Review: The War of Humanity

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E.S. Dunn’s The War of Humanity has sat for a couple weeks at the bottom of my reading stack, teasing me. It’s such an impressive book and I’ve eagerly waiting to get into it.

Let’s talk about what worked and what didn’t for me. This book strikes a good balance between standard SF and superhero tales as it effectively bridges tropes. The world building is impressive and Dunn uses a lot of language terms to infuse the alien nature of he culture and humanoid race of Chaosns. I Felt that part made me feel the surroundings and see what the author wanted me to. One thing that I felt the DCEU did great was visiting Krypton in the setup for Batman vs Superman. The world Dunn crafts feels similar to Krypton, perhaps intentionally, as Selison’s story shares so much in common. Continue reading Review: The War of Humanity

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Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great

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I got a chance to review Jo-Anne Blanco’s Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great. It’s got a more fairytale feel than fantasy I’ve read of late.

Blanco’s world building is spot on as she recast traditional Arthurian elements to fit her tale. She even does something that few writers do well: use weather to set moods and situations. All the necessary elements are present to entrench the narrative in the Pendragon mythos and it reminded me in many ways of Mists of Avalon when the magical elements crossed into territory usually reserved for church (or maybe Lawhead’s Patrick) though Blanco’s book is a much easier read. Continue reading Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great

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Huge news: Wolves of the Tesseract 2 Through the Darque Gates of Koth is finally out!

“Claire Jones is more than your average girl: her bloodline ties her to the all-powerful Architect King. Only she can stop the creatures that dwell beyond the known dimensions… and the forces of the enemy have multiplied. Check out Wolves of the Tesseract 2: Through the Darque Gates of Koth.”

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Review: A Change in the Wind

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I read William Alton and John Saxon’s A Change in the Wind. This is a sleeper pick for great reads this year. It immediately felt like I was reading something by GP Taylor (Shadowmancer, and others) although more refined. The setup grabbed me right away, too, and felt similar to the plots put out by Hellboy/BPRD’s Osiris Club or Heliopic Brotherhood. The plot is great: historical bad guys consult dark powers to obtain their nefarious goals.

Right from page one it grabbed me. The writing is tense and keeps the narrative flowing. Between the authors’ skill and the quickly unfolding narrative this book gets right into the adventure. It really did beg me to keep reading. Continue reading Review: A Change in the Wind

Review: When the Eye Sees Itself

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Eric Borgerson’s When the Eye Sees Itself evokes so many images in its pages. It’s both dystopian and has overtures of cyberpunk. The sci-fi aspect is light but it feels reminiscent of many films and stories to have come out in the past two decades (I’m feeling Hackers, Bladerunner, What Ever Happened to Monday, and so much more). It borrows themes from many and molds them each into fit a narrative that is unique unto itself, telling a story somewhere on the spectrum between Orwell and Heinlein in its approach to politics and human classism. It is disturbingly realistic and certainly cautionary. Continue reading Review: When the Eye Sees Itself

Review: Firebug of Balrog County

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I bought this book at a convention the author was at after I saw him speak about YA writing and how, for a long time, YA was opposed to certain thought-provoking darkness. Oppegaard’s characters certainly have that. In Firebug of Balrog County Mack has an edgy, testosterone fueled angst. Pent up anger from losing his mother and pyromaniacal tendencies color Mack as damaged goods. Continue reading Review: Firebug of Balrog County