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233. Alma Alexander (a.k.a. The Tree Shifter) — Random (An Interview)

21 Nov

Werecritter mistakes, immigration, and magic trees, oh my!  The glorious Alma Alexander joins Shaun and Julia to discuss her newest novel, Random (Dark Quest Books).  We talk about her werecritter culture, the immigrant experience, language, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

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Random by Alma Alexander

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Geekomancer Under Glass: Month of Joy Comics-Palooza

19 Nov WRDS-4-PIX_5.1

Our robo-goblin overlord has declared a Month of Joy, and allowed that in this month, by his grace, I am allowed to be right about comics.

Therefore, this month, I’m going to do a round-up of comics I’ve been loving. Which is a lot, since this is the year I decided to get into comics writing, and as a result, have been reading a LOT of comics, especially since Baltimore Comic-Con. Here’s a round-up of some of the books that have wowed me this month: Continue reading

232. Eric Orchard (a.k.a. Prince Spider-Goblin) — Maddy Kettle (An Interview)

19 Nov

Flying bears, spider-goblins, and magic, oh my!  Graphic novelist Eric Orchard joins Shaun and Mike to talk about his newest graphic novel, Maddy Kettle:  The Adventure of the Thimblewitch.  We discuss writing for young readers, the comics market, illustration and myth, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

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Maddy Kettle by Eric Orchard

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Squeeing About Superheroines by Tansy Rayner Roberts — #monthofjoy

14 Nov Captain Marvel -- Carol Danvers

There’s a lot to critique about the role of women in superhero comics and associated media — and I spend a lot of time and energy doing exactly that. But today, I’m here to talk about a bunch of reasons to be super excited about female superheroes, and what’s being written, drawn and performed either right now or in the future.

1) Wonder Woman

It’s a really good time to be a Wonder Woman fan. We’re drawing to the end of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s legendary run on the character, which was one of the few creative success stories to come out of the DC Comics New 52. I’ve particularly liked the heavy focus on Greek mythology, the retro and non-exploitative art direction, and the supporting cast. Keeping Diana mostly outside the rest of continuity for these comics has helped with the consistency of the story, meaning (hopefully) that they can continue in graphic novel format to be an accessible gateway to the character for many years to come. Continue reading

231. City Building in Urban Fantasy (CONvergence Panel w/ Emma Bull, Tania Richter, Kathryn Sullivan, and Christoforo Pasquarette)

14 Nov

Cliff cities, twisted towers, and fantastic streets, oh my!  Earlier this year, I moderated / participated in a panel on city building with some amazing folks.  And I finally get to release it!  From new cities to ancient palimpsestial streets, Emma Bull, Tania Richter, Kathryn Sullivan, and Christoforo Pasquarette tackle the process of city building in urban fantasy (and fantasy at large).

Here is the CONvergence description:

From cloud citadels to urban wastelands, any city has infrastructure needs: water, sewage, transportation. How will those be met? A discussion of good and bad city design in urban fantasy.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 231 — Download (MP3)

New York City

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).  Additional music from “Black Vortex” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

13 Nov 51mk3g4IdUL

Snuff is a loyal and faithful watchdog* — preternaturally intelligent. He helps Saucy Jack, a good and kind master. In Victorian London in October 1887, there will be a full moon on Halloween. A full moon on Halloween is a special event (which occurs about every 15-20 years on average), for then the Door can be opened and the Elder Gods let back into the world. Jack is a group of one of the individuals, Openers and Closers, striving during this October to gather the tools to decide whether the Door will finally be opened this time and change the world for all. The Great Game is afoot!

Snuff’s master, though, is not any friendly guy named Jack, but rather he is a certain famous Jack best known to history for killing prostitutes in Whitechapel.

And he is a Closer. Continue reading

Book Review: Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

13 Nov Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith

Xhea has no magic. Born without the power that everyone else takes for granted, Xhea is an outcast—no way to earn a living, buy food, or change the life that fate has dealt her. Yet she has a unique talent: the ability to see ghosts and the tethers that bind them to the living world, which she uses to scratch out a bare existence in the ruins beneath the City’s floating Towers.

When a rich City man comes to her with a young woman’s ghost tethered to his chest, Xhea has no idea that this ghost will change everything. The ghost, Shai, is a Radiant, a rare person who generates so much power that the Towers use it to fuel their magic, heedless of the pain such use causes. Shai’s home Tower is desperate to get the ghost back and force her into a body—any body—so that it can regain its position, while the Tower’s rivals seek the ghost to use her magic for their own ends. Caught between a multitude of enemies and desperate to save Shai, Xhea thinks herself powerless—until a strange magic wakes within her. Magic dark and slow, like rising smoke, like seeping oil. A magic whose very touch brings death.

With two extremely strong female protagonists, Radiant is a story of fighting for what you believe in and finding strength that you never thought you had.

Karina Sumner-Smith’s debut novel, “Radiant,” is fresh, enjoyable and interesting. The worldbuilding, characterization, plot, and language all work together in an involving and satisfying way. The pacing is pleasing, starting with small-scale negotiations and individual-scale risks; discoveries and choices bring greater danger, bigger decisions and sacrifices, and finally building to a City-changing conclusion. In fact, I read the last half of the book in one gulp. Continue reading

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