Quote: Full Moon Rising, “…Not A Snowflake’s Chance In Hell.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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If I had a talent I could claim, it would be as a finder of trouble. Which is undoubtedly what I’d find by sticking my nose where it had no right to be. But would I let a thought of trouble stop me? Not a snowflake’s chance in hell.

Keri Arthur
Full Moon Rising

 
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Review: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan


BORN FOR BATTLE, BRED FOR WAR

THE SELF-PUBLISHED PHENOMENON THAT WENT MAINSTREAM IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE RANKS OF ESSENTIAL EPIC FANTASY TALES

 
Book CoverBlood Song
(Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, Book 1)

Anthony Ryan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 768 Pages
Date: 20th February 2014 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0356502481
ISBN-13: 978-0356502489

 
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In recent years there have been a number of notable examples of self-published books which have garnered considerable critical praise and admirable sales, turning their authors into “overnight” sensations. This success, for some, has led to traditional publishing deals, helping their books to reach a larger prospective audience of readers. Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking are probably the best known beneficiaries of the now more viable self-publishing market. But you can also include the name of British fantasy author, Anthony Ryan, to the growing list.

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Review: Shades Of Milk And Honey By Mary Robinette Kowal


THRIFTY SHADES OF JANE AUSTEN

AN UNAPPRECIATED SPINSTER UNEXPECTEDLY FINDS LOVE WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN APPRECIATE HER MAGICAL TALENTS

 

Book CoverShades Of Milk And Honey
(Glamourist Histories, Book 1)

Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Corsair
Format: Paperback, 272 Pages
Date: 3rd October 2013 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 1472102495
ISBN-13: 978-1472102492

 
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Some authors, whether knowingly or unknowingly, wear their influences on their sleeves. It is often possible to read the work of any given writer then accurately deduce who and what has influenced the story. Anybody who reads Mary Robinette Kowal’s novel, Shades Of Milk And Honey, the first book of the Glamourist Histories series, won’t need to guess the who and the what that provided the inspiration for her writing. She unabashedly embraces her fondness for Regency era literature in general, and her love of Jane Austen in particular. In fact, if you strip away the book’s fantasy element, Shades Of Milk And Honey could very well have been authored by Austen herself.

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Review: Gameboard Of The Gods By Richelle Mead


GODS WALK AMONG US, WE ARE THEIR PAWNS

BEHIND A SERIES OF RITUALISTIC MURDERS LIES A HIDDEN REALITY A KICK-ASS HEROINE ISN’T READY TO BELIEVE

 

Book CoverGameboard Of The Gods
(Age Of X, Book 1)

Richelle Mead

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th June 2013

ISBN-10: 140591355X
ISBN-13: 978-1405913553

 
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For almost a decade author Richelle Mead has been one of the most popular voices of the urban fantasy scene; writing a number of successful books in more than one series, for both the young adult audience as wells as adult readers. With the very noticeable shift towards dystopian stories in the mass market publishing sphere, kick-started by the success and popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Mead would follow the trend and throw her hat into the dystopia ring.

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Quote: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, “Once A King In Narnia…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it. And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open…”

 
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Trivia: A Look At The Nebula Awards


HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE NEBULA AWARDS?

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about America’s most prestigious science fiction and fantasy award, but didn’t think to ask.

 

GraphicIf you look back a few days you’ll notice I wrote a short post about The Origins Of The Hugo Awards, arguably the most prestigious award for science fiction and fantasy literature. Today it’s time for a brief look at The Nebula Awards, which is widely viewed to be America’s most highly regarded and sought after accolade for science fiction and fantasy literature.

The Nebula Awards takes place annually to honour the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the United States during the previous calender year. The award ceremony is organised by the Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Of America.

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Review: The Name Of The Wind By Patrick Rothfuss


YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME

THE COMING OF AGE TALE OF A SELF MADE FOLK HERO, RECOUNTING THE STORY THAT TURNED HIM INTO A LEGEND

 

Book CoverThe Name Of The Wind
(The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)

Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 672 Pages
Date: 12th June 2008 (First Published 2007)

ISBN-10: 0575081406
ISBN-13: 978-0575081406

 
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There are two ways in which one can approach reading a book that has received such overwhelming praise from critics and readers alike. The first option is to believe the hype; have faith that the book in question is an unparalleled work of literary genius that your life will remain incomplete if you never take the time to read it. Alternatively, the second option is to keep expectations in check; after all, very few books that generate excessively positive feedback are capable of meeting expectations.

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Quote: Nylon Angel, “…I’m Not Planning On Dying Yet.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“All right, Mei. But I’m not planning on dying yet. So don’t get any ideas about helping things along. Or you might find yourself closer to the spirits than you figured.”

Marianne De Pierres
Nylon Angel

 
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Review: Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card


AT BATTLE SCHOOL FIGHTING IS COMPULSORY

IS ENDER WIGGIN HUMANITY’S LAST BEST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, OR A MONSTER IN THE MAKING?

 

Book CoverEnder’s Game
(Ender Saga, Book 1)

Orson Scott Card

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
Date: 1st December 2011 (First Published 1985)

ISBN-10: 0356500845
ISBN-13: 978-0356500843

 
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One of the most noteworthy things about reading Ender’s Game today is that thirty years after its initial publication the book hasn’t noticeably aged much, if at all. In fact, if one were unaware of its publication history it would be easy to believe that author, Orson Scott Card, penned his science fiction classic within the last couple of years. There is little, if anything, contained within the book that is obviously outdated.

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