Monthly Archives: February 2016

Book Review: Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc #3) by Jeff Salyards

Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounder’s Arc #3) by Jeff Salyards

Publisher: Night Shade Books

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Edition: ebook, 608 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 4/5

An EPIC ending to an EPIC fantasy trilogy!
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The Time Traveler’s Almanac: Noble Mold by Kage Baker


Noble Mold by Kage Baker

Section: Reactionaries and Revolutionares

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Rating

Is there a collection of all these stories that I can read somewhere?!

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Guest Post: It’s Magic! by Frank Morin

It’s Magic!

by Frank Morin

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A good magic system is key to a good fantasy novel.

The magic may be huge or subtle, but it’s a critical element. It adds wonder, defines our worlds, helps transport readers there, and leaves them begging for more.

So what’s the right choice: Big magic or small? Mysterious magic or clearly-defined?

Depends on what your story needs.

The Lord of the Rings was the springboard for many other stories, but Tolkien used magic only sparingly, in critical moments. Imagine Gandalf storming Mordor, throwing down huge magic like Rand, the Dragon Reborn of The Wheel of Time. We wouldn’t have needed Frodo. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Quantum Mechanics in Science Fiction: Why am I so Mad? by S.K. Slate


S.K. Slate has been a physicist for many years, a career that has taken her from turning screws while dangling above the fragile surface of a 13-foot mirror (one which cost the taxpayers millions of dollars), to performing experiments a hair’s-breadth above absolute zero temperature, to using the world’s biggest laser to blow things up.

She loves writing (and reading) novels that leave the reader fascinated, immersed, and having learned something new. When not writing or science-ing, she can be found running, gardening, playing with a pit bull, or drinking a dark beer in Austin, TX.

Quantum Mechanics in Science Fiction: Why am I so Mad?

by S.K. Slate

Imagine the following situation: Dr. Oz decides to write a medical thriller. After completing three-quarters of the book, with his protagonist terminally ill, the doctor has no idea how to give the book the happy ending his agent demands. He drags his fingers through his impossibly-thick hair a few times, sighs, and then it comes to him: why not simply alter medical reality? He begins typing furiously. His brow furrows handsomely in concentration. The hero of the story cures his stage-four thyroid cancer by licking lead paint sprinkled with turmeric and a squeeze of lime. The manuscript is complete.

It leaps to the top of all the best-seller lists. Dr. Oz buys a third yacht to sail while his other two yachts are being detailed. Incidence of lead poisoning among cancer patients increases by a factor of one thousand. Continue reading

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The Bastard Read-Along: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastard Sequence #1) by Scott Lynch

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The Bastard Read-Along is being hosted by Kaja @ OfDragonsAndHearts and myself. If you are interested please comment down below with your name or like to your review if you have written one, and we will add your name to the list of bastards. We would love for you to join us and read along! 🙂 However, you don’t have write a review to participate. Fell free to just read the the books, and then comeback and read everyone’s review and join in on the discussions 🙂

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastard Sequence #1) by Scott Lynch

Publisher: Gollancz

Publication Date: February 1, 2007 (first published June 27, 2006)

Edition: Paperback, 531 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Rating

Every once in a while, I come across a book that is nothing short of fantastic – and The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those books.
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