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The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle

The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle

Peter Beagle can write anything–literally anything. He’s written novels, short stories, screenplays, and songs, all many-hued in style, theme, and subject. Over his career, he’s written tales about ghost cats and teenage angst (Tamsin), restless spirits and larcenous ravens (A Fine and Private Place), cranky Italian farmers and mischievous goats (In Calabria), and of course, unicorns and love-lorn princes (The Last Unicorn).

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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Author: Peter S. Beagle, Fantasy

 

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The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is no stranger to short fiction. As one of the preeminent authors in the field of science fiction and fantasy, she’s written over 300 books, including short stories and poetry. She also writes fiction and non-fiction picture books for kids. She’s also been called the Aesop of the twentieth century by the New York Times and the Hans Christian Andersen of America by Newsweek–massive praise that she very much lives up to.

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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Author: Jane Yolen, Fantasy

 

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Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw features Dr. Greta Helsing, a descendent of monster hunters. Instead of hunting monsters she now practices medicine for monsters. The nature of her practice, based in modern-day London, must remain secret so her patients can remain safe. That balance is threatened when a group of monks starts targeting supernatural creatures, as well as the good doctor herself. It’s up to Greta and her friends to stop the group before London falls to its knees.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Author: Vivian Shaw, Fantasy

 

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Jenny Redcape by Amanda Kespohl

Jenny Redcape by Amanda Kespohl

I beta-read Jenny Redcape when it was a work-in-progress and was privileged to see it evolve into its polished, finished form. This short story takes place in a larger story world created by Amanda Kespohl. In this medieval fantasy setting, demons plague the wilderness, but it’s humans who hold the most danger for one another.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Author: Amanda Kespohl, Fantasy

 

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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

I’m a huge Patricia McKillip fan, having read most of her books and short stories (and those I haven’t read, I’m saving for a rainy day), so I was over the moon when I learned that Tachyon will be reissuing her 1974 fantasy novel (and World Fantasy Award Winner), The Forgotten Beasts of Eld this fall.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Author: Patricia A. McKillip, Fantasy

 

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Reaper by Katrina Monroe

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REAPER is Katrina Monroe’s debut novel from Melange Books. I reviewed an advanced digital book.

This fast-paced urban fantasy follows Oz, a recently-deceased writer who serves in the Department of Creative Death and Ironic Punishment writing deaths for others. He counts his days on a seemingly endless kitten calendar until one day, he’s freed from his desk. Well, sort of. Oz is being sent on a new mission on Earth. His job is to accompany and learn from Bard, a Reaper, as he bears away souls of the newly dead. Sounds easy enough.

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Author: Katrina Monroe, Fantasy

 

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Jonesing for a Good Read: What Makes Diana Wynne Jones Magical

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl’s Castle – From the Miyazaki film

Diana Wynne Jones is one of the authors I foist on everyone who asks for a fantasy reading recommendation. Because I didn’t discover her work until I was well into my twenties (thanks to the Miyazaki film version of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE), I try to make up for lost time and spread the word of an author whose works deserve to be widely read.

My relationship with HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE is a bit backwards. Usually, I seek out the book before watching the movie, but I didn’t in this case. Howl, a tortured wizard with a penchant for snazzy dressing and a weakness for hair dye, was the perfect animated hero. Sophie was also a nuanced heroine with a tinge of sadness so common in Miyazaki films, and Calcifer just cracked me up. I ended up loving the film and I knew I had to read the book.

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Author: Diana Wynne Jones, Fantasy, Tribute

 

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