Category Archives: Fantasy

Michael Swanwick – The Dog Said Bow-Wow (2007) Review

8/10 Of the 16 short stories in this collection, 3 are Hugo Award winners, 3 more are Hugo Award nominees, 12 are Locus Awards nominees with 1 winner, and 1 Nebula nominee. This is a show of strength, this collection, … Continue reading

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Clark Ashton Smith – The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies (Review)

8/10 Clark Ashton Smith was once one of the Big Three authors of fantasy and horror fiction at the Weird Tales magazine, alongside H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. And while Lovecraft and Howard and their works are still remembered … Continue reading

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M. John Harrison – The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (2020) Review

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again. What image does that title generate? Something about the past, something that lay hidden, that you thought was gone perhaps, but is coming back. This does not only refer to the land, to … Continue reading

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Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair (1988) Review

Series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, book 1. 7.5/10 The Dragonbone Chair is the kind of epic fantasy that is perfect for losing yourself in a fantasy world; for burrowing into the world-building and wrapping the familiar fantasy tropes around you … Continue reading

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Marlon James – Moon Witch, Spider King (2022) Review

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (2019) offered an eclectic mix of high epic fantasy, African mythology, oral storytelling styles, non-chronological and unreliable games of narration, the violence and eroticism of James’s earlier Jamaica-focused work and above all a very confronting, visceral … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (1843) Review

Look, if you put a character named Tiny Tim in your novella, and he’s a sickly child, wheezing and crippled, and his signature line is “God bless us, every one!”, then you’re laying it on thick. You’re being mean. You … Continue reading

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K.J. Parker – Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City (2019) Review

9/10 Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City is a comedic and exciting fantasy story set in an alternate version of the Byzantine Empire, and the alternate Ottomans are at the gate, ready to lay siege. In the midst of … Continue reading

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George R.R. Martin – Fire & Blood (2018) Review

8.5/10 What bloody use is fictional history? I think it is a just question to ask. These places and people don’t even exist. In regular fantasy fiction you at least have characters to follow with motivations and journeys and character … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock – Stormbringer: The Elric Saga, Vol. 2 (Review)

Comprising: Some general remarks first For a fuller introduction of Moorcock’s Elric stories, I’d like to refer you to my review of the first volume: Elric of Melnibone, the Elric Saga, Vol. 1. Much of what I said there also … Continue reading

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A.A. Milne – The House at Pooh Corner (1928) Review

9/10 A year ago I read A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and I said in the comments that I wouldn’t be reading the second Pooh book. I lied. Here it is. The truth is that this second book, The House at Pooh … Continue reading

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