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It’s extraordinarily difficult to write an effective work of horror or suspense, especially one that will be appreciated for generations to come.  Most of the audience has seen dozens of slasher films featuring killings and dismemberment in gruesome detail.  One can hardly shock them with that.  Moreover, write a work with fantastical elements and a […]

This week’s roundup of the newest releases in fantasy and adventure features a pair of online litRPGs, a renegade angel trying to redeem himself, a magical academy torn apart by magical war, and the return of America’s foremost pulp spy, Secret Agent “X”. Adventure Rising (Jack Dashing #2) – Jon Mollison In just a few […]

Featuring a foreword by the brilliant Israeli military theorist Martin van Creveld, On War is a fascinating book that is a must-listen for every military professional, wargamer, and amateur student of the art of war. On War is a seven-year collection of columns written by the father of 4th Generation War theory while observing the […]

The Mouser did not find his watch a pleasant one. In place of his former trust in this rocky nook, he now scented danger in every direction and peered as often at the steamy pit as at the black entrance beyond the glowing coals, entertaining himself with vivid visions of a cooked priest somehow writhing […]

The eighth book in the best-selling Lost Starship series by Vaughn Heppner. Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb […]

In Mage Tome, Rod Walker turns his pen towards fantasy with the first of a series of adventures featuring master thief Rowan of Kalderon. While his The Thousand Worlds series follows in the footsteps of Heinlein’s juveniles, here Walker casts an eye towards the thieves of sword and sorcery pulps and dungeon crawl games for […]

In the 1940s, Edmond Hamilton earned the title of “World Wrecker” for his galaxy-smashing space operas. Now, seventy years later, John C. Wright sets out to inherit Hamilton’s coveted mantle with the masterpiece of pulp madness, SUPERLUMINARY: The Lords of Creation. And to whet the appetite for this ambitious spectacle of science, fantasy, and adventure, Castalia House offers […]

Hat tip (and maybe eventual blame) to commentator Terry from my Avalon Hill Battle of Waterloo post.  He recommend La Bataille de la Moscowa and I recently bought three Clash of Arms games from the same series: La Bataille de les Quatre Bras, La Bataille de Ligney and La Bataille de Mont Saint Jean, which is the expansion for Ligny […]

I’m going to start by telling you why I’m not reviewing “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”. I absolutely loved it, as I said previously, so why not? Honestly…I can’t. It’s impossible for me to review. I love it too much. There are certain books, movies, and shows that I love so much, was so swept up in […]

Jack Dashing returns in the sequel to 2017’s tale of an alternate-earth, Adventure Constant. In just a few short weeks, the Planetary Romantic travels to a world not entirely unlike our own. A curious twist of fate strands him in a nightmarish version of New York City…or perhaps that should be a more nightmarish version of […]

One assassination may be an accident. Two assassinations is enemy action. Aeneas Tell of the House of Tell is one of the youngest Lords of Creation. His family rules the Nine Worlds through its control of the ultra-advanced technology that has permitted the colonization of the entire solar System. More gods than men, the Lords […]

Blame Netflix. Oh, sure, I’ve had vast numbers of people DEMAND that I review this cinematic catastrophe, but since I wasn’t ever going to spend any money on seeing it, I could plausibly wave off. “Nope, sorry. I’m too busy, it’s too expensive, and my astrologer says ‘no can do’.” Then Netflix went and put […]