Op-ed Articles

Guest Post by Sunstone Author Freya Robertson: Cycles


Somebody asked me (jokingly, I think) on Twitter the other day whether I could sum up my new epic fantasy, Sunstone, in one word. I was, like, uh… no, not really. How can you condense 160,000 words into one? Epic? Or maybe… fantasy? He pressed me, though, so I trawled through a variety in my head. Adventure? Courage? Battle? Medieval? ... Read More »

The Hobbit is The Great Fantasy Novel!

After nearly two months of nominations, The Ranting Dragon’s search for The Great Fantasy Novel is almost at an end. All that remains is to decide which of the nominations deserves to win the title of The Great Fantasy Novel. Two months of searching have accumulated eighteen nominations—twelve made by authors, bloggers, and Ranting Dragon writers, as well as six ... Read More »

The Great Fantasy Novel Nomination: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

The next nomination comes from Jared Shurin, one of the editors of the amazing genre blog Pornokitsch. . “I have no prejudices against taking art seriously, and don’t forget that I started this conversation. The key words to bear in mind when thinking how to answer my question are ‘themes’, ‘technique’ and ‘aesthetics’.” This is how Motley, a crime lord ... Read More »

Things That Bug Me About Books

From the cynical bastard who brought you “Things That Bug Me About Fantasy” comes a new list of complaints about things I find annoying in writing and publishing in general. As per usual, these complaints are my personal subjective opinion only, and also as usual, I welcome and encourage agreement, disagreement, and apathy with just enough interest to post about ... Read More »

I for One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

DISCLAIMER: As always, my opinion pieces reflect only my own personal opinions, and do not necessarily reflect those of Ranting Dragon or any other staff member. As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this piece, I’m here to talk to you today about the publishing house Angry Robot and why, in my opinion, they are the best speculative fiction ... Read More »

The Great Fantasy Novel Nomination: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin

Our next nomination comes from The John Campbell Award for Best New Writer Nominee Max Gladstone (2013), author of Three Parts Dead. . The definite article’s the problem.  That one word, three letters, rhymes with tree, is a sneaky bugger, prion of the question world, tiny, easy to miss, impossible to cure, slides into an otherwise normal sentence and turns ... Read More »

The Great Fantasy Novel Nomination: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, first published in 1937, celebrated its 75th birthday (if you will), in September of 2012—a clear testament to its immense staying power. The Hobbit might seem antiquated or simplistic to a modern reader picking it up for the first time, but it hasn’t lost any of its magic. It remains the ... Read More »

The Great Fantasy Novel Nomination: The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

In my search for The Great Fantasy Novel, I had to ask myself a lot of questions. First, what authors were writing at a technical level that I thought was appropriate for the award? From there, what novels were fantasies, and which were representative of the fantasy genre? For example, Audrey Niffinegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is a wonderful novel ... Read More »