Book Review | Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

At this point, Words of Radiance has been out for a year and a half, and I suspect most of Sanderson’s fans have read it. I’ve bumped into them at cons, book stores, signings, and, frankly, almost every other place where you might find readers. I bump into them at the most unlikely of places […]

Book Review | Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell by Brandon Sanderson

I loved Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell. Dark, gritty, and grim, the tone of the story is not my typical fare. And, to be honest, I feel a little guilty admitting how much I enjoyed it–after all, Brandon Sanderson is one of the biggest names in fantasy, and expressing admiration for his […]

Brief Book Review | Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson

Emperor Kairominas is nearly a god, the master of his realm, nearly unchallenged and…his masters are demanding that he procreate. To do so, he’ll have to condescend to leave his realm to find an equal, but that equal may be far more than he expects. I much enjoy Sanderson’s tomes, er, novels, but I’ve come […]

Short Story Review | Mitosis: A Reckoners Story by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1.5)

There’s so much to like about Mitosis, and almost all of it comes down to one thing: Brandon Sanderson’s nearly unparalleled ability to build and describe action. Mitosis takes place in the period between the events of Steelheart and Firefight, but really is just a snap shot, a moment in time to give a flavor […]

Review | Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners #1)

As a boy, David had a terrible experience with the most powerful Epic of all: Steelheart. But through this experience, he may be the only person with a clue as to what Steelheart’s weakness is. All Epics have some sort of weakness, but Epics go to great lengths to conceal them. David hopes to join […]

The Wonder of Short Stories: Writers of the Future Volume 30

  The thing about I like about short stories is that you don’t have to commit much to get a certain amount of satisfaction. Any novel worth reading will spend a certain portion of time introducing conflict, stringing together a plot, creating characters and relationships, and, if were in science fiction or fantasy, building a […]

Seeds of Rebelion: Brandon Mull and the C.S.Lewis tradition

Brandon Mull doesn’t get enough credit. A few weeks ago, I attended a forum at the Salt Lake CominCon FanXperience for authors Brandon Sanderson and Brandon Mull. Both are a local (to Utah) authors, both are BYU grads, both write fantasy, both are New York Times bestselling authors, and both are at about the same […]

Utah Writers Are Taking the Hugo Awards by Storm

Utah authors are taking the Hugo Awards by storm. Indeed, if I wasn’t from around here and hadn’t been following some of these guys for a while, I might wonder what it is in the water that has Utah taking over fantasy/science fiction’s best well-known (and as it appears, most controversial) award. Here’s who has […]

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is an exciting twist on superheroes…and supervillains [Review]

Steelheart, first in the Reckoners series, may have the broadest appeal of Brandon Sanderson’s growing variety of imaginary worlds. At a time when Marvel and DC turnout multiple blockbusters at the movie theater each year–think The Avengers, Iron Man, the Dark Knight, and Man of Steel–interest in superheroes is at an all time high and […]

Review | Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management by Howard Tayler

Schlock Mercenary: Under New Management, and its author Howard Tayler, is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Wait–hold that thought. It’s not completely true. Yes, it’s unique, a veritable cornucopia of creative energy and humor, entertaining and–dare I say?–educational at the same time. But it is also reminiscent, in so many happy ways, of the […]