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The Poison of Ideology in A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire and its amazingly popular Game of Thrones adaptation is many things. It’s a brilliant example of detailed, appealing, and evocative fantasy world-building. It’s a deconstruction of fantasy, adding a sobering dose of Medieval History-based … Continue reading

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Norse Saga-O-Rama Day 2

It’s a new day and a new opportunity to learn about some great Norse Sagas. All of these were big influences on The Saga of Egil the Scarred and helped me formulate some of my ideas about the mindset of … Continue reading

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Norse Saga-O-Rama Day 1

I have a new book out, the first of a series. It’s called The Sagas of Egil the Scarred, Volume 1: The Defenders of Blackspire Abbey and you can find it here http://www.amazon.com/Egil-Scarred-Defenders-Blackspire-Abbey-ebook/dp/B00YNLQNEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433291831&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Defenders+of+Blackspire+Abbey It’s a supernatural Viking adventures, a prequel … Continue reading

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Fantasy To The Power of Five: Mara Valderann’s Heirs of War

There’s something particularly cool about a big ensemble cast – a Magnificent Seven or The Avengers, coming together to argue, plan, and eventually band together for a common goal and save the day. Maybe these big ensembles are cool because … Continue reading

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Undead Assisted Living: Araminta Star Matthews’ and Stan Swanson’s Return of the Loving Dead

Supernatural shenanigans and high school-aged characters go together like Joss Whedon and comic book franchises. Taking teenage angst and adding a dose of magic or sci-fi is a recipe for success, with countless noteworthy examples. It’s easy to see why. … Continue reading

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An Uncomfortable Out of Body Experience: Beth Winkour’s Sunshine in Darkness

Possession is a common theme in supernatural stories – and a naturally terrifying one. We’re all comfortable in our own bodies, more or less, but what if some outside force took us over, forced us out, and then made us … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Bildungsroman: Elle Klass’s As Snow Falls

The bildungsroman – or Coming of Age story – isn’t a genre that gets used a lot these days. Most of the time, a modern novel or short story will encompass a fairly small period of time and deliver a … Continue reading

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