The Eye, and the White City

The Eye, and the White City

I have the pleasure of knowing Jon Mollison, Alexandru Constantin, and Sky Hernstrom. I got to know Sky Hernstrom as a friend before I knew he was an author, and had not read any of his work until he had released The Law of Wolves, and Mortu and Kyrus in the White City. Alexandru over at Dacian has proposed a kind of book-club blog discussion, which Jon has picked up on. Alexander Hellene is also in on it. Alexandru's first choice was the story Mortu and Kyrus in the White City by Schuyler hernstrom ("Sky"), originally published on its own,…

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On Higher Powers, Pt 2.

On Higher Powers, Pt 2.

I know I have once mentioned Tim Powers, and specifically the book of his that left an impression on me for nearly 40 years to the point of tracking it down and buying it. Drawing of the Dark was as good as remembered, possibly better and weirder - and so I bought a couple more of his books. While one of his better known works, Anubis Gates, is in my reading pile, I ended up reading a much more recent work first, the hidden-world modern fantasy Alternate Routes. Per the blurb: Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways—…

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Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

Odds and Ends, and a Bit of Beauty

First, a couple good links from Pulprev author Ben Cheah's site. He had a short story in Riding the Red Horse, and also authored the excellent No Gods only Daimons, and Hammer of the Witches. I'd previously linked to him in a post on "realism." On his winding road to the pulp revolution. Fantasy without fantasy: Fantasy recalls those ancient days, when the miraculous co-existed with the mundane, when the Weird was within sight, when human civilisation consisted not of contiguous countries but isolated outposts of fragile life huddled against a chaotic darkness roiling with predators and strange beasts. In…

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Women at War - Sword Edition.

Women at War - Sword Edition.

I was mostly going to leave this be. Hell, I barely heard about it as I don't usually care what Klavan and the powerline gang are saying, but "rebuttals" came up in my recommended vids, specifically one by Shad, who occasionally has interesting things to say, but man, the soy is real and he still swallows the mainstream narrative. He's also a bit too proud of his "what you think you know is wrong" schtick. Then the most excellent author John C Wright discussed it in his ongoing series of Amazons being mythical posts. It's well worth your time. There's…

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Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Cataline makes an excellent observation I think, with the caveat that, quite obviously, GoT/ASoIaF is set in a fantasy universe. Game of Thrones is horror, and that's pretty much what George knows how to write. I remember skimming back and forth in the first two books of the series (the only ones I read, I grant you), trying to find a battle scene and there just isn’t one. What you get are people describing the the aftermath of a battle and the key events that happened in it, (IE who died that time), but no real action. Martin…

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Improved Battle Plans

Improved Battle Plans

In case you didn't look at the battle for Winterfell or mz Dragonmom losing another of her kids through criminal carelessness and go " a six year old could have planned better", here's a couple of more pedantic breakdowns of how that could have been done better.…

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

In our sadly simplified age we tend to either have overtly, almost desperately, happy or overtly grimdark (and these are sold as "intelligent", and "real"), and I know far too many who see a dark tale of virtue and hope and cannot see the light at the end, as if it's been trained out. I ended up watching the movie version of Solomon Kane due to the recommendation of Razorfist (and if you dig up the youtube video, the recommended book of collected stories is well worth every penny), and it was outstanding. First, the downside.…

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