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The Last Sacrifice Is a First Among Gritty, Grimdark Fantasy Books

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The Last Sacrifice Is a First Among Gritty, Grimdark Fantasy Books

After having briefly stepped away from the sword-swinging comfort of the humongous epic fantasy genre, I’m back in it, with a vengeance. I...
Pride and Prejudice and Dragons in Heartstone

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Pride and Prejudice and Dragons in Heartstone

It is a truth universally acknowledged that adding dragons to Pride and Prejudice is the best idea I’ve heard in a while. Heartstone, the debut...
Martians Abroad Is Golden Age Sci-Fi for a New Generation

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Martians Abroad Is Golden Age Sci-Fi for a New Generation

Give Carrie Vaughn’s Martians Abroad a few pages, and you’ll fall in love its protagonist, Polly Newton, the newest student at...
The Cold Eye Continues an Epic Journey into the Devil’s West

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The Cold Eye Continues an Epic Journey into the Devil’s West

The best fantasy books can build worlds with such exquisite precision, you wish you could crawl inside of of them and explore the landscape on your own, to...
The Bear and the Nightingale Is a Tale Full of the Magic of Winter

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The Bear and the Nightingale Is a Tale Full of the Magic of Winter

“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s...
The Copper Cat Series Is Essential Reading for Lovers of Old School Sword & Sorcery

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The Copper Cat Series Is Essential Reading for Lovers of Old School Sword & Sorcery

It’s easy to see why Jen William’s Copper Cat books made such a splash in the U.K., where the first two novels garnered British Fantasy Award...
The Heart of What Was Lost Is a Glorious Return to a Landmark Work of Epic Fantasy

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The Heart of What Was Lost Is a Glorious Return to a Landmark Work of Epic Fantasy

With only one earlier novel under his belt, a young Tad Williams burst onto the epic fantasy scene in 1988 with The Dragonbone Chair, the opening volume of...
Nine of Stars Is a Wildly Entertaining Weird Western

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Nine of Stars Is a Wildly Entertaining Weird Western

My grandfather lives in Wyoming. My time visiting him there planted in me a love for the entire region and its history. Within the last year, I’ve...
After the Crown Continues the Saga of a Heroine Who’s the Princess Leia/Han Solo Mashup of Your Dreams

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After the Crown Continues the Saga of a Heroine Who’s the Princess Leia/Han Solo Mashup of Your Dreams

When last we left Her Imperial Highness Hailimi Mercedes Jaya Bristol, the hero of K.B. Wagers’ Behind the Throne, the one-time gunrunner, scoundrel, and...
Last Year Brings an iPhone to the Old West

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Last Year Brings an iPhone to the Old West

It’s easy to romanticize the past, when everyone was happy, ate good food, breathed clean air, and talked to one another instead of staring at their...
This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Bad Mojo in 1980s New Orleans, Time Travel Tourism, and a War for the Fate of the Solar System

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This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Bad Mojo in 1980s New Orleans, Time Travel Tourism, and a War for the Fate of the Solar System

Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson Hugo winner Robert Charles Wilson offers up an intriguing twist on time travel, one in which alternate-universe...
Babylon’s Ashes Is Political Space Opera at Its Most Human

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Babylon’s Ashes Is Political Space Opera at Its Most Human

Earlier this year, The Expanse debuted on SyFy, adapting the solar system-spanning book series by the same name. At the helm of the show as executive...

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