Category Archives: Fantasy

Michael Swanwick – The Iron Dragon’s Mother (2019) Review

9/10 Swanwick produced us another sparkling, prickly novel. Finalist for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, but nobody read it. Professional acclaim from peer authors isn’t the problem for Swanwick and he has an impressive list of awards … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson – Dust of Dreams (2009) Review

7.5/10 I was so blown away by Toll the Hounds (2008) that it is hard to grasp that there is still more storytelling to follow. But Toll the Hounds was only the penultimate chapter of this giant tale. Yes yes, … Continue reading

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Review: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), by A.A. Milne

I was actually a bit confused at the start of this book. I thought it would be just the adventures of Pooh Bear, but the narrator thing in Winnie-the-Pooh is a complex situation. Which proves that I am still no … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson – Toll the Hounds (2008) Review

9.5/10 Slight spoilers for Memories of Ice. Never before has Erikson been this dreamy, this moody, in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. In this 8th book in the series, he is playful, but also adds an oppressive weight to … Continue reading

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Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World (1990) Review

6/10 With the TV show coming out, I finally, after 20 years of reading, buckled under the pressure and picked up The Eye of the World (1990). I knew a bit of what I could expect, notably the similarities between … Continue reading

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Andrzej Sapkowski – The Last Wish (1993) Review

Translated by Danusia Stok, 2007 7/10 When Andrzej Sapkowski penned his first Witcher stories in Polish in the early 1990s, I doubt that he foresaw that 30 years later, the series would be an internationally known phenomenon with computer games, … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson – Reaper’s Gale (2007) review

8.5/10 Reaper’s Gale (2007), sequel to both Midnight Tides (2005) and The Bonehunters (2006), has a bit of a frustrating structure, but sticks the landing. There, that’s my review. No, let’s dive into it. This entry in the series revolves … Continue reading

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Review: The Wisdom of Crowds (2021) by Joe Abercrombie

6/10 I have loved most of Abercrombie’s books, but this was a disappointment for me. I found it difficult to get through and it made me ambivalent about the whole series. A Great Change, indeed. Throughout the Age of Madness … Continue reading

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Review: The Bonehunters (2006) by Steven Erikson

9.5/10 The start of The Bonehunters finds many of our characters in unfamiliar territory with regards to who they are and what they are looking for in life. These quests dictate a lot of the plot progression, making it a … Continue reading

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Review: The Dragons of Babel (2008) by Michael Swanwick

8/10 Earlier this year I read Swanwick’s The Iron Dragon’s Daughter (1993) and I was immensely impressed. The weird faerie-cyber-elf-punk-Dickens world with telepathic robot dragons blew my mind. This world combined the strangest opposites: fairy tale and cyberpunk, Harry Potter-like … Continue reading

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