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The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

Once again, we're at the halfway point in the calendar year. And for me, A LOT has happened since the start of 2022. I'm working full-time and I'm participating in an awards panel, so my reading is a bit behind. I've finished 42 of the 100 books I'm aiming to read by the year's end.… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

I'm hoping my life in 2022 doesn't have too many roadblocks (COVID-19 aside) and I am able to get back on track with my reading, my writing, and my gaming. This list contains numerous books that are scheduled to be released in 2022. Yes, my reading list is longer than the time available to read… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

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Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

What have you finished reading recently? I've been working my way through reading the "Sapphic Trifecta," which I started earlier this year, but I had to halt because I was working on my final project for grad school. So far, I've finished reading 2 of the 3 books, which are amazing reads. However, do not… Continue reading Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

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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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Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

Here we go again. It’s been almost 3 years since I complied the 1st list of book recommendations; and, we’re still waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Many of us continue to wait, patiently, for this book by reading similar books by authors who write fantasy stories. There… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

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Current Speculative Fiction Series I Need to Complete

The Poppy War, #3: The Burning God (2020) by R.F. Kuang As I mentioned in the last post, I've been meaning to read this final book in this bloody and brilliant historical grimdark trilogy. I did read the first couple of chapters, so I know that this story begins immediately where The Dragon Republic left… Continue reading Current Speculative Fiction Series I Need to Complete

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My Experience at FIYAH Con & What It Represents for Speculative Fiction

So, remember when I praised virtual cons (and creators) for finding ways to continue hosting their cons and presenting their content to everyone? And, how some groups and individuals decided to host their own con? Well, I was able to attend FIYAH Magazine’s 1st FIYAH Con! I won’t bore you or make you all jealous of… Continue reading My Experience at FIYAH Con & What It Represents for Speculative Fiction

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“Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

So, TIME Magazine is the latest publication to release its list of “The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time.” The magazine even went further than Forbes and known fan sites (and critics) and had a panel consisting of leading fantasy authors to form, to vote, and to finalize their “selections.” While this list is impressive with selections… Continue reading “Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

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Speculative Fiction Books that Kept My Interest in the Genre

Please note the title of this post refers to books! I will write a separate list containing movies, TV shows and video games related to speculative fiction sometime in the future. And, expect that list to consist of “originals,” not just media adaptations of books. Also, these are NOT my favorite speculative fiction books of… Continue reading Speculative Fiction Books that Kept My Interest in the Genre

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Adult Fantasy: Is There Such a Thing?

Video games, graphic novels and comic books and manga, and fantasy literature continue to share the same criticism from those who are neither fans nor creators: they are for children and/or they have no place in a classroom or in an academic setting. The fact that such notions continue to be made is a disconcerting… Continue reading Adult Fantasy: Is There Such a Thing?