Monday, October 28, 2013

New Speculative Fiction Releases for 10/29/2013

Mulluane | Monday, October 28, 2013 | 3 Comments so far
Once again here are thirteen new releases which caught my eye:

Click on the book cover or blurb and link will take you to Publisher's book page for more info. Click on Show/Hide Blurb to, well, see the blurb. Click, swipe or tap anywhere to the right of the book cover or blurb to advance slide.

*Note* The term "New Release" can be misleading. While it frequently refers to a "new to the world" release, this is not always the case. Hardcovers are normally true "New Releases" but again, not always. Some books are never released in hardcover but skip straight to mass market. It can also refer to new format such as eBook, Mass Market, Trade or even a re-release of a book that was out of print. With this in mind, I included the actual editions being released in the link list below.


I think that after playing with this for awhile I may have hit on the best format yet. Only thing I can't seem to make it do is loop from last slide back to first. Can't have everything perfect I guess...

My ultimate goal was to make an uncluttered post showing a bunch of new releases all without endlessly scrolling down a page, and while quickly giving you enough info on each book to pique your interest (or tell you it is not one you want to read.)

Process one, find a lovely book cover that catches your eye
Process two, click below the interesting book cover to read a portion of the blurb.
Process three. Blurb is interesting too, so click book cover and go to Publisher's page for even more info.
Process four. Come back here and use the affiliate links listed below to buy the book.

OK, so process four is optional and Amazon is also another great resource for checking out book details, but a girl can hope right? I included GR buttons also so you can check there for any early reviews.

Goodreads and Affiliate Links:

Slide 2: Allegiance (River of Souls) ~ Hardcover/Kindle
Allegiance

Slide 3: The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister ~ Hardcover/Kindle
The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

Slide 4: Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio) ~ Mass Market Paperback
Imager's Battalion

Slide 5: Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence) ~ Hardcover/Kindle
Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence, #2)

Slide 6: Ever After (Hollows) ~ Mass Market Paperback
Ever After (The Hollows, #11)

Slide 7: Dead Set: A Novel ~ Hardcover/Kindle/Audible
Dead Set: A Novel

Slide 8: Abyss Deep: Star Corpsman: Book Two ~ Mass Market Paperback/Kindle/Audible
Abyss Deep (Star Corpsman, #2)

Slide 9: The Eidolon ~ Mass Market Paperback
The Eidolon

Slide 10: Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses ~ Mass Market Paperback/Kindle
A Ceremony of Losses (Star Trek: The Fall)

Slide 11: Darkship Renegades ~  Mass Market Paperback
Darkship Renegades

Slide 12: Dream London ~ Mass Market Paperback
Dream London

Slide 13: The Shadowhunter's Codex (The Mortal Instruments) ~ Hardcover/Kindle
The Shadowhunter's Codex

Slide 14: Star Trek Into Darkness ~ Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek Into Darkness


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Speculative Fiction Releases for 10/22/2013

Mulluane | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Be the first to comment!

Here are eleven new releases which caught my eye:

Click on the book cover and link will take you to Publisher's book page for more info. If you wish to help support this blog, an Amazon search box will be included under the slideshow. Click, swipe or tap anywhere outside of the book cover to advance slide.




Note ~ This is still an experimental post as I play around with settings, layout etc. I am not sure how well the slideshow will work in feed readers or on mobile. Feedback is appreciated!



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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Help with my SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, YA Blog and Website Link List!

Mulluane | Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 2 Comments so far
Updated 06/26/2014 
As of 11/29/2013, all links were valid, all blogs/websites are active. 
This is subject to change with little or no notice so if you find a dead link or inactive site, 
please let me know!

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I have been working on this list for awhile and now I want to share!

If you could please, leave a comment to ask to be included, suggest a SF/F/H blog/website I missed or request a different description than the one I gleaned from your site. If everybody chips in we can make this list much better!

You are also welcome to copy and paste this list into a post of your own. I experimented with a bunch of grab code boxes but the list is just too long. However, since the list below is done with just basic html a simple highlight and copy from # to Z should render the list exactly as you see it here. Just make sure you paste it into the compose part of your post editor or into a word processor that can handle html like MS Word. Otherwise, the link code and formatting will be stripped. (BTW, if anybody can point me to an easier solution, I'll be happy to give it a try.)

Just for giggles, if you want you can look at the original page here: Featured Blogs to see how much fun I had with some simple formatting. 

As this list gets updated I will add an "UPDATED on DATE" to the top of this post and I'll note the new or updated entries.

Note: If you are interested in following SFF authors, you'll find a list of some of the top authors here: SFF Authors on the Web.

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8 Aussie Writers ~ An Australian perspective on the Young Adult and New Adult literary world. Eight Aussie writers come together under the Aussie Owned banner to blog about reading, writing, and publishing.

52 Book Reviews ~ My yearly reading challenge as seen through genre book reviews.

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A Dribble of Ink ~ Since 2007, I've been stumbling my way through literary (erm... well, kinda. If you count elves and rampant speculation) criticism, articles, interviews and news.

A Fantastical Librarian ~ My main reading focus is speculative fiction, though I enjoy historical fiction, crime and YA too.

A Fantasy Reader ~ i'm a fantasy and sometimes sci-fi books lover and i want to share my reviews! as simple as that. i'm from levis, qc, canada and i work in software development. aside from reading? gaming and movies!!!

Adventures in Reading. ~ Reviews and Discussion of Books of all kind, more often than not Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Alexandra Leaving ~ No description available

Alexia’s Books and Such… ~ My preferred genres are urban fantasy, young adult, general fiction, and light romance.

Alice in Readerland ~ I am open to most other genres of Young Adult and Middle Grade including, but not limited to, contemporary, mystery, action-adventure, historical, and science-fiction. (But no paranormal)

All Fantasy Worlds ~ My blog focuses on Fantasy and YA because this kind of light, relaxing reads help me take my mind off things. But you'll probably find other genres as well (Contemporary, Classic, Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery/Suspense), as I never hesitate when it comes to recommending amazing books.

All Things Dark and Magical ~ All Things Dark and Magical looks at what makes certain works of fantasy, science fiction and horror popular or successful - from a "writer's" perspective.

