“Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is an exquisite blend of sci-fi and fantasy.  It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where much of of our technology has been lost.  Modern medicine is nonexistent, but the villain is a geneticist, so scientific knowledge hasn’t disappeared completely. Magic seems to exist, but it’s unclear whether it’sRead more

“All Her Father’s Guns” by James Warner

I received a review copy of the novel “All Her Father’s Guns” from the author, James Warner.  The book was published by Numina Press during January 2011. “All Her Father’s Guns” tells the story of two men, a businessman and an academic, who are delusional in different ways.  Cal is a gun-loving businessman trying toRead more

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

  I wasn’t quite sure what genre to categorize this book as, largely because it blends elements of multiple genres into a unique novel.  Is there a line between magical realism and fantasy other than the fact that magical realism tends to be written first in Spanish?  While “The House of Spirits” incorporates elements ofRead more