Book Review - Star Wars: Aftermath

Chuck Wendig's entry into the Star Wars mythos has garnered a lot of attention and a lot of criticism. The first is not surprising given the he is essentially launching the "Journey to The Force Awakens", the second seems disproportionate to any literary or fan crimes committed.

Fast Paced Present Tense

One of the biggest criticisms comes from the writing style. Wendig has chosen to imitate the feeling of the Star Wars movies by using the present tense and a lot of very short or broken… Continue reading...

Book Review: Lock In By John Scalzi

There's no mistaking what Lock In is, it's a police procedural. It's got a couple of twists to the formula but at its core it is unapologetically the sort of detective story that CBS would happily put in their lineup. Procedurals tend get looked down on because they rely so heavily on a certain pattern, but they're also really popular. Which should tell you something. More importantly Lock In is a well executed procedural, and the twists are interesting in their own right too.

What's It All…

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Book Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

If you're looking for something a little different for your next fantasy read then you should check out City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. It's not epic fantasy in the traditional sense nor is it the more modern grimdark fantasy. It eschews the common pseudo middle-ages time frame and sort-of european setting.

So What's It All About?

Shara Thivani, a secret agent (of sorts) arrives in the city of Bulikov to investigate the murder of a noted historian.  But Shara is walking into a… Continue reading...

Book Review: Cursed by Benedict Jacka

The second Alex Verus novel continues in the vein of the first. Which is to say that comparisons between this urban fantasy series and Jim Butcher's Dresden novels are inevitable and in some cases obvious. That's not entirely fair because Verus is a very different character to Dresden but, as my father likes to tell me, life isn't fair. One of the challenges with reviewing series books is coming up with something new to say. Unless the author doe something radically different, the people who… Continue reading...

Book Review: The Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs' fourth book departs from her previous Sianim series of novels and presents a stand alone tale set in a new fantasy world. Eschewing the trappings of standard fantasy, Briggs this time presents us with a world inhabited by creatures that bear a close relation to those in many real world folk tales. The result is a world that feels at once familiar and different.
When wild magic begins to re-awaken and her village is threatened both by human raiders and strange fairy…
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