“Collaborative Creative Fiction” – Why You Should Stop Worrying And Learn To Love The [REDACTED]

It’s starting to warm up here in Chicagoland. The birds are chirping, the grass is growing, the sun is occasionally showing its face, and the scent of thawing dog shit is filling the air. You can understand why this is my absolute favorite time of the year. Now that we have that out of the…

The Wheel of Osheim – A Different Kind Of Hero

Mark Lawrence and I have an interesting relationship. As I talked about in my review of Prince of Fools, when I finished his first trilogy, The Broken Empire, I was immensely disappointed with how he chose to close out the story. The final book, Emperor of Thorns, put him on my blacklist and it was…

The Reserve – 6 Authors You Can Always Depend On

Today I am going to talk about something a little different. As I have mentioned before on this blog, I read a lot of books each year. Last year I read about 90 books (40 new releases and 50 older ones). Due to this, it actually matters a lot to my reading stamina to be…

The Bloodsounder’s Arc – One Scribe’s Journey

A little while ago I was contacted by the relatively new author, Jeff Salyards. He has seen some of the reviews I had done, including my post about The Black Company, and wanted to know if I was interested in reading his debut trilogy, the Bloodsounder’s Arc. Salyards described it as a modern Black Company,…

The Divine Cities – An Interview With Robert J Bennett

Recently I had the pleasure to read the fantastic novel City of Blades by Robert J Bennett. The review can be found here but the short story is that the book managed to surpass expectations and live up to the quality established by the first novel in the trilogy, City of Stairs. In the wake…

The Drenai Saga – Part 1/4

Gigantic fantasy series are amazing experiences, but tend to also be gigantic time sinks. As such, each year I pick one large and famous fantasy series to work though for the sake of reading diversity. This year I decided to read David Gemmell’s pivotal Drenai Saga. While reading through this 11 book series, I am…