The Walking Dead Episode Review: Secrets

For two seasons now, secrets have been kept. Lies have been told. Poor Glenn has become the catalyst for the revelation of the entirety of the survivor’s secrets, both those of the original crew and those of Herschel’s people. Less focused on philosophy This episode is much less of an ethical debate than most but it doesn’t ignore the idea altogether. It ... Read More »

Ranting Dragon’s Favorite… Superhero!

A superhero is a type of stock character, dedicated to protecting the public. By most definitions, characters strictly require actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes. However, this term can be applied to characters who perform the same functions but are devoid of such powers and abilities who are alternately referred to as costumed crime fighters ~ Wikipedia Tight spandex, ... Read More »

The Omen Machine (Sword of Truth #13) by Terry Goodkind

The Omen Machine is the thirteenth installment in Terry Goodkind’s persistently popular Sword of Truth series and marks the author’s return to the fantasy genre after a short-lived stint with contemporary fiction. While no doubt many fans have been eagerly anticipating the continued adventures of Goodkind’s signature characters, Richard and Kahlan, the reality is far from ideal. Unfortunately, the novel reads ... Read More »

Interview with Kate Elliott, author of the Spiritwalker trilogy

I had the privilege of meeting Kate Elliott last year when she visited Australia for WorldCon 68. Meeting Kate and attending that convention opened my eyes to some of the issues that face genre writers (beyond the need to produce quality stories). It’s a privilege to interview her on behalf of The Ranting Dragon in light of the release of Cold ... Read More »

Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha #2) by Kameron Hurley

The sequel to God’s War, a novel I loved and reviewed at the beginning of the year, took me by surprise. I wasn’t aware that it would be out so soon, so imagine my excitement when I received a copy in the mail because Hurley remembered my name! I read it quickly and waited for another reviewer’s review to see if ... Read More »

Ranting Dragon’s Favorite… Science Fiction Film!

This Sunday, we look at science fiction movies. Over the years, so many great sci-fi movies have been made, as well as a host of really terrible ones that we watch anyway because they are part of our cultural heritage. We won’t be looking at those bad movies, though. We shall, instead, fix our sight on the great gems out ... Read More »

The Walking Dead Episode Review: Chupacabra

The theme to Chupacabra seems to be the way we view the world. Is it real? Who is the better leader? What are you hiding? Did I miss something? The questions that relate to illusion and misconception are strongly ingrained in Chupacabra. But nonetheless this episode still retains the slowly building plot progression that this season of The Walking Dead has ... Read More »

Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3) by Steven Erikson

Back on the continent of Genabackis, the Bridgeburners—now led by Captain Ganoes Paran—have joined forces with the army of Dujek One-Arm. Split from the Empire that created them, they now fight a war with a terrifying opponent known as the Pannion Seer, and his cannibalistic force, the Tenescowri. Meanwhile, an immortal race gain a new leader, the Deck of Dragons ... Read More »

Book Club Giveaway: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

It is that time again! With November’s book club in full swing, reading Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Empire in Black and Gold together—and you’re welcome to join us!—we have again voted for next month’s book. In December, we will read and discuss Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. It’s our first science fiction book for the club, and we’re very excited, so ... Read More »

Interview with Rhiannon Hart, author of Blood Song

Rhiannon Hart is an Australian debut author whose first novel, Blood Song, was recently released by Random House Australia. Blood Song is the first in the Lharmell trilogy and is aimed at a young adult audience. After I was lucky enough to read a review copy of this enjoyable novel, I sought to get to know a little more about ... Read More »