Tag Archives: Books

Michael Swanwick – The Dog Said Bow-Wow (2007) Review

8/10 Of the 16 short stories in this collection, 3 are Hugo Award winners, 3 more are Hugo Award nominees, 12 are Locus Awards nominees with 1 winner, and 1 Nebula nominee. This is a show of strength, this collection, … Continue reading

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Clark Ashton Smith – The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies (Review)

8/10 Clark Ashton Smith was once one of the Big Three authors of fantasy and horror fiction at the Weird Tales magazine, alongside H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. And while Lovecraft and Howard and their works are still remembered … Continue reading

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Steve Brusatte – The Rise and Reign of the Mammals (2022) Review

As a kind of sequel to his previous book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018), popular science writer Steve Brusatte now looks at the evolutionary history of the mammals. The previous book even ended with a cliffhanger: a … Continue reading

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M. John Harrison – The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (2020) Review

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again. What image does that title generate? Something about the past, something that lay hidden, that you thought was gone perhaps, but is coming back. This does not only refer to the land, to … Continue reading

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Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair (1988) Review

Series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, book 1. 7.5/10 The Dragonbone Chair is the kind of epic fantasy that is perfect for losing yourself in a fantasy world; for burrowing into the world-building and wrapping the familiar fantasy tropes around you … Continue reading

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My Blog in 2022 – Stats and everything

Inspired by the recent post by Ola and Piotrek, here are my stats for the year and a list of the most popular blog posts of the year. There are some surprises in there and some I can explain and … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (1843) Review

Look, if you put a character named Tiny Tim in your novella, and he’s a sickly child, wheezing and crippled, and his signature line is “God bless us, every one!”, then you’re laying it on thick. You’re being mean. You … Continue reading

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David Brin – Startide Rising (1983) Review

7.5/10 Dolphins. In spaaaaace. This novel is like a space opera theme park. David Brin just squeezed in every idea that he thought was cool until the novel was ready to burst. It’s a space opera candy store. I’ll have … Continue reading

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K.J. Parker – Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City (2019) Review

9/10 Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City is a comedic and exciting fantasy story set in an alternate version of the Byzantine Empire, and the alternate Ottomans are at the gate, ready to lay siege. In the midst of … Continue reading

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George R.R. Martin – Fire & Blood (2018) Review

8.5/10 What bloody use is fictional history? I think it is a just question to ask. These places and people don’t even exist. In regular fantasy fiction you at least have characters to follow with motivations and journeys and character … Continue reading

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