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Musical blog for a beer!

Spinnng out of last week’s contest, we’re echoing writer Daniel Ausema and calling on you all to help SF move beyond its knee-jerk tendency to describe literary trends by merely adding the word “punk” as a suffix to them! That is, enough with the steampunk and the mythpunk and the whateverpunk — we want you […]

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Rebecca Epstein

I miss the quick jaggedness of my beloved Ithaca, NY. I miss snow and sleet and sliding off the road into ditches and waiting for the tow truck while my nose freezes off. I miss old hippie ladies with long gray braids standing on street corners with sandwich boards proclaiming love. Rebecca Epstein, author of […]

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The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith & Lace and Blade, ed. Deborah Ross

The Servants by Michael Marshall Smith Earthling Publications (224p) $30 Michael Marshall Smith’s The Servants is a gentle, moving story about as far removed as one can get from the action-packed, hard-hitting thrillers he writes as Michael Marshall. It is a charming reminder just how good — and versatile — a writer he is. Eleven-year-old […]

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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 subgenre, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, your unbridled opinion of the last novel you read or the last […]

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David Anthony Durham – Epic Proportions

David Anthony Durham has a bit of a thing for epics. An author known for his historical novels, Durham isn’t afraid to take on legendary figures like Hannibal and prickly subjects like black homesteaders in the 1800s. His latest book, the epic fantasy Acacia, may be seen as a departure by some, but to Durham […]

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The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven and The End of the Story Clark Ashton Smith

The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven Razorbill (503p), $9.99 An engaging YA fiction from debut author Sam Enthoven. Things rarely go right for fourteen-year-old Jack Farrell. So when he and his best friend, Charlie Farnsworth, get picked up on the street by a mysterious black-clad man, and Charlie is endowed with amazing superpowers and a […]

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Fangland by John Marks, Titans of Chaos by John C. Wright

Fangland, by John Marks Penguin Press (400p) $14.00 Evangeline Harker is an associate producer with the venerable TV news magazine, The Hour. She’s sent to Romania to research a story on a shadowy underworld figure called Ion Torgu. Expecting to meet Torgu’s spokesman, Evangeline encounters Torgu himself, a strangely magnetic man of surpassing ugliness. With […]

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Blog for a beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post something having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments. This week’s theme is: The Hugo Awards. It’s time for nominations, and people are posting recs for books, stories, authors, and films/TV. Wouldn’t be awesome if someone nominated […]

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Justine Larbalestier & Ekaterina Sedia

Over the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know two amazingly wonderful fantasy authors: Justine Larbalestier and Ekaterina Sedia. Whenever I got into a conversation with one I always found myself wishing that the other was in the room. Not because they both write fantasy or were both born outside of […]

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Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik, Neither Flesh Nor Feathers by Cherie Priest

Empire of Ivory: Temeraire, Book 4, by Naomi Novik Del Rey (400p) $7.99 The first three books of this series, issued one after another over three months, provided readers with one of the more entertaining fantasy reads of last year. Patrick O’Brian met Anne McCaffrey and we became acquainted with British naval Captain William Laurence, […]