Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved Reading with Book Club (plus some I wish I had)
Top Ten Tuesday / January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club (or you could pick a specific kind of book club — like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.) It’s late on Tuesday, but when I saw the theme, I decided I had to do the list. I’ve been running the book clubs at Fantasy Faction for a couple of years, and I help organize the Book of the Month for r/Fantasy’s Goodreads group, so when it comes to book club choices, yes! I have an opinion, and yes! I can make some lists!! I decided to break this one up though and do two sets of 5. The first was going to be my 5 favorite book club choices that I have already done, the other is 5 books I have read, but would have LOVED to do with a book club. But I got carried away with my first list, and decided to make…

Tough Traveling – Tyrants

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? TYRANTS TYRANTS are like bad KINGS, only truly atrocious…Tourists can tell when a country is ruled by a tyrant because the road to the main city will be lined with impaled corpses. Zadar from Age of Iron by Angus Watson – This King not only has an agenda of pretty much dominance (image a dale that says “DOMINATE” instead of “EXTERMINATE”) … although in this situation, exterminate is actually one of his favorite forms of dominating. He has a twisted little side kick druid (mage) that gets his jollies on torturing and gutting his victims, all of which are compliments of his King.     *Someone* in Mirror Empire…

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer
4 Stars , Reviews / August 13, 2013

This review was originally posted on Wilder’s Book Review The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer was something fresh and different from much of the fantasy I have been reading lately. There were no swords, mercenaries, knights or many of the other standards currently so common in fantasy. But there was prevalent magic, mages, charms that could contain magic to be used by anyone, and in addition to magic wielding mages, there were children who were Tainted. These children had abilities of their own that defied explanation of the mages which is an interesting concept. I quite enjoyed the magic in this book, it was more along the lines of a Sanderson novel than a Martin or Abercrombie novel and I found that to be a refreshing change of pace. Another component that I think makes this book stand out are Schafer’s vivid descriptions of the mountains and climbing. The author is a Mountain Climber herself and her first hand experiences really enabled her to do a superb job illustrating the mountain setting and the perils of climbing. Obviously when we deal with worlds of fantasy, we can’t expect authors to have first hand experience in all of therir settings. But in this…