Author Archives: Stefan (Far Beyond Reality)

Reviving FBR + My Favorite Books of 2015

Well, it’s been quiet here at Far Beyond Reality, hasn’t it? For months now, I’ve just been in the mood to re-read older books, or, to be precise, to read books I don’t need to review, books I can just … Continue reading

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The Trials by Linda Nagata

Novels like The Trials by Linda Nagata give me—or at least restore some of my—faith in the publishing industry. Sure, there’s the story of how the book came to be in the first place: Linda Nagata, who wrote several critically … Continue reading

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Guest post by Fran Wilde: The Novel as Landscape: Choosing What to See, What to Hear

For today’s guest post, I’m very proud to welcome Fran Wilde, author of Updraft. Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. Her first novel, Updraft, is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. Her short stories have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Beneath … Continue reading

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Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

So an Arab Spring hacktivist, an online troll, a wannabe Anonymous-style hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and a credit card scammer walk into a bar… Well, okay, the bar part isn’t necessarily part of Chuck Wendig’s new novel Zer0es, but wouldn’t that … Continue reading

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Savages by K.J. Parker

K.J. Parker appears to be in a very prolific period in his career right now. In addition to the ongoing serial novel The Two of Swords (my review), which just had its sixth monthly installment published in July, and last year’s … Continue reading

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Crooked by Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman’s new novel, Crooked, features a very different Richard Nixon from the one you may remember from history class. To illustrate, allow me to start this review with a brief quote from the book’s opening chapter, showing Nixon in … Continue reading

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The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me so far. A contemporary fantasy novel with strong horror elements, it sets up a wholly original fictional universe, complete with mythology … Continue reading

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Giveaway winners! (The Red giveaway)

Aaaand the winners of this week’s giveaway are… *drum roll* For the hardcover copy of The Red: Tim G. of San Jose, CA For the Audible code: Kris W. of Aurora, CO Congratulations to both winners, and many thanks to … Continue reading

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Lookin’ Good: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Rejoice, fans of intelligent, passionate, character-driven historical fantasy. Today Penguin Random House announced Children of Earth and Sky, a new novel by the great Guy Gavriel Kay. I’ve been a huge fan of Kay for, well, decades now — ever … Continue reading

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The Two of Swords (1-5) by K.J. Parker

I’ve made it no secret over the years that I’m a big fan of K.J. Parker, purveyor of quirky and highly intelligent fantasy, formerly a mysterious entity whose real name or even gender was unknown but recently revealed (to my … Continue reading

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