reviews
Mad House: An Altearth Tale by Ellis L. Knox - Book Review
14, Jul

I love Knox's mix of history and fantasy, so was happy to find this novelette. 

Mon Dieu Cthulhu! The d'Bois Escapades Volume One by John Houlihan - Book Review
22, Jun

Historical Fantasy (my weakness) mixing Napoleonic Wars and Cthulhu mythos - what's not to like?

Into the Second World: An Altearth Tale by Ellis L. Knox - Book Review
08, Jun

I've previously read Goblins at the Gate by Ellis Knox and loved it, and was looking forward to delve again into his brand of alternate-fantasy-history.

Penric and the Shaman (Penric and Desdemona #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Book Review
31, May

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bujold’s writing, and started with the Penric series of novellas. I loved the first one, so am continuing with the series of novellas.

Kalanon's Rising (Agents of Kalanon #1) by Darian Smith - Book Review
27, May

Kalanon's Rising was one of the finalists of SPFBO 2019, and the premise of magical murders mystery caught my eye.

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City (The Siege) by K.J. Parker - Book Review
12, May

I first saw Sixteen Ways to Defend A Walled City when it came out, and it caught my attention: a potentially humorous, military fantasy exploit by an author known for his historical and humorous works (KJ Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt). I'm glad I read it.

What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball - Book Review
05, May

I can't remember exactly when What Kings Ate floated past me, but given my love of both fantasy and historical foodstuffs I knew it was going to be a hit.

Rocks Fall. Everyone Dies by Eddie Skelson - Book Review
04, May

I found out about Rocks Fall through SPFBO 2019, and when I interviewed Corbett (the cranky wizard) it convinced me to read. It’s an excellent, lighthearted fantasy adventure that fans of D&D and MMORPGs would adore, and make just about everyone with a funny-bone snort at the jokes.

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline - Book Review
04, May

This is a non-fiction book, on a period earlier than the majority of fantasy works. So why is it here? Well, one, I do a lot of reading of this nature in my quest to find stimulating, non-standard backgrounds for my own writing; two, if Globalisation, Climate Change, Plagues, and a complete social collapse sound familiar, you need to understand how history repeats itself.

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