Reviews

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher

Are we heading into a new age of comic book popularity, much like the Golden Age of Comics? Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe seem to have dissolved the barrier between comic geeks and… well, everyone else. With films like Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Kick-Ass 2, next year ... Read More »

Kings of Morning (The Macht #3), by Paul Kearney

Kings of Morning is the fourteenth novel from Irish fantasy author Paul Kearney, and the third in The Macht series. It putatively concludes the story begun with The Ten Thousand dealing with the invasion of the Asurian Empire by the Macht, a warrior people modeled after Greek mercenaries circa 300 BCE. Surprisingly historically accurate for fiction The first book in this ... Read More »

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is almost as well known for his blog and internet activism as he is for his speculative fiction. So it’s no surprise that he combines the two in his latest release for youth audiences, Pirate Cinema. Sixteen-year-old Trent McCauley loves creating illegal films by editing together clips from other people’s work. Unfortunately for him, in his near-future Great ... Read More »

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer is Jay Kristoff’s debut novel, and what a debut it is! If you’ve been reading the Ranting Dragon for any period of time, you’ll know that when we first saw the covers (US and UK) for this book we all went a little crazy. Then the genre: Japanese steampunk. The synopsis of the plot isn’t bad either. Kitsune Yukiko ... Read More »

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson has had a meteoric and well-deserved rise in the fantasy genre within the last decade. He has published more than a dozen novels, was chosen to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series—and did that well!—and hosts the Hugo Award-winning podcast Writing Excuses. Sanderson’s trademark innovative magic systems, strong characters, and unique plot twists have gained him legions of fans. Though ... Read More »

The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas

I’m generally not in the habit of spoiling earlier books in a series. However, Stephen Deas’s latest dragon novel is something of an exception. While it is set in the same world as his A Memory of Flames trilogy, and is thus highly influenced by the events therein, it is a stand-alone novel in most ways. If you’re thinking of jumping into ... Read More »

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman

The Rise of Ransom City is a sequel of sorts, following Felix Gilman’s The Half-Made World—a wonderful, genre-bending novel released some two years ago. That book concluded with a satisfying ending, but the story definitely didn’t end there. In The Rise of Ransom City, Gilman returns to the half-made world from a completely new perspective. In a stroke of mad-genius brilliance, Gilman has created ... Read More »

Casket of Souls (Nightrunner #6) by Lynn Flewelling

Lynn Flewelling debuted with Luck in the Shadows, the first book in the Nightrunner series, back in 1996. Originally a trilogy, she returned to the series in 2008 for what so far has been an additional three books. The series follows Alec and Seregil, spies, assassins, and all ’round adventurers, as they work for the crown of their adopted home, Skala. For Casket ... Read More »

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One, the debut novel from Ernest Cline, made a bit of a splash after its publication in 2011, ensnaring readers with its high nostalgia factor for the ‘80s and easy readability for a surprisingly wide audience. Does it live up to the hype? The answer, sadly, is no. But Ready Player One is still an absolute joy to ... Read More »

Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher

After some much-needed time off, Harry Dresden is now back in town. However, he is no longer just the only guy in the Chicago phonebook under the heading “Wizards.” Oh, no. He is now the Winter Knight and beholden to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, ruler of the Unseelie Court of the Sidhe. Mab’s word is now Harry Dresden’s ... Read More »