Posts tagged with fantasy

Jul 22 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: That Ain't Witchcraft, by Seanan McGuire

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This week's Book Giveaway is That Ain't Witchcraft, the eighth installment in Seanan McGuire's ridiculously entertaining InCryptid series. A full review will follow shortly; this giveaway will run through 7/26/19...

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May 20 2019

Storm Cursed, by Patricia Briggs

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Patricia Briggs is one of the most reliable fantasy writers on my mental list of books to take on a plane. She's less pretentious than Seanan McGuire, way less gross than Laurell K. Hamilton, and better at romance than Charlaine Harris...

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May 20 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Storm Cursed, by Patricia Briggs

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Storm Cursed, the 11th book in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series. (Why are the titles in this series so generic-fantasy-lite? I've already read the book, and I still couldn't tell you what "storm cursed" refers to.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/31/19...

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Apr 29 2019

The Casket of Time, by Andri Snaer Magnason

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More books are published in Iceland per capita than anywhere else in the world. A disproportionate number seem to be indistinguishable gloomy thrillers, but a few stand out. Admittedly, Andri Snaer Magnason's The Casket of Time is both thrilling and frequently gloomy, but in an impressively idiosyncratic way...

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Apr 29 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Casket of Time, by Andri Snaer Magnason

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Our latest Book Giveaway is The Casket of Time, written by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason and translated by Björg Árnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery. A full review will follow shortly, but the cover art offers an excellent sense of the contents: 70% prettily imaginative, 30% creepy. This giveaway will run through 5/15/19...

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Apr 22 2019

The Mystery Knight, by George R. R. Martin

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With all the hype and thinkpieces and merchandising tie-ins, I sometimes wonder if I should be watching Game of Thrones, even though I have thoroughly disliked the bits of the books that I've read and I can't stomach depictions of sexual violence. Still, the fan reaction to the show is so enthusiastic and thoughtful that I almost caved—but then I was sent a copy of The Mystery Knight, and it was a helpful reminder of why I've bowed out...

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Mar 25 2019

Beauty, by Robin McKinley

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After last week's review of Leife Shallcross's The Beast's Heart, I decided to re-read Robin McKinley's thematically similar 1978 novel Beauty to see how it held up to my fond childhood memories. Like The Beast's Heart, Beauty does its best to transform the Beauty and the Beast fairytale into something romantic, rather than creepy...

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Mar 18 2019

The Beast's Heart, by Leife Shallcross

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There are some classic stories that just don't lend themselves to PC updates, and “Beauty and the Beast” is one of them. In her book The Beast's Heart, author Leife Shallcross does her best to minimize the fairytale's inherent problems, but there are too many to fully overcome...

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Mar 18 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Beast's Heart, by Leife Shallcross

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Leife Shallcross's The Beast's Heart, the first of two Beauty and the Beast-themed reviews we're planning on over the next couple weeks. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Mar 11 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Binti: The Complete Trilogy, a flawed but impressively imaginative fantasy/sci-fi by Nnedi Okorafor. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Mar 4 2019

Slayer, by Kiersten White

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In my recent review of the BOOM Comics Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, I wondered if the Buffy-centric storytelling well had finally run dry. Bestselling author Kiersten White's new spinoff novel Slayer proves that there is still some life in this 'verse...

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Feb 28 2019

Sign me up

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And in our third and final bit of page-to-screen news this week, here's the only one of the bunch I'm genuinely excited to see: The Changeover, a deeply creepy-looking adaptation of an award-winning YA fantasy novel...

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Feb 11 2019

Sleepless: Vol. 1, by Sarah Vaughn

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A few months ago, I asked my local comic shop owner for his honest opinion of the new Books of Magic reboot. (I loved the original series as a kid, but I've been burned before by the various attempts at re-starting it, and my comics budget is not limitless.) He hesitated—clearly, a sale's a sale—but...

