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Sci-fi Novel Review: The Audacity by Carmen Loup

Each of my teammates in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) have evaluated their initial allotment and have made their recommendations for the quarterfinals, which consist in our collective top eight of the 28 books in our team’s slush pile. Four of those eight quarterfinalists had been in my scouting allotment, so I… Continue reading Sci-fi Novel Review: The Audacity by Carmen Loup

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Fantasy/Horror Novella Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

You know those authors with undeniable talent, but who always seem to leave you wondering exactly what to think? For me, that’s Stephen Graham Jones. It probably doesn’t help that he’s primarily a horror writer, and I don’t read a whole lot of horror. It also doesn’t help that he always seems ready to lean… Continue reading Fantasy/Horror Novella Review: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

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Fantasy Series Review: The Inda Quartet by Sherwood Smith

Back in 2019, after discovering the stunning works of Carol Berg, I began to hunt for female-authored epic fantasy that had flown under the radar in the 90s and 00s. And despite it being overshadowed by other popular mid-2000s fantasy [grumbles at marketing dollars thrown at The Name of the Wind instead], one series I… Continue reading Fantasy Series Review: The Inda Quartet by Sherwood Smith

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An SPSFC2 Review Two-Pack: Fear and The Sphere

My judging team in the second annual Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC2) has released our list of eight quarterfinalists, which we will be reading and reviewing over the next two months. Two of that quarterfinals group were the top two books that I selected out of my slush allocation. But two more–Fear by James McLellan… Continue reading An SPSFC2 Review Two-Pack: Fear and The Sphere

Top Lists · Year in Review

Tarvolon’s 2022 Recommended Reading List: Holiday Edition

It’s been a good year of reading, and I have already amassed quite a few favorites–more than enough to throw my hat into the ring with another entry in “Best of the Year” season. But with so many annual favorites posts reshuffling the TBR, I recognize that today’s post is far from final. There will… Continue reading Tarvolon’s 2022 Recommended Reading List: Holiday Edition

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Fantasy Novel Review: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reading Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. City of Last Chances will be released on December 8, 2022. Since getting back into sci-fi and fantasy a few years ago, Adrian Tchaikovsky has been one of my favorite discoveries. I’ve loved nearly… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky