The Black Company – The Grandfather Of Dark Fantasy

Everyone has a book that started them on the magical journey of reading fantasy. In fact, many people have two books; one when they were younger that got them into reading, and one when they were older that made them appreciate fantasy on a much higher level and start to take it seriously. Today, on…

Adding To The Pile – Even Movie Books Have A Place

DISCLAIMER This is a guest post by Sean Burns, filling in for Andrew, due to Andrew being too lazy to get up and write a post himself. Dear reader, I imagine that if you are anything like me, then you love reading books so much that you likely have a large pile of books waiting…

Book Club Discussion: Tigana By Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay, generated by far the most conversation of any book we have read so far. As opposed to previous contested books we have had in book club, Tigana had less of a spectrum of different opinions, and more of a splitting into two camps: people who loved it and people who…

Beyond Redemption – Insanely Interesting

I tend to shy away from anything that self-identifies as “grimdark”. For those that are unfamiliar, grimdark stories often feature an anti-hero, generally unlikable characters, gritty dark writing, and a whole lot of tragedy. Grimdark books often tend to overreach for shock value in their writing and it can be a huge turn off when…

Snakewood – Plot vs. Prose

Thanks to the lovely folks over at Netgalley, I have yet another ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) to talk about this week. Snakewood, by Adrian Selby, is a fantastic vengeance story that takes a spin on the dark mercenaries trope. It follows the story of a mercenary company in retirement as they are slowly assassinated, while…

The Dragon Round – Potential Murdered By Pacing

ARCs (advanced reading copies) are the mystery boxes of my library. The number of books that are published, even just in fantasy and sci-fi, is astounding. In order to make choices about which of the many releases to actually read, I put a lot of work in before acquiring books.  When I purchase a book,…

The Last Days of Magic – Blurring The Line Between Fact And Fiction

Historical fiction is a fairly new genre for me. In an attempt to relieve reading fatigue and expand my horizons I have been looking to new types of books to slide into the fantasy and sci-fi mix. Historical fiction was an easy step, with its blending of the real and imaginary. However, one of the…

Written In Fire – Going Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Back in 2013 I was walking through a bookstore and the cover of Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey, caught my eye. I was lured in by its stand out art and the blurb on the back of the book promising a different take on mutants. The book focused around mutations that improved a person’s abilities like…