Fiction Friday: Gears of Fate

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season. Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday … Continue reading Fiction Friday: Gears of Fate

Fiction Friday: Mark of the Raven

My first novel, City of Kaiju, is available for pre-order. Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Releasing on February 12th, 2019.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse.

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Time for a different kind of fantasy. Instead of swords, elves, orcs and the like, how about a stealthy kind of fantasy, one with a dark and brooding feel, like Assassin’s Creed meets Game of Thrones.

Today’s novel review is Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse. You can buy it here. It’s a powerful tale of darkness, cunning, and a world divided in yet another potential fantasy classic. So sit back and let’s dream on. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Mark of the Raven”

Fiction Friday: The Hollow Tree

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Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)

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Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about languages and speech in speculative fiction.

Language is such a powerful ability. We construct words of random letters or symbols and they allow us to communicate. Whether it’s something as understandable as English, or something as complex as Chinese or Russian, language is a part of humanity for the longest time. It makes us unique in such an isolated galaxy.

But some of us don’t make stories set on earth. A majority of authors do, but for those in our genre, we tend to create our own world, our own ecosystem, and of course, unique cultures and races.

And with a unique race comes, you guessed it, languages. And the best part is that we’re not entirely bound to languages in our world. Of course there’s English, but for fantasy, this would equate to Common, or something similar. We have to know what they’re saying, regardless of language.

So I wanted to go over my thoughts on fantasy or interstellar language and how we can best incorporate it into stories. So, let’s begin. Continue reading “Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)”

Fiction Friday: A Legacy of Shadows

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review A Legacy of Shadows by Christopher M. Cevasco. Fiction Friday: A Legacy of Shadows Today’s story is A Legacy of Shadows by Christopher M. Cevasco, as … Continue reading Fiction Friday: A Legacy of Shadows

Fiction Friday: Warcraft: Before The Storm Review

Disclaimer: Due to my busy schedule, I have yet to finish the actual book. As of writing this, I’m up to Chapter 26 out of 35, and according to the author, it’s a 90,000-word book (Plus it came out later in the month). I should have this done by the end of the week and immediately get into August’s book. Instead of delaying it like I said, I’ll give my brief thoughts on it and then make a follow-up post next week (there’ll still be a short story review, don’t worry) discussing the whole book, as well as the ending. For now, enjoy my (mostly) spoiler-free review.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Warcraft: Before The Storm by Christie Golden.

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Fiction Friday: Warcraft: Before The Storm Review

I figured for this Fiction Friday, I’d review a book for an Expanded Universe series. These types of stories don’t get reviewed that often, likely because those that enjoy these franchises will read them. I’ve talked about Expanded Universe books previously, but aside from the Star Wars anthology, I haven’t reviewed any others. So let’s review something from an upcoming World of Warcraft expansion.

Today’s story is Before The Storm by Christie Golden. You can find it here. This is the prelude to the upcoming World of Warcraft Expansion, Battle for Azeroth. I’ll be sure to get in on the action when it comes out and maybe talk about it, but for now, let’s get into how this war starts.

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Fiction Friday: Unstoppable (Gardner Dozois In-Memoriam Special)

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois.

Fiction Friday: Unstoppable

 

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I can’t say that I’m all that familiar with Gardner Dozois’s works. The only thing I know was that he died last month. Searching for something to read this week, it didn’t occur to me that his final story (at least I think it’s his last) appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction. So, in “better late than never” fashion, time for another in-memoriam special.

Today’s short story is Unstoppable by Gardner Dozois, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can find it here. This is a fairy-tale type story that one would think was a legend. A legend of an evil king who sought too much power and in turn created a recipe for disaster. So let’s find out the tale of Kalgrin, the evil king.

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