5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

History Channel’s Vikings

Do you watch History Channel’s Vikings series?

Well every time I tell a friend about it, I get the same negative response.

Why? Because they make documentaries, not great series like Game of Thrones.

If you believe that, then check out my guest post over at SF Signal: 5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

So what do you think of it now?

Let me know in the comments.

5 Ultimate Fantasy Weapons They Actually Made

Men-at-Arms

Admit it!

You love fantasy swords so massive they seem impossible to wield, and so mystical they have their own life story.

But these swords are pure fantasy, right? Any real version is just a disappointing mockup of cheap plastic, right?

Well that’s what I thought until I came across Men-at-Arms, a reality show about awesome guys creating the awesome swords we love – out of actual reinforced steel.

So Which ones are the greatest?

Here’s my list of the top five ultimate fantasy weapons they actually made.

Sword of Omens: Thundercats

Men-at-Arms: Sword of Omens

In the Thundercats series, the Sword of Omens is a legendary blade that can only be used by the Thundercat Lord. Being indestructible, razor-sharp, able to shoot blasts of energy, and giving Sight Beyond Sight are all just samples of what this sword is capable of.

While this real version […]

Science Fiction Fantasy at E3 2015

Electronic Entertainment Expoo

Being someone who loved video games growing up, and still wishing I had time to play them now, I like to keep track of the latest in the industry. And the best place for this is the annual convention known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short.

Ever heard of it?

E3 is where all the video game giants gather to show what they got coming up for the next couple years. The main competitors are Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, with 3rd party competitors such as Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA filling the gaps.

While there’re many different types of games on display, I like seeing those in my favourite genre: science fiction fantasy.

I checked out all the conferences, on-line of course, and saw some really great science fiction fantasy games I’m really looking forward to playing (or hearing more about).

If you also […]

5 Fantasy Creatures You Probably Never Heard Of

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Where would fantasy be without mystical creatures and fearsome monsters?

Even though the average logical adult dismisses them as unrealistic, there was a time people swore they exist.

And sure, we’ve all heard about dragons and unicorns and sparkling vampires, but what about the creatures that people use to talk about that for some reason never made it to this century. They deserve some credit too, right?

If you agree, then here are five interesting fantasy creatures you probably never heard of.

The Parandrus

the Parandrus

The Parandrus grew to the size of an ox, had the head of a stag, the branching horns of an ibex, the shaggy coat of a bear, and the legs of a deer.

Originating in Ethiopia, this creature was admired for its ability to adapt to every challenge. Like a chameleon, […]

Top 5 Dialogue from HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4

HBO’s Game of Thrones

I’ve got a real love hate relationship for Game of Thrones.

I hate the vast amounts of politics, the incest, the deaths of so many characters. But ultimately my love for sword fights and castles and mystical creatures keeps me coming back for more.

There’s another element of Game of Thrones that keeps me hooked. Great dialogue.

And now that season 5 has officially started, I thought I’d take a stroll through season 4 and pick out the best ones.

Here’s the top 5 dialogue from HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4.

I should warn you, the following could get a bit dark, and explicit. But if you’re a fan then you already know that. We are talking about Game of Thrones, after all.

The Hound talks to Polliver: Episode 1

Grunt!!!

Arya and the Hound reluctantly enter a tavern that’s been taken […]

Stealer of Flesh (Kormak the Guardian book 1) Review

Stealer of Flesh by William King (2012)

I’m a big fan of William King.

I love the Gotrek and Felix series so I’m always willing to read anything he writes.

I’ve been reading about the Kormak series on his website for a while now, but with an extensive library of books on my kindle that I’ve never read, and a long to-read list on Goodreads, I’ve always been reluctant to purchase it.

Why buy something now if I don’t intend to read it yet, right?

But when I found out that the 1st book of the Kormak series, Stealer of Flesh, was free on Amazon, naturally I jumped right on it.

Because he’s my favorite author, and because it was free, I moved it up on my to-read list (free has powerful effects) and finally got around to reading it.

The Story

Kormak is a Guardian of the Order of […]

5 Real Chambers of Bones and Human Remains

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I’ve seen them in movies like Indiana Jones. I’ve seen them in novels like Gotrek and Felix. I’ve seen them in games like Dark Souls.

And every time characters come across a chamber full of them, it’s meant to be so horrific that the weak-hearted screams while dramatic music plays.

What am I talking about?

Human skulls, bones, and corpses decayed beyond recognition.

You would think that a room or cave filled to the brim with this stuff would be too horrific to keep close to society, right?

Well they’re not. In fact, they’re actually considered great tourist attractions.

Where are these places?

Here are 5 real chambers of bones and human remains.

Capuchin Crypt, Rome

When Capuchin monks arrived at the church of Santa Maria […]

Top 5 Movie Villains More Powerful Than the Heroes

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I always hate when a hero has to fight under constraints.

For the entire story, his abilities are amazing.

His attacks are strong and his reflexes are fast. When opponents strike, he’s no longer there. He punches and kicks bad guys into next week.

Everything is going great.

Then we reach the story climax. The hero confronts the big villain. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It’s going to be awesome.

Suddenly, someone pulls out a bag of kryptonite and our hero falls to his knees. Then some punk who could have been crushed like a toothpick starts taking advantage of the situation.

Lame! Lame! Lame!

I want to see the hero throw his hardest punch and the villain simply grunts while wiping the blood from his mouth with a smile.

Who are these villains?

Here’s the top five that I’ve come across […]