The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Fantasy Novel, 2018). Like many writers, this first-time fantasy novelist has drawn on elements of a real-life subject she knows about (in this case, Chinese history and mythology) as inspiration for an imaginary world series. There’s nothing wrong with that, yet I must confess to some slight ambivalence in […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Poppy War"
Last night’s coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel featured another open mic night, with live music by The Birddogs (a local duo), a brief stand-up comedy routine from young Ed the Comic that fell a bit flat, topped off by a pleasant little jam session as Ed brought out his guitar to noodle around with […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 5, 2018"
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope (Paranormal Fantasy Novel, May 2018). An award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance, L. Penelope kicks off a new series, The Earthsinger Chronicles, with this sweeping imaginary world novel. Two nations, ancient and bitter enemies, take centerstage here and face each other across an ancient magical wall. Caught […]Read more "REVIEWED: Song of Blood & Stone"
The Apocalypse Of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson (YA Fantasy Novel, 2018). Hutchinson has written anumber of well-received YA novels, as well as editing two anthologies in the genre. His latest portrays a modern-day Florida teen identified as the first person scientifically proved to have been born via parthenogenesis (hence, from a virgin mother). That has […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Apocalpse of Elena Mendoza"
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
I’m happy to report that I’ve sold reprint rights for another of my older stories. The story is entitled “Raven’s Last Trick” and no, it’s NOT porn (mind out of the gutter, folks!). It’s a fairy tale-like thing based on Native American (or as the Canadians say First Nations) mythology. It tells of the Haida […]Read more "Mythic Fantasy Story SOLD, Again!"
My contributor copy (and modest yet welcome check) for the January 2018 issue of the SF/F quarterly Outposts of Beyond arrived in yesterday’s mail. Thanks to all the good folks at Alban Lake Publishing! Added thanks for thinking enough of my work to put my name on the front cover! In addition to my review piece about […]Read more "Review Column Published"