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Review: Hollow (2021) by B. Catling. Bruegel-Inspired Fantasy

8.5/10 Brian Catling burst onto the fantasy stage with a somersault and a reeking cyclops suit. He gave us the Vorrh trilogy (which I personally rate very highly): a gross, creepy, unnerving spectacle of a series, and Catling’s writing was … Continue reading

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Review: Steven Erikson – House of Chains (2002)

8/10 Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen #4 Of all the Malazan books so far, House of Chains feels the most like a middle book – wrapping up some storylines, introducing a bunch of stuff for the future, and generally … Continue reading

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Review: Isaac Asimov – Foundation and Earth (1986)

7/10 Foundation and Earth (1986) is pretty much a direct sequel to Foundation’s Edge (1982). In case you can’t remember how Foundation’s Edge ended, the entire first chapter is a retread of “what wacky thing did Golan Trevize decide in … Continue reading

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Review: K.J. Bishop – The Etched City (2003)

rating: conflicted/10 – maybe a 7.5/10 in the end. Positives and negatives are both in the extreme. Raule and Gwynn used to be revolutionaries, until the great general defeated them. Then they were hunted. Now, they are drifters, hiding, scraping … Continue reading

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Review: Andy Weir – Project Hail Mary (2021)

7.5/10 With the publication of Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir is still in a vulnerable position in his writing career. His first novel The Martian (2011) may have been a great popular success, even receiving a movie adaptation in 2015, … Continue reading

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Review: Joe Abercrombie – A Little Hatred (2019)

8,5/10 A start of a new series! Exciting! But not totally new. Set in the First Law world, A Little Hatred takes us a few decades into the future, to a world of late Middle Ages and the rising chimneys … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett – Night Watch (2002)

Genre: Fantasy; satire Series: Discworld Pages: 480 My rating: 8,5/10 With Night Watch, I think it is no longer possible to say that you can just start anywhere in the Discworld series and jump right in. Night Watch is the … Continue reading

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Iain M. Banks – Against a Dark Background (1993)

Genre: science fiction / space opera Series: no Pages: 487 My rating: 7/10 While Iain M. Banks was working on his Culture series, he still found the time or the need to write science fiction that was unrelated to his … Continue reading

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R. Scott Bakker – The Great Ordeal (2016) review

Genre: Epic fantasy / grimdark Series: Aspect-Emperor series, part 3 Pages: 512 My rating: 9/10 The long awaited third book of the Aspect-Emperor series is finally here. The previous instalment, The White-Luck Warrior, ended on a bunch of cliffhangers: everyone … Continue reading

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Catherynne M. Valente – Radiance (2015)

Genre: Science fiction / science fantasy / alternate history Pages: 429 My Rating: 9/10 I don’t even know where to start! Let me start by saying that I loved this book! But it is one of those books that you’ll … Continue reading

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