The Golden City (Golden City #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney

Historical fiction has slowly been on the rise—well, within the demographics of my reading material, anyway. There’s just something about a story that integrates fantasy with the history of our world that appeals to me—when it’s done well. And J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel, The Golden City, does it exceptionally well. Set in Portugal at the turn of the twentieth ... Read More »

Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire

In this seventh installment of Seanan McGuire’s bestselling urban fantasy series, October “Toby” Daye is finally getting her life in gear. She’s doing her job, her squire’s training is progressing, and she has a boyfriend in the local King of Cats, Tybalt. However, it’s not all green fields and rosebuds in Toby’s life. When the local changeling population begins to ... Read More »

The Grim Company (The Grim Company #1) by Luke Scull

Released earlier this year in the United Kingdom and then released in the United States in September, The Grim Company is Luke Scull’s debut novel. Welcome to the Trine, a world where wizards have murdered the gods. Nigh-immortal, these Magelords have taken control of a divided world, many of them ruling large cities. After hundreds of years of a despotic ... Read More »

State of the Dragon

Things have been kind of slow here at The Ranting Dragon recently. Scratch that, things have been dead. We’ve been slowly losing our momentum since the beginning of this year. Coupled with various factors that I will shortly cover in more detail, this has culminated in a pair of instances where our site produced no new publications for a few ... Read More »

An Impression of NYCC 2013

This year, Garrett was unfortunately unable to attend New York Comic Con due to personal and professional reasons (gorram money and jobs and things). However, his friend Morgan was able to go and graciously deigned to share her photos with us! There’s lots of crowd shots, a panel with a Muppet, some awesome cosplays, and a goodly amount of Keiron ... Read More »

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Published in 2004, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas is one of the more ambitious works of genre fiction in the last decade, and it gained a new surge in popularity when the film adaptation was released in 2012. Cloud Atlas follows six loosely-connected stories, each of which are able to both work separately and intertwine into a grand whole. Unorthodox and ... Read More »

Fated by S.G. Browne

Written very much in the style of S.G. Browne’s debut novel Breathers, Fated is a light, comedic novel that follows Fate (yes, the literal incarnation of the abstract force). Growing bored of assigning fates to the majority of humans for thousands of years, he soon finds himself falling for a mortal girl—which, of course, is absolutely forbidden for an immortal ... Read More »

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End #1) by David Wong

John Dies at the End is a comedic horror novel by David Wong—pseudonym of Jason Pargin, one of the senior editors for humor website It was originally written as an ongoing web serial before being collected and revised into a single book. A film adaptation was released in early 2013. Seriously, this is the weirdest book I’ve ever read Even ... Read More »

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament is the debut novel from author S.G. Browne, and it follows the first person narrative of Andy—whose major defining characteristic is that he’s, well… a zombie. Killed in a car accident and reanimated shortly after, Andy now lives in his parents’ basement and attends a zombie support group hoping to find some way to integrate back into ... Read More »

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Constructed from the unfinished writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin is a stand-alone story from the First Age of Middle-Earth taking place long before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. While approximately 75 percent of the book previously appeared in various sections of Tolkien’s other writings, his son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the entire tale together into ... Read More »