Category Archives: Fantasy

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole

“For the dead, war never ends.” That’s the somewhat ominous tagline on the cover of Myke Cole’s newest military fantasy novel Gemini Cell. Set in the early years of the Great Awakening, the novel shows how humanity first reacted to the … Continue reading

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Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

It’s bad form to start a review with a quote, but in this case I’m going to do it anyway, simply because it’s the best way to give you an idea of how wonderful  Elizabeth Bear’s newest novel Karen Memory … Continue reading

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The Just City by Jo Walton

In Jo Walton’s newest novel The Just City, the goddess Pallas Athena uses her divine powers to create an approximation of Plato’s Republic. As in, she literally sets up a mini-version of the ideal state as described in The Republic, … Continue reading

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Mini-review: Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner’s new novel Night Terrors introduces Audra and Jinx, together maybe the oddest buddy cop duo I’ve ever seen. For one, they’re both agents of the Shadow Watch, a, well, shadowy supernatural organization tasked with patrolling the border between our … Continue reading

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Mini-Review: Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards

Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards was one of 2012’s most pleasant surprises in the fantasy field. The novel put a surprising twist on the burgeoning grimdark sub-genre by using an unexpected narrator, the inexperienced, bookish, somewhat timid scribe … Continue reading

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“A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch

The following is a non-spoiler review of “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”, a piece of short fiction by Scott Lynch included in the new Rogues anthology. The anthology, edited by Gardner Dozois and one George R.R. Martin, is the latest iteration of … Continue reading

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My Real Children by Jo Walton

A wise person once told me that 50% of your life’s happiness derives from one decision: who will be your significant other? Or possibly I just heard it on Dr. Phil—I don’t know. In either case, Jo Walton’s lovely new … Continue reading

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Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold

When we first meet Eveline “Evvie” Duchen, she is scraping together a living as a pickpocket and con artist on the streets of London. Things used to be very different for her: she lived in the country, in touch with … Continue reading

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The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez

Once upon a time, there was an author who wrote a novel. That’s not so strange in the Age of NaNoWriMo, but what’s much more rare is that he actually sold the book. Then, the tale became even stranger, because the … Continue reading

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American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle

Because I only read about 80 pages of Tom Doyle’s debut novel American Craftsmen, this is not so much a review as a summary of what I liked and ultimately didn’t like. But first, here’s the blurb: In modern America, … Continue reading

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