Figured I’d get the biased part out of the way. Usually when reviewing a new series I’d start off telling you what I know about it going in, and this is the same… it’s just we’ll realize I’m a little one-sided on this very soon.
I’ve spent a little time on Shakespeare. I will say that, on the subject of Shakespeare, I like the comedies more than the tragedies or the historicals, but that’s really just a matter of personal taste. I will also gladly state that I don’t particularly like reading Shakespeare. It wasn’t meant to be read. Shakespeare wrote them to be performed, and you can’t tell me that if he’d realized they were going to be required reading a hundred years later he wouldn’t have made different choices. I love interpretations of the work, however… just about all interpretations. I like adaptations that take place in a historically-correct time period, I like adaptations that take place in modern times, I like other work that borrow from it like Gargoyles… I like it all.
So that’s the genre, what about the comic in particular? Well I know the writer, Conor McCreery. We met at the first Hal Con back in 2011 and played tag during my book launch of Infinity. That’s literal tag. McCreery is a kid at heart in all the best ways, and we’ve been thorns in each other’s sides every year since. I like Conor, so I’m going to say right now I am biased but will try to be fair. Continue reading Kill Shakespeare, IDW | Other Indie
A Quest of Heroes is a 2012 high fantasy novel written and published by Morgan Rice. This is the first novel in The Sorcerer’s Ring fantasy series by Rice, which has produced sixteen sequels to date, with her latest entry, The Gift of Battle, having followed in November 2014.
This book takes its cues from the works that cemented the “heroes journey” storytelling technique into the modern culture. There are shades of Tolkien and George RR Martin noticed and appreciated, but more importantly there are elements of the authors which inspired them: there are strong hints of influences of the epic Greek poems, strong hints of affection for the Odyssey, and iconography like the Dynasty Sword allude to Arthurian legends and folklore. There is a lot to unpack with this book from even just a meta-textual perspective, so much so that I’m genuinely shocked it hasn’t gotten more critical attention than it has: it’s a gold mine of world-building lovingly pieced together from fragments of the epic fantasy worlds that came before it, from an author who recognizes how those elements can fit together to make something fresh and new. Continue reading A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice | Other Indie
Pre-order your copy of the Black Womb Omnibus Hardcover now! The Omnibus, which contains the novels Black Womb, Transformations in Pain, and Smoke and Mirrors will be on sale this April at Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 to celebrate Engen’s 10-year anniversary! Reserve your copy now and save $5.00 using the link below! Only available March 19-25 2017!
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To keep the title available throughout the 10th anniversary year, we are limiting the amount we bring to each convention! There will only be 10 copies for sale at Sci-Fi on the Rock 11, get yours while you can! 🙂
Over 1,700 fans entered the Goodreads Giveaway for a copy of Amanda Labonté‘s debut novel, Call of the Sea. Two entrants have won and will be receiving their books soon!
Still more Engen novels are available at this time via the Goodreads Giveaway program, so sign up and rate your favorite Engen classics today. If you haven’t read our novels yet, add them to your “Want to Read” folder and Goodreads will notify you when the book is being given away!
Engen Books is proud to announce the latest book in its banner 10-year anniversary 2017 lineup: Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté! Continue reading Introducing: Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté
To our minds, there’s no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day yesterday than to celebrate the youngest creative woman in our circle of authors! The wonderfully energetic and talented Ana Paulin, daughter of Ink’d Well Comics founder and Engen Books contributor Jay Paulin, has started a YouTube channel The Cardboard Kid to review board games: from a kid’s point-of-view!
Great work Ana! We can’t wait to see what you do! 🙂
We’re giving away 5 copies of the Roulette ashcan edition this month! Enter via Goodreads by clicking the link above!