You won’t want to miss this one. It’s not your run-of-the-mill fantasy. When Peter and I were talking about the cover, he described it to me as something that was influenced by his time in Africa and his reading of H Rider Haggard, and I was sold. It’s not just that I’m easy when it… Read More Peter Grant has a New Book!
For other writerly thoughts today, you could check out my Mad Genius Club post. This post is about how a story was killed by research. Or: facts and fiction get muddled easily. I was chatting with a colleague about mustangs, and how I was wondering that the BLM rehomes mustangs in the Tennessee area. She… Read More Killer Research
I wrote about blending hard science with fantasy today over at Mad Genius Club, and then, as I usually do, I decided to make up a list of books that do that blend and handle it well. Not necessarily Science Fantasy, which is a genre where the science is so advanced it is indistinguishable from… Read More Where Science Meets Magic: A Book List
Right up front, I’m going to explain why the title isn’t bad grammar. Because for some reason it was throwing me every time I saw it, until I started reading and went ‘oh!’ The Gods Defense is what someone dubbed the excuse a criminal could use when the gods made them commit a crime. Sort… Read More Review: Gods Defense
I first met Amie Gibbons at LibertyCon this last summer. She’s a sweetheart and full of energy… and stories. She asked me if I would look at one of her short stories and give her some feedback, which I was happy to do. Her story was as sweet and fun as she was – not… Read More Eat This While You Read That: Amie Gibbons
Written by Sanford Begley I believe I reviewed Rob Howell’s first book A Lake Most Deep earlier. If I didn’t I should have. Howell makes an interesting combination of Noir detectives and Byzantium locations that is funny and straight at the same time. His latest, The Eyes Of A Doll is no exception. I must… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Eyes of a Doll
Two reviews in one post! And from two very different books, at that. Elliott Kay’s Poor Man’s Fight is a space opera, with familiar themes that will resonate with many of my readers as they did with me. Tanner Malone, our hero, starts out as a highschool kid taking the Test which will determine the… Read More Review: Twofer
Anyone who has read my posts and books will probably have picked up that I have an affection for Russian Fairy Tales. This is due in no small part to the very first book I ever owned. It was given to me at birth, and it’s a collection of beautifully illustrated fairy tales. The Frog… Read More Review: Chicken Feet and the Firebird
I’ve done a husband-wife pairing before, with Sarah and Dan Hoyt. But it took me altogether too long to realize that although I’d gotten a recipe from James Young, I hadn’t talked with his lovely wife Anita about her books and food yet. For the meal, I’m making her Pepper Steak, and we’re recommending her… Read More Eat This While You Read That: Anita Young
And I have much to do. Here, have a dragon. She’s small. Have two!
I was talking to a fellow writer the other day about whether or not there is a market for a ‘thinking man’s fantasy.’ We were specifically talking about that sub-genre, Sword and Sorcery, the genre made famous by the likes of Conan the Barbarian, and oft-mocked as being ‘thud and blunder’ rather than ‘blood and… Read More Review: Son of the Black Sword
I woke up with a story in my head. It’s a little bit of a thing, but it was fun to write. Enjoy! Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a girl-babe was born. And in the manner of these things, when she was born, she was given a fairy gift. Her… Read More The Princess and the Beauty