The Scar – China Mieville

Publisher’s Weekly: In this stand-alone novel set in the same monster-haunted universe as last year’s much-praised Perdido Street Station, British author Mieville, one of the most talented new writers in the field, takes us on a gripping hunt to capture a magical sea-creature so large that it could snack on Moby Dick, and that’s just…

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Ilium – Dan Simmons

From Publishers Weekly: Many centuries in the future, Earth’s small, more or less human population lives an enjoyable, if drone-like existence. Elsewhere, on some alternate Earth, or perhaps it’s the distant past, the battle for Troy is in its ninth year. Oddly, its combatants, Hector, Achilles and the rest, seem to be following a script,…

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Acquiring Books

I have been procuring books recently. A library sale here, a clearance sale there. It adds up. After picking up four more books today I decided I should blog my cheap finds and see if anyone has read them and, if so, what their opinions are. So, here are my recent four-dollar-and-under finds. Yes, I…

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MeMe for people who read too much

I saw this over on DaveBrendon’s Fantasy & SciFi Weblog and Floor to Ceiling Books. It looked like fun so I decided to bring it on over here. 1) One Book that Changed Your Life I know this may seem kind of ridiculous to a lot of people but this book is really nostalgic to…

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There Will Be Dragons – John Ringo

Amazon.com Product Description: In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise-and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering…

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Hidden Empire – Kevin J. Anderson

From Library Journal: An experiment in converting a gas giant into a star with the potential for transforming the former planet’s moons into environments suitable for human colonies awakens a heretofore hidden civilization and plunges the galaxy into a war for the survival of humanity. The latest novel by the author of Star Wars: Darksaber…

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American Gods – Niel Gaiman

Publishers Weekly: Titans clash, but with more fuss than fury in this fantasy demi-epic from the author of Neverwhere. The intriguing premise of Gaiman’s tale is that the gods of European yore, who came to North America with their immigrant believers, are squaring off for a rumble with new indigenous deities: “gods of credit card…

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Wings of Wrath – C.S. Friedman

Publishers Weekly Overview: Friedman delivers a rushed second installment of the Magister Trilogy (after 2008’sFeast of Souls), set in a casually grim world where cloak-and-dagger political intrigue is necessary for survival. Kamala, witch turned immortal Magister, flees north to the barrier called the Wrath of the Gods in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth…

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Feast of Souls – C.S. Friedman

About the book by Publisher’s Weekly: In this imaginative, deftly plotted fantasy from Friedman (The Wilding), the first of a new trilogy, a female witch’s magic comes at a terrible cost: her own finite life force, which drains away with each spell. Nearly immortal male Magisters, on the other hand, tap a more murderous fuel…

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What it takes to write Epic Fantasy

I am a big fan of goodreads.com. The website is a fantastic resource for individuals who are total bibliophiles. There are tons of reading groups, fantastic book reviews, and tons of authors. It’s kind of like the Facebook for readers. Anyway, this one book group I’m a member of has an author each month come…

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