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In The Land of Magic Snake Sacrifice Juju – Book Review (Indie Spotlight): The Turquoise Serpent

Turquoise Serpent cut its teeth in a high-paced, electric fantasy that leaves little room for banality or meandering with a backdrop so leafy and shadowed by mystery I was expecting Conan to make a cameo any moment—a jungle-action that while inspired heavily by Howard’s Hyboria, deserves its own place next to the original thing. Butt-kicking brevity with a capitol B. Continue reading In The Land of Magic Snake Sacrifice Juju – Book Review (Indie Spotlight): The Turquoise Serpent

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Rucksacks, Floating Moons, and Two Disgruntled Wizards; An Appeal To Military Fantasy (Black Company & Malazan)

You know there’s going to be a magical sword, a hot-ass bride, and some kerosene-soaked battle scenes that would give Michael Bay a mile-high erection if he ever learned how to read…this genre that is exclusively the wet dream of every Marine of every conflict and age; the military fantasy Continue reading Rucksacks, Floating Moons, and Two Disgruntled Wizards; An Appeal To Military Fantasy (Black Company & Malazan)

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Promethean Whispers of A Forgotten Genre—Book Review (Indie Spotlight): Gemini of the Sleeping Gods

Onward now to why I broke my typical rule on sci-fi; this is not a typical sci-fi book. I struggle to even define this book as ‘science-fiction’ because it really defies to stay within the boundaries of one. Part of the book feels like it was ripped straight out of the Odyssey, another a lost escapade of the Cimmerian’s long lost brother lost in an alien metropolis. Continue reading Promethean Whispers of A Forgotten Genre—Book Review (Indie Spotlight): Gemini of the Sleeping Gods

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The Masterpiece That Could Have Been – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 3)

In my fully unadorned and bare honesty, I think the Wheel of Time is not a bad series. It’s mediocre only because it didn’t fulfill its own destiny—arguably the gifted kid who partially succeeded in awe-ing his audience without ever fully exploring his full potential Continue reading The Masterpiece That Could Have Been – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 3)

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Not Sure if Middle-Earth on a Budget or Top Ramen of Oriental Fantasy – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 2)

Certainly, there are many things about the world of the Westlands/Seanchan/Wastes that captured me and I find charming, primarily the way that Robert Jordan made a sincere attempt to blend the Oriental and Western European fantasy elements together, noticeably the way men and women interact. I felt as though the Yin & Yang/Male & Female magic dichotomy from the various character’s perspectives, down to the distinct symbology and caste systems to be something quite unlike modern fantasy Continue reading Not Sure if Middle-Earth on a Budget or Top Ramen of Oriental Fantasy – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 2)

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God Complex & Anti-Stoicism, An Analysis of Rand al’Thor – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 1)

Rand al’Thor. Love him? Hate him? Want to f*ck him and join the club of crazy cult of psychotic, werewolf-levels-of-hormonal-disfunctional sister-wives? Whatever way you take your Rand-pie, hop on in and join in the madness that’s this review. Continue reading God Complex & Anti-Stoicism, An Analysis of Rand al’Thor – Book Review: Wheel of Time (Part 1)

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S for Sharp, Suave, & Sword-y – Book Review: Swords & Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser)

Meet Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, a barbarian/warrior and a magician’s sly apprentice, witty vagabonds, thieves-for-hire, adventurers by spirit, in a buddy-cop style fantasy yarn that put Men In Black to shame. Continue reading S for Sharp, Suave, & Sword-y – Book Review: Swords & Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser)

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Barbarism & Freedom – Book Review: The Coming of The Cimmerian (Conan)

Conan isn’t just fantastical escapism, the stories urge the reader more than to consider what life was like for the Cimmerian. Howard predicted the conclusion we would reach ourselves and conveyed it in this masterpiece of fantasy: mankind is always on the brink of barbarism or civilization. Continue reading Barbarism & Freedom – Book Review: The Coming of The Cimmerian (Conan)