• Numenera: Role Playing in the Ninth World

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 23, 2019 | 01:00 am

    A billion years have passed, and civilisations have risen and fallen leaving evidence of their presence across the world. Wonders that no one can understand; obelisks that float in the sky, creatures that appear from shadows or walk through walls,[…]

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  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 21, 2019 | 01:00 am

    “Tagline Intentionally Left Blank” One of my favorite parts of writing reviews is coming up with a snappy tagline that compares the book in question to iconic stories. The publisher has promoted Descendant of the Crane as a Chinese-inspired Game[…]

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  • Todd Lockwood Interview – The Summer Dragon

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 19, 2019 | 01:00 am

    I went to Dragon Con (a convention held in Atlanta, George) in the fall of 2016. Amid the hustle and bustle of the massive crowds, attending author panels and going to workshops we decided we needed a break. My sister-in-law’s[…]

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  • Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 16, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the authors whose writing, I eagerly look forward to whenever something new is announced. I was a bit skeptical about this title though, as this is a dystopic science fiction novella, which is not[…]

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  • Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 14, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Originally written in Chinese and published in 2013, this edition of Waste Tide is translated by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books. It is also Chen Qiufan’s debut book. Set in a dystopian China of the future (post 2020s),[…]

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  • The Bone Ships by RJ Barker

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 13, 2019 | 01:00 am

    For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Then the dragons disappeared. But the battle for supremacy on the high seas persisted. When the first dragon in centuries[…]

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  • A Ritual of Bone by Lee C. Conley

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 7, 2019 | 01:00 am

    The land of Arnar is menaced by a vicious plague, a tribe of savage cannibals and a growing tide of the living dead summoned by a dark ritual. Warriors, hunters, nobles and ordinary folk will all have to become heroes[…]

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  • The Red Plains by G. R. Matthews

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 6, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Spoiler Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for The Red Plains. “Listen, Jiin-Wei, Taiji, I do not ask you what you can do or tell you what you cannot. Do not presume you know the same about me. I have[…]

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  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 5, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Mark Lawrence is an author whose name gets lost within his stories. This is because his stories are so poignant and so ubiquitous that one could easily forget the name of the author. If you are able to remember the[…]

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  • Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other

    Fantasy-Faction Aug 1, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Monsters—or, in the very least, the monstrous—show up fairly frequently in most speculative fiction. Whether under the guise of dragons and creatures from the deep (ocean or space) or by way of vampires and the fickle, often cruel fae, monsters and[…]

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  • Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 30, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Fantasy is sometimes referred to as “escapism” and it comes in many forms—whether that be reading a novel, getting immersed in a movie, or even playing a video game. That escapist state also comes while a writer is penning new[…]

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  • As I Learn: How Your Story-Beast Moves

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 26, 2019 | 01:00 am

    In the wild, lions live and hunt in prides. An adult male can weigh as much as 200 kg (mostly muscle), and an adult female can reach top speeds of 80 km/h—fitting since they do a lot of the hunting[…]

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  • Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 22, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Alek Fitz is a collection agent. Not the most pleasant or glamorous of professions. Especially when your clients are corporations controlled by supernatural creatures who aren’t interested in repossessing cars or houses. Fairies and devils have desires that go beyond[…]

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  • Worldbuilding Through Characterization

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 19, 2019 | 01:00 am

    When somebody mentions worldbuilding the first thing you’ll think of is probably a lavishly detailed map, something filled with interesting geography, the locations of important cities, and maybe a dragon in the far corner. Or perhaps what springs to mind[…]

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  • One Way by S. J. Morden

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 16, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Frank Kittridge is a middle-aged convict, doing time for killing his son’s drug supplier. His wife has divorced him and moved away with their son; he hasn’t heard from either of them since he went inside. He’ll never see them[…]

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  • #SPFBO 5 Cover Contest

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 11, 2019 | 01:06 am

    Last year’s cover contest was splendid. Each of the ten bloggers nominated the top three covers from their batch before voting for their favorites from the final pool of thirty. There were some truly stunning gems fighting for the title,[…]

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  • SFF and Queerness – We Need To Do Better

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 5, 2019 | 01:00 am

    We’ve just said goodbye to June, month of queer visibility and pride (and gender-nonconforming visibility and pride, too—which many people (but not all) feel belongs under the umbrella of “queer”, and for sake of conciseness, I’m going to group the[…]

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  • 5th Annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off: An Introduction

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 3, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Hello, to all the followers of the SPFBO (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) the competition that began with an idle thought in the shadowed recesses of Mark Lawrence’s mind and is now in its fifth year. Some of the previous winners and[…]

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  • One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

    Fantasy-Faction Jul 1, 2019 | 01:00 am

    In January 1986, 15-year-old Nick is told that he has cancer. He begins chemotherapy and struggles to maintain as much of a normal life as he can. But a girl has joined his Dungeons and Dragons group, and a mysterious[…]

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  • What If… – Guest Blog by Tom Lloyd

    Fantasy-Faction Jun 27, 2019 | 01:00 am

    Writing—It’s all basically the same whatever genre, right? No, of course I don’t believe that! If I did, I’d be trying to make my fortune in romance or something. There are a few reasons why I’m not (much to the[…]

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