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Feb 11 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Sleepless, by Sarah Vaughn

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Our current Book Giveaway pick is the first volume (of a two-book series) of Sarah Vaughn's new graphic novel Sleepless, which combines high fantasy, romance, and A+++ artwork. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Jan 7 2019

Smooth Criminals: Issues 1 & 2, by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith

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I had hopes for Smooth Criminals, the second comic from the creators of Misfit City. Unfortunately, there is an art to pacing a comic series that creators Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith still haven't mastered, and...

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Jan 7 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Smooth Criminals: Issues 1 & 2, by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith

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Our current Book Giveaway is the first two issues of Smooth Criminals, the second comic by Misfit City creators Kurt Lustgarten and Kerstin "Kiwi" Smith. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler: they still have some kinks to work out. This giveaway will run through 3/09/19...

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Dec 3 2018

The Dark Days Deceit, by Alison Goodman

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Maybe this is a sign that I'm thinking too much about baked goods right now, but Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Deceit reminded me very much of one of those professionally decorated sugar cookies—technically impressive, but not that much fun to consume...

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Dec 3 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Days Deceit, by Alison Goodman

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Dark Days Deceit, the final book in Alison Goodman's ambitious Lady Helen trilogy. Thus far, this has been a series I've admired more than I've loved, but I never count Goodman out—I get distracted by her elaborate plotting and world-building, but her stories can deliver an unexpected emotional punch. A full review will follow shortly...

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Nov 19 2018

Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer

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Archenemies, the second book in Marissa Meyer's Renegades series, picks up immediately after the events of the first. Heroine Nova Artino is still working as a double agent, torn between her loyalty to the villains who raised her and the morally-questionable “superheroes” who control her city...

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Nov 19 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Archenemies, the sequel to Marissa Meyer's Renegades. We had some realllly big problems with Renegades, but the sequel, at least at first glance, seems to be looking up. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Nov 5 2018

The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey

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I recently asked the owner of my local comic book store if I should buy the new Books of Magic reboot. He hesitated, but then (very diplomatically, I thought) said that while he was pleased the Vertigo reboots were driving traffic into the store, he thought he could recommend some more interesting fantasy titles. I trust his taste, so...

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Nov 5 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey

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It's been quite some time since we've featured a comic book, so this week's Book Giveaway is the first issue of Mike Carey's latest title, The Highest House. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Oct 22 2018

An Easy Death, by Charlaine Harris

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Charlaine Harris knows what works for her. All of her books feature working-class protagonists, vividly imagined worlds, and a bizarre notion of romantic chemistry. Her latest effort, An Easy Death, takes those familiar elements in unexpected directions, but her basic formula is still present...

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Oct 22 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: An Easy Death, by Charlaine Harris

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This week's Book Giveaway is Charlaine Harris's An Easy Death. I was really into her recent Midnight, Texas series, so I'm excited about this. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 10/26/18...

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Oct 8 2018

Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean

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Peter McLean's new novel Priest of Bones centers around someone competently handling an unusual job (one of my favorite things to read about!), but features loads of sexual violence (one of my least favorite things to read about!). Your enjoyment of this book will hinge upon your interest in the former, and your tolerance for the latter...

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Oct 8 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean

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This week's Book Giveaway is Peter McLean's Priest of Bones, the first installment in his War for the Rose Throne series. A full review will follow shortly, but please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/19/18...

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Oct 2 2018

Quite a run

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It's the end of an era: NPR informs me that after 40 years of publication, the fantasy comic ElfQuest has come to an end. I had no idea ElfQuest was still running (it was considered pretty dated and hokey, even when I was a kid), but...

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Sep 24 2018

Year One, by Nora Roberts

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If you've ever thought: Man, The Stand sounds interesting, but I'm just not into Stephen King's writing, congratulations, you're in luck! Year One is The Stand, as written by Nora Roberts...

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Sep 24 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Year One, by Nora Roberts

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This week's Book Giveaway is Year One, the first book in Nora Roberts's Chronicles of The One series. It's dark, gloomy, violent, and full of the word "magick", so it's probably best that we're cruising toward October. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/12/18...

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Sep 10 2018

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel), by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

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I rarely read graphic novel adaptations of popular books, because they never look like the stories do in my head. But I was recently given a copy of the graphic novel version of Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and it had two things going for it...

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