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Book Review: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

The novel is suffused with fantastical elements: the gods are real and present, the future is foretold, oracles are consulted and answer.

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Book Review: James Maxey’s Dragonseed

Grittiness and visceral physicality of detail is another signature of the books: fights are shown in gory but often dispassionate detail, and the world is rendered in a thousand shades of dirtiness. This attention to nuance gives the book a grim realism that accentuates its fantastic nature, and the struggle between those two forces make it capable of gripping the reader’s attention with talons as tenacious as those of an earth-dragon.

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Book Review: Shadow Magic by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

The rushed ending is a major flaw in an otherwise fairly satisfying novel. Shadow Magic is all about character and Jones and Bennett do a good job with creating characters interesting enough to wish to spend 400 pages with.

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The One-armed Tribe and the Land of Women: Interview with Cindy Pon

i based many of the strange lands that Ai Ling wanders into from an ancient chinese text translated by strassberg titled “A Chinese Bestiary: Strange Creatures From the Guideways through Mountains and Seas.” it describes many legendary creatures and tribes. some of them seem based on reality, but many are very fantastic

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Fantasy On Fantasy: An Interview With Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is the story of Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant but bored high school student who gains admission to Brakebills, a secretive college of magic. Long obsessed with a Narnia-like series of fantasy novels he read as a child, Coldwater is at first delighted to find that magic is real, but his excitement eventually wanes. It isn’t enough, and soon Coldwater is bored again. Something is missing in his life, and neither sorcery, nor sex and drugs, can take its place.

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Fantasy in the Wild: The Battle Begins!

You’ve helped generate the list we’ll be choosing from, and now we need help narrowing it down. To vote, list your three top picks (order doesn’t matter) in a comment. The top twenty books will be involved in a fierce battle to the death…

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Wicked – Novel vs. Musical

I read Wicked a few years ago, and hated it. Then I saw the play last year and LOVED it. I decided to give the book another try, just in case I’d been wrong. Nope, I still hated it.

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Book Review: The Necronomicon

Having found nothing at the library, I decided to try Craigslist, and found a copy of Necronomicon being offered locally. What a stroke of luck! The only stipulation was that I also take with the book as set of broken lawn chairs and a slightly chipped garden statuary.

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Con Report: Fourth Street Fantasy

…what I think happens is that each particular convention evolves its own language. It tends to happen early on. “She was sad”, in its original context, was an example of bad writing. Throughout the convention, repetition gave it meaning. Gave it humor. Gave it a place in the language, in the conversation.