Month: August 2015

In Defense of Sword and Soul

In Defense of Sword and Soul

Writing about Sword and Soul, dieselfunk, and steamfunk:

Troy L. Wiggins

ImaroIf you’re a frequent visitor of my blog, you’ve seen me talk about Imaro. You’ve seen me post about it’s impact on me as a reader and writer. I’ve stopped just short of arguing that it should be considered among canonical SFF texts, right there with the works of all the racist grandpas. I am constantly elevating Imaro, indeed, all of the works that have been inspired by that original collection, because of the singular space that it/they occupy in the genre, and because of the inspiration that they continue to provide me.

Charles Saunders, through Imaro, introduced the world to Sword and Soul. Sword and Soul, by Saunders’ own definition, is heroic fantasy in the vein of Sword and Sorcery, but with some key features that set it apart:

From the beginning, my stories were based on African history, mythology, and folklore, as opposed to the…

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SBPT – Five Characters you would take with you to survive on an island

SBPT – Five Characters you would take with you to survive on an island


blog iconToday I am hosting the lovely Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles. She has come up with her top five characters that she thinks would help her to survive on an empty desert island. Without further ado, let us begin.

Malyen Oretsev & Nikolai Lantsov (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)

I’m combining these two not only because they are from the same trilogy but because their banter between each other would be enough to keep me going on an island. Plus I believe the three of us could make great use of our time 😉 Also, one’s a tracker, the other’s a crafty prince/pirate. Plus they helped Alina through the crap she was dealing with and got her through all of that mess. So, I think they’d very useful.

Tyrion Lannister (Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R.R. Martin)

Sure, we’d need a lot of wine but he’s…

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Catskinner’s Book: A Review


Front Cover Catskinner’s Book: Click for Amazon link

In the interests of full disclosure, let me state that I do know the author of this book. Not as well as I should, perhaps, but we are intimately connected.

He’s me.  I wrote this book.  There are a lot of really excellent reasons why an author should never review her or his own book, reasons which I will now blithely ignore.

Reading and writing about GoodReads has made me think about the division between authors and reviewers, and I wondered, if I were to write a review of my own book, what would it be like? 

And so, without further ado…

Catskinner’s Book (Volume One: The Book Of Lost Doors). Written by Misha Burnett, self-published via Amazon.  281 pages.  Genre: Speculative Fiction

Rating: 4 (of 5) stars.  To be honest, one of those is for originality.  Burnett has created a new mythology in…

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