Category Archives: Book Reviews

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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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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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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Throwback SF Thursday: The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, Part 3

My blood ran fire when the deed was done; Now it runs colder than the moon that shone On shattered fields where dead men lay in heaps Who could not hear a ravished daughter’s moan. With All Hallows’ Eve right … Continue reading

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The Fall of Dragons Ends a Great Fantasy Series with a Bloody, Alien Bang

Is there anything left I can say about The Traitor Son Cycle that I haven’t already said?  After all, I have already posted reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth books, and I posted a pitch for Game of … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, part 2

The mighty poets write in blood and tears And agony that, flame-like, bites and sears. They reach their mad blind hands into the night, To plumb abysses dead to human sight. Tuesday was World Mental Health Day.  When Damon Knight … Continue reading

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Rat Queens is always at its best when it’s having fun

The strengths of Rat Queens is the interpersonal dynamics among the group, the dungeon crawls/monster-killing quests, and poking fun at both modern life and D&D murder hobo propensities.  Volume 4 has a lot of that, and it is all enormously … Continue reading

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