Geek Lit: Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust Book 4)

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Daniel Faust, mage and con man, finished off his first trilogy of novels by disposing of a particularly nasty villain who either didn’t know or didn’t care that her plans would destroy all of creation.

So, what’s a guy living out of Vegas with his succubus girlfriend to do for an encore?  Review and mild SPOILERS after the cut.

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Geek Lit: The Living End (Daniel Faust Book 3)

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My very first Gabbing Geek article was all about urban fantasy, that subgenre where protagonists are often supernatural individuals, or people with knowledge of supernatural individuals, living in the modern world.

One of the authors and book series I recommended there was Craig Schaefer’s Daniel Faust series.  Faust is a magician living in Las Vegas, a former flunky to a half-demon mobster that does odd jobs.  The third novel in the series, The Living End, wraps up an opening trilogy of novels where Daniel matches wits with the treacherous Lauren Carmichael.  Review with some potential spoilers after the cut.

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Urban Fantasy: Fact Or Fiction?

Picturing a fantasy setting might give a person of supposedly sound mind an image which revolves around something that came from the mind, pen, or fever dream of J.R.R. Tolkien, even if the person in question thinks that name belongs to a particularly odd Muppet.  Or perhaps the idea is more of some sort of Game involving Thrones.  Maybe King Arthur came off his flour bag to do his thing with Merlin or Galahad or people with names way cooler than anyone else you may know, provided you don’t know any chimps of the Link family (though, to be fair, he is a rather secretive chimp).

But fantasy usually just boils down to magic and the supernatural, and if The Ring taught us anything, and it didn’t, it is that magic and the supernatural can exist anywhere, which is where the Urban Fantasy subgenre comes in.

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