Book Review: The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street

Four years after G. P. Taylor’s Shadowmancer was published in 2002, a sequel was released titled The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street in 2006. Do not be afraid: Taylor managed to release himself from the clutches of the religious cliché trap set for religious writers on their journey to share the Word through fiction. However, even with the absent clichés,… Continue reading Book Review: The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street

Book Review: Heaven’s Night

Religious fantasy is not a popular genre, but it is not an unpopular one either. There have been many different religious fantasy series that have made their marks and have left impressions in the minds of readers everywhere, some of the more popular ones including The Left Behind series by Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, This Present Darkness by Frank… Continue reading Book Review: Heaven’s Night

Book Review: The Night Circus

Does magic truly exist in the world? Can the impossible be possible? Writer Erin Morgenstern brought the impossible to light and magic to life for readers everywhere with her debut novel, The Night Circus. Originally published in 2011, Morgenstern’s novel was treated as what is known as a “blockbuster hit” and continues to entrance the minds of readers everywhere even… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Circus

Book Review: The Maze Runner

Rather than sticking to the stereotypical plot normally found in young adult books of finding the right boyfriend or girlfriend and developing the ideal teen relationship, books for teens are turning more towards a darker futuristic route. Books such as The Hunger Games, Angelfall, and Divergent are but a few of the most well-known of these morbid tales and James Dashner’s plot in… Continue reading Book Review: The Maze Runner

Book Review: Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros

The epic tales of legendary heroes have been around for thousands of years. The Epic of Gilgamesh, the first hero story and perhaps the oldest story on Earth, was believed to be written around 2500 BC or earlier. The story of Beowulf was told around 1000 AD. The Greeks wrote about heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and Achilles in their ancient mythology… Continue reading Book Review: Writing Fantasy Heroes: Powerful Advice from the Pros

Book Review: The Martian Chronicles

Created by the brilliant mind who wrote Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is a work of morbidly beautiful short stories that tell a future of mankind taking over and residing on the Red Planet. No, The Martian Chronicles is not a cliché story about a man who travels to Mars and must adapt to his new life on the… Continue reading Book Review: The Martian Chronicles

Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

Novelist and screenwriter Chuck Wendig has succeeded at entertaining and informing writers of all types with his latest book on writing, The Kick-Ass Writer (published in 2013). For a book that is comprised of lists of advice for writers, here is a list of twelve and a half reasons why any writer should read Wendig’s book. #1) Contains advice… Continue reading Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer