The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel"
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Fantasy Novel, 2001). Phedre is a young woman born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. In her culture, this (known as Kushiel’s Dart) signals that she is destined to be a special sort of Sacred Prostitute. But the nobleman who takes her in as an indentured servant has other plans […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Kushiel’s Dart"
Since my previous update: I’ve made my first fiction sale of the new year, had two more book reviews accepted for a fellow writer’s website and had my regular nonfiction column on market news published in The Penn Writer, the bimonthly newsletter of Pennwriters, Inc. The latter is only available to members of that statewide organization […]Read more "My Latest Writing/Publication News"
Temper by Nicky Drayden (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Drayden’s second novel, like its predecessor, offers elements of multiple genres (including SF and horror), but overall it’s mostly a fantasy. The setting is the southern tip of an alternative Africa. Here magic of a sort is a commonplace and a pair of Gods (one allegedly all-good, the other […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Temper"
I finally received my contributor’s copy of the Fantasy for the Throne anthology on the Saturday before Christmas. It’s been out for a while, but this gives me a reasonable excuse to remind anyone who might be interested in the book. This trade paperback collection features 40 short stories by 40 authors. My contribution, based on […]Read more "MY PUBLICATIONS, NEW AND OTHERWISE"
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Heroic Fantasy Novel, 2018). This first novel is already a best-seller with a sequel soon to follow. The author is a Nigerian-American and has studied West African mythology in addition to graduating Harvard with an honors degree in literature. Her heritage and studies surely influence and contribute to […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Children of Blood and Bone"
I was again ‘minding the store’ for the first couple hours of last night’s coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel as owner Blair Murphy rushes about, preparing the place for the next few weeks’ activities. A whole crew of ghost-hunter/paranormal researchers and the like are expected to headquarter here this Saturday–and that’s just the first […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 27 September 2018"