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Characters: Arlen from The Painted Man

Jack Dowden examines the unfulfilled promise of Arlen from Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man.

Characters: Devi from Fortune’s Pawn

Sometimes when you're looking for the ordinary, a badass girl will have to do.

Characters – The State of Characters Everywhere

Are SFF characters too badass?

Characters: Cazaril from The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold is your typical medieval fantasy. There's magic, and knights, and people in distress and political schemes. On the surface, it doesn't seem much more than a carbon copy of everything else out there. However, Curse of Chalion does have a lot to make it stand out from the crowd. Among them, is Cazaril, the protagonist. He is not your typical, heroically minded, buffed-up warrior, handsome features hero. The interesting thing about Cazaril, is that he used to be.

Book Review: Transcendental by James Gunn

Few characters, and people, start off with the intention of winding up where they do. There are the few who succeed at their childhood...

Characters: Zinzi December from Zoo City

As far as main characters go, Zinzi's got a lot of problems before the book even starts.

Characters: Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft

Like many good journeys, Lara's begins with disaster which thrusts her into the unknown

Characters: Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen is a book about language, subversion, and the Arab Spring. It's a good read, and a fast one. For this week's...

Characters: Raleigh Becket From Pacific Rim

I don't know about you, but I really liked Pacific Rim. I found it a delightful tale about how humanity can overcome any problem...

CHARACTERS: Rintaro Okabe of Steins;Gate

Just so you all know, I didn't intend this series to feature so many anime characters. I wanted to talk about the characters from...

Characters: Jet Black frmo Cowboy BeBop

Rounding out the characters from Cowboy Bebop, we end with Jet Black, the Black Dog. Yes, there's still Ed, but what else can be...

Characters: Faye Valentine From Cowboy Bebop

My last article talked about Spike from Cowboy Bebop. I decided to write this week's article on Bebop's other fan-favorite character, Faye Valentine.   Originally a...

Characters: Spike Spiegel

Ask someone to name the most important SF anime of all time, and chances are they'll say Cowboy Bebop. It's hard to argue. The...

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

Among fantasy titans, Patrick Rothfuss shocked just about everyone by carving a place for himself with his book, The Name of the Wind. It...

Characters: Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly

Let’s talk about Firefly. Remember Firefly everyone? That show we all love? The one FOX cancelled? The one about the scrappy band of space...

Characters: Clare of Claymore

Claymore is one of the more interesting anime I've seen in a while. It's a pretty standard story. Monsters, known as yoma, feed on...

Characters: Mat Cauthon from Wheel of Time

For better or worse, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is filled with characters. Encyclopedia WoT has the total at around 2200. Most, thankfully,...


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Characters: Ben Reich from The Demolished Man

The Demolished Man is a classic of SF. The story of Lincoln Powell’s faceoff with Ben Reich is worthy of the first Hugo, and...

Characters: Nijiri from The Killing Moon

I spent my last weekend in bed, with beers in a cooler a few inches away, and NK Jemisin’s The Killing Moon in hand....

Characters: Swan Er Hong from 2312

Most reviewers seem to agree, Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 is a book with well thought out science, beautiful descriptions, and a bold, interesting look...

Characters: Song of Ice & Fire’s Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister has become a household name. Anyone who knows someone with an HBO subscription has heard of him. George RR Martin’s Song of...

Characters: Per Langstaff from Typhon’s Children

Oh, Toni Anzetti, or Ann Tonsor Zeddies, whichever. She’s magnificent in her creation of alien worlds. Not so magnificent in her characters. The Typhon series...

Characters: Ned Henry from To Say Nothing of the Dog

I’ve just finished reading To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I’m a fan. There are far too few comedies within SF/F,...