Posts Categorized: Reviews

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

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Kameron Hurley wrote a book called God’s War. It won her the 2011 Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society, and the 2011 Kitschies for Best Debut Novel. It was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Nebula award, shortlisted for a Locus Award for Best… Read more »

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

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Let me know if you’ve heard this story before. A god is reborn in the form of a human child. This child is destined to change the world, to restore everything to balance. The child’s father, the King, wants to kill him because the prophecy threatens his rule. But the child’s mother wants to protect him,… Read more »

At Tor.com: A Review of The Quick by Lauren Owen

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Tor.com asked me to review The Quick by Lauren Owen. It’s one of those books that seems to come around once a year that’s trying to be both core genre and core literary at the same time. Other past entrants include Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Elizabeth Kostovo’s The Historian, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Like… Read more »

Recently Read Books and My Thoughts

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Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence Running concurrently with the Broken Empire Trilogy that Lawrence ended last year, Prince of Fools follows Prince Jalan Kendeth from Roma to the frozen North. His grandmother is the Red Queen, who we see just a bit of in the previous trilogy. At the queen’s side is the Silent… Read more »

Art of John Harris by er… John Harris

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We’re often told “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. While it’s certainly true, there are a handful of artists whose artwork has had me pick up books off the shelf time and time again. John Harris is one such artist, whose work has graced the covers of such books as Ender’s Game and Old… Read more »

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

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It says it right on the cover of the Thief’s Magic advanced review copy that Trudi Canavan has sold two million books worldwide—which is roughly 1/50th of the Super Bowl’s audience, or about 100 times the audience of a moderately successful debut novel. You might think that’s a common level of success. It isn’t. It’s… Read more »

Review Collage!

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Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka Retitled to coincide with the film release, Edge of Tomorrow was originally known as All You Need is Kill, which, as far as I’m concerned, is a much more powerful appellation. The world Sakurazaka imagines is one where an alien race has invaded via nanobot proxies to terraform the… Read more »

Not-Reviews: Sworn in Steel and Crimson Campaign

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Technically speaking, I read both of these books last summer. Even then Sworn in Steel and The Crimson Campaign were polished, technically sound, and absolute blasts to read from start to finish. Jealous? You should be. With these books Douglas Hulick and Brian McClellan go from debut authors to professionals with careers ahead of them. Of course, I… Read more »

Necromancer Lawyers and the Existential Dread of Privilege

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Fantasy, we’re told, is escapist. Moribund. Dragons and rakshasa and princesses in tall towers providing a sumptuous divertissement from quotidian banality. Fantasy is junk food for those unwilling or unable to digest the dense virtuosity of Joyce or Faulkner. Urban fantasy, the trenchcoat-wearing, revolver-toting ghetto of magical PIs and shapeshifter femmes fatales, is even less… Read more »

The Three by Sarah Lotz

There’s horror and then there’s horror. By that I mean there are novels that fit within the horror genre, with overt applications of “scary” and “suspenseful”, and then there are novels that are generally horrifying, with an ability to elicit dread from a reader. It is the latter category that Sarah Lotz’s first solo novel,… Read more »