It's not that we're obsessed with reading books (and sometimes having a stab at writing them) here on Ferretbrain, it's just that we get light-headed and giddy if we don't get regular doses of the written word.
- The Greatest Empire That (maybe) Never Was a Novel by Sören Heim Sören has dug up another gem of fantastic literature. Kalpa Imperial - The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Argentinian author Angélica Gorodischer is an ambitious piece. But what exactly is it?
- Funny, Complex, Imbalanced. by Sören Heim Sören reads The Simoqin Prophecies by Samit Basu. He finds it a balancing act between (not quite) pratchettesque fun, deconstructionist fantasy and jabs at PCRPGs. Sometimes it feels like a crossover between The Elder Scrolls and Monkey Island, but it has its great moments, too.
- Marsh's Beetle Gets Bogged Down by Arthur B What do scarabs do when not rolling poop? According to Richard Marsh, they bother politicians.
- Shadows Over the Anthology by Arthur B Stephen Jones' fishy-themed Lovecraftian anthologies really aren't that good.
- Hastur Be Seen To Be Believed by Arthur B The very first of Robert M. Price's "Cycle" anthologies reveals the weakness of the concept.
- Bite-Sized Campbell by Arthur B As well as being a master of novels and short stories, Ramsey Campbell can work in the novella format quite nicely.
- Walking Out of the Interview (With the Vampire) by Arthur B The Anne Rice classic becomes increasingly awkward to revisit as time goes by.
- Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos and Its Imitators, Part 7 by Arthur B S.T. Joshi turns out to be much better at compiling this sort of anthology than Robert M. Price ever was.