Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Not long ago, this author discovered the above picture, which discusses some fans’ thoughts on how the Fellowship of the Ring might have simply flown to Mordor to dispose of the One Ring rather than “take the long way around.” As the commenter explains, this would have been a bad idea narratively because the entire … Continue reading Thoughts on Tactics: How History Affects Fiction and Makes It Believable

Review – Wild Souls: A Collection of Werewolf Stories by Julie Frost

A howlingly good series of stories waits for intrepid werewolf fans in this collection! Wild Souls: A Collection of Werewolf Stories* has some of the best werewolf fiction I have ever read within its pages. From the back of the book: Julie Frost is best known for her Pack Dynamics series. However, in this collection, … Continue reading Review – Wild Souls: A Collection of Werewolf Stories by Julie Frost

Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Review – Dungeon Samurai Vol. 1: Kamikaze (An Anti-LitRPG Dungeon Crawl) by Kit Sun Cheah

Here we have another review of a work produced by author Kai Wai Cheah (who also uses the name Benjamin Cheah and Kit Sun Cheah). Dungeon Samurai Vol. 1: Kamikaze* comes from the creator of Amp, a superhero in Silver Empire’s Heroes’ Unleashed* universe. It is also a fascinating new look at the isekai genre. … Continue reading Review – Dungeon Samurai Vol. 1: Kamikaze (An Anti-LitRPG Dungeon Crawl) by Kit Sun Cheah

Reposted: Chasing Tropes

Check out this great article by Kit Sun Cheah, readers: Chasing Tropes People enjoy the exotic, but not too exotic. People enjoy the familiar, but not too familiar. Reconciling these twin desires is the overriding concern of the modern-day fiction writer. A story where everything is formulaic, from characters to plots to setting, is predictable and boring. A story … Continue reading Reposted: Chasing Tropes

Review – Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense Issue #6/Spring 2021 by Cirsova Publishing

Here we have a special review, readers! I was privileged to receive an advance copy of Cirsova Magazine’s 2021 Spring Issue* in order to review it. From the description: The Artomique Paradigm (Part 1 of 3) by Michael Tierney           Earth is now in contact with their intergalactic cousins! But during recent conflicts with aliens … Continue reading Review – Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense Issue #6/Spring 2021 by Cirsova Publishing

Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Well! That was quite the ride, readers. I received this book as a free eARC in order to review it, and it was enormous fun. It felt like going to see a film you think you will recognize, only to find that there is a new movie on and you like it! From the blurb: … Continue reading Review – Galen’s Way: A Starquest Novel of the 4th Age by Richard Paolinelli

Review – Mecha: A Cannon Anthology, Edited by J.F. Holmes

Here we have another review, readers! Today’s book is an anthology put together by Mr. J.F. Holmes* for Cannon Publishing. It focuses on mecha, the titanic battle machines (usually with humanoid or animal forms) that serve as tanks in speculative fiction. From the blurb on the back: Feedback from the slight pressure of a hand … Continue reading Review – Mecha: A Cannon Anthology, Edited by J.F. Holmes