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Fantasy Characters Behaving Politely

The problem with most popular fantasy is that it’s all reactions to Tolkien, either following staunchly in his footsteps (like David Eddings) or trying to deconstruct the heroic fantasy archetype (like Terry Pratchett). It’s a rare fantasy novel that ignores ol’ J. R. R. altogether. But Susanna Clarke’s first novel draws far more from Pride and Prejudice than Return of the King and is an altogether... read more

Still think the South Pole is Boring?

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is an odd book. I came across it in a collection of sci-fi stories I bought on my Kindle for a dollar, so that should tell you something.  Specifically, it should tell you that the book is out of copyright, and I paid a buck too much, since you can easily find this book free on any platform. Which makes sense, as it was written in the 1800’s by James... read more

Bottom line: PJ Jones is funny

Really, that’s what it boils down to. The Vampire Handbook and Other Useful Rules and Regulations for Adapting to the Immortal Lifestyle is Jones’s latest offering. It’s a short read (about 6,000 words) guaranteed to brighten your otherwise gloomy, suck-filled life. It covers many things you may not have thought about while considering your lifestyle change to vampirism. For example: if you want... read more

Creepy deliciousness…

Gothic fiction is defined by our fave Wiki as “a genre of fiction that combines horror with romance.” When I think of this genre, I think of shadowy, ill-lit mansions, malformed butlers with secrets, monstrosities, rivers of blood, and a pretty ingenue or two to take it all in… or perhaps to be destroyed by same. Black taffeta dragging cobwebs, perhaps a touch of mold. Trappings and... read more