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Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Vols. 1-5

Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates Memories of Ice House of Chains Midnight Tides I’ve been listening to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen and I’ve been reading Midnight Tides, book five of Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Working God’s Mischief

Working God’s Mischief is the fourth installment in Glen Cook’s Instrumentalities of the Night. It’s hard to know how to lead into this one, so I’m going to let Cook do it: Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Many Deaths of the Black Company (Water Sleeps, Soldiers Live)

If you stop think about it, it’s rather remarkable that a living writer of speculative fiction finds himself with reissues of seemingly all of his earlier works hitting the market while he’s working on new ones. I think it says … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Return of the Black Company (Bleak Seasons, She Is the Darkness)

The Return of the Black Company is the third installment of Tor’s reissue of The Annals of the Black Company, Glen Cook’s epic fantasy series. At this stage, the Black Company is at war with the Shadowlords, some of whom, … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s The Books of the South (Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, The Silver Spike)

Glen Cooks’ Annals of the Black Company ranks as one of the most significant (and most popular) fantasy series since Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. While I won’t go so far as to agree with Steven Erikson that Cook “singlehandedly … Continue reading

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Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company (The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose)

We all have our personal lists, individual counterparts to those periodic lists of “most important,” “best,” or whatever the accolade of the moment might be. I have a personal list of “best fantasy series” that includes some works that might … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock’s Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné

Volume 1: The Stealer of Souls Volume 2: To Rescue Tanelorn Volume 3: The Sleeping Sorceress Volume 4: Duke Elric “Michael Moorcock.” Say that name three times at the dark of the moon and you will undoubtedly summon the spirit … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock’s The Metatemporal Detective

The Metatemporal Detective is a collection of stories chronicling the various encounters between investigator Sir Seaton Begg and his arch-rival and distant cousin, a master criminal known as “Monsieur Zenith,” in various realms of the multiverse. The realms all occupy … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury’s Death Is a Lonely Business

Craig Clarke penned this review. In 1985, over twenty years since the publication of his last full-length work, 1962’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury reentered the novel-writing world with the release of Death is a Lonely Business, his foray into a … Continue reading

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Simon R. Green’’s Something from The Nightside audiobook

Private eyes come in all shapes and sizes, and none of them look like television stars. Some do insurance work, some hang around cheap hotels with camcorders hoping to get evidence for divorce cases, and damn few ever get to … Continue reading

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Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso: 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call

If any comic published in the last couple of decades typifies the intrusion of a “noir” sensibility into the field, it’s 100 Bullets. Vertigo/DC collected the single-issue numbers 1-5 and the Vertigo/Winter’s Edge #3 into this volume, which starts the … Continue reading

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