Category: Fantasy

Oh, the Things that Dead Mages Say: Tales from the Magician’s Skull #3

Hello, my darklings!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the best-laid plans, eh?

Forgive me if I heave a massive sigh but, with all that’s been going on in my personal life lately, it’s becoming clear that I need to do a few things on easy mode for a bit instead of giving myself more work than I have hours in the day to complete. It’s terrible to have all these great ideas and intentions (at least, they’re great to me) and not enough time to get them done! During the week, I work at my usual day job and, on weekends, I work a second job as a painting instructor. I also review regularly for Tangent Online (TO) and I have my own trilogy that I’m trying to finish, as you can see on the upcoming works page.

Although, I must admit that things have changed since I first announced the release of Beneath a Red Hunter’s Moon. At that point, I was still on track for telling this story in a single novel but as I continue to write, the story continues to grow. It’s becoming clear that one book isn’t going to be enough. Not unless you’re into books that are 1,500 pages long, that is, which I’m guessing most of you aren’t, since it’s not a popular option in the publishing world. I’ll update that page here in a bit.


A Wish, Some Grish, & Fiery Fish: Cirsova, Winter 2019

Cirsova Winter 2019Hello, my darklings!

Sigh…

The best-laid plans, eh? I had wanted to have this particular review finished and posted by September 7 but that (obviously) did not happen. Suffice it to say that I’m a bit late getting this up and, for that, I sincerely apologize.

Still, it’s a good day here in Texas. I’m sitting here in the living room with my laptop, cup of coffee in hand (yes, I know it’s the middle of the afternoon…don’t judge me), while a beautiful storm rages outside. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about reading (or, in this case, writing about) fantasy and science fiction while lightning arcs across the sky just beyond the window glass.

On the downside, the dogs don’t share my enthusiasm for the storm. The thunder has all four of them packed around me and my lap desk like sardines right now. Then again, it’s three Chihuahuas and a Miniature Pinscher and they don’t take up much room.


Folklore & Theses: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #279 Review

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

Sigh….

I’m just going to say it right now. I have been very lax. Between finishing my thesis novel for my MFA, other coursework and my day job, I’ve not had much time to work on the website here.

But that’s all changing…I graduated!

Yes, I have completed the MFA in Creative Writing and can finally take a few desperately needed breaths. I’m still going to be working on the novel that has been my thesis for these last two years but I at least am not as crunched for time. And, if all goes well, I’ll still be on for a release date of late November. I mean, the feedback I received from my graduate panel was good and very constructive but, based on their suggestions, I clearly still have work to do before it’s ready for a proper edit with a good editor.


“The Key of F” Book Review

key of f book coverHello, my darklings!

So this week’s independent review isn’t a new release. In fact, The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin was published on May 8, 2018.

Last month, Ms. Haskin asked me if I’d like to review a copy of the book, to which I gladly agreed.  It’s taken me a bit to get around to it, though. She requested that the original review go up on Amazon, so what follows is the review as it appears there (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies just released issue #271 just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Rather appropriately, it features two tales of loss, grief, and love written by Aimee Ogden and Samantha Mills.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 16, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270, January 31, 2019

BCS coverHello, my darklings!

I’m back with Beneath Ceaseless Skies next issue! Once again, they bring two great fantasy stories to the table: “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou and “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow.  Both were great but Harrow’s was my favorite of the two.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online. It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 1, 2019.

If you’ve read this issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

 


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269

Hello, my darklings!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies released its second issue for January yesterday.  The offerings this time consists of a pair of stories by Marissa Lingen and Jordan Taylor.  Rest assured that “The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum” and “La Orpheline” will show you a couple of new twists on some familiar (or maybe not-so-familiar) fairy tales.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #269 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 18, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268

Hello, my darklings!

The first issue Beneath Ceaseless Skies for 2019 has arrived!  Published on January 3, they’ve kicked off the new year with a pair of stories “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” and “The Beast Weeps with One Eye” by Beth Cato and Morgan Al-Moor respectively.  Together, they explore themes of betrayal and survival and what happens when gods get a little nasty.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on January 13, 2019.


Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, December 2018

Hello, my darklings!

December’s issue of Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores arrived just in time for the holidays.  This month’s issue features a lone story titled “The Book of Winter” by Caroline Friedel that is sure to bring a little extra glow to your cheeks this winter.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 26, 2018.


Rogues of Merth Review

Hello, my shadowed siblings!

Robert Zoltan released Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue in November 2018. This single-author collection consists of ten sword-and-sorcery-style stories, heavily inspired by Fritz Leiber’s classic lovable rogues Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.  If you’re a fantasy fan, you should really check this book out.

Click on the link below to read my review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Rogues of Merth Review, published on TangentOnline.com on December 23, 2018.

If you’ve read Zoltan’s book, let me know in the comments what you thought about Dareon and Blue!