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[BOOK REVIEW] Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero by the Very Us Artists

Foreshadows: The Ghost of Zero is an original shared world anthology with a unique premise. Editors John and Jeff LaSala first asked several musicians to create compositions that would fit appropriately into a cyberpunk world. Then, the editors asked a variety of authors (many of whom have significant experience working in shared worlds) to write …

Book Review: Realms of the Dead edited by Susan J. Morris

Genre: Shared World, Sword and Sorcery Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Wizards of the Coast Publication Date: January 5, 2010 ISBN-10: 0786953632 ISBN-13: 978-0786953639 The undead are strangely, eerily fascinating. Their variety, incomprehensible nature, and admixture of the real and unreal make these seemingly simple creatures into the most compelling of characters, even when they lack personality of their own. …

Grasping for the Wind’s Best Reads of 2009

Welcome to my favorite reads of 2009! Below is a list by category of the books I most enjoyed reading in 2009. Obviously, this a list based on my personal tastes (which often clash with the accepted preferences I’ve found) and does not mean that other 85 books I read in 2009 are no good, …

Shared World Fiction: Spinning Stories Out of the Unmapped Bits by Rosemary Jones

I love writing shared world fiction, especially when the creators of those worlds let me go exploring into the unmapped corners and tell the tales that I want to tell. So far, I’ve been very lucky in my forays into other people’s sandboxes. I fell into shared world fiction much like Alice dropped down the …