy Denning

Troy Denning was one of the primary game designer for Dungeons & Dragons’ Dark Sun setting, so it is no surprise he got tapped to pen the first Dark Sun novel, The Verdant Passage.  Dark Sun is one of D&D’s … Continue reading

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Review of Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore

Tolkien was my real gateway into fantasy.  But like a lot of kids in the 80s and 90s, a huge part of my fantasy reading was devoted to D&D tie-in novels.  Outside of the Dragonlance Chronicles, R.A. Salvatore was the … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Scott Oden Presents The Lost Empire of Sol: A Shared World Anthology of Sword and Planet Tales, edited by Jason M. Waltz and Fletcher Vredenburgh

Can writers today still produce stuff with the verve and the flavor—the outright joy—of the pulp and pulpy tales of yesteryear?  The Lost Empire of Sol is evidence they can.  A collection of otherwise unconnected tales set in a far-future, … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Conan the Rogue by John Maddox Roberts

John Maddox Roberts is probably my favorite of the Conan pastiche authors, but Conan the Rogue isn’t my favorite of his Conan books.  It is a fun book, and the concept of Conan as the greatest rogue of all in … Continue reading

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