Shattered Shields Raises the Bar on Military Fantasy

If you’re on my Christmas gift list and you read fantasy, I’m sending you a copy of Shattered Shields. It’s just that good of a collection. One of the most surprising and enjoyable selections on my reading list this year, Shattered Shields has something for everyone. In addition to providing hours of enjoyable reading, the […]

A Rarefied View at Dawn by David Farland: Holding Up A Mirror

Equally touching, tender, and socially exploratory, A Rarefied View At Dawn by David Farland is a short story that takes place in the far future on a planet far from here. Men and women are segregated by gender and on the mountain top fortress of Kara Kune most births are controlled, allowing only females to […]

Charley in the Wind by David Farland: Heartbreaking But Compelling

Yesterday, I was disappointed with a story written early in David Farland’s career. He’s one of my favorite authors, and I didn’t get why. It was written early in his career, and even by his own admission was a real downer. Then I hit up on this story, another written early in Farland’s career as […]

At The Virgin’s Doorstep by David Farland: Just UGH

Ugh. Just Ugh. At The Virgin’s Doorstep by David Farland is just really bad. It starts out as something of a coming of age story, and then, before you know it, you don’t even want to come of age in this world. Who wants to live in a world that kills unicorns? By decapitation? Including baby […]

David Farland Nails It: Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing

Writing about a book on writing is perhaps an odd challenge. On the one hand, I read the book because I wanted to become a better writer. On the other hand, I’m reviewing the book, telling where the author (of a book on writing, if you recall) has succeeded or failed at their attempt. Fortunately, […]

Salt Lake’s Fantasy Con 2014 is a Magical Crowd Pleaser

If Salt Lake’s Fantasy Con is a sign of things to come, than fantasy fans can look forward to good times. In his book Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing, David Farland speculates that the fantasy genre sells as much as six times as many books at science fiction. Over the years, especially since the […]

Review | Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland

Raj Ahtan has fled from Gaborn Val Orden, the prophesied and ascendant Earth King. Tricked on the field of battle by a ruse, Ahtan is far from vanquished. Bolstered by the strength, speed, stamina, charisma, and beauty of thousands of men, he moves to strike at where Gaborn is weakest, to tear down the kingdoms […]

Review | Rejiggering the Thingamajig by Eric James Stone

Go buy this book. Buy it, put it by your bed, or desk, or chair, or couch, or where ever you like to read, and then read it. But don’t read it straight through. Stop at the end of each story, set your head back on your pillow/headrest/cushion/ground and enjoy the warm sense of wonder […]

Author Writing Advice at Salt Lake Comic Con

One of the best parts of Salt Lake Comic Con is the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best working writers alive.  Salt Lake Comic Con closed tonight, and to all appearances it was a rousing success. Venders and participants were telling me that 50,000 tickets had been sold, and at one […]

Utah Author Spotlight | Dave Wolverton

As part of Utah Book Month, we’re spotlighting Utah author Dave Wolverton. You can find other posts–including spotlights of other Utah authors, book reviews, book giveaways, contests, and more–related to Utah Book Month at Utah Books. I initially bought Dave Wolverton’s novel as a part of a charity book bomb, but before long it was […]