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The Goblin Emperor and the female gaze

I am trying to get down some preliminary thoughts about something that occurred to me while I was rereading, and loving all over again, Katherine Addison’s recent release, The Goblin Emperor . I was about three quarters of the way through, and … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Mystic Warrior

Mystic Warrior by Patricia Rice

Mystic Warrior A Mystic Isle novel by Patricia Rice The mystic Isle of Aelynn slowly gravitates toward the same disastrous fate as revolutionary Europe–its survival depends on returning an elusive treasure… With her home torn by the loss of their … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice

Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice

Mystic Rider A Mystic Isle novel by Patricia Rice The disappearance of the sacred chalice has brought disastrous weather and volcanic eruptions to the island of Aelynn. Ian Olympus, Aelynn’s powerful leader, must venture outside the only home he’s known … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Mystic Guardian

Mystic Guardian by Patricia Rice

Mystic Guardian Mystic Isle Book 1 by Patricia Rice Aelynn, a tropical island veiled from human sight, magically protects a sacred chalice. When a beautiful maiden washes ashore from the outside world and steals the chalice, she sets in motion … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Mystic Isle

Mystic Isle by Patricia Rice

Mystic Isle Mystic Isle Series Prequel by Patricia Rice Newly appointed priestess to the Temple of Aelynn, Tasia Olympus is burdened with the greatest task to face any leader — saving her acolytes from a tsunami and finding them a … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Walking Contradiction by Nancy Jane Moore

Walking Contradiction by Nancy Jane Moore

  Walking Contradiction and Other Futures by Nancy Jane Moore Fight scenes and moral dilemmas: that’s what readers will find in this collection. These seven stories, first published in magazines and anthologies between 1999 and 2011, include several military adventures, … Continue reading


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BVC Announces Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover Edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley …an incredible blending of fantasy and science fiction. Eventually the Terrans rediscover their long-lost — and now alien — colony: Darkover. Things are different there.


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BVC Announces The Popcorn Thief by Leah Cutter

The Popcorn Thief by Leah Cutter

The Popcorn Thief by Leah Cutter Franklin loves popcorn. He used to love his mama more. Then she died, but didn’t pass on, and now haunts him like all the other ghosts. Only popcorn brings him solace. Every year, Franklin … Continue reading


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The Name of the Prose, Part 3: You Are Here
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A sense of place plays a critical role in determining whether a reader “gets into” a story or not. Good place names can lend an aura of reality to even the most fictional of places. Conversely, an obviously made up place name in a story that pretends at reality can make a location that seems perfectly real to the author seem perfectly ridiculous to the reader. Continue reading


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Investment II: Creeping Dustmotes

In 1978, I was visiting at Greyhaven in the Bay Area. After Diana Paxson, a soon-to-be pro writer with an agent and everything, took me to call on Elizabeth Marie Pope for a never-to-be-forgotten rainy evening, we came back. I was … Continue reading


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