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Fantasy Round 57: The Stone Sky

2017/10/01 Leave a comment

I could say that we could just give N. J. Jemisin her third Hugo for The Stone Sky and it would be well deserved, but that would be a very short review.

I will be spoiling the entire series here, so if you haven’t read it yet and don’t like spoilers… do it.  (Start with The Fifth Season.  But also, don’t read that post until you’ve read the book.)

The Stone Sky

I really should look to see where the inspiration for the stonework cover art came from.

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Fantasy Round 52: The Crooked Way

2017/02/12 Leave a comment

This is the sequel to Blood of Ambrose, and much like the first book, it’s a wild ride.  It explores many different applications of the setting’s magic, as well as questions about death and mortality.

I have a few (mostly spoiler-free) thoughts about the tale.

I'm not sure when this part happens in the story. The main dragon-slaying part that I recall involved an elderly dragon who wasn't doing a lot of flying.

I’m not sure when this part happens in the story. The main dragon-slaying part that I recall involved an elderly dragon who wasn’t doing a lot of flying.

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Fantasy Round 51: Blood of Ambrose

2017/01/22 1 comment

Merlin is not the hero.

Blood of Ambrose is the first in a series written by James Enge.  It’s an amusing sword and sorcery tale, which hints at Arthurian legend without being beholden to it.  It concerns the defense of Uther’s kingdom from a usurper trying to steal it away from his descendant, in an alternate fantasy-world.  Merlin’s children are at the forefront.

It’s a fun romp, and worth reading if you don’t want to think too hard about the real world for a little while.

And now, I will think a little too hard about this book.  The biggest spoiler is a bit at the end that doesn’t have a big impact on the main plot.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

The crows are relatively minor characters, but they do play an important role. The guy with the sword is Morlock Ambrosius, son of Merlin Ambrosius, called the Crooken Man, and generally a fascinating character.

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Fantasy Round 47: The Fifth Season

2016/09/05 3 comments

The Fifth Season just won the Hugo Award for best novel, and it’s well deserved.

It’s good enough and unique enough that I’m going to throw in some literary commentary along with the science nitpicking — at no additional cost!

Also, I strongly advice against reading this review until you’ve read the book.  The novel is worth reading fresh.

I’m also writing this without having yet read the sequel, The Obelisk Gate, so if you’ve read the first book but not the second, everything below is all either in the first book or my own speculation.

I read the novel, but I still don't know what this piece of sculture or architecture on the front is about.

I read the novel, but I still don’t know what this piece of sculture or architecture on the front is about.

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Fantasy Round 46: The Court of the Air

2016/06/05 1 comment

Well, this is a book I read.  It was mostly fun, I suppose, but I didn’t like it as much as the critics apparently did.  The main storyline was fine, but the exploration of the world left something to be desired.

The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt, is described as a Dickensian steampunk fantasy novel.

And… it pretty much is, but it’s not really a good thing.

I like the cover. And there were, in fact, hot air balloons... well, I mean, airships with expansion engines... moving on...

I like the cover. And there were, in fact, hot air balloons… well, I mean, airships with expansion engines… moving on…

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