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Review: Foundling

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Review: Foundling

I’ll admit it, I do judge books by their covers sometimes. I flipped through a paperback copy of Foundling because the color scheme appealed to me, and the cover artwork is drawn in a style I really like. I checked for the artist’s name and found out that D. M. Cornish is the author and the artist for the cover and all of the interior illustrations.

The book jacket description of an orphan boy – named Rossamünd, and no he’s not happy about that – leaving his home of Madame Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls so he can start his career as a Lamplighter sounded like an entertaining boy’s adventure. Then I found what looked like a sizable glossary in the back, with descriptions of monsters and monster-fighters (some of whom have been…altered to make them into better monster-fighters), and before I knew it I’d read the first twenty pages of the book.

Okay, Mr. Cornish, I’m officially intrigued.

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Review – Last First Snow

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Review – Last First Snow

She was only a passing student of golemetrics, which required more dealing with demons than she liked. Not that Elayne had anything against demons per se – but her conversations with them often reminded her of a vicious joke in which she herself might well be the punchline. Perhaps the demons felt the same.

It’s hard to describe Max Goldberg’s book Last First Snow and really do it justice. I’ve said before that in his Craft Sequence books the whole economy is run on pieces of souls, so magicians have to be really good accountants, and that makes it sound so boring. In realty the world he’s created keeps getting weirder and more disturbing (in a good way) with each book. Yes it has lawyers and banks and insurance plans, but the lawyers practice black magic, the banks can process pieces of your soul through an ATM, and the insurance plans cover zombie apocalypse damages, so don’t be worried when I say this book centers around a real estate deal; it’s a really weird real estate deal.

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Review – Wildalone

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Review – Wildalone

According to the blurb on the cover, Krassi Zourkova’s Wildalone has everything I’m looking for in a romance novel: magic, music, angst, and lots of sex. A young woman travels to America and Princeton, tries to solve a mystery, ends up in a whirlwind romance with a handsome, mysterious fellow, and is tempted by his equally handsome and mysterious brother. I figured it’d be a fun read, nothing too serious, just lots of fantasy and passion.

I was wrong. It’s a ridiculously infuriating book.

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The Best Books of 2014

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The Best Books of 2014

Happy New Year, book readers! As you probably already know, there’s not nearly enough time to read all the amazing books that came out last year. Between the two of us, though, we tried to get as big a sampling as we could. Here’s each of our picks for our three favorite science-fiction/fantasy books of 2014.

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Review – Way of Shadows: Graphic Novel

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Review – Way of Shadows: Graphic Novel

There are those favorite book series, ones that you can’t get enough of and hope beyond hope that will get the film treatment. For me that was the Night Angel Trilogy by author Brent Weeks. During my rather long wait I made quite the discovery, they were making a graphic novel. Being something of a comic connoisseur I was more then excited. Then I saw some early character designs and I was sold. It also felt like a step in the right direction, hopefully bringing this book series closer to a film version. So how does the graphic novel capture the essence of the book series?

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Halloween: Our favorite horror books

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Halloween: Our favorite horror books

Horror novels are good any time of the year, but the best time for them is right around Halloween. With the weather getting cooler and the nights getting longer, there’s nothing like curling up in a dark room with a cup of hot chocolate and a great horror story and scaring the hell out of yourself.

It’s also interesting how much of horror has a sci-fi or fantasy element to it. The exceptions are true-crime books or novels about gritty, urban violence, and those are great, but Kathryn and Elizabeth really prefer the ones with some kind of otherworldly element. So they’ve whittled down their list of favorites and each picked three books they think you’d like, if you’re looking to sleep with the lights on tonight.

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Review: Full Fathom Five

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Review: Full Fathom Five

By 1:00 A.M. her work was done: three chickens sacrificed, one each on altars of silver, iron, and stone; a stack of profit and loss statements dispatched by nightmare telegraph; a prayer litany chanted balancing on one foot; a proposal drafted, suggesting an Iskari family shift their faith from the high-risk personal resurrection market to dependable grain-focused fertility.

Ever since I read Max Gladstone’s first book Three Parts Dead I wanted to hear everything I could about the world he’s created, where gargoyles and vampires are part of everyday life, deathless skeleton sorcerers walk down the street for a cup of coffee, incredibly powerful magic is managed with paperwork, and magicians and priests have to be good at economics.

Gladstone’s second book, Two Serpents Rise, was fun, but somehow the ending didn’t thrill me as much as the first.

He’s more than made up for it with Full Fathom Five.

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Valentine’s Day: Our favorite literary couples

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Valentine’s Day: Our favorite literary couples

A dual post from Kathryn and Elizabeth

When talking about great couples from sci-fi and fantasy books, there are a lot of obvious ones:  Harry and Ginny, Westley and Buttercup, Drogo and Daenerys, Katniss and Peeta (or Gale), and Bella and Edward (or Jacob), to name a few.

We decided instead of listing all the famous ones, we’d talk about some of the other sci-fi and fantasy couples from our favorite books.

(Except that Kathryn just HAD to go and include Ron and Hermione. ~ Elizabeth)

(I regret nothing! ~ Kathryn)

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Hounded And Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1 & #2)

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Hounded And Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1 & #2)

Hounded: In the first book of the Iron Druid Chronicles we are introduced to our main character, Atticus O’Sullivan, a hot ginger druid who carries a houndedmassive sword around, (no no, it’s literally a sword, people!) a magical sword named Fragarach which is how our hero falls into a whole mess of trouble. Oh yeah, did I mention that he is 21…centuries old!  After settling down in the Phoenix area of Arizona and being virtually unharassed for several years, Atticus finds himself in a mess of trouble after an old enemy, a very angry Celtic god, finds Atticus and wants to take revenge for their encounter hundred of years ago. So now he will call upon the help of a seductive goddess of death, a vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some Irish luck—to kick some Celtic God arse! Oh and did I mention there is a talking dog, cause there is, and he is by far the best character of the books!

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