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The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 2: Power & Light

Posted by Luke Forney on November 5, 2010 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 2: Power & Light was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by NESFA Press.

 

I was rather blown away with the first volume of NESFA Press’ six-volume reprint of the short works of Roger Zelazny. So when volume two appeared in the mail, I couldn’t wait to dive in. The second volume opens with introductions from Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Walter Jon Williams. As with the last volume, a large num...

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World Tree by Bard Bloom & Victoria Borah Bloom

Posted by Luke Forney on November 5, 2010 at 7:41 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: World Tree was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Padwolf Publishing.

 

Normally, Luke Reviews only puts out reviews of novels, collections, anthologies, etc. However, Luke Reviews has been known to read a Role Playing Game book from time to time. When Padwolf Publishing sent me a copy of World Tree, along with Bard Bloom’s novel A Marriage of Insects, which is set in the World Tree game setting, I was quite curious ...

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The Halfling's Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Posted by Luke Forney on October 27, 2010 at 1:58 AM Comments comments (23)

NOTE: The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Dark Quest Books.

 

What do you get when you want to take something known for its rather pathetic nature (fairies/faeries) and turn that ideology on its head? The anthology series Bad-Ass Faeries is the first thing that comes to my mind. Now at three volumes (Bad-Ass Faeries, Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, and Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All ...

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The Best of Talebones edited by Patrick Swenson

Posted by Luke Forney on October 27, 2010 at 1:56 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: The Best of Talebones was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Fairwood Press.

 

In this field, there are a lot of magazines that come and go. Some leave a mark, and some pass on with little acclaim or notice. And sometimes some of them really take a hold and manage to pull together some great fiction before their eventual decline. One of these magazines is Talebones, headed by Patrick Swenson, who also happens to be head of Fairwood Press. A...

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Dead to Rights by Patrick Thomas

Posted by Luke Forney on October 17, 2010 at 6:38 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: Dead to Rights was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Padwolf Publishing.

 

I have been coming across more and more Patrick Thomas lately, it seems. I’ve been loving his short stories, and once you read some of them, you can’t help but want to dive into some of his series more, and return to the characters over and over (I’m looking at you Startenders; can anyone tell me if there are more than just the one story out there?).

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So It Begins edited by Mike McPhail

Posted by Luke Forney on October 17, 2010 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: So It Begins was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Dark Quest Books.

 

In my quest to discover another side of military science fiction, I stumbled upon Breach the Hull edited by Mike McPhail, the first volume of the Defending the Future series from Dark Quest Books. When I received the second volume, I made sure to dive into the contents ASAP.

 

This second volume turned out to be even better than the first. Stories such ...

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Mythic Memories by Alex Ness & Trent Westbrook

Posted by Luke Forney on October 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM Comments comments (2)

NOTE: Mythic Memories was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Rogue Blades Entertainment.

 

Much of modern fantasy is deeply rooted in the mythic traditions of the past (The Lord of the Rings takes a lot of stories from Celtic and Anglo-Saxon tradition in particular, and retells them). However, many modern readers aren’t familiar with the long tradition of heroic literature in the myths of the past. Thus, I was really excited to see this boo...

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Boarding Instructions by Ray Vukcevich

Posted by Luke Forney on October 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: Boarding Instructions was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Fairwood Press.

 

One thing I really like about Fairwood Press is that they put together some top notch collections by both authors I have heard of before, and authors that I’m glad I’ve found out about through their collections. I discovered the work of James Van Pelt through them, as well as Ken Scholes, and a number of others. And now it was time to decide if I was going to ...

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Bad Cop, No Donut edited by John L. French

Posted by Luke Forney on October 12, 2010 at 4:53 PM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: Bad Cop, No Donut was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by Dark Quest Books.

 

I read some mystery and crime fiction on occasion, but not often, and not nearly as much as I would like. Especially rare are original crime anthologies. So, when I received Bad Cop, No Donut, I dove at the chance to explore some new crime stories from the darker side of the genre.

 

What I found in Bad Cop, No Donut was a buffet of storie...

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The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game

Posted by Luke Forney on October 3, 2010 at 4:26 AM Comments comments (0)

Note: The Collected Short Work of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game was a free review copy provided to Luke Reviews by NESFA Press.

 

As I discovered when reading a previous volume of Poul Anderson’s short works, I was really missing out having not read much from this accomplished author. I got the chance to dive into more of his work with the brand new collection out from NESFA Press, The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: Th...

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