A Military Genius Makes Tough Traveling Easier – at Least When There Is a Battle to be Fought

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tough guideEvery Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.

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New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Releases for November

Better late than never, right? I managed to sit down at a computer and do some writing for the first time in a couple weeks, so let’s round up the upcoming books for the month. We’re winding down for the holiday season, but there is still one last rush of releases today. Here’s a look at some of the exciting books out in November. Continue reading

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YA Wednesday: The Reader Who Nearly OD’d on Whimsy While Reading Catherynne Valente (and loved every minute of it)

fairylandThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne Valente
★★★★½
Square Fish, 2011.

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered so much whimsy in a novel. Every page — whimsy, whimsy, whimsy.

Did I mention whimsy? Catherynne Valente’s acclaimed YA novel is steeped in it.

And I loved every moment of it. Because behind the lemon-ice loving wyverns who want to be librarians and gargoyle customs officers, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland has some of the most beautiful, clever writing I’ve read in ages.
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Ferrett Steinmetz examines the magic of parent-child relationships in “The Flux”

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Ferrett Steinmetz

★★★★
Angry Robot, Oct. 2015.

I’ve been remiss.

Actually I’ve been depressed, but that’s neither here nor there. It hasn’t been a good couple months, reading or writing-wise. Anyhow, I’m hoping to get myself back on track, so I’m playing catch-up with some overlooked reviews and interviews.

Like The Flux.
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The Good Thief Is an Essential Part of Any Tough Traveling Adventure

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tough guideEvery Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.

This week’s subject is “The Good Thief”: Continue reading

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