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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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Book Review: Tigana

Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay It is rather striking that in this book’s afterward the author claims that he was in part inspired to write this moving book about memory by the sight of the notorious communist photos where people … Continue reading

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