Self Care With Nerd Art

By Isaac H. As the world slowly re-opens from the Covid19 pandemic (safe and timely or otherwise), it’s a good time for self care. There is a lot going on right now and sometimes it can help to move your attention away from the news and everyday happenings and problems of life. One of the […]

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Fantastic Heists

By Kristi S.  It all started with Mistborn: The Final Empire, recommended to me by a coworker (thank you, Grant). I was pulled in by page one and my love for the fantasy heist genre was born. There’s nothing like the thrill of following characters as they pull off a major theft, but it becomes […]

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Author Spotlight: Barbara Hambly

By Jennifer K. Do you like mysteries? Historical fiction? Epic fantasy? Horror? Wait, do you like Star Wars? How about vampires? Well, let me introduce you to Barbara Hambly, one of my all-time favorite authors, who writes all of those kinds of books – and does it damn well. I discovered Hambly when I was […]

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Quick Listens

By Hannah K.  I love having someone tell me a story. Yes, I love reading books too, but that doesn’t temper my love for audiobooks. The right narrator can craft new life from a text. Not necessarily better than reading something yourself, but listening to a book can create a completely different experience. It’s a […]

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If What If: History That Never Happened

By Isaac H. For some, history can be pretty boring. Long, drawn out stories about things that already happened can seem extremely uninteresting to some folks. I’m not one of them. I’ve always been a huge fan of history and all it’s sub-genres. World history, American history, regional history, paleontology, archeology, genealogy, it’s all captivating. […]

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Roll The Dice: What’s Your Moral Alignment?

By Isaac H. You’ve got your rations and pack set. Your potions and weapons are secured. Your spell and incantations prepared. Adventure beckons. Now to decide what type of wayward adventurer you want to be. The character moral alignment system is a set of classifications for a character’s actions, ideals and ethical views. If you’ve […]

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Prose Bowl 2020: Round 1

  by SnoIsleLib_Suggests It’s March Madness Time!

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Under the Radar: Fiction You May Have Missed in 2019

by Lisa C. 2019 is winding down and that means the season of the “Best-Of” lists is upon us. Of course, we’ll see the usual suspects – The Testaments, The Water Dancer, The Dutch House, Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise, and other blockbusters and big literary award winners.

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Queer Fantasy Romance

By Jennifer Keirans I’ve discovered a su-sub-subgenre that I love: queer fantasy, preferably with a little romance. (How’s that for a niche?) I’ve always liked fantasy novels, and romance novels, and queer stories. Right now there seem to be lots of great books that combine all three. Here are a few I’ve read recently:

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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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