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Gene Wolfe 1931 – 2019
 

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Meeting Elric

Meeting Elric 

Unlike many people who’ll see this post, I am a total newbie to the character and world of Elric and indeed to author Michael Moorcock. Lest I be burned by the fantasy community for heresy, I decided to seek out the Elric books, but quickly discovered that finding a place to begin wasn’t so simple. […]

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
5

A word of warning before we begin: As soon as I finished this book, it went straight into my top five all-time favourites, so be prepared for raving. I’ve reviewed several books this year and given them ten stars, but I’d give Uprooted eleven if it were possible. Because occasionally you find a book that […]

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The Soundtrack to Starborn

The Soundtrack to Starborn 

So this post is slightly embarrassing, as I’m about to reveal to you some of the music I enjoy listening to. There are lots of elements to cover in Starborn, from the grand destinies of individual characters to the relationships between them and the landscapes against which the story plays out. Generally my taste in […]

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Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene
5

With Smiler’s Fair, Levene has done something very clever. No one can deny this is fantasy on an epic scale: we have five protagonists, each with a distinct voice, a world with varied lands and peoples, set against a history richly detailed in its cultural and religious makeup. The care Levene has taken in creating […]

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
4.5

The premise of The Invisible Library is brilliant. Clandestinely situated between dimensions – and yes, invisible – the Library is a vast repository of fiction ‘acquired’ from myriad parallel worlds. I use the term loosely, as the agents of the Library don’t mind resorting to a bit of larceny when on the hunt for a […]

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The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
5

Although I’m in danger of echoing some of Joanne Hall’s excellent commentary published here earlier this month, I feel that The Iron Ghost absolutely deserves the attention of two reviews. I’d like to start by highlighting Joanne’s point about middle book syndrome and the way in which The Iron Ghost so deftly escapes it. This is […]

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
5

I’ve long been a fan of New Zealand-born author Juliet Marillier. I read the first book in her Sevenwaters series, Daughter of the Forest, many years ago and have followed each new release ever since. For those who aren’t familiar with her work, Marillier writes what’s usually classed as historical fantasy. She situates her stories […]

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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
5

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell: a partnership fated to succeed from the start. Gaiman’s modest, restless prose teamed with the trademark art of Riddell results in a frank and glorious narrative that blends elements of well-known fairy tales to create a haunting new story. Refreshingly, no names are mentioned, but it’s clear that Gaiman’s protagonist […]

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Vowed by Liz de Jager

Vowed by Liz de Jager
4.5

Vowed is the second book in The Blackhart Legacy and reunites us with kick-ass hero Kit Blackhart. I was impressed by Kit the first time around and I’m pleased to say that this subsequent adventure impressed me even more. Vowed has the feel of a detective story, which contrasts nicely with Banished’s straight-up action adventure. […]

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There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale

There and Back Again: A Novice Con-Goer’s Tale 

Prologue No, I don’t live in a hole in the ground, but I do live in Devon, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the green and sheltered Shire. But even before Gandalf came calling, I’d heard tell of a land beyond the, erm, Salisbury Plains, a land containing vast treasures of tote bags and books, […]

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The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox
4

There are many things to love about The Relic Guild. First and foremost, it neatly delivers the reader into a unique world – rare in the saturated fantasy genre – that’s peopled with a great cast of characters and a conflict spanning decades. This conflict has shades of the Biblical: the Satan-like Spiral – a […]

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Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity

Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity 

In the first part of this series, I took a look at the earlier Ghibli films – Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Laputa – and examined the ways in which they explored the eternal struggle between nature and mankind. In this second part, I’m moving on to films which utilise symbols and motifs typical of the […]

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