Spear by Nicola Griffith

(pretty major spoiler) I decided to read Nicola Griffith’s Spear after presenting a short list of novellas to decide between to some friends and getting a unanimous vote back. People really like Spear it seems. Me, I had some pros and cons. Pro – it sounded very mythic. Con – it was a retelling and […]

Top Five Tuesday: Books With Swords

Hello all. It’s a double Tuesday meme day and this Top Five Tuesday, it’s swords. Now, fantasy loves swords. It loves swords for their slicing and capabilities, for their mythic resonance, for their posing possibilities… find someone who loves you like fantasy loves swords, and you’ll find yourself in Helen levels of being kidnapped and […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Over Ten Years Old

I’m dipping back into Top Ten Tuesday this week again because it’s another topic I find irresistible – books over ten years old. I definitely like my older fiction here. If anything, the trouble will be narrowing it down… Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. […]

#musicmonday – All Along the Watchtower by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Hello all, hope you had great weekends. I had one, and therefore was all short of ideas for today’s post until I got one watching The American’s Timehop. As you can see, it’s a great idea. There’s not a lot to say about this song that hasn’t already. It is a classic, arguably the greatest […]

Of Charms, Grievances and Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard

The existence of the Dragons and Blades series, continued here with Of Charms, Grievances and Ghosts, fascinates me. For those who don’t know, it’s a spin-off of Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series, centered on the characters Asmodeus and Thuan, and subtly different in tone. I can’t really think of any author who’s […]

Why Men Avoid Fantasy Books By Women: Personal Thoughts and Theories

The spark for this essay came from a Jacqueline Carey essay on women in fiction, but it’s something that has been building subconsciously for a while. Probably as long as I’ve known most men don’t read that many books by women. That this is commonly held wisdom is incontrovertible. That it seems to be true […]

Friday Five: It’s All In The Timing Edition.

A good day to you all. This Friday Five comes from a booth in Brewdog Pittsburgh, staring at the pinball machines and trying to get ahead of my blogging. It’s a little difficult, but like pinball, if you know when to strike it’s amazing what you can get done. I know that because I’ve not […]

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at an author and book I’ve been excited to get to, one of the foundational pieces in how the genre came to be. Indeed, some might say the foundational piece. With no further ado, I give you George MacDonald and The Princess […]

Different Ways To Categorise Fantasy

If you’ve been around the block for this genre a few times, you’ll have noticed that there’s a considerable breadth and depth to the type of stories that are in some ways claimed as part of the genre, and a lot of ways to break that down into categories. You’re probably familiar with genres like […]

Top 5 Tuesday: Books with Crowns

Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday, where the subject is books with crowns. Should be pretty easy to a fantasy reader, right? But yet once I started thinking, my mind just went blank. Do I not like crowns? Are crowns out of fashion? Are crowns the new brown? Who knows, but I do have five books, […]


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