Amazing Stories Mag (ezine) ~ The World's First Science Fiction Magazine returns as a Social Magazine for FANS!

Anna's Book Blog ~ I love to read and I read a lot. The genre's I read are: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Romance, Fantasy, and Erotica (with Romance & Fantasy elements).

Another Novel Read ~ I'm a 30ish bookworm with a great love of fantasy, sci-fi, and other types of stories that tickle my imagination (mostly young adult).

Antick Musings ~ A Weblog by One Humble Bookman on Topics of Interest to Discerning Readers, Including (Though Not Limited To) Science Fiction, Books, Random Thoughts, Fanciful Family Anecdotes, Publishing, Science Fiction, The Mating Habits of Extinct Waterfowl, The Secret Arts of Marketing, Other Books, Various Attempts at Humor, The Wonders of New Jersey, the Tedious Minutiae of a Boring Life, Science Fiction, No Accounting (For Taste), And Other Weighty Matters.

Apex Magazine ~ (ezine) ~ is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.

ATG Reviews ~ is a website dedicated to the fantasy and science fiction genres. Founded in the beginning of 2013 by Justin aka The Wanderer and Peter aka The World Weary we provide reviews of books, video games, films, and television shows related to these genres as well as current events, press releases, and all other sorts of updates. Reviews will encompass everything from classic science fiction and fantasy items to current ones.

Auxiliary Memory ~ Scifi Reviews ~ During the day I program web pages and online databases for a living. My hobbies are reading and writing, listening to music, watching television and movies and playing with computers. I’m developing this web site to organize my brain.

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Babbling Books and More ~ Babblings is a book and entertainment blog that has been active since September 2008. It’s a site that reviews books, highlights authors and posts opinion pieces about the publishing and entertainment industry.

Barbara Martin ~ Currently writing fantasy, articles on Canadian history, environment, health, book reviews, hiking.

Beauty in Ruins ~ Although primarily focused on genre fiction (science-fiction, fantasy, and horror), Beauty in Ruins is a reflection of my rather diverse (and sometimes unusual) literary tastes.

Belle of the Literati ~ I am open to reviewing young adult dystopian, fantasy, historical fiction (both adult and young adult), science fiction, paranormal, fairy tale re-tellings, most adult fiction depending on the context and erotica.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies ~ is a Hugo Award finalist magazine of literary adventure fantasy, featuring authors such as Marie Brennan, Yoon Ha Lee and Richard Parks.

Best Fantasy Books ~ is your number one source for fantasy and science fiction recommendations -- books, comics, anime, movies, and games. We've spent countless hours creating detailed recommendation lists to suite EVERY fantasy fanboy's taste.

Best SF ~ Welcome to Best SF – now in its second decade reviewing short SF.

BestScienceFictionStories.com  ~ Hi, thanks for visiting. This site reviews science fiction short stories and gives you links for finding them.

Between Two Books ~ I simply love fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories. And I share my thoughts about the books that I read on this blog.

Bibliophage ~ The Book Eater ~ I love a good mystery, thrillers, techno-thrillers, fantasy, urban fantasy, YA, straight fiction and the occasional classic. I don’t usually read romance, biographies or non-fiction, but I try to never say never

Bibliophile Stalker ~ The World Fantasy Award-nominated speculative fiction blog.

Bibliopunkk Reads ~ primary reading interests are Science Fiction/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Historic Fiction, Fiction, Classics, Young Adult and Intermediate/Middle Grade reading. I do also read Manga and Graphic Novels.

Bibliosanctum ~ A book blog for speculative fiction and graphic novel reviews and more!

Bibliotropic ~ mainly reviews fantasy and speculative fiction as long as the main focus is not on romance.

Big Dumb Object  ~  is a blog about Science Fiction that was started in 2004 and is run by James Bloomer.

Bitches With Books ~ Historical Fiction, Contemporary Literature, Historical, Legend, Dystopian, Caribbean, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Faerie, Mind Fuck, anything except romance. I can handle romance in YA and so on, but I don't do those books with the damsel in distress on the cover

Bitten by Books ~ The focus of the Bitten by Books website is to provide book reviews for all types of paranormal fiction, urban fantasy and horror.

Blogging the Hugo Winners  ~ I'm a historian with a renewed interest in speculative fiction. I've decided to go back to experience and discuss the major award winning novels, films, and TV shows of the genre in chronological order. 

Book Chick City ~ Book Chick City was founded in 2009 and has since grown into one of the most well known book review sites. We have a fabulous team of dedicated book lovers and readers all with different tastes. However, we mainly focus on urban fantasy and all sub-genres of romance.

Book Monkey ~ My name is Emma and I am 24 years old and work as a bookseller for Waterstone’s in Cheltenham. I currently work in the adult fiction department but also have a lot of experience working in the children’s department too, so I often read teen fiction as well as adult fiction.

Book Monster Promotions ~ Whether you're looking to schedule a virtual book tour, an Assistant to help with your day to day workload, a Street Team to help spread the word about your books or promotional materials like bookmarks, postcards and trading cards for an upcoming conference you do not have to look any further. We have it all right here!

The Bookie Monster ~ Genres accepted for review are as follows: Zombie fiction, Horror,     Thriller/Suspense, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal. Will not accept short stories or anthologies.

Books For A Delicate Eternity ~ a haven for lovers of the written word ~ The genre I love to read most is young adult fiction/youth fiction/teen fiction/whatever you like to call it. And within that genre I love fantasy, paranormal, mystery, historical … actually I pretty much like all YA books! 

Books Live Forever ~ I love to read all genres of Young Adult books. Paranormal, romance, dystopia and fantasy for some examples, as long as they are YA books.

Books on The Knob ~ Book Reviews and Bargain reads, along with games, music, computers and technology now and again.

Books Without Any Pictures ~ Book reviews and commentary by an eccentric librarian.

Bookworm Blues ~ I have been a compulsive reader my whole life and early on found my reading niche in the fantastic genre of Speculative Fiction.

Bookwraiths ~ is a blog dedicated to the promotion of Fantasy, Science fiction, Horror, YA/Children’s Books, Graphic Novels and other Speculative Fiction through Book Reviews and Interviews.

