Samantha Holloway

Samantha Holloway is a freelance write, editor, and novelist. She served for a year as Assistant Horror Editor for Aberrant Dreams, and has often presented papers at the International Conference for the Fantastics In the Arts, as well as at Slayage: The Biannual Conference on the Whedonverse.

Ms. Holloway has published a smattering of poems, several stories, and a chapter in the Essential Science Fiction Television Reader. She has also been published in Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness, Hazard Yet Forward, and Lalitamba 1.

Her epic fantasy novels Wisewoman's Daughter and Sister to the Sun are now available at Amazon, with Goddess's Hand coming in September 2015. Her academic work has appeared in the Essential Science Fiction Television Reader, as well as at various conferences. She also writes weekly articles as a TV critic, mostly about science fiction and fantasy.

Ms. Holloway continues to write short stories and novels, in addition to her heavy reading schedule, and believes that books are proof that the universe wants us to be happy.

Book Reviews by Samantha Holloway

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Buffalo Soldier is less of a short novel and more of an introduction to a world.

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This fifth and last book of Lady Trent's Memoirs, Within the Sanctuary of Wings travels into one of the last unexplored places in her world in search of a new kind of dragon, just as war t

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Geekerella is a straightforward retelling of Cinderella as a geeky fairy tale, and it couldn't be sweeter or more fun.

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What a strange, bizarre, wandering, surreal, hard-to-explain but easy-to-feel book Shadowbahn is.

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Captain Hadrian Allan Sawback and the crew of the Willful Child are back in another series of adventures!

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Level Grind is a compilation of the first four short novels of the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series, an urban fantasy collection about Native American sorceress-in-hiding Jade Crow and her mo

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Vampyres is a remarkably in-depth and academically dense account of the entire history of the suave upper-class vampiric count that Dracula represents.

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“Cold-Forged Flame is an exciting and engaging start to a new series.”

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Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast about life in a strange little desert town where every weird thing is normal and basically unquestioned. Now it's also a book.

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Volume 2 of the Night Vale Episodes collection comes out at the same time as Volume 1.

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Tor is really knocking it out of the park with these short novels and novellas they've been publishing recently. The Ghoul King is another good one.

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Star Wars Insider has proven again that it's an invaluable resource for fans of the Star Wars movies and everything that goes into making them.

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What a strange and wonderful book this is. Mashup is a collection of stories, as the title indicates, based on famous first lines. 

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The Regional Office is one part pre-crime from Minority Report, one part Division from La Femme Nikita, and a smattering of mostly off-stage scifi and fantasy.

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In under 200 pages, McGuire builds a quiet and interesting world that manages to fuse children’s portal fantasy stories with gothic splendor and darkness.

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Isabella, Lady Trent's adventures continue here in this fourth book of the Natural History of Dragons series, where she finds herself sent to Akhia, a place somewhat like the Egypt with shades of o

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It's pretty. It's bizarre. It's unusual and unique. It lingers in your mind . . .”

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By this point, we would be forgiven believing we know all there is to know about the Star Wars movies, but The Best of Star Wars Insider proves we don't.

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so well done.”

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If the revival of short-form fiction brings us more fun books like The Absconded Ambassador, it will have been worth it.

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This is how large scale action-fantasy should be.”  

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This isn't the only book in recent years to blend science fiction and fantasy, but it's one of the few that gets it right.

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Neverboy is one of the strangest comics miniseries around, but it is compellingly whimsical, sad, and hopeful.

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What an odd, intriguing, and often captivating book The Lizard Princess is.

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Sandman was always a wonderful mix of legend, literature, and out-there scifi, and Overture is no exception.

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It's exciting, moving, and often beautifully written . . .”

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The Sea Is Ours is a subversive and rebellious addition to the steampunk canon and one that's been needed as it highlights points of view outside the norm.

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It may not seem as if sonnets and pop songs would go together, but Didriksen proves quite well that they do.

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so much fun to read.”

