Barbarian Book Club: 11 June 2017

Another month of reading has come and gone. The beautiful Japanese spring is ending and the rainy season is about to begin. I managed to finish two novels, one history book, and several short stories this month. Both of my fiction reads made up the closing chapters of their respective trilogies. The upcoming June rains …

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Suldrun’s Garden by Jack Vance

After much deliberation, I finally settled on Suldrun's Garden as my next read. I haven't read a full fantasy novel in over a year, so it will be nice to go back. The cover and the art that goes along with this is beautiful and I think I will enjoy the more magical fae type …

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Support Independent Fantasy

Eric is one of my favorite guys blogging and writing Fantasy right now. He's a starting author with a lot of the same tastes as me and going for the same Indy aesthetic that I am going for. He put out a 99 cent short story that I picked up and enjoyed. Go ahead and …

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Appendix N

My love of fantasy didn’t start with the venerable pipe smoking Hobbit so loved by many. No, my love was forged in the dankest dungeons. Tested by hideous beasts and malevolent creatures; Mind Flayers, Beholders, and Displacer Beasts. The adventure of Sword and Sorcery was where my imagination flourished. Barbarians, Sorceresses, Thieves, and Assassins, adventuring …

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Winter Issue of Cirsova is Out Now! — Cirsova

  Cirsova is hands down my favorite indy Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine. The last issue was fantastic. Old school Sword and Sorcery, pirates, Sword and Planet, wizards, witches, monsters, and everything that got me into Fantasy minus all the pretentious creative writing lit fic bullshit that poisons SFF. Buy it! Stickied Post The Winter …

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The Builders by Daniel Polansky

After about a year or so of hearing Daniel Polansky brought up whenever dark gritty fantasy was discussed I finally got around to reading some of his stuff. I picked up his Hugo-nominated novella, The Builders as a quick read between larger novels. The Builders is an anthropomorphic grimdark western. A band of violent, gun-slinging, talking …

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Flash Fiction, Wheel of Osheim Contest

Flash Fiction. Defined by Wikipedia as a style of fiction of extreme brevity. There is no official rules but most people consider it to be somewhere between 50 and 1000 words. I decided to write my first piece of flash fiction yesterday when I came across The Wheel of Osheim Writing Contest on the unofficial …

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Going to Narnia

Several days ago an old childhood friend of mine posted a picture of our 5th grade yearbook. Her post came at a perfect time. I'm here in Long Beach visiting all my old friends, driving down old streets, and trying to remember as much as possible from my childhood. One of the things that has …

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Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior book #1) I don't write reviews for all the books I read mostly due to my lack of time and the fact that most of the books I read have been written about and reviewed by people that consider themselves pro reviewers. But I really liked this …

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My Magnificent Seven Challenge

Challenges, I love challenges! I find it fun and motivating to set a goal and hold myself to it as much as possible. Weightlifting challenges, fitness challenges, reading challenges, hiking challenges, the whole idea of setting a bar and trying to get over it is a great way to accomplish goals. Many years ago I …

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