Fans and practitioners of the fairy-tale form: you cannot afford to miss this collection of new stories written by accomplished writers from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. From straightforward retellings of classic fairy tales to delightfully meta-fictive examinations of the genre itself, this anthology will find a wide audience–and maybe even pull in …

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When is a vampire story not a vampire story? When it’s an “on the road” coming of age story that simply happens to feature vampires as the main characters. In Night Road, A.M. Jenkins turns the vampire genre on its head by writing a close-knit character piece focusing on three vampires – two relatively old …

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Hello Lovelies! This month, our first female-authored fantasy novel is up for review: Helene Wecker’s The Golem and The Jinni. I’ve strolled past this novel innumerable times in my travels through Barnes & Nobles and finally convinced myself to take a peek. As the title suggest, we find ourselves wrapped in a fantasy (similar to …

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I’m a huge fan of Kickstarter which enables individuals who have a vision to make something, to gain support monetarily to see their vision through fruition. One of those Kickstarter projects was the creation of an anthology of speculative history called Long Hidden – Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. It’s a short story …

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Let me start by saying that the June issue of Lightspeed rocks and contains some of the best short stories I’ve read in a while and it’s all contained in one spot – just brilliant stuff from authors such as Seanan McGuire, Kris Millering, Heather Clitherone, N.K. Jemisin, Rhonda Eikamp, Gabriella Stalker, Charlie Jane Anders, …

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Mermaid in Chelsea Creek introduces a teenage heroine whose problems go well beyond those of romance or friendship: Sophie Swankowski learns that her task is nothing less than to save humans from evil, defined here as the darkness that is inside all of us. Michelle Tea’s first YA novel examines teenage angst, free will and …

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Seriously, who could resist this cover??? That’s one of the main reasons I purchased a copy of “3:59” by Gretchen McNeil. So how shallow am I? And how important is the role of those jacket designers? This is definitely a book after my own heart: a YA sci-fi, action-packed adventure with a touch of romance, …

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I’ve been audited by the IRS twice and both times one of the line items on my Schedule C has been questioned, the amount spent on books and magazines. “Do you really spend more than 10 percent of your income on books?” one auditor asked incredulously. “It’s kind of like tithing,” I said, and pulled …

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Hi All and welcome to the inaugural post of my review column, Ladies of the Light Saber and Sword. Once a month, I’ll be reviewing a stellar, out-of-this-world science fiction or fantasy novel written by a female author. It’s a great time to begin this because, as some of you may know, this year was …

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Title: Elements Author: Suzanne Church Published: 2014 ISBN: 9781770530423 Publisher: Hades Publications, Inc. Imprint: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing I enjoyed Suzanne Church’s Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction yet; I haven’t quite finished the book for I know when I read those last few stories, my journey will end.

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