Pirate Life Everlasting: Tim Powers’ “On Stranger Tides” (1987)
May29

Pirate Life Everlasting: Tim Powers’ “On Stranger Tides” (1987)

It’s kind of sad that most people who hear the title, On Stranger Tides, think of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, rather than Tim Powers’ ingenious, critically acclaimed, and widely unknown 1987 fantasy book, upon which it was ostensibly based. For what it is, the Pirates film is alright, mindless entertainment, and before I read Powers’ novel, it seemed like that might be enough, but now that I have, it...

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Tangled Web: Two Novels by Matthew Sturges
May22

Tangled Web: Two Novels by Matthew Sturges

After two years rotting in a cell in Faerie due to supposed treason, the former captain of the guard of the Seelie Army, Mauritaine, receives an offer from the Seelie Queen, Titania, that he can either remain imprisoned for life or embark on a dangerous mission for her and, in exchange, earn his freedom and that of four other inmates he is allowed to take with him. He chooses Raieve, a gorgeous half-Fae warrior woman from Avalon with...

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Electric Blue: Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift Series
May15

Electric Blue: Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift Series

Kate Griffin’s A Madness of Angels, or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift is not only great–it is fantastically, awe-inspiringly, shout-it-to-the-rooftops-ingly so. A Madness of Angels is the sort of novel that makes you want to grab everyone you know and convince them to read it but also leaves you at a loss for how to describe why they should read it, for fear of giving away and thereby lessening its secrets and delights....

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Tales of One City: Pandemonium’s “Stories of the Smoke”
May08

Tales of One City: Pandemonium’s “Stories of the Smoke”

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, the fantastic Pandemonium Fiction (from the people who brought you Pornokitsch) recently released one of the most innovative and original tributes to the man that I’ve seen, an anthology entitled Stories of the Smoke: Tales of Dickens’ London. Rather than being yet another biography or analysis of his work, Smoke seeks to explore Dickens by way of an assortment of sci-fi...

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The End of an Era: Gail Carriger’s “Timeless”
May01

The End of an Era: Gail Carriger’s “Timeless”

[A Word of Caution: While every effort has been made to ensure the minimization of the prevalence of spoilers and their harmful effects, they are impossible to avoid all together, this being a review of the fifth in a series.  Therefore, if you have not yet had the pleasure of partaking in Soulless or Changeless or Blameless or Heartless, by one Ms Gail Carriger, you are humbly advised to do so post-haste, and perhaps before reading...

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