Posts Tagged: Tor

Review of a Handful of Books

Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts Janny Wurts’ debut novel, Sorcerer’s Legacy, was published in 1982. Reading it is confirmation of that fact. It engenders nostalgia for a brand of fiction that’s largely gone. Where such an accusation is often damning, in the case of Sorcerer’s Legacy it’s a recognition of what’s best about that generation of fantasy literature. The… 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 »

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 Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

[cp_dropcaps]O[/cp_dropcaps]nce upon a time there was a book. In the first twenty pages it had like a bajillion names, several dozen instances of archaic speech patterns, and quite a bit of moping. I was instantly willing to hate it. But, because I’m a true critic of the arts, I continued. Also, because I can’t really… Read more »

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

[cp_dropcaps]I[/cp_dropcaps] begin this review, not with a bang, but with a boom. The boom is the sound Words of Radiance made when I dropped it while reading. It was shortly followed by a howl of pain as it struck my pinky toe. It was not a manly howl, akin to a shrieking meerkat as its eviscerated… 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 »

Militant heterosexual white cismale…erm… man speaks

On Tuesday, January 28, Larry Correia wrote a response to Alex Dally MacFarlane’s “Post-Binary Gender in SF: Introduction” on Tor.com. Regardless of what you think about the thrust of McFarlane’s points, Correia’s response is disproportionately offensive and factually wrong. In her piece on Tor.com, McFarlane declares, “I want an end to the default of binary gender… 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 »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Best Cover of the Year

Art is something I spent a lot of time in 2013 getting more knowledgeable about. I found a lot of incredible artists to geek out over, and a lot of really poorly executed pieces to decry. For the Juice Box Awards I look at two things, the quality of a cover’s illustration and its overall… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Best Book I Read Not Published in 2013

My annual reading is about 70-80% current year releases. But, with around 100 books read a year that leaves a not insignificant number of off-year reads that I like to recognize and talk about. In year’s past this has been something of the KJ Parker award, with The Folding Knife winning the award in 2011… Read more »