Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I think it’s by far the pinnacle of A Song of Ice and Fire (thus far).  I read somewhere recently that the first three books in the series are really one long book – I totally agree.  What Martin sets up in the first three novels… Read more »

A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin

My A Song of Ice and Fire reread continues and let me say – A Clash of Kings is bloody depressing.  I mean really, does anything good happen in this book?  Theon’s a self-entitled jerk.  Tyrion is a good dude (generally) who gets constantly dumped on because he’s dumpy.  Catelyn and Robb watch their family get… Read more »

Ex-Heroes – Peter Clines

How awesome are superheroes?  Uh, super awesome.  How awesome are zombies?  Uh, not as much.  Of course, anyone who has read my blog in the past is aware that I’m not exactly pro-zombie.  Why am I reading more zombie fiction then?  It’s simple – I love post-apocalypse fiction and in this day and age that’s… Read more »

The Last Dragon – Jane Yolen

I can’t write a review on this graphic novel until I exorcise my excitement over another anything titled The Last Dragon.  This is because The Last Dragon (1985) is one of my favorite movies of all time bar none.  In the film, a young man searches for the “master” to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery… Read more »

Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

In recent weeks there have been no end of blog posts about George R.R. Martin’s iconic A Song of Ice and Fire (which by the way, I’ve called the Song of Fire and Ice in my head for the last 15 years) – none better than the brilliant duology (Part 1, Part 2) posted by… Read more »

The Dragon’s Path – Daniel Abraham

The Dragon’s Path marks the sixth book I’ve read from Daniel Abraham and the first time I’ve reviewed an author twice. Abraham has been a favorite of mine ever since his Long Price Quartet. His more recent science fiction debut, Leviathan Wakes, under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey was also impressive. Although Abraham’s first series… Read more »

Roil – Trent Jamieson

It seems like steampunk is the new vampire with a huge number of new titles claiming it as a sub-genre.  This probably shouldn’t be surprising given the huge boom in the urban fantasy market in recent years.  For the most part steampunk tends to be more familiar to people than second world fantasy or space… Read more »

Equations of Life – Simon Morden

The moment I saw the cover for Simon Morden’s Equations of Life I was intrigued.  In a genre known for covers like S.M. Stirling’s Rising, the art put together by Orbit Books screamed unique.  I have to give them credit for giving a new author something that differentiates him on the shelf.  Throw in a blurb that has Armageddon,… Read more »

Fantasy 102: Where do I go next?

Every fantasy forum out there has reams of threads titled something like – “Need a recommendation after finishing _____!” The vast majority of these threads are people new the genre who got sucked in by A Song of Ice and Fire or Wheel of Time. Since the debut of A Game of Thrones on HBO,… Read more »