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‘A Bard’s Lament’ by Poppy Kuroki: Review by JMD Reid

Ella and her sister Lucinda are trapped by crushing debt, forced to earn coin to pay off their dead mother’s bills. Luckily for Ella, she has a talent. She’s a bard. Unlucky for Lucinda, she has only her body. As … Continue reading

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Someday I’ll Be Redeemed by Kelly Blanchard: Review by E.G. Stone

Science fiction and fantasy are often grouped together in the world of speculative fiction. However, the categories are often wildly different. One relies on the application of technology and science to problems, the other relies on magic. So when an … Continue reading

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The Spider in the Laurel by Michael Pogach: Review by E.G. Stone

One of the things I love about dystopian books is the fact that they basically describe what could go wrong in the world, in great detail. And that list is almost endless. It’s fascinating to look at the way that … Continue reading

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The Last Soul by J.M. Lively: Review by E.G. Stone

Death does not always mean the end. Certainly not in fantasy stories. But what if all of the ideas that you had about what went on after the grave were, well, somewhat mistaken? The Last Soul by Jonathon Lively is … Continue reading

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The Apple of Idunn by Matt Larkin: Review by E.G. Stone

Mythology is something that has fascinated us for countless generations. They are stories of beings so powerful that their actions shaped the world. Some of the myths involve the creation of the world. Some involve those beings that humans are … Continue reading

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Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann: Review by E.G. Stone

I read a lot of fantasy. It so happens that I really like all varieties of fantasy (and almost every genre) but there are some that just make you sink back with the biggest cup of tea you can find … Continue reading

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Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater by Brent Michael Kelley: Review by E.G. Stone

In some stories within the fantasy genre—including all the grimdark, horror, epic, adventure, and otherwise—there are beings that are as old as the world. Usually these beings are gods, or monsters. In Brent Kelley’s work, Chuggie and the Desecration of … Continue reading

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Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter: a Review by E.G. Stone

One of the most looming things in the lives of all living is death. Many see death as a darkness that will inevitably come and destroy them. Poetry, plays, novels, treatises, art and more have all been created about the … Continue reading

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Wizardom: Eye of Obscurance by Jeffrey L. Kohanek: a Review by E.G. Stone

Have you ever seen a Rube Goldberg machine, where ordinary objects are taken and put together in such a way that a single act of motion is perpetuated throughout a sequence? They’re fun, fascinating, and are really hard to watch … Continue reading

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The Atomic Sea by Jack Conner: a Review by E.G. Stone

Imagine a world at war. It isn’t terribly hard to do. Imagine, then, that this war is not going particularly well for anybody except the advancing armies. The opposing sides would do almost anything to stop the advance, but there … Continue reading

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