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 →

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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 →

World Within One Book

I confess that I have a fondness, a weakness for single volume fantasy novels, and it is a fondness that nagged at me all throughout childhood until I finally embraced it in my 20s. Like many other fantasy readers, I first experimented with the ever-popular gateway drug some call The Lord of the Rings, and... Continue Reading →

Movie Recommendation: Hansel and Gretel (2007)

No, I'm not going back on my rants against Disneyfucation of good folk and fairy tales with this review. That's something I can't ever see happening. No, this time I'm here to tell you of a regrettably little-known Korean horror film, Hansel and Gretel (헨젤과 그레텔). If you enjoy anything like the other surreal science... Continue Reading →

The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

From Flavorwire. I have issues with a few of the books on this list (particularly when I think there are more frightening books by a featured author) but I've read at least three-fifths, and those books were all quite good. Anyone want to write a short blurb/ review about your favourite on here? The List:... Continue Reading →

Steampunk and The City of Lost Children

I've mentioned before that La Cité des Enfants Perdus is one of my favorite fantasy films.  La Cité des Enfants Perdus is a French film directed by Caro and Jeunet. And if you've never seen a Caro and Jeunet film (or just a Jeunet film for that matter), I highly recommend you hunt one down... Continue Reading →

Swords? Sorcery? Heroes? Dungeons? Dragons? Sign me up.

Creeping into the deepest darkest basement of the old neglected shop, Seejay the Valiant kept his eyes on the target ahead of him. For years, he had heard of the legendary tomes and treasuries of ancient knowledge, but he had never before dreamed of being in the same room as them (let alone having a... Continue Reading →

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