Category Archives: Fantasy

Spells and Bullets Together: The Modern Soldier-Mage’s Guide to Warfare

by Tom Doyle Tor Books has just published American Craftsmen, my first novel in a three-book modern-day fantasy series. The “craftsmen” in the title are the magician soldiers and psychic spies who’ve been secretly serving their country since colonial times. … Continue reading

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A Storm of Swords: Book Three of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), George R. R, Martin (HarpurCollins, 2000){Random House Audio, Narrator: Roy Doltrice)

(Game of Thrones, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Politics, post-modern) Grade: Γ — (Gamma) A good or even fantastic book within the genre, possibly worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that is likely to … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug was a highly enjoyable film, assuming you check your copy of the Hobbit at the door. Much of the key elements of the book were downplayed in favor of new plots and subplots that were totally of Jacksons’ own creation. In many ways this worked well, as that it became a bit more of an adult movie rather than a children’s book. Continue reading

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It, Stephen King (Signet, 1987)

Happy Halloween! To commemorate one of my favorite holidays, I decided to review It by Stephen King! For the review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com. Continue reading

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Xenocide, Orson Scott Card (TOR, 1991{Macmillan Audio (2006), Narrators: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki})

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card is the disappointing sequel to Speaker for the Dead and third volume of the Ender Wiggins series. While it has some interesting elements, it is mostly long discussions of Card’s personal philosophy and has a plot twist in the middle that forever changes an excellent Science Fiction world into a mediocre Science Fantasy one. For more detail go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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Sci Fi in Seattle: A Review of the Science Fiction Museum at the EMP, Seattle

An Archaeologist visit the EMP’s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame section and learns a lesson… Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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