Each of the stand-alone stories in the anthology Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong connects to one of the characters from the previous books, some of them the secondary characters, some of them the main character of a previous novel. But each one offers additional insights, revelations and in the case of some, a conclusion to a storyline. Of the individual offerings, I have to say I liked each story. Most of them were compelling and involved a character that resonated for me, a character that I wanted to read more about. [Read more…]
Any genre story that turns expectations on their ear is worth a closer look, and Blake Charlton’s Spellwright trilogy falls into that realm, with a unique magic system, and a protagonist who has to overcome a disability that specifically affects his ability to achieve using the magic system of his world.
Blake takes time to chat about the concluding story of his trilogy, Spellbreaker, and about another fantasy expectation he’s turned upside down: having each book in a series continue immediately after the preceding story. [Read more…]
In popular culture, PTSD is usually associated with military veterans: sad, distant men who’ve come back from unspeakable horror overseas, who dream of gunfire, jump at loud noises, stare at nothing, and suddenly “snap” and shoot up public places for no apparent reason. These characters are usually an object of both pity and fear. Their mental problems are all-encompassing and incurable.
This picture is not accurate. [Read more…]
I began this book with no expectations but I do love a good fairytale. And this is an excellent fairytale, taking the concept and reworking it in ways I haven’t seen very often before. I was blown away from the first paragraph. She hooked me from that moment on, dragging me down into the depths of her world like stepping into the proverbial fairytale. [Read more…]
It’s tough to have to try to classify movies these days; there are so many that cross genres, even more than two genres, to tell their stories. As someone who enjoys good stories, this is not a bad thing. But what do you do when so many “horror” movies start becoming available that really don’t seem like horror movies at all? [Read more…]
Good, bad or ugly, I will almost always check out a modern Western, even when I know I will be comparing it against a long history of powerful and iconic films that were made in a different time with a different type of vision, and I know that I am not typically forgiving when disappointed by overhyped newcomers who miss the mark.
Outlaws and Angels is a new Western, and to my delight, it has a lot going for it, including being a little hard to clearly classify (not that that’s a bad thing). Director JT Mollner also wrote the screenplay, and we had a chat about story-telling, pacing, and of course, Westerns. [Read more…]
Do yourself a favor and read City of Stairs first and then read City of Blades. But take your time, breathe it all in as you sit pool side. After reading this book I felt that the way the world is, we need a Sigrud in every town to protect us from other worldly dangers lurking in coastal areas. H.P. Lovecraft would be proud and perhaps has passed the proverbial torch. But then again maybe I’m being melodramatic. [Read more…]
Realistic “kitchen sink” fantasy is great and can be quite moving. I wouldn’t ever want it to go away. But at the same time, fantasy is possibly the best-positioned genre to bring out that old tragic catharsis that we all need now and then. To show the truth of those heightened moments of emotion that seem to transcend everything. [Read more…]