Bowing to the Future ~ I’m Lou Anders, the Hugo Award winning editorial director of Pyr Books, as well as the WFC award nominated editor of many critically-acclaimed anthologies. 

British Fantasy Society ~ The association in a social club composed of persons with a common interest in all types of Fantasy literature (Science Fiction, Heroic, Horror, Supernatural and related fields) and associated media, and the encouragement of social intercourse between such persons.

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Candace's Book Blog ~ I read mostly young adult books in every genre. I do read some adult urban fantasy, epic fantasy and historical fiction. I also accept children's picture books and middle grade chapter books. I accept audiobooks in any of these genres.

Cheryl's Mewsings ~ Cheryl Morgan is the editor of Salon Futura and the former non-fiction editor for Clarkesworld Magazine.

Chirenjenzie ~ Chirenjenzie (pronounced Ky-ren-jen-zee) is a group of writers, bloggers, and readers who met on twitter. This is the place where we can honestly voice our opinions on reviews, the publishing industry, and just about anything else!

Civilian Reader ~ My reading preferences run to predominantly fantasy and American political/crime thrillers, but I also will read most other genres and sub-genres.

Club Jade ~ is a group of (mostly) female fans who love Star Wars - Shamelessly indulging in melodramatic space trash since 1995 

Compass Book Ratings ~ With thousands of books published each year, it can be mind-boggling to select a book. Compass Book Ratings’ mission is to provide readers with the ability to target in on the right book for them by age, genre, starred literary review, and especially by content

Confessions of a Book Addict ~ I mostly read young adult books, but also enjoy contemporary fiction and historical fiction.

Crossed Genres ~ ezine ~ CGP is the publisher of Crossed Genres Magazine. The zine works a bit differently than most magazines. Every month, a new genre is chosen as the Current Genre; for that month, all Fiction submissions must combine that genre with some aspect of Science Fiction or Fantasy. The magazine is free to read online, and it published in biannual anthologies (print and ebook)

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DAMIEN G. WALTER ~ is a writer, Guardian columnist and writing teacher. He has bylines for Wired UK, SFX, Aeon magazine and IO9.

Darkeva's Dark Delights ~ Reviews of Dark fantasy,Urban fantasy,Graphic Novels,Horror

Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews ~ Ramblings on bookish matters. Horror and fantasy have the lion’s share, but not exclusively. Occasional interviews, art posts and bumblings

Davebrendon's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog ~ I’m an avid reader -mostly Epic Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Historical fiction.

Deep Genre ~ Writing and Reading. Commerce and Art. Fantasy and Science Fiction. Discuss. Posts by authors Carol Berg, Constance Ash, David Louis Edelman, Kate Elliott, Katharine Kerr, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Laura J. Mixon, Lois Tilton, Madeleine Robins, Sherwood Smith

DivineNanny ~ Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy Book Reviews

Dragons, Heroes and WizardsFantasy Series Book Reviews Featuring Completed Epic Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and High Fantasy Series

Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book Blog ~ Reviews, new releases, cover artists and other fun facts about Fantasy and Science-Fiction books! I'm 22, Belgian, Biochemistry student and book crazy!

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Edi's Book Lighthouse ~ I love to read and write about books - especially fantasy.

E.J. Gold's Galaxy Ezine ~ is the online companion to GalaxyScienceFiction.com: Galaxy Science Fiction has all the info on our paperback publications. On this site, you'll find all sorts of electronic ezine stuff, videos, audio ... on galaxyezine, it's all about media.

E.J. Gold's Galaxy of Science Fiction & Fantasy ~ Who does read Galaxy? Fans who want the Real Thing, and that means reprints of classic sci-fi and fantasy, by the very best authors, writing their stories when science fiction and fantasy were still fun to write and authors could write what they envisioned rather than what simply paid the bills.

Queen Ella Bee Reads ~ is a (mostly) YA book blog. I read almost every genre under the YA umbrella, but my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES are: Contemporary, Fantasy, Steampunk, Retellings (Fairytale, classics or other), Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi. I also especially enjoy books that are contemporary with a hint of paranormal (ie: Before I Fall) and anything with a bit of Greek mythology (ala The Goddess Test series or Percy Jackson). Genres/categories I generally don't like so much are: Erotica, Paranormal, Vampires, (I know this falls under Paranormal, but I really don't like vampires.), Non-Fiction, Short Stories

Eloquent Page (The) ~ I particularly enjoy reading horror, fantasy, science fiction, historical and thrillers, but I am happy to give any genre fiction a go.

Epic Reads ~ Teen Books Online, affiliated with HarperCollins

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Fairyroom ~ We spent a year bringing together a Fantastic world. Art, Collectibles, Fiction and Literature, Costumes, Folklore, Gaming, and much, much more. With over 200 articles to browse, we invite you to either simply start reading or let something catch your fancy on this page.

Falcata Times ~ The Site for News, Author Interviews, Reviews for Sci-fi/Fantasy, Historical, YA, Horror, Crime and many other genres!

Fantastic Reviews Blog ~ Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and more. Featured Book or Magazine of the Week. Story Recommendations. Battle of the Books.

(New) Fantasy Literature ~ We will consider for review any speculative fiction novel published in an SFWA Qualifying Professional Market or analogous UK market.

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog ~ Name says it all....

Fantasy Book Cafe ~ Fantasy Cafe is dedicated to reviewing and discussing speculative fiction books of all kinds – fantasy, science fiction, young adult speculative fiction and some urban fantasy.

Fantasy Book Critic ~ is a website dedicated to the promotion of Fantasy, Science fiction, Horror, YA/Children’s Books and other Speculative Fiction through Book Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways, Virtual Book Tours, Press Releases and more.

Fantasy Book Reader ~ This blog is for book lovers who immerse themselves in reading and find themselves becoming one with the characters. Get acquainted with books new and old. Learn about your favorite authors. Share information on giveaways, book signings, book reviews etc.

Fantasy Matters ~  we are dedicated to one very basic idea—fantasy literature matters.  Why does it matter?  Well, for starters, it matters to us.  We love The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Sandman comics.  We think Star Wars and Blade Runner are some of the best movies ever made.  We can’t wait to read the next book by Stephen King and Pat Rothfuss, and you can bet that we’re watching whatever Joss Whedon comes up with next.

Fantasy Review Barn ~ A joint blog to provide a diverse set of reviews (and occasional second opinion) of speculative fiction. We hope that combining allows us to read what we enjoy, at our pace, and still provide a good stream of reviews.

FantasyBookReview.co.uk blog ~All books are read, reviewed, categorized and awarded a rating between 0 and 10. These ratings then determine who and what appears in the list of the Top 100 Fantasy Books. At time of writing the number of books that have been read and reviewed stands at well over 1,000.

Far Beyond Reality ~ is a science fiction and fantasy review blog written and maintained by Stefan Raets. The blog’s main focus is book reviews, but will occasionally also feature news items, interviews, and other SFF-related ramblings.

Fixed on Fantasy ~ I read and enjoy fantasy novels and this does not usually extend to science fiction or fantasy sub-genres such as urban fantasy.

From A Sci-Fi Standpoint ~ Welcome to my little corner of the web, devoted to my love of science fiction

Futurewired ~ is a new blog focusing on speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, cyberpunk, weird fiction, slipstream and other related topics.

Fyrefly's Book Blog ~ I read a variety of books in most genres, although my favorites are fantasy and sci-fi, young adult fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction (especially science and microhistories).

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(New) Gav Reads | Reading For Myself ~ GavReads (GR) is a blog of book reviews, cover art, thoughts, and general reading love. It’s run by Gavin C Pugh, a 30-something reader and writer from Cardiff, Wales. ~ The focus of GR is mainly science fiction, fantasy and crime though more literary titles occasionally slip in. Occasionally it features thoughts on publishing as this affects the types of books that are available.

Good Show Sir ~ Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers

Graeme's SFF ~ Still somewhere in the heart of London and still reading away...

Grasping for the Wind ~ science fiction and fantasy news and reviews

Gripping BooksI am a software engineer who likes to read speculative fiction and any other book I may lay my eyes on.

Guild Of Dreams ~ Build Your World and They Will Come

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Headed for Alien Territory ~ one vintage science fiction paperback at a time

Holdfast Magazine ~ is a free, quarterly, speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic. We interpret speculative fiction as an umbrella term for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Utopian, Urban fantasy, Alt History, Dystopian, Apocalyptic, Post-apocalyptic...and as many odd, weird and bizarre variations herein.

Hugo+Nebula Science Fiction Review Project ~ no about page or description available

Hugo Award Rundown ~ I'm reading through every novel to win the Hugo Award. The Hugo is the biggest award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. I hope to track the evolution of the genre, thoughts on technology, and just have a good read.

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It doesn't have to be right… it just has to sound plausible I review books for Interzone, I curate the SF Mistressworks site, and I write my own fiction. I am represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

it's dark in the dark ~ dark culture, movies, books, toys, papercraft.

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Kata Chimes In: My Continuing Adventures in Literature and Life ~ I love to learn and to read. I am fascinated by the topic of change.

Kelsey's Cluttered BookshelfMy favourite genres are fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, & post-apocalyptic. I read mostly young adult books, but this blog will host reviews by any fiction books that interest me.

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Literary Escapism ~ is a book review site that features paranormal and fantasy literature including, but not limited to: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, YA Paranormal/Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk and Romance.

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Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review ~ I read books and wear hats. Usually in that order and sometimes both at the same time, although I do not yet have a designated reading hat. I'm a voracious reader of all types of books although I lean towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi. My current favorite sub-genres are Urban Fantasy and Steampunk. 

Mad Hatter Reads ~ features reviews of Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult
MentatJack ~ My personal passion is for the stories told by and associated with speculative fiction, particularly science fiction.

Mighty Knitting Chick ~ I love reading YA, dystopian fiction, but crime thrillers and romance novels are also fun.

Missions Unknown ~ A forum for San Antonio-based sf/fantasy/horror literary and art professionals, aspiring pros, professional geeks, and fans to convene, discuss, and celebrate the making and enjoyment of books, art, comics, and experience related to the fantastic arts.

Mithril Wisdom - Geek Culture blog ~ I started Mithril Wisdom back in late 2009 as a means of reviewing the massive pile of fantasy books I had on my bookcase and to give me some sanity while studying for my Egyptology Master’s Degree.

Musings on FantasiaExploring all things fantastical, one alternate world at a time... ~ I am a fiction writer that writes across three genres: scifi/fantasy, crime drama, and historical fiction. This blog is dedicated to all things fantastical. I especially love dystopia and high fantasy, but I explore all kinds of things that fall within the realm of fantasy. (Author Liesel K. Hill) 

My Two Blessings ~ I love to read and started reviewing books during my first challenge, the Spring Reading Challenge hosted by another blogger. After I wrote that first review, I was hooked. My reading tastes are rather eclectic and I'm enjoying discovering many new to me authors.  For the 5th year in a row I am hosting a reading challenge  Read 52 Books in 52 Week.

My Shelf Confessions ~ April and Tabitha (Pabkins) read and review a wide range of genres both YA and adult.

Mystic Scribes ~ The Art of Fantasy Storytelling ~Mythic Scribes is a community of fantasy writers who are passionate about storytelling. We provide a platform for new and aspiring authors, as well as a meeting place for writers and fans of the genre.

Mythical Creatures ~ Delve into the world of mythology. Read lost folktales, read about paranormal sightings and learn about the myths that have inspired fantasy worlds. From Vampires, Ghosts, Dragons, Elves, Fairies, Demons, paranormal beings and fantasy like creatures you will find them all here.

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nerds of a feather, flock together ~ all things nerdy and nerd related--science fiction, fantasy, comics, cult films, video games and related stuff from the real world. Since 2012.

Neth Space ~ Enter into neth space and you will find thoughts and reviews of books and other media that fit the general definition of speculative fiction. This includes the various genres and sub-genres of fantasy, science fiction, epic fantasy, high fantasy, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, new weird, magical realism, cyberpunk, urban fantasy, slipstream, horror, alternative history, sf noir, etc. Thoughts are my own, i'm certainly not a professional, just an avid reader avoiding his day job.

New worlds and some that are dead ~ A blog about fantasy literature, comics and a little bit of youth literature

NextRead ~ The focus of GR is mainly science fiction, fantasy and crime though more literary titles occasionally slip in. Occasionally it features thoughts on publishing as this affects the types of books that are available.

No Cloaks Allowed ~  is about recognizing diversity in readers and reading of science fiction and fantasy (including horror). It’s not about making someone read differential if they don’t want to but it’s hoped that after reading the posts and listening to the podcasts you’ll see that readers of SF and F, and what they choose to read, varies widely.

Nora Bay's Fiction Cafe ~ Law student/currently writing a YA dystopian. YA book blogger. Can't function w/out coffee. Prepared for zombie apocalypse

Novel Tea ~Diana is a phosphorescent substance that glows in the dark. She likes raiding Barnes and Noble like books could somehow be the key to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. No, seriously, who says they can't? She reads mostly YA fiction, often refers to herself in the third person, and regularly updates this blog with reviews of what she reads.

Novels on the Run ~ I didn't find a specific description but looking at what has been reviewed they cover a wide range of genres.

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OF Blog of the Fallen ~ Eclectic and striving never to follow paths into ruts, the OF Blog focuses on essays, reviews, interviews, and other odds and ends that might be of interest to fans of both literary and speculative fiction. Now with a cute owl for your enjoyment.

Old Bat's Belfry ~ Companion Blog to Dragons, Heroes and Wizards Featuring Single Fantasy Book Reviews, News and Author Interviews

Omni Reboot (ezine) ~ At the intersection of science, technology, art, culture, design, and metaphysics, OMNI Reboot is a rag for the gonzo seeker. On our quest for truth, we speculate about tomorrow, uncover hidden realities, and live to make our readers dream and wonder. We’re a free-rolling resource in a terrifying, wonderful, metamorphosing world.

Omphalos' SF Book Reviews ~ This is my attempt at documenting the merits of the English language’s best science fiction stories, both new and old. 

On Starships and Dragonwings ~ I review mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction books. I focus on a summary and list style review so that you can find the books you are interested in fast. I try to post at least two reviews a week, as well as other fun posts through out the week.

Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy ~ No Description Available

Over The Effing Rainbow ~ Pot o' books. Science Fiction, Fantasy and Hey, That Sounds Interesting ...

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Pat's Fantasy Hotlist ~ Fantasy and science fiction and speculative fiction book reviews, author interviews, bestseller news, contests and giveaways, etc. Enjoy!

Phantoms and Monsters ~ Pulse of the paranormal

Pornokitsch ~ Since 2008, Pornokitsch has been gleefully chatting about geek culture - with a focus on books, movies, games, comics and television. Our mission is to treat genre fiction seriously and examine it thoroughly, for better or for worse.

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Rapid Reads ~ Reviews of urban fantasy and paranormal romance books with a focus on all things werewolf.

Rainy Day Ramblings ~ This blog will focus mainly on books in the Paranormal/Supernatural genre both adult and young adult. However, since variety is the spice of life I will review books from other genres such as; Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction, Fantasy, Chick-Lit some Horror; mainly Stephen King, Mystery/Crime/Thrillers, Cozy Mysteries, Urban Fantasy, Comedy and some Science Fiction and perhaps a Romance.

Ravenous Reads ~ Reviews, Ramblings, and the Recently Released ~ Reviews of Horror, Bizarro, Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Read, Breathe, Relax ~ is very niche specific blog, and I only review books that fall into the categories of young adult fantasy and science fiction or straight up fantasy.

Read Fantasy ~ Dedicated to providing readers with access to free fantasy ebooks.)

Readers in Wonderland ~ This is a young adult review blog, so we stay in the young adult genre, no exception. We tend not to read non-fiction. We also enjoy reading graphic novels and Manga.

Reading Teen: Parental Book Reviews
Reading Teen: Blog ~ We are a small group of moms, grandmas, young adults and teens who share a love for reading and want to share that love with other teens, young adults and parents.

Realms Of Speculative Fiction ~ We started with the project of this blog - Realms of Speculative Fiction - to review and promote genre literature, as well as disseminate relevant information concerning the fields of science fiction and fantasy while going about it with the aim to be as indiscriminate and objective as possible.

Red Headed Femme ~ ...feminism, politics, books, writing... whatever floats your boat.

Resources for Science Fiction Writers ~ as the name says...

RevolutionSF ~ a free online magazine spotlighting the best in imaginative entertainment

Rinn Reads ~ Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Non-Fiction (particularly travel), Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Dystopia/Apocalyptic, Mythology, most likely other genres not listed here. I generally do not read Romance (as a genre by itself, sometimes I'll read it mixed with others, for example Historical Romance), Poetry, Erotic, Christian, or books with especially graphic violence. I also do not review children's or picture books - my youngest age range is Young Adult, or Middle Grade at a push.

Robot-Zombie Revolution ~ SF/Fantasy and Horror reviews for readers who don't like to waste their money on bad books.

Rob's Blog o' Stuff ~ Ramblings on SFF and assorted topics

RT Book Reviews ~ RT BOOK REVIEWS Magazine reviews every romance published and rates it but it also reviews over 100 books in various other genres.

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S. Krishna's Books ~ By day, I'm an editor and book reviewer, and by night, I review books on this blog.

Sci Fi Songs ~ John Anealio performs geeky anthems for writers, librarians, lovers of Sci-Fi, Best Buy customers & robots. His music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer & James Taylor playing Dungeons & Dragons together on their iPhones.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Planet ~ from space operas to super heroes to magic to mythology. If it's querky, weird, or a little bit different from the norm, it just may be covered here as well.

SciFi Chick ~ Life-long SciFi fan, portrait artist, and avid reader of all genres.

Sci-Fi Fan Letter ~ Reviews of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels by Jessica Strider, a bookseller at the World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, Canada. A monthly listing of upcoming fantasy and science fiction books, themed reading lists and author interviews.

SciFiGuy.ca ~ Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction and fantasy

SciFi Media ~ We like science fiction. We like reading it, listening to it, watching it, creating it, and in Steve's case living it

SciFi UK Review ~ Speculative Fiction Reviews

ScifiWard ~ As a proud nerd and lover of all things Science Fiction, I thought I would start a new website dedicated to all things geeky and cool. There is a general blog where I will waffle endlessly about things that interest me. There are also film, book, and game reviews.

ScienceFiction and Other ODDysseysWe ONLY REVIEW SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY books and media, and interview SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY authors, agents, editors, producers and publishers.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations  ~ reviews of 40s-70s sci-fi + classic/pulp cover art ruminations

SF and F Reading Experience ~ highlights the most entertaining and rewarding science fiction and fantasy, with emphasis on memorable reader experience, not necessarily general acceptance by the critics. It lists more than 10,000 works of fiction, all rated and some reviewed. 

SF REVIEWS.NET ~ Welcome to SF REVIEWS.NET, where discriminating readers of SF and fantasy will find in-depth reviews of hundreds of books both new and old

SF Signal ~ 2012-2013 Hugo Award Winner for Best Fanzine.SF Signal reviews just about anything that has to do with science fiction

SF Site ~  is composed of many pieces. Twice a month since July 1997, we have posted a mixture of book reviews, opinion pieces, author interviews, fiction excerpts, author and publisher reading lists and a variety of other features. At the same time, we've maintained a comprehensive list of links to author and fan tribute sites, SF conventions, SF TV and movies, magazines and e-zines, writer resources, publishers and small press sites and many other SF resources.

SFBook Reviews ~ is a non profit book review site primarily aimed at the Science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. We strive to feature the very best in Science fiction, fantasy and speculative novels with personal, unique and constructive online book reviews.

SFcrowsnest ~ Everything that's good for geeks and nice for nerds

SFF Audio ~ was created in 2003 by Scott Danielson and Jesse Willis. Our goal was to tell the world about the cool stuff we were listening to. Since then we’ve added a bunch more contributors, reviewers, and even an editor! We think audio is the best medium for Science Fiction literature and drama. We’re not against the dead tree, cathode ray, and celluloid versions, we just know them to be the inferior medium for transmission of story, mood, and ideas.

SFF Outpost ~ SFF Outpost is dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy and all the thing that matter. We’re trying to bring you the latest news, reviews on new stuff and interesting articles so that your day won’t be boring. This Outpost is made for all of you, guys, who love sci-fi and fantasy books, films, tv-shows and games. For all of you who let imagination drive you to the fabulous worlds and live thousands different lives instead of one that is gray and monotonous. Yeah, that one with 8-hour working day and hangover on weekends.
Shae Has Left the RoomI like to read young adult and middle grade books the best, though I’ve picked up a few adult books when they strike my fancy. Of all the wonderful genres out there in the big, blue world, I prefer fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, and magical realism the best, though I will gladly try anything that is known for being different, tricky, or mind-bending.

Ski-Ffy ~ SF Art, Pulps, Paperbacks and MoreSkiffy and Fanty ShowA SF/F podcast hosted by @shaunduke and @loopdilou featuring interviews, discussions, bad movie reviews, and a liberal dose of humor. Subscribe if you dare!

Slightly Foxed ~ Blog for Fantasy & Historical Fiction, YA and the occasional musings about Thrillers and Horror

Space and Sorcery ~ Books are my vice and speculative fiction my preferred medium for indulging that vice. Science fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy are my favorite genres. Please no Military Sci-fi, Vampire and/or Werewolf UF or extreme violence.

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Spiral Galaxy Review ~ Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, and Non-Fiction.I'm currently an editor at Locus magazine and a regular contributor at SFSignal and Strange Horizons.

Spirit Called ~ As a dedicated acolyte of fantasy, I love all flavors. Urban, Epic, Contemporary, Dark, Paranormal, S and S, High. My writing passion is Urban/Contemporary but I dabble in Epic and I am always on the lookout for new writers.

Staffer’s Book Review ~ Reviews books with speculative themes, be they science fiction, fantasy, horror, or just generally screwed in the head.

Stainless Steel Droppings ~ Posts may heavily favor things that could be lumped into the science fiction and fantasy genre, but you are just as likely to find reviews of classic literature, contemporary non-genre fiction, and independent films as well as musings on the kind of everyday things that make life the amazing experience it is.

Stomping on Yeti ~ Stomping on Yeti deals primarily with books and the publishing industry, mostly in the Speculative Fiction genres.

Strange Horizons ~ ezine ~ is a magazine of and about speculative fiction and related nonfiction. Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika. Work published in Strange Horizons has been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Rhysling, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards.

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Tale Chasing ~ is a blog for writers and readers of urban fantasy!

Tales of a Gemsinger ~ Watch an aspiring fantasy writer's thought process as she works to create an original series all on her own.

Tangent Online ~ezine ~ the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy since 1993

Tattered Scroll ~ News, Reviews, and Opinions on Fantasy and Espionage Books

Tea and Book ~ Reviews Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Indie Authors

Tethyan Books ~ Reviews of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels by a finicky physicist.

The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia ~ I review young adult, middle grade, fantasy, sci-fi, and children’s fiction regularly, with the occasional foray into travel and food lit in non-fiction.

The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy ~ Reviews of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mysteries and Espionage

The Book Smugglers ~ Our preferred genres are Speculative Fiction (Horror, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction), Young Adult (Speculative Fiction/Paranormal and Contemporary), with the occasional Romance novel (Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary). This does not, however, mean that we will not consider books from other genres! We love graphic novels, manga, mysteries, historical fiction, and will consider any book with a great synopsis.

The Enchanted Inkpot ~ The Enchanted Inkpot is a community for writers and readers of high, historical, traditional and cross-genre fantasy intended for middle-grade and young adult readers.

The Founding Fields ~ Book Reviews, Fiction News, Author Interviews, Guest Articles, Giveaways and MORE!

The Galaxy Express ~ Adventures in science fiction romance

The Guilded Earlobe ~ Audio Reviews of Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Legal Thrillers, Police Procedurals, Modern Detective, Military Science Fiction, Space Opera, Urban Fantasy, Alternate History

The Half-Strung Harp ~ is a place where I review books, mainly those of the fantasy fiction genre. The name of the blog is borrowed

The James Review ~ I mostly read and review: Fantasy–historical fantasy, epic fantasy, mythic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy (more American Gods, His Dark Materials, or Harry Potter than Twilight), Science Fiction–steampunk, cyberpunk, alternate history, far future, and the occasional Young Adult, mostly in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and the occasional Graphic Novel or collected comic series.

The King of Elfland's Second Cousin ~ By night, I’m a voracious reader and writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror. I love mythology, anthropology monographs, manga, comic books, and pretty much anything else that I can lay my hands on.

The Little Red Reviewer ~ Redhead is a snarky, non-politically correct 30-something who reviews mostly science fiction and fantasy and talks about all sorts of other fun scifi and fantasy geekery.

The Ranting Dragon ~ a website focused on providing fantasy fans with interesting news and reviews on all the genre has to offer. Our mission at The Ranting Dragon is to help you choose the next fantasy book you pick up by offering reviews of recent and past releases and by featuring books in our news articles that you never would have known existed. While we mainly focus on publishing articles about fantasy books, we do, on occasion, cover other mediums from graphic novels to fantasy-themed movies.

The Speculative Salon ~ R.J. Garside, Paranormal Romance -Ella Gray, Urban Fantasy - Elizabeth W. Gibson, YA Fantasy -M.M.V. Hamilton, Steampunk and Short Fiction -Marsha A. Moore, Fantasy Romance -Marilyn Muniz, Epic Fantasy

The Speculative Scotsman ~ Reviews, News, And Interviews About All Things Weird

The Wertzone ~ A British science fiction and fantasy fan of film, books and computer games.

The World in the Satin Bag ~ is about much more than writing and fanciful writing dreams. It includes book and movie reviews, interviews with authors, literary analyses, discussions of genre, publishing, and all things related, humorous lists, and much more.

Thirst for Fiction ~ A YA Review Blog. Founded in 2009 by Rhys, ThirstforFiction offers book reviews, author interviews and book giveaways as well as the occasional book news or meme participation.

(New) Tia Nevitt ~ My name is Tia Nevitt, and I write fantasy and science fiction stories that take place anywhere but here, anywhen but now. I am also an active blogger, and I post book reviews, writing tips, occasional technology reviews, and assorted nostalgic musings. Plus I host book discussions, author guests and interviews, and whatever else seems fun. 

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Val's Random Comments ~ What you'll find here is mostly reviews. I aim to review everything I read, which at the moment is mostly science fiction, fantasy and the occasional historical novel.

Variety SF ~ Trying to figure out science fiction

Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic ~ Book reviews and commentary.

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Walker of Worlds ~ I like to read science fiction: the more, the better! There's something about the ideas that can be used in that genre that grabs my attention and won't let go.

Wands and Worlds ~ I review fantasy and science fiction for children and teens. Most of the books I review fall into the middle grade or YA categories.

We Love Horror ~ We love the Scariest Stuff on Earth!

Website at the End of the Universe ~ We love science fiction as much as you do.

Weirdmage's Reviews ~ Book blog focusing on Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror.

Where is Wallis? ~ The topics I am most interested in reviewing are... Adult: Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Adult: Contemporary, Fantasy & Science Fiction Word Tipping ~ Fantasy and Science Fiction book reviews and opinions - Spoilers

Worlds Without EndWorlds Without End is a fan web site, and a growing online community, dedicated to identifying, reading and sharing the best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror novels the genre has to offer. We don't want you to ever have to read a bad book again.

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YA Fantasy Book JunkiesHeather will read and review any YOUNG ADULT book that falls in the genre of Urban Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance and Dystopia.  Chynna will read and review any Manga/Graphic Novels.

Young Adult Fantasy ~ Just a couple (or more than that) of authors writing young adult fantasy. We like fantastical worlds where teens are running around getting into trouble.

Your Shelf Life ~ Award-winning Author Sandy Nathan's Blog for Readers, Writers and Everyone in Between. Exploring the Joy of Life with Books.

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Zach’s YA Review ~ This blog is mainly a YA (Young Adult) book review blog, though I do review Middle Grade and Adult books every now and again, but those will be labeled accordingly


If you know of any blogs or websites (including your own) that should be included drop me a comment and I'll see that it is added!




Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Last Dark (Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Book 4) by Stephen R. Donaldson

Mulluane | Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 1 Comment so far

By Stephen R. Donaldson



Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as "the Land." Now they face their final crisis.

Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power--and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World’s End from unmaking Time.

Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

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Last Dark (Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Book 4) by Stephen R. Donaldson
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The Last Dark
| ISBN-10: 0399159207
| ISBN-13: 9780399159206
| Hardcover Edition: 592 pages
| Genre: Epic Fantasy-Dark Fantasy
| Source: Librarything/Putnam/Review Requested
| Cover Design: Meighan Cavanaugh
| First Edition (October 15, 2013)
| Publisher: Putnam Adult
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| Rating: 5 Stars

Epic Fantasy ARC Review by Mulluane

My Thoughts. I don't remember exactly when I discovered Lord Foul's Bane, the first book in this extensive series, but I do know it was shortly after graduating high school. In the ensuing years since, this series has become like a familiar friend. It has both taught and reassured me that when people make mistakes, bad choices, or commit unforgivable acts, redemption and forgiveness are still possible. It was never a comfortable series to read but the lessons taught were priceless.

Finally the series has reached its conclusion and what an ending! Just like the series as a whole, this concluding book is a dark, tense, twisting, turning, page flipping adventure that keeps you guessing right up until the last pages. Just like its predecessors, this book has wisdom to impart, moral dilemmas to explore, plus tragedy and triumph in equal measures. Long after finishing the last page, you will find yourself pondering the choices made, the actions taken and the resulting consequences. This is truly a drama that will grab you and never let you go.

What I liked. It is hard to put into words everything I love about this tale. This is more than a story, it is a full-fledged journey on many many levels. Nothing is taboo. Faith is compared to despair, loyalty to betrayal, self-doubt to self-revelation, possession to free choice, fear to courage, and love to loss. This book evoked in me every strong emotion possible. I laughed, I teared up, I cheered, I got angry, I got frustrated, I even caught my foot swinging back and forth as I held my breath waiting on the outcome of a tense scene. I did not just read this book, I lived it.

