Tag Archives: Fantasy

Five Star Book Reviews: Underlord

Underlord by Will Wight Imagine that self improvement, pursued assiduously enough, gave you the ability to throw fireballs. Maybe if you throw big enough fireballs, you’ll be put in a position to understand *why* you want to throw them in … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Unsong

WOW. Uh… one-sentence summary… “Apollo 8 crashed into the heavenly crystal sphere surrounding the Earth and cracked it.” Or “A disgraced kabalist working for an international theonomics corporation runs afoul of the UN agency in charge of policing the use … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: The City of Brass

A street rat in Ottoman Cairo feels like she’s someone special. She can heal supernaturally quickly and speak every language, including one she’s never heard anyone else use. During one ambitious scam, she uses this personal language to spice up … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Redemption’s Blade

Redepmtion’s Blade by Adrien Tchaikovski Wow. Finally, the thoughtful, exciting, trope-subverting collision of fantasy and speculative biology I’ve been waiting for. So you’ve got your standard Tolkienian fantasy world with humans, elves, and demigods versus a Dark Lord and his … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Unsouled

Unsouled by Will Wight When clans and schools compete use the magical Sacred Arts to compete for esteem and power, what use is a boy born without magic? Nothing. Lindon grows up with no help at all from anyone outside … Continue reading

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Shiftin’ shapes!

Yesterday I asked for writing prompts, and Lew Delport responded: “Shapeshifters with language that changes according to shape” and upon follow-up questioning: “No idea, you’re the writer! Seasonal, maybe?” So I got to thinking: V. nonhuman idea: alien sophonts go through … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Wada Junko

(first)(previous) Make me a lawbender All equalized Saved from the chill and heat — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” KoInu-chan reached out of the camera’s frame and grabbed the pillow shaped like the Earth. She smiled at the off-camera friend who had … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Jody Ann

(first)(previous) “Lightbringer Tamer of night Blossom of hours unleashed” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Nothing ever surprised Jody Ann Farewell. She had walked out of her flat in Kingston, scanned the street, and found the red-plate taxi that would take her … Continue reading

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Five Factor Warriors: Karim

(Previous) “Cloudraker Cloudraker, share your finds All your wonders at my demand.” — Vienna Teng, “Landsailor” Karim Narimani found the answer to his prayers in a pile of trash. In this case, the prayer was, “please, God, give me something … Continue reading

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My Little Pony

You might remember last week when I made up a language for My Little Pony. The process taught me a lot, but what matters is I got a pretty good grammar and lexicon for the Proto-Pony language. In any case, … Continue reading

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