World Without End by Ken Follett | Book Review

Ken Follett wrote mostly thrillers until the publication of The Pillars of the Earth in 1989. This huge book focused on the construction of a cathedral in medieval England and was something of a risk for his published. A risk that paid off, it became one of his best selling novels. Recently it got a […]

Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold | Book Review

Through Wolf’s Eyes is the first part in Lindskold’s six book Firekeeper series. With the sixth novel published earlier this year, Lindskold has indicated the series is complete (for those of you who don’t want to commit to another unfinished fantasy series). The series as a whole is not ground breaking but it is well […]

The Ten Thousand | a Paul Kearney interview

Today we present an interview with novelist Paul Kearney the author of series like Monarchies of God and Sea Beggars among other books. His most recent work is soon to be published by Solaris and entitled The Ten Thousand.

Elephantmen: Wounded Animals |Review

Sometimes, it pays to read the forewords to certain books. It can give the reader an idea of the tone of the book and possibly offer insight to the creative process of the author. Other times, it lowers the expectations for the piece, but that might not necessarily be a terrible thing, as in the […]

A Sword From Red Ice by J.V. Jones | Book Review

A Sword From Red Ice brings us a long-awaited continuation of J.V. Jones’ Sword of Shadows series. In the Northern Territories, the situation is rapidly growing ever more dire for all those living – the clans, the cityfolk and even the mysterious Sull people. Despite Raif Sevrance’s successful healing of the breach in the Blindwall […]

God’s Demon by Wayne Barlowe | Book Review

Hell is a setting but never quite a theme in Wayne Barlowe’s debut novel God’s Demon; this explains both the book’s successes and its disappointments. At its best Barlowe’s novel provides a fairly typical, quasi-medieval fantasy story — in an infernal setting that evokes the primal otherness of games like Doom and Diablo. But with […]

The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb | Book Review

The second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy. I reread this book during my recent move and had to drag myself away repeatedly to see to such trivial details as packing. Like the first book in this trilogy The Mad Ship is a very good book. The end of book one sees Pirate captain Kennit […]

The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore | Book Review

As many fanboy will complain, Salvatore’s last few Drizzt books lost a step here or there. The story needed to move on though and sometimes that takes a few books. Here we have the culmination of those efforts in The Orc King with a new and exciting chapter in the life of our favorite dark […]

The Follower by Jason Starr | Book Review

The yuppie dating scene in The Follower is convincingly rendered and provides an interesting backdrop for the story. The at times shallow cesspool where everyone is thinking about looks, sex, who’s hot and getting laid actually provides a good setting for this type of story because people quickly build up layers of deceit with each […]

Live Chat – Paul S. Kemp of the Forgotten Realms

On November 10th (2007) best selling author Paul S. Kemp joined us live for a chat in our chat room. Kemp has written several books perhaps most notable those featuring the adventures of his creation, Erevis Cale, in the Forgotten Realms setting. He also wrote an installment of the R.A. Salvatore presented War of the […]

Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing | Book Review

What makes certain writings “interstitial” is largely a matter of expectations, say Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, editors of Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing. How, then, to set expectations for the anthology itself? For reader expectations may either highlight or camouflage that this is a good if somewhat homogeneous assemblage of literate, fantastic short […]

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay | Book Review

The fantasy classic the cover of my copy proclaims, and I suppose that is what it is. You would be hard pressed to find another single volume fantasy novel of such depth. It is the first book I read by Kay, and although in hindsight I must admit I like The Lions of Al-Rassan better, […]