So here we are! After all this time, I have finally read Harry Potter! Or the start of it, anyway. And what did I, the diehard Tolkien reader think? Well, honestly, that it’s a bit odd people keep comparing the two. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are completely different. Saying they’re alike isContinue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”
Book: Heart of Iron by Erkaterina Sedia Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History/Fantasy Content for the Sensitive Reader: mild language, discussions of religion and historical attitudes toward race and gender, implied romantic affair, distantly depicted death of several side characters. Very acceptable for YA and most middle-grade audiences. BookmarkedOne Rating: 4/10 SPOILERS CLEARLY MARKED, read at your ownContinue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron”
So after making my way through Amy McAuley’s Violins of Autumn, it seemed only fair to make a list of World War II books that I actually did enjoy…or at least find deeply accurate to history. It’s a fascinating topic and makes for some thrilling (and sometimes tragic and deeply introspective) reading. So! Here’s theContinue reading “Book List: WWII Books”
Book: Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Series: (standalone) Genre: YA WWII Historical Fiction (emphasis on women in the French Resistance) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Three violent but not particularly graphic on-page deaths, amount of violence otherwise typical in WWII stories, some PG-13 and mild language scattered throughout, mild romantic themes, underage smoking andContinue reading “Book Review: Violins of Autumn”
Picking up where we left off yesterday, “Making Collaboration Work for You or Co-writing with Larry and Sean” by Sean Williams Another segment of writing advice, and probably good…but to be frank, it sounds so mercenary to my ears. I started collaborating with a friend about a year ago. We didn’t plan to launch ourselvesContinue reading “ARC Review: Writers of the Future Vol. 36 (Part II)”
Time to plunge into all things science fiction and fantasy with this year’s collection of the best of the best contest winners.
Read on for intergalactic travel, linguistic debates with squid people, fluffy deaths, and murdery time travelers.
Strangely no dragons this time around…
So a big drumroll please, because tomorrow, Writers of the Future Vol. 36 is released! And somehow I made it onto the advanced reader list for one of the biggest science fiction and fantasy anthologies of the year. One does not turn down that opportunity, however madcap the schedule. So in between the usual lifeContinue reading “A Brief Book Blog Post”
Book Review No 20: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen Series: The Ascendance Trilogy, book 2 Genre: Low Fantasy (YA/Middle Grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Typical level of fantasy violence/bloodshed, two characters killed in-scene, various references to devils as oaths, presence of pirates, branding irons, implied innuendo, thievery and layers of deception necessaryContinue reading “The Runaway King”
Book Review No. 19: Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas Series: Standalone Genre: Children’s Fantasy (middle-grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Family tension, level of battle/suspense/violence typical for fantasy. Completion Date: Summer 2019 BookmarkedOne Rating: 7/10 So after falling in love with Sarah Prineas’ Magic Thief series, I had to snap up Dragonfell. I mean, seriously. Dragons.Continue reading “Dragonfell”
Confession: I don’t think you can actually go wrong by reading short story anthologies. What I mean is this: anthologies are written by plenty of authors, so if you don’t like one story, chances are there’s another you’ll love. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Arthurian tales (who doesn’t? Swords! Magic! Code ofContinue reading “Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories”