Arinn Dembo

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Arinn Dembo is a multi-genre author living and working in Vancouver, BC. Although she has published fiction and poetry in a number of anthologies and magazines, she is best known for her work in the computer gaming industry.

Dembo has contributed world-building and background fiction to over a dozen PC games and is the creator of the Sword of the Stars universe, among others.

Her military science fiction novel, The Deacon's Tale, is set in the Sword of the Stars universe she created for Kerberos Productions and was published in 2011. Monsoon and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction and poetry, was published in 2012.


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2013 - Stories as Spoken Word Art

The second half of 2012 was a catastrophically busy time, and the majority of 2013 looks to be equally busy. One of my resolutions for the coming year was to be more careful to make my leisure time count--when I don't have a lot of time to re-charge, I have to try and re-charge efficiently.

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Quick follow-up on my previous post about "The Wrath and the Dawn". I finished reading the second half of the duology last night.

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This trilogy is such a guilty pleasure. Every book is terribly long by the standards of most fantasy authors today, and yet they never drag. And I never get tired of reading the adventures and thick description of historical artifacts and settings.

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A sumptuous re-telling of the 1001 Arabian Nights story, featuring Scheherazade as a plucky YA heroine. I thought it was quite well-written, but I'm a bit leery nowadays of books that involve brave, heroic young women who fall in love with brutally v ...more
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“It was June in Maharashtra, and the monsoon would not come. The whole district lay panting in the heat, the burning sky clapped tight overhead like the lid of a tandoor oven. Lean goats stumbled down the narrow alleyways, udders hanging slack and dry beneath them; beggars cried for water in every village. Dust-devils swept over baked clay and through the dry weeds, whistling and shrieking. Hot sand blew into the eyes of torpid bullocks as they leaned into the yoke, whips snapping over their bony backs. A single stream crept along the valley floor, shrunken and muddy, and women stood ankle deep in its shallows, beating their laundry against rocks that rippled and danced in the sun.”
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