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Book Review: All the Plagues of Hell

 

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.

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It’s About Time

 

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.

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This Week’s Book Review – A Fistful of Elven Gold

 

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Quote of the Day: Bacon (Francis) on Books

 

“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.

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Mysterion is now open to submissions

 

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 […]

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Mysterion Lives!

 

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 […]

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The Curious Globe of Cornelius Crain Chapter 6 – The Wharf Rat

 

Chapter 6 – The Wharf Rat “Hey sissy-pants! I thought I told you never to come down here.” More

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The Curious Globe of Cornelius Crain – Chapters 4 & 5

 

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 […]

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Lessons from a Failed Kickstarter

 

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, […]

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Mysterion 2 Kickstarter Update

 

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 […]

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Con Report from Realm Makers

 

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 […]

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This Week’s Book Review – Straight Outta Tombstone

 

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Mysterion 2

 

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 […]

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This Week’s Book Review – The Black Wolves of Boston

 

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30 Days of Books – Feb. 1 – “Bridge of Birds” by Barry Hughart

 

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 […]

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Scandal-Free!

 

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

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Mysterion is now available

 

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 […]

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This Week’s Book Review – The Dragon Hammer

 

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Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith Table of Contents

 

Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith is a professional paying speculative fiction anthology of stories which engage with Christianity. It brings together twenty writers, both newcomers and established authors, including two Nebula nominees, in stories running the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. We avoided preachy stories, instead looking for fiction […]

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