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Guest Blog: Darker Gods by James A. Moore

Darker Gods by James A. Moore Religion as a Dark Force in Fantasy It’s an interesting thing, religion. In the right hands and mindset it can make amazing things happen. Communities can get together and build villages in pretty quickly. Homes and farms ruined by natural forces can be restored in short order because neighbors and friends can gather together and work as a unit. Often times those units are started by the religious leader in an area. The Amish raise barns in a day that no single person could manage in a month. But then we have to look at the other side of that coin. Atrocities have been committed in the name of God or gods. The witch hunts in Europe devastated tens of thousands. Wars were fought in the name of God, not because it was a different god, but merely because the ways of worshipping said god did not match up. Well, okay, and because there was land and gold to consider, but it was all done in the name of the one god. The Crusades. The Holy Inquisition.

Book Review: Willful Child: Wrath of Betty

Willful Child: Wrath of Betty by Steven Erikson, Willful Child #2 And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.' The continuing adventures of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... Last year Steven Erikson managed to surprise me with his new series devoted to his passion for Star Trek: Willful Child . Steven Erikson is of course most famous for his Malazan Empire which he created together with Ian C. Esslemont. I went in Willful Child  expecting nothing and got everything in return. A cool space romp and a hell off an adventure. Back then it wasn't know if Willful Ch