Don’t you love sub-genres? Holy hell, I do! I love stories that have the guts to mash up several genres and thereby create something fresh. It’s a fun way to take familiar elements and shove them into new settings or explore interesting themes from new angles. We have no shortage of unique sub-genre mash-ups these…Continue reading What is a Supernatural Thriller / Gaslamp Fantasy mashup novel?
Maggie Stiefvater has written a near-perfect book with The Raven Boys, book one in her young adult series The Raven Cycle. At times dark and contemplative, others quietly magical, always engrossing. This is a story where you’ll constantly wonder what’s coming around the corner because anything is possible. My words are unerring tools of destruction,…Continue reading Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
A slow burn. That’s what you’re getting yourself into if you read The Blade Itself. Cleverly executed characters going about their daily lives while the threat of war looms in the background. [Note: this review was originally posted on Goodreads. Follow me for more updates and reviews] While the title and the cover design make this look…Continue reading Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
While writing Grim Curio is still in full swing (but nearing its end), I’ve been thinking about future projects a lot lately. I have two other novels in the works, The Gin Thief episodes and an untitled novel I’m co-writing with my wife, Tana. She’s not much into social networking or blogging, but she’s a voracious reader…Continue reading Planning a Novel: The Spark of an Idea
Note: This review was originally posted on Goodreads on April 10, 2017. It has been slightly updated here. The Final Empire is an excellent fantasy novel which far exceeded my expectations. I’m new to Brandon Sanderson with one exception. I’d tried to read The Way Of Kings last year, and I put it down after 5…Continue reading Book Review of The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #1)
I recently finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic and, as usual, I left my review on Goodreads (follow me). What I’ve been neglecting to do is share my reviews with you guys, readers of this blog. So I’m gonna start doing that now. Over the next few weeks, I’ll copy over some of my…Continue reading Review of A Darker Shade of Magic