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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: The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

Tad Williams said that when he finished Memory, Sorrow and Thorn he thought he was done with the world. The hints of prophecy for things to come were just to imply that, while this...

REVIEW: Final Fantasy XVI

One of the oldest jokes in video game RPGs is how long-running the Final Fantasy franchise is, given its name. The original Final Fantasy, released in 1987 in Japan and 1990 in North America,...

REVIEW: The Fisherman by John Langan

Abe is a widower who lost his wife to cancer. Another coworker of his, Dan, lost his family in a car accident. To get their minds off their losses, they take up fishing together....

REVIEW: Legacy of Brick and Bone by Krystle Matar

Krystle Matar’s debut, Legacy of the Brightwash was massive, earning well-deserved praise and becoming one of the top finalists for the seventh Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. It was dark, complicated, and human. Legacy of the...

REVIEW: The Tyrant by Michael Cisco

Michael Cisco’s The Tyrant is a strange, dreamlike book. It was Cisco’s second novel, after 1999’s award-winning The Divinity Student. Cisco is sometimes claimed as part of the New Weird tradition, and it’s easy...

REVIEW: Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman takes place while the Black Death is ravaging Europe. If the huge outbreaks of plague weren’t enough, civilization is collapsing. The countryside is ravaged by famine, banditry, and...

REVIEW: World Running Down by Al Hess

World Running Down is the first traditionally published novel by Al Hess. I first read his self-published novel Mazarin Blues last year for the first Self-Published Science Fiction Competition, and loved it. Valentine Weis...

REVIEW: Leech by Hiron Ennes

Leech – In Verdira, a brutal winter encroaches as a replacement arrives for a doctor who just died. Both the dead doctor and the replacement are part of The Institute, where doctors are trained;...

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REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 4

Given that it’s currently the highest-streamed show on Netflix, and was popular enough to crash their servers, odds are good if you’re reading this you’ve already at least started season 4 of Netflix’s Stranger...

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REVIEW: Empire Under a Dying Sun by Joseph O. Doran

The world is ending. Cataclysmic lashes of fire emerge from the sun and wipe out anything in their path. Fissures emerge out of nowhere, engulfing entire towns. No one is safe. The empress Anyosa...