Category Archives: fantasy

Current Reading, January 19 – 25, 2015

I finished A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. I liked it pretty much, so I got the second in the series, Tropic of Serpents from the library a few days ago. It was also good though I did skim … Continue reading

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Current Reading, January 12 – 18, 2015

So I can focus on reading books I have, I’ve put most of my library holds on “freeze”, so I keep my place in line while others move past until I’m ready to read the book. Richard I finished Enigma by … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Christmas edition

“Santa” was very generous this year, but then, that’s no surprise as I was very good all year long. I’ll start out with the mystery fiction: The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler [Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2014 trade paper, … Continue reading

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ffb: Tales from High Hallack – the Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume 1 by Andre Norton

this is the 159th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Tales from High Hallack, Volume 1 by Andre Norton, edited by Jean Rabe [Premier Digital Publishing 2014 trade paper, purchased new] – fantasy / science fiction short story collection. … Continue reading

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Current Reading, November 17 – 23, 2014

Reading – Richard I’m plugging away. My intention to read mostly short stories during November got off to a late start due to several library books drifting into the house, but I finished those up last week, as shown in … Continue reading

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New Arrivals and Current Reading, September 15 – 21, 2014

New Arrivals I’m on a roll, I guess, nothing new again. After a few days with cooler temperatures, we’re back in the mid-high 80s and beyond. No rain in the forecast for weeks yet, making this the driest late Summer-early … Continue reading

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New Arrivals and Current Reading, May 19 – 25, 2014

New Arrivals I picked up two short story collections this week. Nebula Awards Showcase 2012  edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel [PYR Books 2012 trade paperback, new] – and – Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro [PYR Books 2013 … Continue reading

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New Arrivals and Current Reading, April 21 – 27, 2014

New Arrivals The final Duncton book has arrived, and that’s the end to them, except for the reading. Also a classic mystery for me, a couple of dark thrillers for Barbara’s birthday, and a gift from afar. Duncton Stone by William … Continue reading

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review: The Chaos Knight Trilogy by Erin Hoffman

The Chaos Knight trilogy by Erin Hoffman © 2011 – 2013, Pyr trade paper, fantasy – 3 novels: Book 1. Sword of Fire and Sea Book 2. Lance of Earth and Sky Book 3. Shield of Sea and Space. I guess it started with the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading November 18 – 24, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Well, a big week. In response to a post on Kage Baker’s In the Company of Thieves that Andrea Johnson put up on her fine blog, Little Red Reviewer, I commented that I loved The Bird of the River. The … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading July 22 – 28, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Something different this time, though one more Judge Dee book did slip in (from a different A-zon warehouse, I guess).   Necklace and Calabash by Robert van Gulik [University of Chicago Press, 1992 – 5th printing – trade … Continue reading

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forgotten books: Shapechanger’s Song

this is the 115th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books Shapechanger and The Song Of Homana by Jennifer Roberson, DAW Books, March 2001 paperback omnibus: 2 novels – fantasy – 1st and 2nd novels in the Cheysuli series “In 1979, … Continue reading

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Why the Darkness?

I just read the table of contents for The Best British Fantasy 2013. It seems, from the blurbs on the stories and the book summary on SF Signal, that the contents are dark, grim, apocalyptic, twisted. I wonder why current short … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, part 4 of 4

Part 1 is HERE.   Part 2 is HERE.   Part 3 is HERE. It sounds crazy, but I thought I’d already posted this, so it sat in my “drafts” folder for way too long. Sorry. Here it is at last. With this post … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, part 3 of 4

Here’s the third installment of a closer look at some of the artwork I got, via Carl Vincent, from Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! Once again, this is to give you a better look and a little more information. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, Part 2

Here’s the second installment of a closer look at some of the artwork I got from Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! in order to give you a better look and a little more information. Part 1 is HERE. First up, a delightful painting by Brian … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading June 3 – 9, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: In addition to the artwork that I’ve been filling the blog with the last few days, I did get three books. Abaddon’s Gate by James S. Corey [Orbit Books 2013 trade paperback, new] – science fiction novel – … Continue reading

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SFAL art – a closer look, part 1

I’ve taken photographs of the artwork – all of it prints, many of them signed – that I posted about in the Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! swag post. To give a better look and a little more information I’m going … Continue reading

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Spectrum Fantasy Art Live swag

The large box (see previous post) arrived mid day, and was it ever loaded with goodies! There are a couple of things to point out before I reveal the goodness. First, Carl Vincent is my hero for doing all the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading May 27 – June 2, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Just two things this time. After Carl Vincent’s posts about Spectrum Fantasy Art Live last year and this, I wanted to take a browse through the Spectrum annuals I have. I saw that I’d fallen behind, so ordered … Continue reading

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