Tag Archives: Fantasy

299. Sarah Kuhn (a.k.a. The Super Geek) — Heroine Complex (An Interview)

6 Jul HeroineComplex

Superheroes, and evil cupcakes, oh my!  Trish Matson and Mike Underwood join forces to explore Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex. They discuss Kuhn’s approach to action and humor, the novel’s rich relationships, and even a little bit of Hamilton!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

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

Book Review: Alice by Christina Henry

28 Jun Alice by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry

(Ace Books, Paperback, 291 Pages, ISBN: 9780425266793)

“Her voice trailed off, her throat full of love and loss and pain. [He] said nothing, but she heard his breath go deep and even, and she let her eyes fall shut. She matched her breath to his, and it was almost like holding his hand as the night closed in.

Alice dreamed of blood. Blood on her hands and under her feet, blood in her mouth and pouring from her eyes. The room was filled with it. Outside the door [he] stood hand in hand with something dark and hideous, a thing crafted of shadow with flashing silver teeth…”

I haven’t read Lewis Carroll before. I’ve never even watched any of the Alice in Wonderland adaptations that have been animated or filmed. But the continual presence of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in the popular zeitgeist is sufficient familiarity for anyone to pick up Alice, an arresting novel by Christina Henry published last summer. More inspired by Carroll’s twisted characters and their world as opposed to being a point-by-point ‘retelling’, Christina Henry tweaks Carroll’s work into her own distinct plot and themes, with a marked shift to darkness. Continue reading

CONvergence Ho! Call for Interviewees (Fans, Creators, Everyone!)

14 Jun CONvergence Connie Logo

In less than a month, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, and Shaun Duke will be at CONvergence in Minneapolis, the City of Flower and Sawdust, the City of Lakes, the Mini Apple, one half of the Twin Cities.  Woo!

A few years ago, we conducted over a dozen interviews and discussions at CONvergence using a handy portable recorder and a partially reconstituted talking gerbil.  We’d like to do something similar again in 2016!  That’s where you come in.

If you’re a fan, a creator (author, comic artist, whatever), or something else entirely, we’d like to talk to you!  And that means you have to send us an email (skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com) with the subject line “CONvergence Podcast.”  Here’s what we’re planning to record:

Interviews with Fans

One of Shaun’s interests is talking to sf/f fans about their fan-ness.  How did you become a fan?  What are your earliest fannish memories?  What books or movies affected your life?  If you’re a fan and would like to be interviewed, let us know!

Interviews with Creators (Writers, Artists, Filmmakers, Podcasters)

This would seem to be the most obvious of the three.  If you’re a creator of some kind, we’d like to talk to you about your creative endeavors.  We’ve interviewed authors, comic artists, filmmakers, and other podcasters.  There are all sorts of categories of creators out there, so if you make something, whether it’s a book or costumes, we’d love to chat about you and your work!

Discussions on Various SF/F Topics w/ Anyone

Got an sf/f topic you’d like to talk about?  A movie you want to discuss?  Let us know!  We’re interested in setting up a few discussion sessions with creators and fans.  Send us your suggestions, too!

See you at CONvergence!

Book Review: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

9 Jun


“Let’s start with the end of the world, why don’t we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things.”

Beginning the book with an apocalypse as a cold open is just the first audacious and bold maneuver that writer N.K. Jemisin pulls off in The Fifth Season, the first of the Broken Earth series. The Fifth Season continues Jemisin’s technique of crafting interesting, diverse and unique fantasy worlds to explore ideas, concepts and characters in her burgeoning signature style. I listened to this in audiobook form, an excellent narration by Robin Miles. Continue reading

Book Review: When the Heavens Fall and The Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

19 May The Dragon Hunters

In the Empire of Fantasy, there are many duchies, kingdoms, republics, city states, freeports and shires. Even the field of epic fantasy, a large chunk of that aforementioned Empire, has a number of subdivisions one can make, based on the particular style of the epic fantasy. Readers who go deep into epic fantasy can tease out the essential differences between Robin Hobb’s style of fantasy to Kate Elliott, or George R R Martin, or Robert Jordan. As these authors have produced novels and created fans, they have in effect helped guide schools of thought within Epic Fantasy.

Marc Turner’s Chronicle of the Exile series, starting with When the Heavens Fall and continuing through The Dragon Hunters, falls within a school of fantasy that I attribute and associate most with the works of Steven Erikson in his Malazan universe. Continue reading


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