Tag Archives: fantasy

Book Review: The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino, translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, and William Weaver This book is a somewhat sprawling connection of odd short stories that were viewed as part of a series, most of them with a protagonist … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction:  How To Create Out-Of-This-World Novels And Short Stories, by Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake, and the editors of Writer’s Digest Speculative fiction, which is composed of science-fiction and fantasy, however broadly they are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Now Write!: Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror

Now Write!:  Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror:  Speculative Genre Exercises From Today’s Best Writers And Teachers, edited by Laruie Lamson In reading a book like this one is going to have areas where one agrees and disagrees with the perspective … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Rule An Empire And Get Away With It

How To Rule An Empire And Get Away With It, by K.L. Parker I can see what this novel is trying to do. I think in the right hands, a good film could be made out of this book, with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Legend Of The Five Rings: 4th Edition

Legend Of The Five Rings:  4th Edition, by Shawn Carman, Robert Hobart, Jim Pinto, and Brian Yoon A coworker of mine has played this game, and I can see why he enjoyed it so much given his interest in Japanese … Continue reading

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Book Review: King Arthur Pendragon

King Arthur Pendragon, by Greg Stafford This game has a lot of rolls in it.  If your idea of a fun role playing game is a dark fantasy version of the Arturian legends with lots of magic and as many … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Port Of Peril (Fighting Fantasy #6)

The Port Of Peril (Fighting Fantasy #6), by Ian Livingstone Sometimes in order to appreciate a book you have to know who it’s for.  In this case, the audience for this book (and others, as this is part of a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Monster, She Wrote

Monster, She Wrote:  The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction, by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson There is a useful touchstone when it comes to reviewing books like this one that deal with obvious gender issues.  If a … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Worldbuilding

Recently news was released that Christopher Tolkien had died at nearly 100 years of age, and a great deal of honor was deservedly heaped upon someone whose life’s work had been to provide honor to his father’s world of Middle … Continue reading

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Book Review: Acquisitions Incorporated

Acquisitions Incorporated, by Wizards RPG Team This is a book that has a lot of promise and does not end up quite being as enjoyable as one would hope.  As a general concept, this book certainly does provide an interesting … Continue reading

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