2013 – A Year in SFF – June’s Picks

Favorite picks from the year? We're going to go with what I've read/seen, because as the whole mom-type person my to be read and to be watched lists are forever a mile long. What was your favorite fantasy/sci-fi book you read in 2013? I've adored the Farseer Trilogy since some sort of nano related recommendation brought me... Continue Reading →

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The Desolation of Smaug: A Discussion of Expectations

It is not often I see a movie close enough to release to be able to review it, but there seems to be an exception to this rule when it comes to the Middle-Earth movies. I saw Fellowship of the Ring for midnight release - it was a blessing to have others to bemoan the... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #11 – Sword and Sorcery

A little late, but here's our latest podcast. Conan, D&D, Howard, Moore, and the examples of Sword and Sorcery in some modern media. Hope you enjoy! To download, right click and hit Save Link As.     Panelists: June Faramore Lisa Richardson CJ Casey Webcast Notes: 00:01 - theme and intro 01:45 - definition, waxing... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #10 – Heroic Fantasy

Wednesday night we discussed heroic fantasy and why it is a different subgenre than sword and sorcery. Druss the Legend, Pug and Riftwar,  and Neo's reluctant entrance into The Matrix were all part of our chat. As well as The Vision of Escaflowne, our Anime selection of the week. The origins of heroic fantasy in... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #9 – Dark/GrimDark Fantasy

Right-Click and hit Save Link As to Download In our latest webcast we talk about grimdark fantasy. We cover some of the authors that write these grittier works of fantasy like Abercrombie and Martin. We also discuss some of the negative press grimdark gets and why we think this type of fantasy has value. Panelists:... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #7 – Mythic Fiction

Better late than never. Tune into this week's cast at 9PM Eastern Time. Mythic Fiction Right Click and Hit Save Link As to Download Panelists: June Faramore Lisa Richardson CJ Casey Webcast Notes: 0:00:01 – WtF theme and intro 0:01:50 – mythic fiction and Charles de Lint 0:05:20 – utalizing pre-existing mythic elements – C.S.... Continue Reading →

Read This Now: The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

I owe a favor to a regular customer at Denny's years ago who recommended this trilogy to me. As an avid reader of more traditional epic fantasy, I was intrigued by his description of a series that was darker, and more erotic. Neither Papa Tolkien nor Mr. Feist cared much to describe intimate relationships between... Continue Reading →

Epic Fantasy: Primary to Secondary

As we gear up to tackle epic fantasy as part of our WtF a Broadcast series on subgenres, I've spent a good bit of time thinking about what separates this tenet of fantasy from all the others. Some would say it is a matter of style, that the thick, pedantically descriptive prose of Papa Tolkien... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #6 – Fairytale Fantasy

We talked about all aspects of fairytale and adaptations thereof this week. Enjoy. To download right click here and select 'save link as'. Panelists: June Faramore Lisa Richardson CJ Casey Webcast Notes: 0:00:01 – WtF theme and intro 0:02:40 – Fairytale fantasy defined and the bowdlerization of fairytales 0:06:59 – Fairytale based tabletop games 0:09:39... Continue Reading →

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