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Nicole Hill reads, writes, and makes devastating use of puns for work and play. When she is not frantically acquiescing to the whims of her cantankerous beagle, she copy edits and maintains an encyclopedic knowledge of Muppet lore. You can find her on Twitter at @nicolemhill, where she tries to be cool.

7 Fascinating Stories of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Twins

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7 Fascinating Stories of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Twins

There is a lot going on in Seanan McGuire’s latest genre-blending, mind-bending novel Middlegame, most of it centered on two special, if not entirely...
Middlegame Is a Coming-of-Age Story to End the World

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Middlegame Is a Coming-of-Age Story to End the World

Middlegame, the genre-blending new novel from prolific, bestselling, and much-awarded author Seanan McGuire, pivots on the realization of a long-running...
The Game of Thrones Awards, Season 8, Episode 2: If Winterfell Is a-Rocking …

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The Game of Thrones Awards, Season 8, Episode 2: If Winterfell Is a-Rocking …

Greetings, and welcome! My name is Nicole, filling in for Ben this week with the ONLY Game of Thrones recap on the entire internet. Week to week he breaks...
7 Darkly Funny Fantasy Novels

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7 Darkly Funny Fantasy Novels

If you’ve yet to meet Sal the Cacophony, you’re in for a treat. The anti-hero star of Seven Blades in Black, the doorstopping start to Sam Sykes’s...
Sam Sykes’ Seven Blades in Black: Magical, Memorable, and Soaked in Blood

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Sam Sykes’ Seven Blades in Black: Magical, Memorable, and Soaked in Blood

I was left with several distinct impressions upon turning the final page of Sam Sykes’s latest series starter, the 700-page Seven Blades in Black. The...
Unusual Women and the Quiet Loveliness of The Witch’s Kind

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Unusual Women and the Quiet Loveliness of The Witch’s Kind

Barrie Anne Blythe, the main character in Louisa Morgan’s second novel, spends a considerable amount of The Witch’s Kind alone, sequestered in her...
How to Survive a Trip into the Woods: Key Lessons From Fantasy

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How to Survive a Trip into the Woods: Key Lessons From Fantasy

Perhaps you like to camp, or long hikes, or to retreat into the wilderness to find peace and serenity. I’m told it is not uncommon—though, I, being a...
Miranda in Milan Is a Sly, Subversive Sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest

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Miranda in Milan Is a Sly, Subversive Sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Aside from the saga of Henry VI, William Shakespeare wasn’t exactly known for his franchises. Yet even when he wraps up his plays in tidy (if...
With a Rerelease, V.E. Schwab’s Debut Novel The Near Witch Finally Gets Its Due

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With a Rerelease, V.E. Schwab’s Debut Novel The Near Witch Finally Gets Its Due

Throughout her career, V.E. Schwab proven to have a keen grasp on the elements that make fantasy fascinating. Inspired by the tropes of comic books,...
12 Divine Fantasy Novels in Which the Gods Walk the Land

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12 Divine Fantasy Novels in Which the Gods Walk the Land

Volatile and vibrant, Gareth Hanrahan’s The Gutter Prayer already has established itself as one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of the year—and a...
5 Fascinating Uses of Footnotes in Fantasy

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5 Fascinating Uses of Footnotes in Fantasy

Footnotes in fiction are a tricky business. Handled poorly, they can be the bane of a reader’s existence (1). But in the right hands and the right...
The Ruin of Kings Is a Fantasy Debut for the Ages

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The Ruin of Kings Is a Fantasy Debut for the Ages

Buzz has been building for months behind Jenn Lyons’ debut The Ruin of Kings, and along the way, the epic fantasy series-starter has drawn comparisons...

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