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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Aberrant Eyes
    March 11, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    “Wy dont i start at the end and see were we go from there?”
    — Lloyd Jefferson, “The Kingdom of No” (Doom Patrol v.2 #29)


  2. Roy Berman
    March 11, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    I’ve added it to my reading list based on the extremely strong recommendation in your first couple of paragraphs, but to avoid spoilers I’ll come back and read the bulk of the essay once I get to the book.


  3. triturus
    March 12, 2016 @ 4:04 pm

    I bought this based on your recommendation a few weeks ago, and finished it last week. It’s really excellent, one of the best books I’ve read in a while.


  4. Shannon
    March 14, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about her, but this post is really what’s motivating me to go buy the book. As I’m due in a few weeks, I look forward to a lot of time in the near future, sitting in the dark, nursing. I’m going to need a lot of good, engaging things to read!


    • Shannon
      April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

      I did read it and it was just as amazing as Phil advertised. The world building is just as rich as he describes, plus the characters are incredibly compelling. Highly recommended.

      However, it does need all of the trigger warnings available for the parent of a young child/children or anyone else particularly sensitive to violence done to children. In addition to the awfulness Phil mentions, there is another major incident that is possibly even worse. If I had read this six months earlier, it probably would have triggered my own trauma that I was still processing at the time.


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