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Matt Gilliard
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Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan
I normally don't read books with vampire protagonists, but when I do they're written by M.L. Brennan. Vampires are probably the most overused trope in urban fantasy, and many discerning readers turn their noses up at books that focus on the vampire as the h...

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
After an accidental hiatus from reviewing, I’ve decided that it’s time to put butt in chair and hands on keyboard again. I almost didn’t. For the record I never stopped reading, just writing about what I read. There were several excellent novels that were c...

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Round Table: Writing the Sequel Part Four
As promised, here's the next installment of the Writing the Sequel Round Table. We're talking about responding to criticism and how the writing may or may not be affected by the effect of writing for a known audience. Mileages, predictably vary. I found the...

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Round Table: Writing the Sequel Part Three
So, sorry for the delay. Life has gotten supremely hectic. But the round table still has two more installments to go, If you haven't read the previous entries follow the links below and enjoy. I will post the next part tomorrow. Happy reading. Part One Part...

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Round Table: Writing the Sequel: Part Two
It's been great to see what a success this Round Table has been. We're surging ahead and asking about the pressures of success and how writing for a built in audience effects the writing process. The answers are often unexpected and definitely give an inter...

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Round Table: Writing the Sequel Part One
I've been itching to do another round table. Both the Gender Bias and Violence in SF/F series were well received and I really do enjoy moderating these discussions and the chance to get multiple author's takes on various parts of the genre and the writing p...

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The Grim Company by Luke Scull
The more I read and, by extension review, in speculative fiction the less I enjoy the stereo-typical fantasy novels that populated my reading prior to the start of this blog. Maybe it's the weight of my growing awareness of the tropes and archetypes of the ...

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Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach
February has been an insane month for me personally. My wife and I have sold one house, bought another and are in the midst of preparing for the move at the end of next week. But I'm still reading. Not as often, or for as long, and it's gotten harder and ha...

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Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Midnight  Blue-Light Special  is the fourth book of Seanan McGuire's I've read. The second installment of the  InCryptid  series, shares many of the elements that made  Discount Armageddon  so enjoyable, but suffers from some problematic issues with narrati...

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Interview with M.L. Brennan: Iron Night and Beyond
M.L. Brennan is fast becoming one my favorite interview subjects. Her approach to world building and character is always fascinating and she has a way of explaining concepts that boils things down so well, I always find myself amazed that I didn't see it fo...
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