Author Archives: James Starke

The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1

When the graphic novel adaption of New Spring, the prequel to the epic Wheel of Time series, was released on January 18th, it was well received here at the Ranting Dragon. Having loved that, we’re even more thrilled to be able to review the first volume of The Eye of the World Graphic Novel, the comic adaption of the first novel in ... Read More »

Spellbound (Spellwright #2) by Blake Charlton

This review contains minor spoilers of Spellwright, which is reviewed here. Set ten years after the events in Spellwright,  Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley and is now in the city of Avel, still pursuing the demon Typhon in an attempt to recover the Emerald of Aarahest, which contains the other part of his soul and the cure to ... Read More »

Review of DC Comics’ New 52: Green Arrow

Oliver Queen is the man behind Queen Industries, a leader in “every aspect of civilized life.” However, Ollie, as he likes to be called, doesn’t care much for the corporate intrigue; instead, he prefers to use his free time—along with his nearly unlimited resources—to hunt down people who use their powers for less than noble purposes. Currently, he’s in Paris tracking down a ... Read More »

Review of DC Comics’ New 52: O.M.A.C.

As a newcomer to the DC universe, I knew absolutely nothing about O.M.A.C. However, a quick Google search indicated that it is a group of powerful cyborgs first created in June of 2005. This issue focuses on one in particular, a man who appears to be cybernetically controlled through some means and is being used as a weapon for someone ... Read More »

Review of DC Comics’ New 52: Action Comics

Everyone has at least heard of Superman. He’s been around for over 70 years and has infiltrated pop culture on so many occasions that he’s a household name. He is the quintessential superhero that we all root for. However, for those that want to get to know more about The Man of Steel, the DC Comics Reboot provides just that opportunity ... Read More »

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Following the events in The Magicians, Quentin and his friends Eliot, Janet and Julia are living the high life in Fillory as kings and queens of their magical kingdom. They have no real responsibilities, so naturally, they spend their time having as much fun as they can in their new-found utopia. Quentin, as usual, is restless. He wants a real ... Read More »

The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell

Any time a spell is cast, bramble will sprout up somewhere in the world. Bramble that cuts and promises a poisonous sleep to any who don’t give it a wide enough berth. There’s no way to predict where the vines might pop up, it might sprout on your house or a thousand miles away. This bramble has slowly wrought decay upon ... Read More »

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is a genius on his way to an assured Ivy League education, but he’s depressed with the way that his life is going. He distracts himself from his misery by dreaming of Fillory, a land that exists in a popular series of children’s novels that he adored as a child and still reads often, wishing that he could ... Read More »

Island of Icarus by Christine Danse

Island of Icarus by Christine Danse is a gay romance with a bit of steampunk mixed in. The novella follows Jonathan, a man who recently lost a portion of his arm and most of his previous life with it. Jonathan is sent by the dean of his university to recuperate on the Galápagos Islands, as Jonathan hasn’t been himself since the ... Read More »

Genesis of Oblivion Giveaway!

We recently reviewed the first two books in the Genesis of Oblivion Saga by Maxwell Alexander Drake: Farmers and Mercenaries and Mortals and Deities. We thought they were superb novels that the world just didn’t know enough about, so we talked with the publisher, Imagined Interprises Inc, and we’ve worked out a fantastic giveaway to introduce you to the series! We will ... Read More »