Joe Abercombie's Half A King Is A Coming-Of-Age Tale Soaked In Blood

If you've been waiting for the right time to check out acclaimed fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie, then his new novel Half a King is probably the perfect jumping-on point. It's short, with a sympathetic main character, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of neat world-building. Highly recommended. » 7/29/14 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

​The 20 Most WTF Magical Items in Dungeons & Dragons

Every Dungeons & Dragons character seeks magical items for their abilities. But some wizards aren't interested in making powerful relics; they're interested in making nonsense, because they're crazy, or things that will screw your character over, because they're jerks. The result? These ridiculous artifacts from D&D's… » 6/26/14 10:00am 6/26/14 10:00am

Feminism. Espionage. Swordfights. Great Play...Or Greatest Play?

Did you wake up this morning and think to yourself, "What I need in my life is more swashbuckling adventure, more disguises and swordfights, more genderbending meta-storytelling about the nature of history and identity, I must," this is still you, "MUST find a play with these things in it!" » 6/21/14 12:55am 6/21/14 12:55am

The Memory Garden By Mary Rickert Is A Breathtaking Masterpiece

Many of the best fantasy novels have an aura of mystery that goes beyond signs and portents into the realm of the ineffable. There are mysteries that have answers, and mysteries that are their own answer, and they intertwine. The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert manages this blend beautifully. And heart-breakingly.… » 6/09/14 4:00pm 6/09/14 4:00pm

Did Somebody Just Explain Magic in a Way That Actually Made Sense?

A lot of fantasy and horror tales contain magic, or at least supernatural creatures, and never explain how they got there. But once in a while, we get an explanation for how magic entered our rational world — and it just works. What's your favorite example of a story that actually explains magic well? » 6/09/14 3:01pm 6/09/14 3:01pm

"I Didn't Think I Liked This Genre, Until This Story Came Along"

It's easy to write off a whole genre of books, comics or movies. You hear about the sexy vampires, or the killer dragons, or the massive starships, and you just decide it's not for you. Until you come across one special story, that just blows your mind. Which genre did you think you hated, until you found a story you… » 6/05/14 2:30pm 6/05/14 2:30pm

The Bones of A Mythical Japanese Water Demon Are Going On Display

According to Japanese folklore, the Kappa is a monstrous creature that inhabits lakes and rivers. Occasionally, though, the demon will leave its watery lair and challenge humans to single combat. If so, one of them lost: the alleged mummified remains of a Kappa, shot to death in the year 1818, will soon be exhibited. » 5/29/14 1:40pm 5/29/14 1:40pm