Category Archives: Fantasy

2021 Word Fantasy Award Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Finalists have been announced ! The winners will be announced during the World Fantasy Convention, 4.-7.11.2021. I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. I don’t exactly plan to read through everything. … Continue reading

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The Witness for the Dead • 2021 • Gaslight Fantasy novel by Katherine Addison

Synopsis: Witness for the Dead is set in the same world as the award winning The Goblin Emperor (review) but focuses on a mostly different cast of characters and far outside of the imperial court.  Thara Celehar, a prelate of … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2021 Locus Awards Winners have been announced! I wanted to review at least the short works, but didn’t make it through. Sorry about that, but cat business got in the way.  Here are all the winners and finalists from … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt • 1990 • Fantasy Novel by Robert Jordan

My rereading project of the Wheel of Times series passed another milestone when I finished the second volume “The Great Hunt” together with my daughter as a buddy read. If you want to track back my other two monthly progress … Continue reading

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The Inaccessibility of Heaven • Urban Fantasy novelette by Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: Night. A night like any other in Starhollow: the headlights of cars, small and lost between the skyscrapers; the smell of hydromel and wine wafting from those few bars still open; and above me, the distant light of the … Continue reading

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Wait for Night • 2020 • Horror short story by Stephen Graham Jones

Synopsis: A day laborer is hired as part of a crew to clean up a flooded creek after a flood just outside of Boulder, CO. Thirty minutes later, that five o’clock whistle blowing a couple hours late, my uncle’s unregistered … Continue reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods • 2020 • short story by Maria Dahvana Headley

First sentence: Gods won’t save you. Gods will break you. Nevertheless, you will persist, and become anew. This is the first myth: that your boyfriend from when you were fifteen will come and get you out of hell.  Synopsis: Ah, … Continue reading

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Black Water Sister • 2021 • Urban Fantasy novel by Zen Cho

Synopsis: Jessamyn just graduated from Harvard but didn’t manage to find a real job, yet. She moves with her parents back to Malaysia where they live in a relative’s home. She starts to hear a voice in her head, claiming … Continue reading

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Dresses Like White Elephants • 2020 • Magical Realism short story by Meg Elison

Synopsis: Beni is an aging drag queen about to deliver his last show with a bang. He needs the perfect dress for that event and goes shopping at a dress convention.  His requirements are detailed, and come with a price, … Continue reading

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The Sycamore and the Sybil • 2020 • Fantasy short story by Alix E. Harrow

First sentence: Before I was a sycamore I was a woman, and before I was a woman I was a girl, and before I was a girl I was a wet seed wild in the hot-pulp belly of my mother.  … Continue reading

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