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Sunday, August 28, 2016

9:23PM - Nightcrawler vol. 2: Reborn

Collects Nightcrawler issues 7-12.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Todd Nauck
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

11:45PM - Nightcrawler vol. 1: Homecoming

Collects Nightcrawler issues 1-6.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Jamie McKelvie, Todd Nauck
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Thursday, August 25, 2016


Happy birthday, heron61!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5:45PM - Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood ed.: Women in Practical Armor

A short story collection about women who fight, one way or another. Not all of the stories have fighting in them, though. Also, some of the stories include non-hetero characters.
Publication year: 2016
Format: pdf ebook
Page count: 316
Publisher: Evil Girlfriend Press

The collection has three stories with female smiths, which was great; I think I’ve only read about one or two before. The women in these stories are practical and level-headed. They’re warriors who are used to danger. A couple of stories have retired women which was also delightful; they’re also too rare in fantasy. I enjoyed all of the stories.

All of these worlds have equality between sexes and that makes sense. Women and men fight side by side in these armies and women aren’t challenged because of their gender. That was really refreshing. Two stories even have female gladiators. I know that the Roman arenas had female gladiators but they’re hardly ever mentioned.

The stories vary greatly in mood. A couple of them are funny, a few heart-breaking, most are intense and exciting and explore the main character well. Most of them have magic, in one way or another. The most melancholy story is the first one from Judith Tarr.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

3:11PM - Mikkel Birkegaard: The Library of Shadows

I read the Finnish translation Libri di Lucan arvoitus (The mystery of Libri di Luca). It’s a standalone Danish mystery with supernatural elements: some people have magical powers which are used through reading out loud!
Publication year of the Finnish translation: 2005
Translator: Katriina Huttunen
Format: print
Page count: 439
Publisher of the Finnish translation: WSOY
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

9:41PM - Kris Nelscott: War at Home

The fifth book in the historical mystery series about Smokey Dalton.

Publication year: 2005
Format: Audio
Running time: 13 hours and 8 minutes plus an excerpt from the next book.
Narrator: Mirron Willis
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

11:06PM - Alma Alexander: Empress

A standalone alternate history book set in a secondary fantasy world which was inspired by the Byzantine Empire and the lives of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora.
Publication year: 2016
Format: epub ebook
Page count: 464
Publisher: Book View Café
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Friday, August 12, 2016


Happy birthday, dorianegray!

10:46AM - 60 Essential Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads

A meme which I picked up at james_nicoll but is from https://ladybusiness.dreamwidth.org/2016/08/08/60-essential-science-fiction-fantasy-reads.html

Science fiction and fantasy are booming across multiple types of media these days: television, superhero films with strong SFF elements, and gaming are all enjoying a solid boost from science fiction and fantasy concepts. But what types of stories led us to this excellent time to be a SFF fan? What books inspired and entertained us until we reached this moment? Here are 60 of some important and thought-providing texts from science fiction and fantasy's long history.

These are books which many people loved, that created new fans, entertained old ones, or renewed someone's love of genre. Perhaps they even led some of the authors we love today to write in the very genre that we all enjoy so we can keep moving forward. Check them out below; how many have you read? :D

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

8:26PM - Rat Queens vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery

Collects Rat Queens issues 1-5.
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch

This was loads of fun! I’m a long-time pen and paper RPG player and this hit all the spots for me.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

10:10PM - Amazing X-Men vol. 3: Once and Future Juggernaut

Collects Amazing X-Men issues 13-19, Annual 1.
Writers: James Tynion IV, Chris Yost, Monty Nero
Artists: Jorge Jiménez, Carlo Barberi, Iban Coello, Walden Wong, Jorge Fornes, Kris Anka, Salvator Larroca

The first issue is a one-shot where one of the students at the Jean Grey school is missing. He’s gone on a date for the first time but chickened out. Then he runs into Lady Mastermind who uses his insecurities against him. Nightcrawler and Northstar investigate and perhaps get to know each other a little better.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

6:55PM - Amazing X-Men vol. 2: World War Wendigo

Collects Amazing X-Men issues 7-12.
Writers: Kathryn Immonen, Craig Kyle, Christ Yost
Artists: Kris Anka, Juan Vlansco, Ed McGuinness. Mark Farmer, Carlo Barberi, Iban Costello, Walden Wong, Marc Deering

The first issue is a one-shot where Iceman and Firestar meet up unexpectedly with Spider-Man who has an alien baby with him. At first, Angelica and Bobby don’t know it’s an alien and try to defend it from Spidey. It’s supposed to be funny but didn’t really work for me and the plot doesn’t really make sense, either.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

5:27PM - Amazing X-Men vol. 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler

Collects Amazing X-Men 1-6.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artists: Ed McGuinness
Kurt is back! Nightcrawler has long been one of my favorite characters and I’ve missed him. But now, he’s back!
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

10:27PM - Adam Roberts: Salt

A stand-alone science fiction book about clash of cultures.
Publication year: 2000
Format: print
Page count: 248
Publisher: Gollanz
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

9:08PM - Ghostbusters

I saw the new Ghostbusters movie with my brother and niece (10 years old) yesterday. We all

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Monday, August 1, 2016

10:49AM - Two great book bundles

Storybundle offers again two great book bundles:
Historical fantasy
Books from Jo Graham, Martha Wells, and Judith Tarr! Tarr's "Lord of Two Lands" is set in Alexander the Great's camp and made me fan of Tarr.

Haikasoru Japan Science fiction bundle

5 (or 10 if you're willing to spend 15 dollars) Japanese Sci-Fi books and collections translated into English. I've read "the Lord of the Sands of Time" by Issui Ogawa and enjoyed it. Couple of more days on sale.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

9:47PM - Leigh Brackett: Eric John Stark: An Outlaw of Mars

This is a planetary romance book which has two novellas: “The Secret of Sinharat” and “People of the Talisman”.

Publication year: 1964 for the stories, 1982 for the book
Format: Audio
Running time: 8 hours and 31 minutes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Publisher: Del Ray
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

10:55PM - Thor Epic Collection: To Wake the Mangog

Collects Thor (vol. 1) issues 154-174
Writer: Stan Lee
Artists: Jack Kirby with various inkers
Note: I read the Finnish edition which contains issues 158-170 and the rest from Marvel Unlimited.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9:20PM - Jeff VanderMeer: The Steampunk Bible

A non-fiction book about all things Steampunk: fashion, art, sub-culture, books.

Publication year: 2011
Format: print
Page count: 224
Publisher: Abrams Image
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Monday, July 25, 2016

11:59PM - Star Trek Classics vol. 3: Voyager: Encounters with the Unknown

This is a collection of four fun Voyager comics.

False Colors
Writer: Nathan Archer
Artists: Jeffrey Moy, Philip Moy, W.C Carani
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