Adventure Fantasy

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones


Right in the middle of a Miyazaki movie binge, one of my friends announced an exciting factoid: the movie we had just finished watching was originally a book. Surprised by this revelation, I asked where I could find it, to which she said, “Right here.” Like magic, she produced a tattered book with the words “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne ... Read More »

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider

Dragon Age gamers and fans, like myself, were pleased to hear about the arrival of tie-in novels by Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent just playing the Dragon Age games. The plot of the game is one of my favorite fantasies. So more Dragon Age? Yes, please! Gaider’s first novel, Dragon ... Read More »

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rucker Eddison

Do you miss the days when fantasy epics were like mythological stories? Are your heroes lacking a certain fanciful prose reminiscent of Charlemagne, Achilles, or Thor? Has the recent trend of non-poetic prose left you longing for the good old days? Well have no fear, for Eric Rucker Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros is available at your nearest bookstore. Published in ... Read More »

Orcs: First Blood (First Blood #1-3) by Stan Nicholls

While perusing my local fantasy outlet for a new journey, I stumbled across a certain book. From the cover, which grimaced at me behind shaded eyes, I was instantly intrigued. Doubling this was the lone title, Orcs, placed strategically beneath the glare of the creature upon the page. These factors, along with the countless pages of hype on both the front and ... Read More »

She Returns from War (Cora Oglesby #2) by Lee Collins

She Returns from War is the second novel from American author Lee Collins, and it continues the story of old west supernatural gun-slinger Cora Oglesby four years after the events of her debut in The Dead of Winter. Nobody retires from a job like this She Returns from War opens with the tragic story of young Englishwoman Victoria Dawes, who, ... Read More »

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2

This review contains spoilers for all previous Harry Potter movies. The anticipation for these final films have been immense, the build-up monumental. The hordes of fans were nothing less than frothing at the mouth with the waiting. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 were the pinnacle of a generation’s media when it came to film. It heralded the ... Read More »

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J. K. Rowling

This review contains spoilers for all previous Harry Potter books. A lot happens in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Instead of the usual pattern from the other books with a before school introduction followed by the school year and subsequent shenanigans as the conclusion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes a very different route. A change Most notable ... Read More »

The King’s Blood (The Dagger and the Coin #2) by Daniel Abraham

At the opening of The King’s Blood, we find ourselves back in the remains of the Dragon Empire and the world of the Thirteen Races of Humanity. Geder Palliako is suddenly an important figure in the Antean Court, with the mysterious Spider Priests at his side. Kalliam Dawson, a noble of the old order, works to maintain the tradition of ... Read More »

A Discourse in Steel (Tales of Egil & Nix #2) by Paul S. Kemp

A Discourse in Steel is the second book in Paul S. Kemp’s new sword and sorcery series, Tales of Egil and Nix. In this book, our intrepid heroes try once again to retire, and fail once again to avoid falling headlong into crazy adventures and deadly peril. Building on previous successes Second books are always tough. There’s a bit of a ... Read More »

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin #1) by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders is the debut novel by Richard Ellis Preston Jr., and it is a thoroughgoing steampunk tale of high adventure and action in a future dystopian United States. Don’t let your settings grow up to be cowboys A common problem I’ve found with a lot of steampunk is the way that the setting ... Read More »