Author Archive: dialhforhouston

Book Review: Six Sacred Swords, by Andrew Rowe

I don’t know when I realized that self-published e-books have become the modern equivalent of the dollar paperback bin, but that epiphany made me a lot more open to self-publishing. After all, I love the dollar paperback bin. It also helps that I’ve gotten into the habit of reading e-books on a regular basis. And …

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Book Review: Machine, by Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear is an author I’ve been … tangentially aware of for awhile, as I keep on seeing her name get bandied about. It helps that she’s really prolific, having written dozens of novels over the years. Also apparently she married Scott Lynch back in 2016, so good for them? In any case, I didn’t …

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Book Review: The Rage of Dragons, by Evan Winter

Afro-futurism has been A Thing for a while, breaking out into broader culture with the Black Panther movie from a few years back. And, since Sci-Fi and Fantasy are interconnected genres, it makes sense that afro-fantasy (is that the proper term?) has also grown in popularity, with works like Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf …

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Book Review: Hard Reboot, by Django Wexler

There are countless books about spaceships, or time machines, or dragons, or any other fantastical means of transportation. But there are a scarce few books (at least that I’m aware of) about giant robots. And even most of the ones I have stumbled across have been tie-ins to established media properties like Robotech, Gundam, Battletech, …

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Book Review: Final Fantasy VI, by Sebastian Deken

I’m old enough to call it Final Fantasy III. Just for convenience’s sake, I’m gonna call it Final Fantasy VI, since, y’know, that’s the title of Final Fantasy VI. Ever since I found out about Boss Fight Books, I’ve been waiting for a volume on FFVI, since it’s easily one of my favorite games of …

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Book Review: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson

So! After reading N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became, I was in the mood for something a bit … lighter. And hey look, it’s Brandon Sanderson! That guy’s usually good for some punchy adventure, right? The funny thing is, I actually started reading Starsight nearly a year ago, but general pandemic malaise kept me from …

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Book Review: The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is a one of those writers I know I should be reading, but I never got around to it. I tried reading The Fifth Season some time ago, but I kind of bounced off of how bleak the first few chapters were. But! I’ve finally gotten around to filling at least one gap …

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Book Review: Promise of Blood, by Brian McClellan

I guess the term “Flintlock Fantasy” has a better ring to it than “Magic and Muskets.” Either way, the name of the subgenre certainly conveys what it’s about. Stories about fantasy characters with guns aren’t anything new (Solomon Kane usually packs a brace of pistols to go with his rapier, after all), but the Flintlock …

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Book Review: Unsouled, by Will Wight

And now, for something completely different. I’m kind of late to the party when it comes to self published stuff. Partly because of my own snobbery, and partly because it’s only in recent years that I’ve started reading e-books on a regular basis. Still, platforms like Kindle Unlimited are creating an interesting (if nigh monopolistic) …

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Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Christopher Paolini

So! As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting as many reviews as I used to in my prime. Part of this is due to the expected apocalyptic pandemic malaise, and also part of it has been the fact that I’ve been trying to get through To Sleep in a Sea of Stars for …

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