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Kelly Anderson has been reviewing books online for over seven years. and writing about them in completely charming (and in no way cliché) leather journals since long before that. She blogs about her never-ending to-read list at Shoulda, Coulda Woulda Books and lurks on twitter @giddythings .

6 Shakespearean Sci-Fi & Fantasy Retellings

by any other name

6 Shakespearean Sci-Fi & Fantasy Retellings

The canonical classics share a lot of features with the magical creatures of fantasy. They live forever, and beautifully, like elves. They infect every...
Miranda and Caliban Looks at Shakespeare Through Different Eyes

jacqueline carey

Miranda and Caliban Looks at Shakespeare Through Different Eyes

“I long to hear the story of your life, which must captivate the ear strangely.” ― William Shakespeare, The Tempest Why, in the age of the spoiler...
With Blood Upon the Sand Returns to an Immersive Fantasy Landscape

bradley beaulieu

With Blood Upon the Sand Returns to an Immersive Fantasy Landscape

Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings of Sharahkai was one of the most delightfully vivid and promising fantasy novels of 2015, building a gorgeous...
After the War, Winning the Peace in Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms

war and peace and war

After the War, Winning the Peace in Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms

“We have won the war, and not without pain, but now we must win the peace, and that will perhaps be more difficult.” —Georges Clemenceau,...
In The Queen of Blood, the Trees Really Do Want to Kill You

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In The Queen of Blood, the Trees Really Do Want to Kill You

“It’s like Hogwarts, but with trees! And the trees want to kill you!” Or so goes my elevator pitch for Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood, the...
Of Sand and Malice Made Offers Blood-Soaked Fantasy Fun in the Sun

dunes

Of Sand and Malice Made Offers Blood-Soaked Fantasy Fun in the Sun

Bradley Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings in Sharakhai was released last summer to much deserved acclaim (including my own). A Silk Road/Arabian desert/magic...
Necessity Concludes a Fascinating Sci-Fi Thought Experiment

audacity of hope

Necessity Concludes a Fascinating Sci-Fi Thought Experiment

Have you ever wished to be somewhere else, somewhere far from our imperfect world, somewhere without war, or hunger, or thundering demagogues inciting the...
Alt-World Takes on 5 Familiar Empires

in a glass darkly

Alt-World Takes on 5 Familiar Empires

“His very existence was improbable, inexplicable, and altogether bewildering. He was an insoluble problem. It was inconceivable how he had existed, how...
6 New SFF Books Invading the Literary Fiction Section

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6 New SFF Books Invading the Literary Fiction Section

I sometimes think of SFF as the home base of genre crossover. The speculative genres’ interest in reshaping old stories into new, spinning out...
Just One Damned Thing After Another Is a Time-Travel Romps That Earns its Title

good times

Just One Damned Thing After Another Is a Time-Travel Romps That Earns its Title

What a mess. A glorious, glorious mess. Let no one ever say that Just One Damned Thing After Another is a book that fails to live up to its title....
Spells of Blood and Kin Is an Absorbing, Unusual Urban Fantasy

worlds colliding

Spells of Blood and Kin Is an Absorbing, Unusual Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy may be the most seductive fantasy subgenre—the one that makes it easiest to put yourself inside the story. That thing that you saw out of...
Children of Earth and Sky Is an Epic Story About Why Stories Matter

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Children of Earth and Sky Is an Epic Story About Why Stories Matter

Is there anything better than a new book by a favorite author—that pleasant feeling of near certainty that it is going to give you exactly what you...

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