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Art (Stuff I Like): My friends and I didn’t read Robert E Howard, we didn’t read Terry Brooks (other than that first Tolkien pastiche). A lot of us read Tolkien, but not everyone. Michael Moorcock, though, we all read. I think my friend Karl H. told me about Stormbringer first, before I picked up anything […]

I divide sword & sorcery characters into two archetypes: the Achilles archetype and the Odysseus archetype. Conan is of the Achilles faction. Clark Ashton Smith had the first Odyssesus archetype with Satampra Zeiros. Harry Otto Fischer created Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, Fritz Leiber would expand on the two character and the first to get […]

Dreadgod (Cradle #11) – Will Wight The battle in the heavens has left a target on Lindon’s back. His most reliable ally is gone, the Monarchs see him as a threat, and he has inherited one of the most valuable facilities in the world. At any moment, his enemies could band together to kill him. […]

New (Wasteland & Sky): It’s been a long time coming, but today it the say Cirsova puts out their new issue. not only that, but for the first time, I have been included in its pages! You won’t want to miss out on this action-packed issue. Cirsova hasn’t missed yet. Running since 2016, it has […]

I have been slowly working my through the James Bond books by Ian Fleming. I picked up a stack of Signet/New American Library editions from the sixties at a library book sale a few years back. Spy fiction is not one of my preferred genres though I do read a few. James Bond was one […]

Champions of MythRune – Derek Alan Siddoway and A. J. Cerna Champions of MythRune… Round One… Ready, fight! With his glory days behind him and nothing but life as a loser to look forward to, Zane can’t wait for MythRune. A first-of-its-kind immersive fantasy game that promises to provide just the escape from reality a […]