Urban Fantasy in Urban Ideal

I have recently read and reviewed several urban fantasy books, by virtue of having tripped into a bit of an urban fantasy phase. It was originally accidental and then became very intentional. In reviewing ‘Cursed’ by Benedict Jacka, I, an Australian, made this assertion; It’s pretty clear, I’m a whore for well-written urban-fantasy, specifically if […]

Review: Superman: Unbound

The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have, for the better part, been pretty successful, due primarily to their high levels of enjoyment and excellence. However I can’t find it within me to say the same for ‘Superman: Unbound’, the latest in the series (apologies for a late review: read; life). The story-quality varies from intense […]

The Joy of Reading Star Trek

I must have been in my very early teens when it happened. My mum was working with a lady who happened to be a big Star Trek fan and, for whatever reason she wanted to get rid of a few Star Trek novels. And by ‘a few’ I mean a few hundred. I had recently […]

Understanding the Sexism of Fantasy

Thank you to Kate Elliott for her involvement with the inception and development of this post. One of the little pleasures of my life is that I have easy access to several of my favourite authors, who received a frantic Tweet from me the other day, pleading with them to provide me a topic for […]

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

To be a comic fan and aficionado there are two stories that you have to appreciate, understand, grasp, and love: ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’. Both products of the late 80s they are the cornerstone for a new type of ‘gritty’ comics and heralded the importance of the 9 panel-grid comic book storytelling method. […]

Realistic Fantasy: an Oxymoron

oxymoron (n) a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction fantasy (n) the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things realistic (a) representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life Last week I addressed the idea of grit in fantasy and promised a return to […]

You Got Grit in my Fantasy Story

(Cue stoner voice) “You got grit in my fantasy story, man!” “Nah man, you got fantasy in my gritty story, dude!” Convergent evolution is the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages. The classic example is that of the wing: flying insects, birds, and bats all evolved use of the wing but obviously […]

Tom Merritt Sword and Laser Interview

An Interview With Sword and Laser’s Tom Merritt

Thanks to the exciting reach the internet brings us authors and fans of literature are connecting in ways never seen before. What once was relegated to a letter sent across the ocean in the vain hope that it would be read, let alone replied to, is now done in under 140 characters almost instantaneously. The […]

Defending Quality Over Popularity

It is to my ever increasing frustration that I continually see true literary talent dismissed as ‘too complex’ or ‘deep’ in favour of the mildly-talented easy-way-out authors who have become ‘popular’ in a day and age where mediocrity seems to be paramount. Pratchett vs. Rowling During the middle of the last decade – when I […]

Fantasy as History

Author’s Note – it has been said that we should ‘write what we know’ and, in that spirit, for my first outing here at Amazing Stories I have decided to crib a little from my recent review of Steven Erikson’s ‘Forge of Darkness’, originally published at Fantasy Book Review in early February. Erikson and Tolkien […]