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Hawkings Austin

I'm a new fantasy author, but I've been reading since Ogg finished with the paint and went to play with his wheel-thingy. I'm a professional nuclear engineer, rocket scientist, and survivalist. I am a semi-pro historian as well, with some published work in both science and history. I play with fire, shoot guns, swing swords, and run with scissors.

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Book Review: Lost and Found by J. M. Beal

By Hawkings Austin / June 10, 2018

One of the joys of going to conventions is finding relatively unknown authors. Some of those authors aren’t very creative and just produce fan-fic of whatever series is doing well. In Urban Fantasy, you see a lot of Laura K Lite (Vampire Porn), Monster Hunter-esque (Gun – Porn), and Supernatural-ish (Homosexual porn) writing.  You have […]

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Movie Review: Deadpool

By Hawkings Austin / June 4, 2018

Deadpool is a lot of fun to watch. As I’ve said before, Superheroes are the epitome of Urban Fantasy. You have magical powers, fight villains, and save the world. Deadpool 1 was a bit of a genre breaker in that it was essentially a ‘revenge flick’ where the protagonist kills everyone between himself and the […]

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Book Review: War Demons by Russell Newquist

By Hawkings Austin / May 27, 2018

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Just to make it clear – Russell runs Urban-Fantasy.com and Silver Empire. He’s a friend and I HATE writing about friend’s books, but he asked for it. (There may have been a martial arts showdown involved.) War Demons is a solid Urban Fantasy. If you expect a hero, some monsters, […]

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Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

By Hawkings Austin / May 5, 2018

If you like a grim and humorous world, Sandman Slim is one of the best Urban Fantasy novels out there. I can’t see much daylight between his world and a post-apocalypse setting, but the fact that it is bleak and dark doesn’t much improve L.A. (Though the protagonist has less trouble with traffic than I […]

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Book Review: Down a Dark Hall

By Hawkings Austin / April 21, 2018

Let’s drift a little bit from the core of Urban Fantasy into a dark, supernatural, boarding school fiction. Down a Dark Hall is getting a lot of buzz lately, because it will be released as a movie in 2018. The novel follows a lovely young woman called Kit who’s mother is re-marrying. She is sent […]

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Find Escapism After the Golden Age

By Hawkings Austin / April 12, 2018

As I said in reviewing ‘Super Sales on Super Heroes,’ I love Urban Fantasy and superhero stories. It is always fun to imagine yourself saving this world, not some strange and alien land. In superhero fiction, the heroes are good, and the villains are bad.  You don’t see any deep mysteries, because the villains are […]

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Review: Escape With This Superhero Story

By Hawkings Austin / April 6, 2018

I love Urban Fantasy and superhero stories are, while a separate genre from the usual vampires and werewolves, still great escapist fiction. It is always fun to imagine yourself saving the world. In superhero fiction, the villains stand in plain sight, usually in brightly colored leotards, and the solutions, outside of the death traps, remain […]

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Welcome Contributor Hawkings Austin

By Hawkings Austin / April 3, 2018

Hawkings Austin Hello, I’m Hawkings Austin, but you can call me Hawk. Since I’ll be out here, reviewing Urban Fantasy, I figured that I should tell you a bit about myself. Of course, since this will be about me, feel free to skip it. Work: Look, I’m a professional survival engineer. If you give me […]

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