Gimme that Old School Sword and Sorcery: The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S Kemp

On May 21, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Egil and Nix are thieves.  Good thieves, as a matter of fact.  True, they have side interests and pasts. Nix knows something of magic.  Egil was trained as a priest of the Momentary God. Both of them have pasts and long careers as thieves, years of tomb robbing and other unsavory jobs. Now, the results […]

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Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

On May 17, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

  In Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig tells the story of a modern day Cassandra. Miriam has had the visions for years. All it takes is the touch of another person’s skin on her own, and she sees their death. When she meets a trucker named Louis, she sees him call her name before he dies. Can […]

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Intrigue in Elizabethan England: Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls

On May 14, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  It’s the early 17th century. Elizabethan England. The scene is London,  a diverse and eclectic metropolis.  Maliverny Catlyn is a skilled but down on his luck swordsman and gentleman who is trying to scrape together a living on the hard streets of London, manage his relationship with his lover Ned, and keep his tortured […]

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Image of a Halfbreed Puca:And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht

On April 23, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  When last we left Liam Kelly, the slow revelation of who and what he was had left him if not in a happy place, at least a relatively stable place. True, he had lost much in discovering his true heritage, lost his wife, lost friends, lost (or should we say, walked away) from his […]

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Book Received: Magic Without Mercy

On April 13, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464486 Official Description: Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic. But she’s never faced anything like this. Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father […]

Book Received: Devil’s Punch

On April 11, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464494 Official Description: The power swelled inside me, burning, hurting, but I let it center me. Pain means I’m still here, fighting. I envisioned it swelling in my hand in a seething rush, gathering, gathering, and then I sent it […]

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Book Received: Shadow’s Fall

On April 6, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (March 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007383 Official Description: For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, […]

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Book Received: Doubletake

On April 4, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (March 6, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464443 Official Description: Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko’s shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held […]

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Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

On April 2, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

When I picked up American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew only two things: 1.) It was cited as a genre classic and 2.) the podcast, Writing Excuses, mentioned a scene from the book where a god burned his fingers on a hot apple pie. And while I admit […]

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Knight to King’s Knight’s Six: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

On March 29, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  I am going to start this review off on a note and structure rather different than other book reviews of mine you’ve read of mine at the Functional Nerds and say this right up front: Prince of Thorns, a debut fantasy novel by Mark Lawrence, is a contentious novel with a mostly unsympathetic sociopathic […]

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Book Received: Fated

On March 28, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007294 Official Description: Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible […]

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Book Received: How To be Death

On March 23, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007286 Official Description: All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever wanted out of life was a fabulous job in New York City and a really hot boyfriend. But now, she’s the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down […]

Book Received: Black Howl

On March 21, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007332 Official Description: Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago’s dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black’s exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a […]

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Book Received: Sins of the Son

On March 14, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (March 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007375 Official Description: When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth’s true nature, […]

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Episode 093 – Lou Anders and E.C. Meyers

On March 6, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 93 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Lou Anders back to the show to chat with E.C. Meyers about Young Adult Fiction. About Lou Anders: Lou Anders is the  2011 Hugo Award winning editorial director of Prometheus Books’ science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr, and editor of the […]

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Book Received: A Path to Coldness of Heart

On February 25, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books (January 10, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803294 Official Description: At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook”s Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far […]

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Book Received: The Serpent Sea

On February 18, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1597803324 Official Description: Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. […]

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Book Received: Between Their Worlds

On February 17, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1 edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464354 Official Description: Magiere and Leesil must rescue Wynn Hygeort from her captivity in the Guild of Sagecraft. But Wynn doesn’t want to give up access to the ancient scrolls that may help them locate the last of the magical Orbs […]

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Book Received: The Order of the Scales: The Memory of Flames, Book III

On February 13, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover (February 7, 2012) ISBN-10: 0451464370 Available: February 7, 2012 Official Description: Having survived Jehal’s betrayal, former Queen Zafir is determined to take back control of the kingdom. To that end, she seizes Jehal’s wife and son as hostages. Desperate to save his queen and his heir, Jehal makes a […]

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Book Received: The Daemon Prism

On February 10, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: Roc Trade; 1 edition (January 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464346 Official Description: Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle – a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned sorceress […]

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Book Received: A Stark and Wormy Knight

On February 6, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams Available: June, 2012 Publisher: Subterranean Press ISBN: 978-1-59606-461-4 From the Subterranean Press website: Tad Williams is an acknowledged master of the multi-volume epic. Through such popular series as Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and Otherland, he has acquired a huge and devoted body of readers who eagerly await […]

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Book Review: Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole

On February 3, 2012, in Book Review, Carrie Cuinn, by CarrieCuinn

I bought Myke Cole’s debut novel the day it came out, on the strength of the reading I saw him do at last summer’s Readercon. Shadow Ops: Control Point is the first in a series, and it’s a quick read. I started it on the train ride from Trenton to Philadelphia, read a bit before class, […]

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