Posts Tagged: Fantasy

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

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Kameron Hurley wrote a book called God’s War. It won her the 2011 Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society, and the 2011 Kitschies for Best Debut Novel. It was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Nebula award, shortlisted for a Locus Award for Best… Read more »

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

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Let me know if you’ve heard this story before. A god is reborn in the form of a human child. This child is destined to change the world, to restore everything to balance. The child’s father, the King, wants to kill him because the prophecy threatens his rule. But the child’s mother wants to protect him,… Read more »

At Tor.com: A Review of The Quick by Lauren Owen

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Tor.com asked me to review The Quick by Lauren Owen. It’s one of those books that seems to come around once a year that’s trying to be both core genre and core literary at the same time. Other past entrants include Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Elizabeth Kostovo’s The Historian, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Like… Read more »

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

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It says it right on the cover of the Thief’s Magic advanced review copy that Trudi Canavan has sold two million books worldwide—which is roughly 1/50th of the Super Bowl’s audience, or about 100 times the audience of a moderately successful debut novel. You might think that’s a common level of success. It isn’t. It’s… Read more »

Not-Reviews: Sworn in Steel and Crimson Campaign

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Technically speaking, I read both of these books last summer. Even then Sworn in Steel and The Crimson Campaign were polished, technically sound, and absolute blasts to read from start to finish. Jealous? You should be. With these books Douglas Hulick and Brian McClellan go from debut authors to professionals with careers ahead of them. Of course, I… Read more »

Necromancer Lawyers and the Existential Dread of Privilege

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Fantasy, we’re told, is escapist. Moribund. Dragons and rakshasa and princesses in tall towers providing a sumptuous divertissement from quotidian banality. Fantasy is junk food for those unwilling or unable to digest the dense virtuosity of Joyce or Faulkner. Urban fantasy, the trenchcoat-wearing, revolver-toting ghetto of magical PIs and shapeshifter femmes fatales, is even less… Read more »

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

[cp_dropcaps]O[/cp_dropcaps]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

[cp_dropcaps]I[/cp_dropcaps] 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 »

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen (aka: ZOMG! The Yin and the Yang of Middle Grade!)

Being the first Middle Grade novel I’ve read since the Harry Potter binge of aught four, Jennifer Nielsen’s The False Prince (and subsequent novels) was something of a dip into the unknown. Truth be told, I began the endeavor solely because I’m on the make for novels my four year old and I can read… Read more »

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Set in Henrietta, Virginia, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys exhibits characteristics of the “southern novel”, a form I associate strongly with Tom Wolfe or Harper Lee. Novels of the American South tend to focus on the gross inequalities that exist there, often couched in racial terms, but also the nature of inherited wealth juxtaposed with the… Read more »