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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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The Darby Shaw Chronicles by Liberty Spiedel

By Hawkings Austin / August 3, 2018

So, I decided on a change of pace the last few weeks and only got back into Urban Fantasy after I’d finished my own novel. I was recommended the Darby Shaw Chronicles by a good friend of mine. They looked like a nice superhero story, so I decided to see how they were. Superhero Police […]

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Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese

By Hawkings Austin / July 16, 2018

Robert Kroese has a marvelous sense of humor and Mercury Falls is perfect. I’ve read a couple of his other books, Starship Grifters and The Dream of the Iron Dragon. They are good books, but for humor, this is much better. As a side note: The Dream of the Iron Dragon should be up for […]

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Book Review: Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

By Hawkings Austin / July 6, 2018

Summon the Keeper isn’t the best book by Tanya Huff. I’m a Tanya Huff fan, and this book has a lot of good reviews, but this won’t be one of them. It is a nice, light romantic road trip novel, but I’m not recommending this book. This is a light romance novel with a witch, […]

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All Star Comic Con

By Hawkings Austin / June 28, 2018

Steampunk Iron Man photo by Lea Sanders All Star Comic con was held June 15, 16, and 17th, and it was a real blast. It was held in a Sheraton in Tyson’s Corner – which is a suburb of Washington D.C. Here is a random fan doing a non-Urban Fantasy costume. There were a ton […]

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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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