Tag Archives: Fantasy

Dan Simmons – Song of Kali (1985) Review

8/10 Set in the Indian city Kolkata, which used to be named Calcutta but the book was written before the name change in 2001 so the name Calcutta is used throughout, and anyway the Kolkata of this book isn’t really … Continue reading

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C.L. Moore – Jirel of Joiry (1969) Review

8/10 Robert E. Howard made such a splash with his sword-and-sorcery writing. As his Conan stories began to appear in the Weird Tales pulp magazine, so many writers felt compelled to either write homages to the stories or write something … Continue reading

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Josiah Bancroft – The Fall of Babel (2021) Review

5.5/10 After the excellent and emotionally gripping third book, The Hod King (2019), Josiah Bancroft is now ready to present his conclusion to the entire Books of Babel series. The Hod King felt like a middle book done right, with … Continue reading

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Review: Armies (1977-’88) by Jean-Claude Gal & Jean-Pierre Dionnet

This is a highly regarded series of comics that was once published in the French Métal hurlant (Heavy Metal in US) magazine. The writer Jean-Pierre Dionnet was one of the founders of that anthology magazine and he “discovered” the artist … Continue reading

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Review: The Celestial Bibendum (2012) by Nicolas de Crécy

A big fat 9/10 I loved everything about this. Nicolas de Crecy’s The Celestial Bibendum is one of those works of art that is absolutely bonkers, but is presented with so much artistry and imagination that is becomes something very … Continue reading

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Steven Erikson – The Crippled God (2011) Review

9/10 After 1.5 years of reading and 3.3 million words, The Crippled God (2011) ends the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Erikson writes this finale in his own subversive, Eriksonian way, in which he uses the tropes of epic fantasy, … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock – Elric of Melniboné: The Elric Saga, Vol. 1 (review)

Comprising: Elric of Melniboné (1972) The Fortress of the Pearl (1989) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (1976) The Weird of the White Wolf (1977) 7.5/10  – A rather exhaustive, rambly review: Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories are recognised as … Continue reading

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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: I Hate Fairyland (2015-’18) by Skottie Young

This comic is based on the idea that if Dorothy had been forced to stay in the fairyland of the Wizard of Oz, then after 27 years those characters would really have gotten on her nerves. I can’t blame her, … Continue reading

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