Category Archives: Fantasy

Joe Abercrombie – The Blade Itself (2006) Review

The first entry in the First Law trilogy, an immensely popular fantasy epic among those who like that sort of thing (I include myself). Abercrombie was one of the essential voices in establishing the “grimdark” subgenre of epic fantasy that … Continue reading

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Jeff VanderMeer – City of Saints and Madmen (2001) Review

Genre: fantasy/new weird Series: Ambergris 1 My rating: 7.5/10 Before VanderMeer jumped into writing full novels (and became one of my favorite authors), he wrote a couple of novellas, all set in a colorful, gnarly fantasy world and surrounding the … Continue reading

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China Mieville – The Last Days of New Paris (2016) Review

7/10 What a very, very unusual novella. Ok, so this is Paris in the 1940s and the Nazis are trying to take over the city. We follow the resistance fighter Thibaut as he undertakes an exhausting trip through the abandoned … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson – Words of Radiance (2014) Review

Genre: epic fantasy Series: The Stormlight Archive 2 Pages: 1303 Starting Words of Radiance feels like returning to old friends. We have spent so much time – and so many pages – watching Kaladin, Shallan and Dalinar fighting their respective … Continue reading

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N.K. Jemisin – The Stone Sky (2017) Review

Genre: fantasy, science-fantasy, post-apocalypse Series: The Broken Earth, part 3 Pages: 416 The final book of the Broken Earth trilogy. The story continues right where The Obelisk Gate left it. Essun is still with Ykka and the Castrima comm, but … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings (2010) Review

Genre: Epic Fantasy Series: The Stormlight Achive 1 Pages: 1252 (paperback) Just look at this book! The paperback is so fat that the author’s name and the title are written horizontally on the spine! I’m feeling quite some trepidation, since … Continue reading

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David D. Levine – Arabella of Mars (2016) Review

Genre: Science Fantasy Series: The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1 Pages: 382 The year 1812. England and France are at war. Arabella Ashby has a pleasant life running through canyons on Mars. She lives there as a young lady with … Continue reading

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