Carnival Row

The new fantasy/steam Amazon Prime show has just dropped, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. It is set in a post World War 1 styled fantasy world, where the Fae have gotten caught between two warring human empires; the Pact and the Burgues. The Fae sided with the Burgues, but were betrayed when the Burgues […]

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Women and Fiction

There is a growing narrative around women and fiction writing which seems to ignore (as usual) fantasy genre writing. Women writers have been producing influential fantasy and sf fiction for a long time that hasn’t been overtly genderised. I’m picturing the dragon emblazoned covers of Melanie Rawn, the awesome War of Light and Shadows by […]

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Women dominate the Hugo Awards

It’s seems women are dominating fantasy and sf, which isn’t a bad thing, but one has to question why? One would hope that it is purely on merit, but could there be other forces at play? It is difficult to argue that for the last couple of years men just haven’t been good enough to […]

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The Guardian: I found all my childhood heroes in fantasy novels

Here is a fantastic article that rang very true to my own childhood. My reading back then included the Narnia books, Chronicles of Prydain, Fighting Fantasy, Choose your own adventure, Famous Five, Tintin and Asterix. Check it out here: The Guardian: I found all my childhood heroes in fantasy novels. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/06/i-found-all-my-childhood-heroes-in-fantasy-novels

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Writer in Hiatus

No, hiatus isn’t a tropical island. Its that shitty place that we sometime find ourselves when life, writer’s block and laziness gets in the way of getting things done. Its not like I don’t have ideas to write up, if anything, I have too many ideas to chase, its been like that for the last […]

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BioWare’s Anthem First Play

Its the open weekend for BioWare’s new IP, Anthem, and I, like any good gamer, took the opportunity to dip and test the waters. My first impressions were that it reminded me of Warframe. That is until I worked out how to fly. After that, I felt like Iron Man. Comparisons to Bungie’s Destiny franchise […]

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