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Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt

November 11, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt Night Shade Books, 2010, 431pp. A train ride into hell. A boy on a fishing trip who encounters something hungry for more than fish. An invisible friend who doesn’t appreciate a father’s attempt to disprove his existence. An eating contest with an unlikely contestant. […]

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

November 4, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente Spectra, 2006, 496pp. In the palace garden lives a girl. She bears an unusual birthmark — dark bands around her eyes and over her eyelids. All of the palace thinks her cursed and do not want her curse to touch them. But a young […]

Petrodor by Joel Shepherd

September 30, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Petrodor by Joel Shepherd Pyr, 2010, 441pp. Sasha has just led a successful campaign in her homeland of Lenayin. The king, her father, has pardoned her for her role in the uprising, but has banished her from her homeland. She finds herself in the port city of Petrodor, home of her mentor, […]

Broken Honour by Robert Earl

May 10, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Broken Honour by Robert Earl Black Library, 2011, 409pp. It’s so easy to judge a book by its cover, and I’m not talking about determining whether it is good or bad, but rather what the book is about. Take the book under review as an example. When I was looking at the […]

Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

April 5, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Tor, 2009, 499pp. Rhennthyl is the son of a wool merchant in the city of L’Excelsis in Solidar. At first it seems like he will follow his father into the industry, but as he grows up, it becomes apparent that Rhennthyl’s desires lie elsewhere, specifically in painting. […]

The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas

March 22, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas Roc, 2009, 369pp. Dragons are a mainstay in fantasy. Tolkien had dragons in Middle-earth — who can forget Smaug? — so it’s no surprise that they appear a lot in epic fantasy. However, it’s rare that they are fleshed out into a compelling race. Thankfully, newcomer […]

Bone: Quest for the Spark: Book One by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski

February 22, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Bone: Quest for the Spark: Book One by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski Scholastic Graphix, 2011, 220pp. From 1991-2004, artist Jeff Smith self-published the incredible black-and-white comic series Bone. It was then gathered into eleven graphic novels (nine for the main series, and two of associated stories), and recently has been re-released […]

The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

February 1, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick Pyr, 2010, 321pp. This book can be summed up in three words: Arizona, 1881, steampunk. Now, anyone who is a Wild West history buff should immediately know where in Arizona the story takes place, who the central characters are, and what the story is about, but […]

The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers

January 25, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers Pyr, 2010, 269pp. Eva Forge is the last Paladin of the dead god Morgan in the city of Ash. Her god was killed by his god-brother Amon, who was in turn killed in a vengeance killing by the third brother, Alexander. Worship of the dead […]

Stonefather by Orson Scott Card

January 4, 2011

Shop Indie Bookstores Stonefather by Orson Scott Card Subterranean, 2008, 112pp. It is no big secret that I’m a fan of Orson Scott Card. Nor is it a big secret that many others are also fans. OSC is one of the bestselling authors in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. He has built that […]