Book Review: Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare

Summary: Worlds collide in this thrilling sequel to the epic, imaginative, acclaimed fantasy Ink, Iron, and Glass. In an alternate 19th-century Italy, Elsa has an incredible gift: she can craft new worlds with precise lines of script written in books. But political extremists have stolen the most dangerous book ever scribed―one that can rewrite the … Continue reading Book Review: Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare

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Book Review: Roar of Sky by Beth Cato

Summary: Thanks to her geomantic magic, Ingrid has successfully eluded Ambassador Blum, the power-hungry kitsune who seeks to achieve world domination for the United Pacific. But using her abilities has taken its toll: Ingrid’s body has been left severely weakened, and she must remain on the run with her friends Cy and Fenris. Hoping to … Continue reading Book Review: Roar of Sky by Beth Cato

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Roar of Sky by Beth Cato

I don't always have much going on during Wednesday's around here so I thought I'd participate in one of the Wednesday meme's now and then. I don't know if I'll stick with this every week, but it may be something I participate in once in a while, we'll see how things go. 🙂 Can't-Wait Wednesday, … Continue reading Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Roar of Sky by Beth Cato

Book Review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Summary: A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take … Continue reading Book Review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Book Review: Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Call of Fire is the second book in Beth Cato's steampunk alt-hist adventure series Blood of Earth. Summary: When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is … Continue reading Book Review: Call of Fire by Beth Cato

Time Travel and Historical Fantasy

Last week we talked about Historical Fantasy, and after bringing up my definition of the distinction between Alternate History (involving something that could really happen, but didn't, such as Germany losing the Franco-Prussian War, or Kennedy surviving the assassination attempt) and Historical Fantasy (involving something that couldn't happen, like dragons serving in the Air Force, … Continue reading Time Travel and Historical Fantasy

Musings on Alternate History

I'm supposed to be writing about alternate history today, to tie in with our discussion on tonight's webcast. The only problem is, I haven't really read or seen a lot in this genre. I used to be quite a fan of Sliders (many, many moons ago) and I've maybe read a few short stories, seen … Continue reading Musings on Alternate History