Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

Note: I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to review. I have to say that the title is what drew me to this strange but enjoyable little novella. How on earth, I thought, can one make dragons relevant to the Russian Revolution? Somehow, mother and son … Continue reading Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

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Novel Thoughts: Turning History into Fantasy

Some of my favourite fantasy series involve some measure of real history in their inner workings. This is true of such series as George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and, of course, the many works of Guy Gavriel Kay (most notably those of his works set in the world of his duology The Sarantine Mosaic). All of … Continue reading Novel Thoughts: Turning History into Fantasy

TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Paranor” and “Crimson” (S2, Eps. 5 & 6)

Full spoilers for the episode follow. In a special double feature, our intrepid heroes Wil and Mareth continue their quest to bring the Warlock Lord's skull back from the past, the politics of Leah grow ever more complicated, and Allanon must confront the reality that he is dying. The Warlock Lord continues to loom as … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”–“Paranor” and “Crimson” (S2, Eps. 5 & 6)