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Review: Lost Souls

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Review: Lost Souls

If you ever hear me say “Oh, I’m not really into the whole vampire thing,” feel free to smack me. I don’t know why I say it; it’s probably because I don’t dress in black or wear fake fangs (much) but as I was reading Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls, I kept comparing it to other vampire books.

It turns out I’ve read a pile of them: Anne Rice of course; but also Stephen King (most everybody’s heard of Salem’s Lot, but there’s also a great short story in the Gunslinger universe called The Little Sisters of Eluria”); the first book in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series (I like the show way better – True Blood, in case you weren’t aware); Neil Gaiman’s short stories (although he put aside writing a vampire novel because he thinks we’ve got enough of them as is (huge shame)); the first book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series (I’ll review that one later); and many more. And yes, I’ve even read Twilight, which I both loved and hated, putting me squarely in the middle of that controversy, so nobody can hate me. Or rather everybody can hate me and send nastygrams to my inbox that I will print out and make into paper hats. Either one’s good with me.

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Legacy of the Drow’s Creator: Interview with RA Salvatore

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Legacy of the Drow’s Creator: Interview with RA Salvatore

Last week, I had the immense pleasure and honor to interview one of fantasy literature’s most prolific figures.  RA Salvatore — famous for the Drizzt series — is running from coast to coast for the next few weeks to promote his newest book Neverwinter, the second title in the similarly titled trilogy.  Before his tour, Salvatore graciously took an hour out of his busy schedule to talk with me about his new book, his past books, and his process as an author.

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Elantris is a Magical Journey

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Elantris is a Magical Journey

Last week I talked about Brandon Sanderson’s awesome book Warbreaker.   This week I address another stand alone novel by Sanderson: Elantris.  Elantris was his debut onto the science-fiction novel scene and it is a great opening novel.  The story is superbly written and has a wonderful plot that deals with religion, political subterfuge, and of course, magic.  So come along on a journey with me into the world of Elantris.  I promise that the ride will not disappoint.

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Warbreaker Will Take Your Breath Away

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Warbreaker Will Take Your Breath Away

Warbreaker is a stand alone fantasy novel by Brandon Sanderson, who you may know as the author finishing The Wheel of Time series started by Robert Jordan.  That is where I first saw Sanderson’s work, and I immediately fell in love with his writing.  I started devouring his books, from his first fantasy novel, Elantris, to his Mistborn trilogy.

The reason I want to talk about Warbreaker first is simple – it’s absolutely phenomenal.  He wove a wonderful tapestry of character growth, intrigue, and action all in a world with a dynamic and new magic system.  It is a great read.

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Twelve – Russia has a vampire problem

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Twelve – Russia has a vampire problem

I love vampire fiction. I am enchanted by the mythos that invariably surrounds these denizens of the night, and, in my opinion, the best part about the mythos is that it changes from author to author. Vampires are intrinsically different in each story, but still retain certain distinguishing features.

Jasper Kent’s fantastic vampire novel Twelve certainly pulls from traditional vampire lore while imposing some interesting features on the archetypal model we are used to. Just a warning: these aren’t the angst-ridden, gorgeous, sparkly vampires that have been in the media lately.

These guys are mean… and hungry.

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Keep your pulses racing with Deadline

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Keep your pulses racing with Deadline

In this fast paced sequel to Mira Grant’s amazing post-apocalyptic zombie thriller Feed, we continue the story of the crew of “The End Times,” faced with new developments. This amazing sequel picks up the plot where the first let off and delivers. From new intrigue and plot twists to the ever changing and evolving threat of zombie attacks, Deadline is a fast paced book that will not fail to astound you.

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Take a Bite Out of Feed!

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Take a Bite Out of Feed!

Everyone loves a good zombie story; it’s basically human nature. It seems that there is some type of subconscious desire to experience and understand what happens when humanity loses itself and becomes animalistic and base. Coinciding with this is the desire to see people overcome their baseness, their personal zombies. But what happens when zombies aren’t the biggest problem? In  the novel Feed, author Mira Grant takes a graphic and hard look at life after a zombie apocalypse, where zombies are merely a part of the background and not the focal point of the story.

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A Decade of Harry Potter

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A Decade of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series has had an enormous influence on people throughout the world, especially for those in their late teens and twenties. After ten years of movies and thirteen years of the books, the final page in the Harry Potter epic has been turned with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. This series has received an unprecedented level of fame and has made an irrevocable impact on modern society.

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Trailer Released for “The Making of The Empire Strikes Back” Book

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Trailer Released for “The Making of The Empire Strikes Back” Book

On October 12, J.W. Rinzler, author of books such as The Making of Star Wars and The Complete Making of Indiana Jones will be releasing his newest title, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back.  To build the awesomeness that this book will no doubt be, Lucasfilm has released a trailer for The Making of the Empire Strikes Back. The video shows how Rinzler was allowed access to the huge Star Wars archives and will reveal information that has never before been witnessed. With all the behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and backstory concerning how the film was made, this book will be a definite must-have for any Star Wars Fan. Move past the break for the trailer.

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