While I will not discuss the ending in any type of detail I will say it satisfied. I will also note that at no point during the book did I have a clue about how it would end. This is not, nor has it ever been, a story with easy answers and sometimes there are no answers at all. Instead there is often nothing but blind, unwavering faith and the knowledge that on occasion doing something, even if it is wrong, is better than doing nothing at all.

I'd also like to note that this is some of the tightest writing I have ever seen. No words are wasted. Five words are never used where three will suffice. It occurred to me as I read this book that the concise, to the point nature of the writing added immeasurably to the overall tensions inherent to the plots. Interesting enough though, on the few occasions where places of unsurpassed beauty are portrayed, these same short phrases were amazingly expressive. I was impressed to say the least.

What didn't I like? The same tension that makes this book such a page turner is also its greatest weakness. Over the years characters have been added and subtracted with more of the former than the latter. In the early years of this series we mainly had Thomas Covenant plus the companions and enemies he made along the way. As the series progressed, more primary characters were added with their own challenges, friends and enemies. The end result was a very busy conclusion with a lot of ground to cover. It was a bit overwhelming at times. This is not helped by the fact that the entire series was 35 years in the making. Despite the "What has gone before" section included at the beginning of the book, I found myself reaching for memories of previous books in order to fully understand what was going on now. I did not always succeed.

The only other thing that bothered me is very minor but annoying nonetheless. Stephen R. Donaldson is obviously a highly educated man. Now I like to think that I have a fairly good vocabulary but he continuously proved me wrong. There are a lot of words in this book that I had to look up because I honestly had never encountered them before and the sentence did not give me enough clues to puzzle out their meaning. Time spent looking up words like sendaline, pellucid and obdurate, jerked me out of the story. Granted I learned new words, which is always a good thing, but only useful if I ever have ocassion to see them again.

Conclusion. If you like dark fantasy that explores deep psychological issues, where you get to know the characters on an intimate level, and where no sacrifice is too great as long as you are fighting to preserve what you love, this is the series for you. If, on the other hand, you have read everything up to this point, I think you will revel in discovering how everything turns out. Either way, this is a series I have always thought belonged on every Epic, Dark Fantasy book shelf and this satisfying conclusion cements that opinion. I do wish to reiterate a necessary caution, this is not a book you can read without reading the previous books in the series. While it does have a good recap at the beginning, it does not cover everything you need to know in order to enjoy this novel. That being said, I highly recommend both this book, and the entire series.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Interview - Jennifer Fallon - Author of Riftrunners and Hythrun Chronicles

Mulluane | Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 3 Comments so far

(Wacky Interview Series)


In case you missed the first interviews in this series, here is the deal...I read alot of author interviews and they are good, informative, and interesting but rarely tell me all that much about an author's personality. I often find myself thinking, "Well that's all good and everything but I want to know more about the real live person behind the book!"

So, I decided to conduct a "fun" interview; something that will give my readers a good laugh and be fun for the authors. You will not find serious questions covering books, publishing, writing or future plans. Instead you will get a chance to see how they react to a bunch of crazy questions and scenarios.

This time around I asked Jennifer Fallon, author of Riftrunners, 
The Tide Lords QuadrilogySecond Sons and Hythrun Chronicles, if she would consent to do one of these. To my delight, she agreed! So, I sent her the 10 wacky questions, plus the 2 bonus substitutes and like those before her, she answered all 12. So here for your reading pleasure is a look inside of the mind of Jennifer Fallon...


1) Which magical power would you like to have and why?

I already have one. I can always find a carpark out the front of where I want to go. It is a superpower. People marvel at my awesomeness and make me drive whenever we are going somewhere likely to be crowded.
2) What would you do if you had a time machine?

Go back in time and buy shares in Microsoft.
3) What was your funniest/most interesting encounter with a fan?

The fan who wrote telling me he had a sequel plot ready for me for the Demon Child Trilogy, asking where should he send it so he could collect his cheque? He thought the only reason I hadn't written one yet was because I couldn't think of an idea, but he had, and seriously believed that was all that was holding me back. And that he should get paid.
4) If you had a chance to spend some time with one mythical being, what would it be and why?

God. Just so I could ask him how he managed to convince people he's prepared to influence the results of a football match but won't doing anything about chemical weapons used on innocent people, natural disasters or allowing the Kardashians to become so ridiculously rich and famous.
5) If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first thing you would ask them?

Hey, dudes, can I borrow your ride?
6) What quirky habit do you have that often gets you teased by your peers or family?

I am easily distracted by shiny things.
7) What did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer.
8) If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you be and why?

A cat. They are the ultimate killing machines. They are soft and cuddly. They are athletic. They sleep 80% of the time. And they don't have to eat vegetables. Also, I'd like to live at my house, because the cats here (all 7 of them) are spoiled rotten and get fed really well.
9.) My readers want to know what you had for breakfast. Not sure why exactly...

Coffee… more coffee… and a ham and cheese toastie which tasted disgusting because I am allergic to wheat and gluten free bread, even when it's toasted with ham and cheese, tastes like arse.
10) Why in the world did you consent to doing this wacky interview? I mean there is not one question here about your books, your writing or your future plans!

I'm procrastinating. I'm supposed to be proofreading a How to Write Bestselling Characterization book. It's due out next week so I'd better get my finger out!

Bonus Questions!


11) Who is your favorite comedian or cartoon character and why?

Wylie E Coyote is my hero, because it doesn't matter how many times you knock him down, he always gets up and tries again, and he always thinks he can win.
12) How would you describe your sense of humor?

Twisted.


Thanks to Jennifer Fallon for consenting to do this interview!



Be sure to look for Jennifer Fallon's new book: How to write a Bestseller: Characterization

And her Urban Fantasy series Rift Runners: The Undivided | The Dark Divide | Reunion 

Plus you can connect with Jennifer Fallon on her Facebook Page or on Twitter


You can also find more info on her books here: Jennifer's website.

In addition, if you are interested in Jennifer Fallon's books you can read my reviews of Second Sons and 
Hythrun Chronicles plus find other useful links here:

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards

or read my recent review of Undivided.

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