Posts By: Justin Landon

Duck and Covers: The Foreign Edition

Any discussion on covers of non-US/UK editions seems to begin with Marc Simonetti. French based, he works on covers around the world, including the US and UK. Above is the cover to Assassin’s Quest for Leya Brazil. One of the things I love most above Simonetti is his interest in full paintings that cover the entire… Read more »

The Three by Sarah Lotz

There’s horror and then there’s horror. By that I mean there are novels that fit within the horror genre, with overt applications of “scary” and “suspenseful”, and then there are novels that are generally horrifying, with an ability to elicit dread from a reader. It is the latter category that Sarah Lotz’s first solo novel,… Read more »

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

Rocket Talk, the Tor.com Podcast

Here’s the deal, I’m the host of the Tor.com podcast. It’s called Rocket Talk. It’s a a show dedicated to insightful and expansive conversations about all the cool ass shit we love. So, check it out. To preemptively answer your question, I am both the Ninja and the Cthulu thing. I am Ninjulu, a dread assassin… Read more »

Why I’m Excited Today…

John Love has a new novel. Who’s John Love ? He’s a British dude who wrote one of the best novels of 2012 that no one has heard of–Faith. Built around the idea of aegrescit medendo, which is a Latin medical phrase meaning, ‘The cure is worse than the disease’, Faith is the story of a near mythical… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Are you not entertained?!

I wish Raymond Swanland did more cover work. No one captures motion like he does. Admittedly, his style is so unique as to be almost one-note, but I love it nevertheless. Here he is with a new novel from K.V. Johansen and Pyr. I feel like Swanland really should be illustrating X-Men when I see… Read more »

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

nce upon a time there was a book. In the first twenty pages it had like a bajillion names, several dozen instances of archaic speech patterns, and quite a bit of moping. I was instantly willing to hate it. But, because I’m a true critic of the arts, I continued. Also, because I can’t really… Read more »

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

 begin this review, not with a bang, but with a boom. The boom is the sound Words of Radiance made when I dropped it while reading. It was shortly followed by a howl of pain as it struck my pinky toe. It was not a manly howl, akin to a shrieking meerkat as its eviscerated… Read more »