Category Archives: Fantasy

Neeta Lyffe: Dual Review

Today will be a dual review.  Why? Because it’s hard to review one book without reflecting on the other. In zombie films, zombies are generally NOT the main bad guys. They set the scene, they act as cannon fodder (for … Continue reading

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Monster Hunter Grunge Review

What happens when you bring together one of the best SF&F writers into one of the best fantasy worlds in books today? Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge. When Marine Private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the Marine barrack bombing in … Continue reading

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Butcher discusses Peace Talks at DragonCon

Jim Butcher is deeply enamored with DragonCon. After multiple signings where no one showed up, or panels at conventions where he was the only one in the room, DragonCon is where he started to feel like an author. In fact, … Continue reading

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DragonCon report 2016, The Secrets of NY Times Bestselling Authors

This panel lacked truth in advertising. Bestsellers don’t come easy. Writers share tips about breaking the barrier of the NYT Bestseller lists. It had a collection of people who were on the Bestseller list, but nothing really about getting books … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Awards

A lot of attention has come to the state of awards in the field of science fiction and fantasy in the last few years, thanks to increasing problems with and arguments over the Hugo Awards. If you’re unaware of why, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mermaid & The Unicorn

There’s a lot of “urban fantasy” out there, and I’ve only experienced small handfuls of it. I’ve devoured The Dresden Files, caught a few episodes of Buffy, delved into the lore of World of Darkness, and even gotten into Monster … Continue reading

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A Flight of Dragon Awards

DragonCon is a convention that takes place every year over the Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, GA. It is, by all accounts, the largest sci-fi and fantasy convention on the planet Earth. If you don’t believe me, their minimum … Continue reading

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TONIGHT on The Catholic Geek Radio Show: the Military in Fiction

http://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=533877&episodeId=9055475     At 7 PM, EST, Jonathan LaForce joins us to discuss how to create proper military characters in science fiction and fantasy. Building proper military characters in science fiction and fantasy, including ranks, behaviors and attitudes. A former … Continue reading

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The Baen Free Library: “Hey, Kid, the First Taste is Free!”

Over the last several weeks, I’ve found myself explaining the Baen Free Library to people. Now, I like introducing people to cool stuff, but even the best things can get repetitive, and repetitive can easily become boring, and boring quickly … Continue reading

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A Quick Review (not exactly anime): RWBY

Making something new is hard, and the most difficult part of that is definitely the beginning. RWBY is a case in point. You might remember seeing its “Red” trailer on the internet a long time ago; it was a visually … Continue reading

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Finally Some News about the Dresden Files!

As you all probably know by now, we’re big fans of The Dresden Files here at CG. (The books, not the show. Except for Olivia, but we forgive her. Mostly.) There’s been an unusually long delay for the latest book in … Continue reading

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The Significance of March 25th

March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day, because it’s the date in The Return of the King when the Ring was destroyed. But have you ever wondered why Tolkien made a point of mentioning that exact date? Doesn’t the use of … Continue reading

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Dead Beat’s Break Down (Part 7)

  Sorry once again for my tardiness.  I was preparing for the zombie apocalypse (no, seriously, I was).  I’ll tell you all about that later, but first things first. To make it up to you, I’ve finished Dead Beat, so we … Continue reading

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The Catholic Geek: Pirates and Alternate history 11/15

Description Host Declan Finn (Honor at Stake) will be talking with Fred Heimbach on alternate history, including his latest book, The Devil’s Dictum, where the United States of America was founded by pirates. Frederick Gero Heimbach’s fiction has appeared at … Continue reading

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Dead Beat’s Break Down (part 6)

It’s Halloween in Chicago.  Our favorite wizard is running out of not only time but also options.  If he can’t defeat the baddies before midnight, the entire world is doomed. Sounds like a normal day for Harry Dresden.

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The Catholic Geek: John C Wright discusses Somewhither

  http://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=533877&episodeId=7975799 Description Due to a scheduling issues at the publishers, L Jagi Lamplighter will not be on as originally announced. However, she has arranged for a replacement. Author John C. Wright returns to discuss his latest novel, Somewhither, from Castalia … Continue reading

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Dead Beat’s Break Down (part 5)

We all knew that this was coming.  Whether it be asking advice from Bob or gleaning vague knowledge from faeries, Harry always consults some magical being when a case is this tough to crack. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cause … Continue reading

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Dead Beat’s Breakdown (part 3)

Already, Dead Beat has us glued to the edge of our seats.  New threats lurk in the dark hours before Halloween’s approach, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon.

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The Catholic Geek: Rory Modena and David Chalmers 08/30 by We Built That Network | Culture Podcasts

Declan Finn (Honor At Stake, The Pius Trilogy) has the wonderful RK ‘Shadowdancer’ Modena and her cohort David Chalmers. We’ll cover art (which Declan knows nothing about), censorship in gaming and game chat, as well as their upcoming collaboration on … Continue reading

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Dead Beat’s Breakdown (Part 2)

Through the dark streets of autumn Chicago we travel. As Halloween approaches, Harry is confronted with even more mysteries and obstacles. And the worst part is he doesn’t have the time!

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