Discussions

14 Female Fantasy Author Recommendations

On the Fantasy-Faction – Fantasy Book Discussion Facebook page today a gentleman asked for recommendations on what people regarded as the best fantasy written by female authors. Since I started reading fantasy in 2012...

MUSIC REVIEW: Dreaming City by Glass Hammer

It wasn’t long ago that I was listening to some of my classic rock bands and I found myself wishing that there was something out there today that had a similar feel. Sure, there...

3 freelance editors worth every red cent

When you aren’t assigned an editor by a publishing house, parsing through and selecting the right freelance editor for you can be incredibly difficult. Some editors are qualified, some are not; some have swish...

A Post-Pandemic World: The Ultimate Cyberpunk Primer

Want to understand the surveillance-state dystopia our world has descended into? Need a primer on our cyberpunk present? Desperate to know what comes after the plague? Well friends, you’ve come to the right place....

Can Magic be Science by another name?

The fantasy of my reading youth all fell into the category we would now call ‘soft magic’. It had no rules and no structure beyond the occasional dusty tome or wizarding school. If someone...

Ten Indie Grimdark Novel Recommendations

One of the important changes brought about by the internet’s increasing availability as well as the rise of the e-book is the independent book market becoming a much bigger competitor to traditional publishing. Self-published...

Ten Tabletop RPGs for Grimdark Fans

While tabletop gamers can find heroes and high fantasy aplenty in today’s pen and paper RPGs, some might crave something with a little more grit, risk, and brutal realism. Thankfully, there are plenty of...

ANOTHER letter to the GdM editor

Dear Sir, Mark Lawrence is innocent! Free the Grimdark One! It’s all that nice Mr Kipling’s fault. My name is Anna Smith Spark, and in my brief moments of lucidity I have this delusion...

Warhammer 40K: Where to start reading

The Warhammer 40K universe books are legion. They cover almost every kind of action and war sci-fi you could want, from mass trench warfare, to special ops, secret agents, void wars, superhuman soldiers and...

REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix

Altered Carbon is probably one of my all-time favorite cyberpunk series, both book and television adaptation. I felt the idea of adapting the original novel was impossible given its stunning vision of the future...