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A Dowry Of Blood – Until Death Do Us Part

S.T. Gibson tells a deliciously dark tale about Dracula through the eyes of his wife and it’s everything. This was a story I never knew I needed until it was in my hands and then I proceeded to feverishly devour it like a newly turned vampire. A Dowry of Blood is equal parts horror and…

The Blacktongue Thief – The Magic Of Student Loans

The Blacktongue Thief, by Christopher Buehlman, is the first book in the Blacktongue series and a book that left me with a profound sense of deja vu. It is a book that I both felt I had read before, yet is bursting to the seams with originality and authorial flare. It's crammed full of some…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part Five: A Parting Word

Why You Should Read The Culture - Part One: The Hub Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this guide to The Culture. I hope it has inspired those of you who haven’t read it yet to pick up a book and reminded those of you who have how great this…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part Four: Books 8-10

Why You Should Read The Culture - Part One: The Hub Book 8) Matter - This is one of the denser books within the series, but if you’re looking for something that scratches a deep itch, Matter will definitely do the trick. It starts off in the middle of a medieval revolution on a shell…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part Three: Books 5-7

Why You Should Read The Culture - Part One: The Hub Book 5) Excession - When I was doing some initial research on The Culture to get some grounding before diving into this huge piece, I came across a surprising number of people who claimed that this was the weakest Culture novel. Those people can…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part Two: Books 1-3

Why You Should Read The Culture - Part One: The Hub Book 1) Consider Phlebas - Much like Malazan the Book of the Fallen's hotly debated first book, Consider Phlebas is thought to be a rough first book. Forums and Reddit posts have been dedicated to whether Consider Phlebas is a good fit for The…

Why You Should Read The Culture – Part One: The Hub

After the stunning popularity of our “Why You Should Read Malazan” post, I sat down and thought about what other massive series could use a deep dive guide for new readers. While there are a ton of series that we love, there are only a few that are complex enough in their wonder that they…

First, Become Ashes — Did Not Rise to the Occassion

K.M. Szpara has such a deep relationship with his characters, and it shows wonderfully through his writing. Last year I read Docile, and came away from it a big fan. It very much put Szpara on my radar, and I looked forward to more of his work. There was just a strong sense of how…

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon – A Thrilling Orbit

Earlier this year, I reviewed volume one of Descender, the opening installment of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s sci-fi comic book spacefaring romp...and I loved it. Now, I’m picking up where I left off and diving into Descender: Volume 2: Machine Moon.  Tin Stars ended with a reveal that seismically changed the trajectory of the…