Favorite Reads of 2017

I'm perpetually behind on things, constantly catching up on reading, writing, and a myriad of other things and this should come to no surprise to anyone who knows me well, but writing this post has been on my list of things to do for several weeks now. Anyway. Most of these books were not published... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

I first heard about this book on twitter, where another author was tweeting very passionately about it and I thought 'dang, I have to pick this up'. I checked it out and the premise intrigued me--Victorian missionaries go into the lands of the fae to spread the good word. But it's not really about that.... Continue Reading →

My Year in Fantasy Reading – 2017

I'm finishing out the year having read 102 fantasy (speculative fiction) novels and 150 books overall. I did read several fantasy manga (mostly a total re-read of Fruits Basket and whatever was available of The Ancient Magus' Bride), but I didn't include them in the stats here, only novels. Some General Stats 102 novels consisted... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Earlier this year I read Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and I still find myself asking just what did it all mean? Looking at other reviews, it seems to be very divisive--either people love it or hate it. I'm in the love camp, but I can't even explain why. But I'm going to try. The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Shattered Sigil Trilogy by Courtney Schafer

I cross-posted this review over at reddit in case anyone wants to follow the discussion there. Earlier this month I read The Shattered Sigil Trilogy by Courtney Schafer. I loved it so much, I wanted to share my thoughts on it, but had to wait a bit before doing a proper review so that I... Continue Reading →

Tor’s Standalone Fantasy Recs

A while back we dedicated an entire podcast to standalone fantasy novels. Why? I think standalone works are notable in a genre dominated by series. For one thing, standalone novels are great for introducing someone to the fantasy genre because they have far less commitment than a trilogy or an even longer series (Malazan and... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #30 – Lisa & Jen’s Great Big Book Geek-Out

On the webcast today we geek out about books, recent things we’ve bought and read, and awesome places we get books from. Enjoy! As always, feel free to download a copy and listen to our cast on the go!   To download, right click this link and select ‘save link as’. Panelists: June Faramore Lisa... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #29 – Currently Reading and Book Hoarding

On this episode of WtF, we talked about our massive book hoarding issues and some of the books we’re currently reading. Some of the things we talked about–Rothfuss, Sanderson, Martin. Book signings and randomness. The Book Thief. Tam Lin. The Lives of Tao. Outlander. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. A bunch of... Continue Reading →

Underrated Fantasy

There's a bit of a debate going on right now in the r/fantasy sub over on reddit about what people consider 'underrated' novels/authors. After a post talking about how the same few books/authors seem to be discussed frequently in the sub, there's been a rash of posts (including this great response) trying to make an... Continue Reading →

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