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 →

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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 →

The Walking Dead: Why Do So Many Characters Irritate Me?

As I found myself re-watching The Walking Dead recently, I discovered that I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this show. And what started out as part of a facebook post has now ballooned into what you see below—not an analysis of the show but more of an attempt to organize those thoughts... Continue Reading →

2014 Book Challenge: Week One Update

The Unicorn Blues

I have not one, but two book challenges that I’m working on in 2014. The first is my own personal resolution to read more books (but specifically to read four a month, or a total of 48 books). Last year I read a grand total of thirteen books (wth???). Or rather thirteen books that were new to me, I also re-read some books but I didn’t count them because they weren’t new experiences.

The second challenge I’m doing (really to help motivate me to finish the first) is the Reading Bingo challenge (brought to my attention by my friends and fellow editors at Way too Fantasy, C.J. Casey and June Faramore). I’m not going to re-post the pic or the rules, you can find out all about it in my post about it from the other day if you want.

The first full week of 2014 has passed…

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2013: A Year in SFF – Lisa’s Picks

It's nearing the end of 2013, and that means it's time to take a look back at some of our favorite things from the past year. What were some of your favorite Fantasy or Science Fiction works from the year? Let us know in the comments or link us to a post of your own!... Continue Reading →

The Abruptness of Storytelling

This is a cross-post from The Unicorn Blues. Lately I’ve been thinking about different ways you can tell a story, and how abrupt tonal shifts and/or endings shouldn’t always be considered flaws. No matter what kind of story you’re telling, it is somewhat going to echo life around you; life with its rapid tonal shifts... Continue Reading →

Massive Post of NaNoWriMo Awesomeness

Every autumn since 2005, I've spent preparing (or sometimes scrambling last minute) for the start of November, and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. For those of you that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the thirty days during the month of November. I'm... Continue Reading →

Byzantium–Just Another Vampire Movie?

For those of you out there that know me well, you know how much I love vampire stories. Yes, I'm one of those people that will probably read/watch something just because it has vampires in it. Do I think vampires are overdone, both in books and film/television? Hell yes. For every good vampire story out... Continue Reading →

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Not Forgotten

Since we're getting in the Halloween spirit around here, with all the talk of haunted houses and creepy books, I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about my favorite anthology series. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling*, published twenty-one volumes between 1988 and 2008. I remember... Continue Reading →

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