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  1. The eponymous protagonist of Stark Holborn’s far future set sci-fi novel is an ex-convict with a past she is trying to make amends for, but chance has dealt her a harsh hand and continues to torment her with half glimpsed possibilities along a path to redemption. The world, or rather universe, of Holborn’s imagination sprawls across several systems, planets and moons, with a civilisation recovering from a civil war with the rebel “Free Limits” brutally supressed by the governing “Accord.” However, the novel’s action focuses on the desolate moon Factus. For all the emphatic nature of their vict
  2. “One writes out of one thing only—one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.” James Baldwin – Notes of a Native Son Over the ages, any revolutionary movement has an element of art tied to it, whether it be paintings, sculptures, writings or music. These mediums are weapons in the fight that shed no blood and take no prisoners, yet they inspire, enrage, motivate, and encourage. A
  3. Images by Svetlana Alyuk, banner by Imyril This year, the Wyrd and Wonder crew are hosting a read-along of Andrea Stewart’s The Bone Shard Daughter. Nils, Beth and Filip will be joining in; for Beth and Filip, it’s a re-read and re-listen along, but for Nils it’s her first time reading Stewart’s epic debut. Which makes our whatsapp chats quite difficult… We’ll be sticking to the following reaching schedule, and posting a weekly discussion of that week’s chapters every Sunday. Imyril will be doing the same on her blog, and everyone is welcome to join in! If you don’t have a blog, feel
  4. While the SPFBO dust briefly settles let’s take a moment to look back (but not in anger of course) For those who say “What’s SPFBO?” (or even how do you pronounce it?) The TL:DR is it’s a competition featuring 300 self published fantasy books, 10 blogger judging teams and one winner. More info can be found here Rules and Submission Info SPFBO Facebook Group SPFBO 6 Introduction Like the apocryphal painting of the Forth Road Bridge – SPFBO is a near continuous process as the competition cycle settles into a 5 month first phase, a 6 month second phase and a one month turn around in the mon
  5. Images by Svetlana Alyuk, banner by Imyril Welcome to Fantasy Friday! If you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll have had your feed completely spammed noticed that we’re taking part in the Wyrd & Wonder photo challenge. We decided that we’d take the challenge a step further on Fridays, and post about the prompts in a little more detail. This week, the prompt is fantasy from around the world – we’re focusing on fantasy settings inspired by non-European cultures! Underlined book titles in bold contain links to reviews on this site. Nils I really love Asian Inspired fanta
  6. Welcome to our fourth edition of Desmond’s Drops! This month, enjoy three drops about: Research as Remedy for Clichéd Writing The Power of Opposites Delaying Your Inciting Incident Email subscribers, please click through to view. Look for more of Desmond’s Drops in June. Have your own bit of wisdom to share? Drop it in comments. About Desmond HallDesmond Hall, author of YOUR CORNER DARK, was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and them moved to Jamaica, Queens. He’s worked as both a high school biology teacher and English teacher, counseled at-risk teens, and served as Spike Lee’s
  7. Published by Macmillan Genre: historical fantasy Pages: 416 (Hardcover) Format: ebook Review Copy: Thanks to Black Crow PR for approving me on NetGalley. In Sistersong, Lucy Holland tackles themes ranging from gender identity in an increasingly binary world to family, loyalty, and love, to the encroachment of a religion whose values are at odds with those of the majority of Brittons. What I didn’t know (and learned from fellow contributor Jonathan Thornton’s review) is that elements of Sistersong are also based on a ballad, “The Twa Sisters”. That Holland does justice to all these themes
  8. John Gwynne studied and lectured at Brighton University. He’s been in a rock ‘n’ roll band, playing the double bass, travelled the USA and lived in Canada for a time. He is married with four children and lives in Eastbourne running a small family business rejuvenating vintage furniture. He is the author of the epic fantasy series The Faithful and the Fallen, Of Blood and Bone trilogy and his upcoming new series The Bloodsworn. Welcome back to the Hive, John. Congratulations on the release of The Shadow of the Gods! Thanks so much for the invite, Nils, it’s great to be back. Is it n
  9. Over the past decade (whoa – has it really been that long?!?) at Writer Unboxed, I’ve endeavored to share a diverse range of insights: from Shakespeare to South Park; from Gatsby to Gilligan. What can I say? It’s all part of the service you’ve come to expect from the cavernous artistic depths of a guy like me. So today I thought it was time to explore what some might consider an unlikely source of literary inspiration: Mike Tyson. No, this will not be a treatise on the aesthetics of facial tattooing, nor a tutorial on hitting things with approximately the same force as a disgruntled rhinocero
  10. This is an occasional series of posts drawing on my excursion into the academic side of creative writing. Having completed an MA in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast. I’ve now started on a PhD project at the same university with the catchy title “Navigating the mystery of future geographies in climate change fiction.” The Hive has kindly given me space to post reviews of climate fiction books as well as blogging thoughts and articles on other aspects of my PhD experience. Oreskes and Conway are historians of science. They collaborated to produce this pair of works that illumina
  11. Genevieve Gornichec earned her degree in history from The Ohio State University, but she got as close to majoring in Vikings as she possibly could, and her study of the Norse myths and Icelandic sagas became her writing inspiration. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The Witch’s Heart is her debut novel, and she tweets @gengornichec. Welcome to the Hive, Genevieve! Congratulations on your release of The Witch’s Heart! Can you tell us a little bit about it? What can readers expect? Thank you so much! The Witch’s Heart is a novel that reimagines Norse mythology with a minor side character, the
  12. For the most part, what happens in novels doesn’t happen to real people. Yes, there are stories that spring from news articles, family anecdotes, or personal experience. There are many more stories that do not. Vampires are part of no one’s family history. No one I know who is not a police detective has ever solved a murder case. My friends have married wonderful people, but no dukes or titled ladies. Magic does not work, especially not in my garden, believe me. Fantastic stories nevertheless catch us up. We buy in. What makes them plausible? It is not because we truly believe what i
  13. In September 2020 I posted the last bit of my big list of self published fantasy books and, since it is now April, I have quite a few titles to add! So without further ado, here’s 14 highly recommended adventures, from classic to whimsical and grimdark! I’ll start off with J.A. Andrews Both of these series, are loosely connected. Keeper Chronicles was published first, and is already finished. Keeper Origins starts the ongoing new series, which is a prequel series. You can really start with either series, as you’ll find connections either way, but they are like
  14. For many authors, generating social media content ideas is a necessary evil: we all know the importance of keeping up a platform so we can engage with readers and the book community, but maintaining social platforms is yet another to-do item on an already long list. I’m here for you, friends. Below are 100 social media content ideas for every stage of your writing career. There are 25 items listed for each of the four stages. Whether you’re an aspiring author, have an impending book launch, just launched a book, or your career is in-swing, I hope you’ll find the below ideas useful. The con
  15. “You call me a monster because I won’t let you treat me like my life is worthless, a thing to be used and thrown away?” He said. “You call me a monster because I refuse to live like you think I deserve? If that’s what you mean by monster, watch me be monstrous!” The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter proceeds directly on from the explosive ending of the first instalment, Rage of Dragons, a book which absolutely floored me with its brilliance. The lands of the Omehi were left scorched and broken, its people either burnt to death or lying in tormented agony. The dragons may have unleashed their
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