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Blog For A Beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: a crazy idea for a new holiday (in honor of Holy Week, the Spring Equinox, and a host of other celebrations), a bit of a story you’re trying […]

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Stephanie Campisi

I’m not so much into labeling things and dividing things neatly and slotting them in here and there and trying to align them as though they are pieces of something purchased from Ikea, but acknowledge that people are pretty reductive, as are marketing gurus, so it’s something pretty inevitable. Stephanie Campisi, author of Painting Walls […]

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Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED by Joe Abercrombie Pyr (539 pages) $15.00 The second installment of The First Law trilogy finds its protagonists–drawn together in the first volume by chance, fate, and the beginnings of a perilous quest–going their separate ways. Spoiled and arrogant swordsman Jezal, battle-weary warrior Logen Ninefingers, and feral ex-slave Ferro have joined […]

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The Marvelous Troy CLE

Troy CLE, winner of the 2008 Essence Literary Award for Children’s Literature and author of the Marvelous World series, leads a charmed life. His YA fantasy novel and the story of how it came to be published is getting a lot of media attention — he’s been interviewed or profiled in Vibe, The New York […]

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The Crystal Cosmos by Rhys Hughes

The Crystal Cosmos by Rhys Hughes PS Publishing (xxx) $20.00 Let’s just say it out front: Rhys Hughes is one dang weird writer. Moreover, he’s a writer who is differently weird from story to story. But he is also interesting from story to story, and that’s what matters. This new book, a substantial novella, reminded […]

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Blog for a Beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: like what’s going on in that weird Battlestar Galactica Last Supper picture, why the Jack/Gwen madness on Torchwood is so damn annoying (or so damn hot), your unbridled […]

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Nicole Kornher-Stace

I don’t seem to be able to write anything that isn’t intensely personal. I can’t detach myself that far. …in all my longer fiction I find the characters reach a point where they mutiny, take over, and sail off with the story, while I’m keelhauled in its wake. Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of The Promise, was […]

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Paper Cities, ed. Ekaterina Sedia

Paper Cities, edited by Ekaterina Sedia Senses Five Press (288pp) $14.95 Paper Cities is subtitled “An Anthology of Urban Fantasy”. “Ahhh!”, I thought, “A bunch of stories about irruptions of magic in a contemporary city. (Probably either Minneapolis or Seattle, or somewhere in Canada.)” Not sure how many of those I could have stomached all […]

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Blog for a Leap Year beer!

Welcome to a special, only-once-in-four-years edition of Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: a true tale of geekdom, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, a review of anything from the Spiderwick Chronicles movie […]

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Magic in the Mirrorstone, edited by Steve Berman

Magic in the Mirrorstone, edited by Steve Berman Mirrorstone (304pp) $14.95 Magic in the Mirrorstone is a young adult fantasy anthology, with stories that are pretty much each enjoyable to read. Perhaps none of the stories here are quite brilliant, but that risks overly shortchanging the reading experience, as I really quite enjoyed myself — […]