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RyanHowse

RyanHowse

Ryan is a mid-30s nerd, married, with two kids. Also two cats–Cathulhu and Necronomicat. He likes, in no particular order, tabletop gaming, board games, arguing over books, ancient history and religion, and puns. You can find him as unconundrum on reddit.

REVIEW: There Is No Antimemetics Division

The SCP Foundation is a collaborative setting that anyone can add to. It stands for Secure, Contain, and Protect, and deals with a specialized bureaucracy dealing with things that don’t make sense in our...

REVIEW: When Things Get Dark edited by Ellen Datlow

When Things Get Dark is a new anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. Datlow is a well-respected anthologist, who has won plenty of awards, including the Shirley Jackson Award three times. This made her the...

REVIEW: Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 3 had an ending that could be described as ‘controversial at best.’ Mass Effect: Andromeda did fine commercially but was definitely not the shot in the arm that the franchise needed. And...

REVIEW: The Past is Red by Catherynne Valente

The Past is Red is Catherynne Valente’s novella-length sequel to her short story, The Future Is Blue (also included with this book.) It follows Tetley Abednego, the most hated girl in Garbagetown. The Future...

REVIEW: Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne Valente

Catherynne Valente is the author of over twenty-five books, and the winner of numerous awards. Valente often breaks down existing stories and uses them as fertilizer for her own work. That’s true of fairy...

REVIEW: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones, is an absolutely incredible horror novel. It follows four Indigenous men, a decade after a disastrous hunting trip, as they are hunted by a vengeful spirit....

REVIEW: Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar

Gunmetal Gods is a novel focused on a fantastical analog to the Crusades. It’s told through dual points of view of both Kevah, a janissary soldier, and Micah the Metal, a paladin. Kevah’s an...

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REVIEW: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams is the single best Tolkien-style fantasy not written by Tolkien. It was a huge inspiration to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, as...

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REVIEW: The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S Villoso

The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng is the third and final book in K.S. Villoso’s Chronicles of the Bitch Queen trilogy. The structure of this one, more than either of its predecessors, feels like three separate...

REVIEW: The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and...