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Guest post by C.S. Sealey

June 23, 2015 by

Discovering Your Creations Fantasy can take you to imaginary worlds, dystopian futures and pasts, pseudo-Earths, parallel universes and other planes of existence. Characters can be humanoid or monster (or both), ethereal or flesh, and these individuals populate worlds crafted by gods, demons, time or the clouds of mystery. But it’s not just the epic battle scenes, the flamboyant shows of magic, the ancient ruins full of death traps, the dark and forbidding forests and caves, or the long-winded elvish names …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 10 – Mother’s Mercy


Last season ended with the magnificent episode ‘The Children’, bringing many characters to a point where they had to commit to a way forward, giving up on the past and investing the show and the audience in the future. Think of Arya boarding the ship to Braavos, leaving her family behind. This season finale is much more sombre, concerned instead with the inevitable consequences of those long ago decisions. And while there are flickers of hope in certain small corners …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 9 – The Dance of Dragons


This is the latest in the weekly Game of Thrones recaps for Season 5, and if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, please don’t read on. Naturally, all the spoilers. The title alone should inspire viewers to think this is going to be one epic episode – if it weren’t for the fact that the final half hour of last week’s Hardhome set an enormously high bar. But in the end it was a dark, dark hour, not without surprises and revelations, and …


Extract – Melancholy: Book Two of The Cure by Charlotte McConaghy


Chapter one Josephine Sometimes when I sit here I feel like all the heat in the whole world has come to keep me company, cocooning the two of us in an inferno. It’s so hot out here it makes it hard to breathe. I imagine words, thousands of them, forming conversations and sentences we never said when you were awake. I imagine the things I will tell you when you open your eyes, if you ever do. I imagine a …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 8 – Hardhome


This is the latest in the weekly Game of Thrones recaps for Season 5, and if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, please don’t read on. Naturally, all the spoilers. Interestingly, most Game of Thrones seasons start slow in the ratings, and then slowly build. In some respects this isn’t surprising, especially given the structure of the seasons seems to be about building toward both climax and revelation. However, this season has done the opposite. It started higher than ever before (on the …


Cover reveal: A City Called Smoke: The Territory 2 by Justin Woolley


The battle was only the beginning; the real danger is beyond the fence … The Diggers have been destroyed, a horde of ghouls is moving inland and the High Priestess has seized control of the Central Territory. Together with Nim, a Nomad boy seeking vengeance against the ghouls, Squid and Lynn begin their long journey toward the city of Big Smoke, a city that may not even exist. Pursued by forces that wish to see them fail, facing threats on …


Cover Reveal: Equilibrium Complete Edition


Generations after the Spirits abandoned the world, two mortal empires stand on the brink of a final battle to end a centuries-old conflict. Ayons in the north, Ronnesians in the south. Washed up on the shore of a foreign land, Angora is thrust into a war not her own. Proclaimed one of twelve legendary mages – representatives of the Spirits – she is charged with protecting the innocent with magic beyond her imagination. However, when her allies mercilessly misuse their own powers, …


Cover reveal: Helldiver: Intrepid 4 by Chris Allen

May 27, 2015 by

Has Morgan finally met his match?  Alex Morgan – policeman, soldier and spy for INTREPID – commits to the toughest mission of his career, and his chances of survival are slimmer than ever. Sent deep into the shadows of Europe’s criminal underbelly, Morgan’s mission is to overthrow an oligarch and bring a spy in from the cold. But his target is closer than he knows. As old friends re-emerge, it becomes clear that the very heart of Morgan’s black ops …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 7 – The Gift


This is the latest in the weekly Game of Thrones recaps for Season 5, and if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, please don’t read on. Naturally, all the spoilers. So after last week’s disappointing episode we’ll begin this recap in the North, with a series of scenes that only reiterate just how close winter is. Just about every shot outside shows the falling snow, adding a chill to scenes south of the Wall that hasn’t been present since the early scenes in …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 6 – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken


Well, they managed it. I’ve finally run out of excuses for the show runners, and I’m more than happy to lump them in with the rest of the lazy, derivative, reductive male writers kicking around prestige television. This, of course, has to do with the final scene of the episode. And it’s such a disappointing, insulting, offensive scene that it really makes discussing the rest of the episode a non-event. So I’ll be brief. Arya is still in the House of …


On writing the Janna Chronicles: with Felicity Pulman


I feel as though I’ve been running a marathon, with a Janna Chronicle being published every month since January this year. It’s been exhausting and challenging, but immensely satisfying to watch Janna’s quest unfolding as she goes in search of her unknown father hoping that, with his help, she’ll be able to avenge a death and bring a murderer to justice. Being a ‘pantser’ not a plotter, I began the series with that concept in mind, but I had little …


Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 5 – Kill the Boy


This is the latest in the weekly Game of Thrones recaps for Season 5, and if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, please don’t read on. Naturally, all the spoilers. Winter is coming, and it’s a cold, cold episode this week. Last week I spoke about how the show was becoming increasingly deft at weaving together characters and plots, by taking a cause-and-effect approach to certain scenes. Well this week they basically stepped that up a level, with the entire episode operating very …



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