Monday Musings: Is Escapism Wrong? Or, Does Everything Need to Have a Message?

I've seen some discussion lately on "message fiction." That is, stories that have a defined theme, a point, a message, if you will. And the strong advocates of these will say that all stories must have a message embedded within them. The argument is particularly strong in the speculative fiction arenas, where there seems to … Continue reading Monday Musings: Is Escapism Wrong? Or, Does Everything Need to Have a Message?

Friday Review: The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven #1) by Sam Sykes

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was my first book by Sam Sykes, and it was a good introduction to his works. The book opens with a band of adventurers (read: mercenaries) on a mission to collect the payment owed to them by their latest employer. They … Continue reading Friday Review: The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven #1) by Sam Sykes