Tag Archives: Swords and Sorcery

Book Review: Bloody Rose, by Nicholas Eames

Heavy Metal may be the nerdiest of music genres. Fantasy imagery has been baked into the genre from the beginning, ranging from ‘picture of a dude with a sword on the cover’ to ‘we wrote a concept album about the Silmarillion.’ However, apart from some spiky heavy metal imagery about vikings and stuff, the influence …

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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: Kull, Exile of Atlantis, By Robert E. Howard

At any given time, I have an … extensive to-read pile. Even when I’m traveling, I like to at least have a cheap paperback or two stuffed in the bottom of my bag, just in case. It probably doesn’t help that there’s not a dollar paperback bin I won’t stick my nose into. But, ironically, …

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Book Review: A Conversation in Blood, by Paul S. Kemp

So, uh,  how’s everybody doing? Me, I’m … alright, all things considered. I’m pretty damn lucky in that. The irony of it is, with all this free time, I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I used to. Though I have figured out how to bake some pretty decent pizza dough and also have …

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Book Review: Season of Storms, by Andrezj Sapowski

For once, I’m gonna be vaguely topical. Neat! (And no this won’t be a Star Wars blog because I’m probably going to wait ’til Saturday or maybe Sunday to see it and I will no doubt have a bunch of thoughts on it then but so will everyone else on the internet). Rather, Netflix is …

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Book Review: Conan the Rebel, by Poul Anderson

I’ve been branching out when it comes to my reading lately– which is good! But. Sometimes you just got to get back to your roots– and in my case, that means poking around the dollar paperback bin, which brings us to Paul Anderson’s Conan the Rebel. I mean, I’ve read Anderson before. Not to mention …

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Book Review: Cenotaph Road, by Robert E. Vardeman

Indulge me, dear reader, because I’m gonna get nostalgic. See, back when I was a kid, my high school library had a somewhat … eclectic science fiction section. I imagine a lot of it was just hand-me-downs or ‘donations’ from some alumni or faculty member. There was some classic stuff like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to …

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Book Review: Paul S. Kemp’s The Hammer & The Blade

Swords & Sorcery is a fun sub-genre, but also something of a dated one. I mean, the first authors that come to mind when you bring the genre up are the likes of Howard, Lieber, and Moorcock. Luminaries in the genre, yes, but the first Conan story is over eighty years old. As the fantasy …

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Book Review: The Black Company by Glen Cook

Oh hey, I still have a blog! Not that you probably noticed, but I’ve been incommunicado for the last week and a half– that’s because I’ve been on vacation! Went traipsing around Colorado for a bit, which was super fun. But don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with vacation pictures (that’s what facebook …

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Book Review: Conan the Valiant, by Roland Green

Have you ever bought store-brand breakfast cereal? I mean, it’s thrifty, right? Saving a bit of cash is the smart thing to do. The packaging’s almost the same, and the ingredients are the same … so these ‘Toasted O’s’ should taste just the same as your favorite Cheerios, right? And yet, once you shovel that …

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