Posts Tagged: Ace

Duck and Covers: Looks So Nice We Did It Twice

Jo Fletcher Books, recently purchased as part of Quercus by Hodder & Stoughton, has a thing for skylines and duo-chromatic color schemes. Clearly. I particularly like City of Stairs where the cityscape looks pixelated like a 1980s video game down to the little sprite person. This is probably a UK thing, as it seems more… 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 »

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 »

Books I Have Minimal Thoughts On…

Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber Although chronologically the first stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Swords and Deviltry is composed of three novellas that were written quite a bit later than the more classic tales of the iconic duo. They are stories that fill in the blanks surrounding the origins of the pair,… Read more »

Thoughts on Breach Zone by Myke Cole

[cp_dropcaps]T[/cp_dropcaps]his is not a review of Breach Zone. Why is it not a review? Because my name is in the acknowledgements. Why is my name in the acknowledgements? Because I slipped Myke Cole $20. Regardless I can’t review the novel impartially. But, you don’t read me because I’m impartial right? You read me because I… Read more »

Round-up of older titles read recently (and one new one)

#1) Jhereg by Steven Brust Somehow I’ve gone 25 years of genre without reading Steven Brust. I remember very distinctly  buying The Phoenix Guards at a middle-school book fair, but found it not to my tastes at the time. Jhereg, Brust’s first novel, is nothing like how I remember that first foray. Stripped to the bare essentials,… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Book of the Year

I read 101 books this year. 32 weren’t published in 2013, 11 were manuscripts set for publication over the next several years, leaving 58 titles from which I am drawing conclusions about the book of the year. In other words, take what I say with a grain of salt. I haven’t read everything, including what… Read more »

A Quartet of Reviews: ‘Cause I Need to Catch Up

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel Polansky is a writer’s writer. By that I mean writers love his work. It isn’t to say that the average reader won’t enjoy She Who Waits or Straight Razor Cure, or Tomorrow the Killing, but that writers will enjoy them more. The… Read more »

Take a Risk or Stay the Course? Reviews of The Scroll of Years and Blood Song

Two novels read this past month demonstrate an ongoing dichotomy in fantasy fiction. Anthony Ryan’s much heralded first novel, Blood Song, was a run away success as a self-published novel before it was bought by big publishing. It is, for all intents and purposes, a classic epic fantasy structurally reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the… Read more »

A selection of books read lately, and a few I just couldn’t finish. . .

Generation V by ML Brennan So I spent two hundred pages of this novel waiting for Five to show up. I’m thinking there’s five members of the main family? Nope, four. There’s five victims of murder? Nope. And you know what I decided? ML Brennan is just a liar. Nothing in this novel has anything… Read more »