Tag 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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The Sandman, Vol. 9 & 10 (“The Kindly Ones” & “The Wake”) by Neil Gaiman

The Kindly Ones (1993) The longest Sandman volume and an important one, where all the various plot-threads, side-tracks and set-ups of the previous 8 volumes merge towards a conclusion. Well, most, in any case. Characters from earlier stories show up … 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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The Frank Book (2003) by Jim Woodring

The Frank Book is the essential collection of the first phase of Jim Woodring’s Frank comics, collecting 37 short stories. This will be one of the strangest and most disturbing comics that you will ever read, even though Frank himself … Continue reading

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The Great Power of the Chninkel (1986) by Van Hamme & Rosinski

Rosinski and Van Hamme’s The Great Power of the Chninkel is an epic graphic novel that offers an odd mix between The Dark Crystal, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the New Testament. Originally published in French in 1986-87 as Le … Continue reading

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