A Game of Questions with Jennifer Armintrout!

How would you describe your writing mojo/style? That’s a really hard question.  I can define other people’s styles really easily, but my own is hard!  I guess I could name my style something.  Early “Matlock-if-it-had-vampires-in-it”, maybe. Was Carrie’s limited perspective and her character always a factor in your world building for Blood Ties? I don’t […]

Reviews in Brief: Dreaming Metal (Melissa Scott) and Ardeur (ed. Laurell K. Hamilton)

OMG OMG OMG. I so needed this after that Dinosaur Mafia BS and Sword of Medina. Dreaming Metal is a smart exploration of the implications of AI citizenship in a future technocracy. Loved it. Basically, this is the sequel to Dreamships, where the almost-AI Manfred almost murdered Reverdy Jian. Even though Manfred wasn’t AI, his […]

Reviews in Brief — Shadowlands series, Mortal Suns, Writing Magic

The Shadowlands series(made up of Silver’s Lure,Silver’s Bane, and Silver’s Edge) is… okay. I’d give this a solid C — interesting use of some tropes, neat inclusion of non-typical Maiden figures (a representation of Brigid as a young female blacksmith was quite nice), some all right sexin’ scenes, but points off for the demonization of queerness, essentialized […]

Reviews in Brief — Prospero Lost, Mocha Manual to Military Life, Ice Song

Prospero Lost was really fun. Basically, it takes up a few hundred years after Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Prospero and his children have funded a multinational financial empire. Miranda remains Prospero’s loyal, virginal daughter, devotee of a benevolent goddess. Miranda’s faith, service, and maidenhead stand surety for her family’s immortality. The years pass; Miranda’s grown older […]

Queene of Light — Jennifer Armintrout

Readers of the Blood Ties series will be pleasantly surprised at Armintrout’s foray into the world of the Faery wars. Unlike the Blood Ties world, where Armintrout’s gift for quirky histories is a bit limited due to its connection with the “real,” the Lightworld/Darkworld series provides enough space for this author’s imagination to fly free. […]