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This post contains some spoiler from the finale of Game of Thrones and assumes some knowledge on the part of the reader of Games of Thrones and Lord of the Rings
When talking about fantasy series it is a hard thing to talk about which was more realistic. There are a lot of ways to take the “realism” of a fantasy series, having admitted that let us look at the ways that Games of Thrones (GOT) is often said to be more realistic than Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and see which is actually more realistic.More
The Song of the Sirin, by Nicholas Kotar, is the first book in a fantasy series that incorporates Russian faery tales into a mythic world that itself resembles a medieval northwest Russia. Kotar weaves in themes of faith, loyalty, and duty, as they clash with their antitheses in a realm’s sudden existential war against an […]
There are few better pure storytellers than Eric Flint and David Freer. Individually they’re entertaining. Together, the result is splendid. “All the Plagues of Hell,” by Eric Flint and David Freer is the latest novel in the Heirs of Alexandria fantasy series. Set in the middle of the 15th century, it’s alternate history. In this world magic works.
This book centers on Count Kazimierz Mindaug, a long-standing series villain. A Lithuanian nobleman, he fled Lithuania after a failed attempt to kill its leader, Duke Jagiellon (possessed by the demon Chernobog). Mindaug took shelter in Hungary serving the evil King Emeric of Hungary and Countess Elizabeth Barthody. Both were killed earlier in the series. Mindaug escaped, but their destruction left Mindaug with no protector against Chernobog, vengefully pursuing Mindaug.More
Major Garrett shifted uneasily in his chair, as the cameras and lights were set up around him. He reflected on his nearly twenty years with the media, especially on his decision to move from Fox News to CBS in 2012. Recently he had wondered if he had made the right decision, given the attitude and behavior of the media toward President Trump and his administration. Today he might be risking his career, but he believed it was the right thing to do.
At that moment the door to the hotel room opened and former President Obama strode into the room, smiling as he saw Garrett waiting for him. Garrett stood up and extended his hand to shake the President’s hand, then invited him to sit down.More
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. More
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” — Francis Bacon
I first came across this quotation not through reading Francis Bacon (indeed, where I encountered it did not cite him at all), but in the book Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. It is etched on a brass plaque on the workshop door of Mortimer Folchart, the book binder, known in the book also by name Silvertongue. For Mo (as he is called by his daughter), the quotation is not merely an expression of his love of books, but also a riddle and a warning, for Mo has the ability to give actual life to the characters in the books he reads should he read them aloud. He can even draw those figures out from the pages and into the real world or send them (and others) back. This was how he lost his wife, how he drew a villain who has been hunting him ever since, and how he drew out a rogue whose allegiance is doubtful, but who is trying to connive his own way back into his story.More
January is the first submission period for the Mysterion webzine. We’ll be looking for nine stories to fill out our first year (from when we start publishing in April), which means that this will probably be the most stories we’ll be looking for in a single submission period (unless our Patreon reaches some of our higher goals). We’re […]
So as some folks may recall, we recently ran a Kickstarter to try to do another volume of Mysterion, our anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that engage with Christianity. That Kickstarter failed. At the time, though, I said that we had a Plan B. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to plan B: The front […]
Chapter 6 – The Wharf Rat “Hey sissy-pants! I thought I told you never to come down here.” More
Chapter 4 — Mr. Corbett, Mr. Crocker & Mr. Crain The repeated clanging of the passing cable cars on Market Street never distracted Henry Crain from his work. He wasn’t one to daydream and spend his time gazing out at the throngs of passersby, the cable cars, and the other traffic on Market Street and […]
Our Mysterion 2 Kickstarter has ended. While we raised $4193, this was still short of our $5000 goal, so we failed to fund, and won’t be receiving any money, and a second volume of Mysterion will not be happening anytime soon. That’s disappointing, especially considering the incredible amount of work we put into the Kickstarter, but if nothing else, […]
We’re nearing the end of our Kickstarter for Mysterion 2, the second volume of our anthology of Christian-themed speculative fiction. With only a week left, we’re still a ways from our funding goal. Since Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we do not make our goal, we do not receive any money, and Mysterion 2 will not happen. While […]
My wife and I spent the last weekend in July at Realm Makers in Reno, Nevada. Realm Makers is a speculative fiction conference for (primarily) Christian writers, and this was its 5th year. It just keeps getting better. When we first attended two years ago, we weren’t convinced it was worthwhile for most authors aiming to get […]
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review on Ricochet on the following Sunday. More
Last year, my wife and I published an anthology entitled Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith. We have been working on this project for over a year: reading submissions and selecting the stories, editing for content, copy editing, layout, cover design, printing, and selling. It was, as you can imagine, a lot of […]
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter More
There are a very few books I can truly say brought tears to my eyes. Though I am something of a sentimentalist, I’ve rarely been moved by a book to such a degree; I can probably count the number of books that have done this on one hand. Sometimes the reason a book might do […]
I know someone has covered this, but I can’t figure out how to search through the archives, so could someone list a few of the scandals of Obama’s scandal-free presidency? Also, is there any legitimate reason his presidency could actually be considered scandal-free? More
I’ve been talking about the anthology my wife and I are doing for a while now. I’m happy to say that the anthology is now complete, and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Now, while I’d love for everybody in the world to buy a copy, I’m not here to hawk books. (But […]