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Friday, May 27, 2022

All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie (Reviewed by Daniel P. Haeusser)


 
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OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFORMATION: Sarah Tolmie is the author of the poetry collection The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), the 120-sonnet sequence Trio (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and the chapbook Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems (Baseline Press, 2014). She has published two novels with Aqueduct Press, The Little Animals (2019) and The Stone Boatmen (2014), as well as three short fiction collections, Disease (2020), Two Travelers (2016) and NoFood (2014). She is a medievalist trained at the University of Toronto and Cambridge and is a Professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Read Sarah’s entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

 
OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB: A hypnotic historical fantasy with gorgeous and unusual literary prose, from the captivating author of The Fourth Island.
 
Everyone knows of the horses of Iceland, wild, and small, and free, but few have heard their story. Sarah Tolmie’s All the Horses of Iceland weaves their mystical origin into a saga for the modern age. Filled with the magic and darkened whispers of a people on the cusp of major cultural change, All the Horses of Iceland tells the tale of a Norse trader, his travels through Central Asia, and the ghostly magic that followed him home to the land of fire, stone, and ice. His search for riches will take him from Helmgard, through Khazaria, to the steppes of Mongolia, where he will barter for horses and return with much, much more.
 
All the Horses of Iceland is a delve into the secret, imagined history of Iceland's unusual horses, brought to life by an expert storyteller.

 
FORMAT/INFO: All the Horses of Iceland is a novella of 104 pages, without chapter breaks. The story of Eyvind and the Horse with No Name is set in the 9th Century, and is told in the third-person by Jór, approximately three hundred years after its occurrence. Short first-person interjections by the narrator occur amid the main tale.
 
1st March 2022 marked the release of the novella by Tordotcom Publishers in paperback and eBook.
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo (reviewed by V)

 


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OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFO: Nghi Vo is the author of the novels Siren Queen and The Chosen and the Beautiful, as well as the acclaimed novellas When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain and The Empress of Salt and Fortune, a Locus and Ignyte Award finalist and the winner of the Crawford Award and the Hugo Award. Born in Illinois, she now lives on the shores of Lake Michigan. She believes in the ritual of lipstick, the power of stories, and the right to change your mind.
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Interview with James Rollins (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 

(Author picture courtesy of James Rollins)

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Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Starless Crown

Read A Paean To Myrillia (The Godslayer Chronicles World And Series Analysis

Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of Subterranean
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Judas Strain
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Doomsday Key
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Last Oracle
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Devil Colony
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Blood Gospel

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne - Review


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Read Caitlin's Review of THE SHADOW OF THE GODS


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Book review: Any Minor World (The Midnight Jury #1) by Craig Schaefer



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AUTHOR INFO: Craig Schaefer's books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).

Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact. His home on the Web is www.craigschaeferbooks.com.

Publisher: Demimonde Books (April 26, 2022) Length: 356 pages Formats: ebook, paperback

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (reviewed by Sharvani Raghunath & Mihir Wanchoo)

 


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OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFO: Vaishnavi Patel is a law student focusing on constitutional law and civil rights. She likes to write at the intersection of Indian myth, feminism, and anti-colonialism. Her short stories can be found in The Dark and 87 Bedford's Historical Fantasy Anthology along with a forthcoming story in Helios Quarterly. Vaishnavi grew up in and around Chicago, and in her spare time, enjoys activities that are almost stereotypically Midwestern: knitting, ice skating, drinking hot chocolate, and making hotdish.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Book review: Mind of My Mind (Patternmaster #2) by Octavia E. Butler

 


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OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947–2006) was the renowned author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, in 1995 she became the first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship ‘Genius Grant’. A pioneer of her genre, Octavia’s dystopian novels explore myriad themes of Black injustice, women’s rights, global warming and political disparity, and her work is taught in over two hundred colleges and universities nationwide.

Genre: Sci-fi First Published: 1977 Page count: 169 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

SPFBO 8 Introduction Post - meet the Fantasy Book Critic Team

 


FBC will have the pleasure to participate in the SPFBO for the eighth time. This time we'll have five judges involved in choosing our SPFBO champion. We're happy to welcome one new judge this year :) Here’s a bit of information on all of us:

Monday, May 16, 2022

Book review: Glitterati by Oliver K. Langmead

 


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Oliver Langmead is an author and poet based in Glasgow. His long-form poem, Dark Star, featured in the Guardian's Best Books of 2015. Oliver is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Glasgow, where he is researching terraforming and ecological philosophy, and in late 2018 he undertook a writing residency at the European Space Agency's Astronaut Centre in Cologne, writing about astronauts and people who work with astronauts.

Publisher: Titan Books (May 17, 2022) Page count: 288 pages Cover art:

The Umbral Storm (The Sharded Few #1) by Alec Hutson (reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 


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Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Crimson Queen
Read Fantasy Book Critic's interview with Alec Hutson
 

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