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Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

A Chorus of Dragons, #5: The Discord of Gods By: Jenn Lyons Published: April 26, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. NOTE: There are a few spoilers from the previous books in the series.             Kihrin—once called Vol Karoth, and before that, S’arric—will break free from his prison. Janel and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

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Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

Giving the Devil His Due: A Charity Anthology by The Pixel Project Edited by: Rebecca Brewer Published: May 25, 2022 Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Thriller It’s time to stop violence against women. Together. –Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project.             Stories exist for multiple reasons, from sharing knowledge to providing a form… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

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Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

The Up-and-Under, #2: Along the Saltwise Sea By: A. Deborah Baker Published: October 12, 2021 Genre: Fantasy/Children’s Literature/Sequel             No matter how strange or improbable the things Avery, Zib, and their friends encounter on their journey through the Up-and-Under, I am telling you the truth as it was seen on those hazy, not-so-long-gone days. There may sometimes… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

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Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

Empire of the Vampire, #1: Empire of the Vampire By: Jay Kristoff                                                                      Audiobook: 27 hours 11 minutes Published: September 14, 2021                                              Narrated by: Damian Lynch Genre: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy             You are Gabriel de León, Last of the Silversaints, (Sunset).             Vampires are one of the most popular “monsters” in narratives. And, this was before the “success” of The Twilight Saga;… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

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Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

The Radiant Emperor, #1: She Who Became the Sun By: Shelley Parker-Chan Published: July 20, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy             She reached out and touched the amulet. Chongba had become nothing. “If he took my fate and died…then perhaps I can take his, and live.”             Her worst fear might be of becoming nothing, but that didn’t… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

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An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

NOTE: This post is a rewrite of an assignment I wrote for a graduate school course. If you would like to read the original essay, then click here. Also, this is written in APA Format. Speculative fiction is the general term used when describing books which fall under the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror,… Continue reading An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

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My Favorite Speculative Fiction Narratives

***My 200th Blog Post!!!*** For this post, which marks a new milestone for me, I decided to discuss one of the most enjoyable—and the most dreadful—topics: favorites. We all know why favorites is a fun topic, but it can be daunting for opposing reasons: others have them as their favorites, they are ubiquitous, they are… Continue reading My Favorite Speculative Fiction Narratives

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Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

The Poppy War Trilogy, #3: The Burning God By: R.F. Kuang                                                                       Audiobook: 23 hours 47 minutes Published: November 17, 2020                                              Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Historical Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Folklore             What was wrong with her? She’d started and ended wars. She’d buried a god. She’d incinerated a country. There wasn’t an entity on the planet that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

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Why You Need to Read: “Catalyst Gate”

The Protectorate: Book 3: Catalyst Gate By: Megan E. O’Keefe                                                           Audiobook: 20 hours 49 minutes Published: June 22, 2021                                                        Narrated by: Joe Jameson Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera             Rainier Lavaux had threatened everything and everyone Sanda had ever loved. Sanda had felt that loss once. And she’d burn the bitch to the ground rather than suffer through that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Catalyst Gate”

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Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? One series on my list is complete. And, I stick with what I said about this series in my ASoIaF Read-Alike Book Recommendations: this series is the most "identical" to George R.R. Martin's. Another fun read by this author. And yes, it's full of folklore and fantasy references!… Continue reading Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021