Category Archives: Fantasy

The Five Hundred Kingdoms

Category: Fantasy Age: Varies. Minimal violence, but a few sex scenes. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for fairy tales. It shouldn’t be surprising then that Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms series appeals to me. In this fantasy world, … Continue reading

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Children of the Black Sun

Category: Fantasy Age: Adult. Violence, gore, sexual abuse, physical and psychological torture. Lots of it. What choices can you make when there are no acceptable choices left? That seems to be the question raised in Australian author Jo Spurrier’s Children … Continue reading

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Rivers of London

Category: Urban fantasy / Mystery Age: adult. Gore, lots of it, and adult situations. In the first chapter of Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch, probationary constable Peter Grant of the Metropolitan Police Service tries to take a witness statement … Continue reading

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Edward Eager

Category: children’s fiction / fantasy Rating: G. A very small amount of cartoon violence The captivating children’s books by American author Edward Eager are among the classics in children’s literature. I remember being spellbound by them when I was first … Continue reading

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The Witches of Karres

Category: Science fantasy Rating: G. No sex, minimal violence, a few mildly scary bits The Witches of Karres, a whimsical space opera by James H Schmitz, is an old favourite. I think I must have first read this in high … Continue reading

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Introductions to SFF, again

Going back to a subject introduced in an earlier post, Introductions to SFF, here are some of the speculative fiction works my daughter (and the rest of the family) enjoyed. The age provided is only a guess at a lower-bound … Continue reading

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Mercy Thompson

Category: Urban fantasy Rating: R. Violence, a fair amount of it, and a bit gory. No sex in the first two books, sexual assault in the third book. Buyer beware. In the urban fantasy Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs, our … Continue reading

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Lord Darcy

Categories: fantasy / mystery / alternate history Rating: PG The time: the 1960’s. The place: the bustling port of Cherbourg. A nobleman in the Anglo-French Empire, engaged in a sensitive international inquiry, is missing. Lord Darcy, detective, and Master Sean … Continue reading

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Introductions to SFF

At Lexicon, I had volunteered to be on a panel discussing “Introductions to SFF: Want to introduce a friend—or a child—to the genres you love, but don’t know how to ease them in?” Our panel was on at the same … Continue reading

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