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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

As a writer there are very few books I wish I could have written. My head is so full of my own ideas and nonsense that the voice of others isn’t something that interests me. Instead I dissect, tear open story like some mad doctor as I read and analyse its various organs. I’m sympathetic [...]

2013-07-26T20:31:10+00:00 June 21st, 2013|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Bookshelf Bombshells Rates The Four Realms As A “Buy It!”

Given how much writers struggle with putting together the synopsis of a novel, I'm starting to wonder, following this brilliant summary of the setup of The Four Realms, whether authors should employ reviewers to write them. I jest, of course, but this review does a really good job of getting 'inside' the setup of the [...]

2013-07-26T22:45:30+00:00 April 10th, 2013|Book Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review – Sea of Ghosts

Sea of Ghosts was very much a book of two halves for me. It’s an ambitious book that tries to do something a little different and when it works, it’s brilliant. When it doesn’t… well, we’ll come onto that. I have a real love of fantasy that abandons or subverts the medieval world trope we’ve [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:11+00:00 June 22nd, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – Rivers of London

I read Rivers of London at a bad time. I’d just read Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson and absolutely loved the book, feeling it a pinnacle of post-Tolkien fantasy. I raved about that book. So of course anything I read after that was going to feel like a come-down no matter how much [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:13+00:00 February 13th, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – Gardens of the Moon

I fear this review is going to be a little worthless. You see, as a writer or critic we have some experience of the tools of writing: the character arcs, the themes, the worldbuilding, and so on. We’re able to unstitch novels and look at these component parts, judging each on its own merit. Hence [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:14+00:00 February 10th, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – The Name Of The Wind

The Name of the Wind tells the life story of Kvothe, a legendary hero, and goes about showing the more realistic story behind the legend. It’s a book about deconstructing legends and in that sense, it’s a book about story. The problem for me is that a novel must have plot. It must have a [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:15+00:00 January 20th, 2011|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – Retribution Falls

The cover quote from Peter Hamilton says “Retribution Falls is the kind of old fashioned adventure I didn't think we were allowed to write any more” and I think it’s very true. It’s mixture of strange lands, airships and magic cutlasses makes it at time feel like a fantasy novel, a steampunk novel and a [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:18+00:00 December 28th, 2010|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

Review – The Shattering

As a rule, I don't have a problem with Tie-In Fiction. I'm very much in the "you like what you like" camp and don't think you should ever be ashamed of your reads. The argument against tie-in fiction is often that it is of a lesser quality, that because it is work for hire, authors [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:19+00:00 December 16th, 2010|Book Reviews, Games, Reading|0 Comments