Fantasy & Other Wild Imaginings
Fantasy & Other Wild Imaginings (FAOWI) is an essay, review, and discussion space for fantasy (and fantastic) books and culture.
Shadowdale by Scott Ciencin / Richard Awlinson (TSR, 1989). Forgotten Realms. Avatar 1. The “Time of Troubles” was a major event in D&D‘s Forgotten Realms storyworld, beginning in 1989 and making its mark at a time when TSR, D&D‘s original owners, was nearing the end of its original peak of popularity in the 1980s and … Continue reading SHORT REVIEW: Shadowdale by Scott Ciencin (Forgotten Realms: Avatar 1) →
The Short Reviews Series Juniper by Monica Furlong (Knopf, 1990). Doran 1. I discovered Monica Furlong and her novel Juniper in my favorite place: a pile of used books. It is always the most providentially discovery and inspires a much deeper relationship, in my mind, between reader and book than does purchasing the thing brand … Continue reading Short Review: Juniper by Monica Furlong (Doran 1) →
The Short Reviews Series The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2 edited by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle (Valancourt, 2022). This is the anticipated sequel to the first volume, which brought a broader range of previously untranslated global horror fiction to an anglophone audience than any previous publication. My full review is … Continue reading Short Review: The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2 →
The Short Reviews Series Civilizations by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021). French writer Laurent Binet’s newest novel, Civilizations, is the rare attempt to write alternate history as it happens, meticulously, day by day. It takes formal licenses by imitating literary styles contemporaneous to the time period in which it … Continue reading Short Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet →
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