What Moves The Dead – But Apparently Not The Living

The Fall of the House of Usher has occupied some space in my brain since the halcyon days of high school English class. Not only did I read it several times, but I never wrote the assigned paper, a fact that literally haunts my dreams. There is just something unnerving about Poe’s story that I’m…

Sandman Volume Six: Fables & Reflections – Mixed Bag

The Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series finally has a release date—August 5, 2022—and the announcement renewed my drive to finish the series. Thus my Sandman readthrough continues, this time taking me to Fables & Reflections, a mixed bag of tales.  Fables & Reflections collects nine stories. Each narrative focuses on a…

Locklands – The End Of The World As We Know It

Locklands, the final piece of the Founders trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett, is a story both worthy of discussion and hard to talk about. It is the last step in an increasingly complicated dance that Bennett has been leading and it ends with a beautiful flourish. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the plot of this…

Writers Of The Future Volume 38 – SFF On The Rise

Stop right there! Don’t you dare go searching for our reviews of Writers of the Future volumes 1-37, because you won’t find ‘em! Nope, this is our very first outing with Galaxy Press’ short fiction contest, chock full of fascinating fantasy and sci-fi ideas. Writers of the Future Volume 38 has bards, monsters, mystical creatures,…

Daughter Of Redwinter – Two Headstones Way Up

Introducing another surprise hit for 2022, Ed McDonald’s Daughter of Redwinter. I have read McDonald’s other fantasy series, Raven’s Mark, and enjoyed myself greatly. There was definitely room for improvement, but the core of his last series was great (you can find reviews about it here) and McDonald has a real talent for bringing life…

A Guide To All Things The Witcher

Every year The Witcher seems to increase in popularity because it’s a fantastic IP and because it has shown up in a multitude of forms and mediums. However, unlike the more centralized efforts like Sanderson’s Cosmere, or the MCU, these cross-medium takes on the property are mostly self-contained and have seemingly different objectives. This can…

All The Seas Of The World – (Exile)irating

Every three years, like clockwork, Guy Gavriel Kay puts out a new historical fantasy masterpiece and I get to slowly luxuriate in its beauty as I stroll through the pages. This year we have All the Seas of the World, a hauntingly thoughtful tale about the nature of home, exile, and finding a place of…