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Jim Butcher long ago proved that he had what it takes to write long, complex, but wildly readable series.

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“daring, relentlessly imaginative, and stunningly ambitious.”

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sweet, lighthearted fun with a nice multi-layered world to spend some time in.”

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a very fun read from beginning to end . . . never lags . . . extremely inventive . . . playful . . .”

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Impulse is the first in a new military scifi series from Dave Bara, following the adventures of Lt. Peter Cochrane as he oversteps his bounds and eventually saves the day.

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“A deep read, but fast; it lingers in your mind long after it’s been read.”

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If you like your thrillers a little on the strange and dystopian side or your dystopias a little on the mythological and crime-solving side, Peacemaker

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“A pulp story with a more mature and thoughtful edge.”

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“. . . fresh, strange, and dangerous. . . . Neverland is lush and beautiful, but edged everywhere with menace . . . the people . . . ragged-edged and wild.”

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“. . . absorbing and detailed, different from anything else out there . . .”

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“. . . an addicting read. . . . N. K. Jemisin knows exactly what she’s doing as a fantasy writer.”

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“Read Grave Mercy for the interesting view of history, the mysterious and absorbing religion of assassins, the adventure, the romance, the incredibly fine storytelling.

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“Ad Eternum is so perfectly balanced with exactly what the reader needs to know about each character and each plot thread without any of the clutter of a longer book resulting in a

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“Bruce Sterling has managed to pen a delivery vessel for a futuristic, anarchistic, dystopian idea of human potential.

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“Do not fight this book: Let it take you where it’s going, and let it show you what it wants to show you. You’ll be glad you did.”

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“Sound Bender is a fast and involving read, and it’s worth recommending to the kids.”

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“Dearly, Departed is a lush, roaming story, but the threads all come together masterfully at the end, with nothing left dangling. And it’s addictive.

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“Circle of Enemies is well worth the read. . . . fresh and new . . . noir made vital again with really strange monsters. It’s a thriller . . .

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“The latest graphic novel from Doug TenNapel proves once again that a full story can be told in pictures, and that it can be as affecting and detailed as it could be in book form. . . .

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“These are the stories that most stretch the imagination and the credibility of the readers, and they’re all successful. . . .

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The Restorer is a near-perfect first book in a series.

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Cassandra Clare is one of the rare talents on the YA paranormal romance shelves (and there are many, many books on those shelves right now) who creates not just a good romance, but a good story.

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“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

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These days there are so many books about women who fall in love with vampires, but few are as interesting as A Discovery of Witches.

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As far as collections of short stories go, I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like is a highly mixed bag.

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Robin Mckinley’s books are always amazing, and this one is no exception.

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There are any number of handbooks for surviving a zombie apocalypse. These days, with the popularity of the variously undead, it’s practically become a genre in and of itself.

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Sometimes anthologies can be a little hit or miss with some really great stories and some that just fall flat. This is not one of those times.

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Flaming Zeppelins is a book in two parts—Zeppelins West and Flaming London—originally published as two separate books (soon to be three), and it winds up with something of a split personal

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Steampunk is a genre for thinkers, and this book proves the point.

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In the current rush and abundance of vampire novels involving teenage protagonists and their dark and brooding love for the perfect immortal undead, it’s getting harder and harder to come up with s

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Ballantine Books, November 2009

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It’s sometimes hard to find a decent, thorough, self-contained fantasy novel, but The Charlatan’s Boy manages to accomplish all that and more.

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In the sudden vast over-abundance of gloomy teen dramas in the wake of the Twilight phenomenon, it’s getting harder and harder to find one that takes an original swing at the genre.

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Viking, December 2009

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Migration
is a grand name for what turns out to be a pretty intimate and small-scale story, despite the epic setting.

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Ghostopolis is perfect proof that a graphic novel can tell as solid and detailed a story as a more traditional novel—and the fact that it’s aimed at kids and still manages this feat makes

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Reading the Pern books isn’t like it was when Anne McCaffrey wrote them.

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ACE Fantasy, September 2008