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Jonathan Oliver

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Shadowmarch

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The 5th Wave

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Shadowmarch by Tad Williams

Shadowmarch by Tad Williams
3.75

This review’s been a long time coming. It’s almost a year to the day since a friend loaned me his copy of Shadowmarch and suggested I read it and, in a year where I’ve been averaging a book a week, it’s taken me almost a month to complete. It’s as if I’ve been avoiding the […]

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
3.5

The 5th Wave is the first in an ongoing trilogy by Rick Yancey. The second book, The Infinite Sea came out in September, and the third book is expected in 2015. It combines the recent trend toward young adult apocalypse and dystopian fiction with a good, old-fashioned alien invasion. This makes me happy. Alien invasions […]

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The Secret Atlas by Michael A. Stackpole

The Secret Atlas by Michael A. Stackpole
4.5

I have not yet met a fantasy fan who isn’t into maps, at least when it comes to those printed within the newest book they just picked up. Detailed maps permeate our favorite genre far more than dragons, elves, and hero princes. There is something about seeing the land your about to explore fleshed out […]

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A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
5

Terry Pratchett is angry. You’ll like him when he is angry. That is the gist of foreword by Neil Gaiman and as you read through the collected works of non-fiction in A Slip of the Keyboard you will see the anger. What is more, you might even develop the same rage (if you didn’t have […]

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A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist

A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist
3.5

A Darkness at Sethanon is a strange novel. Whilst it brings the Riftwar Saga to a conclusive close, it truly kicked off the large-scale entity now commonly referred to as the Riftwar Cycle, a vast series of Feist’s world that has solidified itself as a permanent and impressive member of the fantasy genre. Feist made […]

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Messenger’s Legacy by Peter V. Brett: Review

Messenger’s Legacy by Peter V. Brett: Review
5

Novellas are hot this year. Half a decade or so ago, before the eBook, few people would have expected that top-name authors would ever be releasing novellas at a steady rate. This year though we’ve had Kelley Armstrong, Brandon Sanderson, Martha Wells, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and so, so many more besides releasing stand-alone […]

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
4

A few days before I started reading Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, I picked up Patrick Rothfuss’s novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Though the stories were different, there was a similarity in the way both books defied convention – there’s no brooding antihero, no large-scale conflicts, not even a tangible plot outside of […]

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Maleficent – Movie Review

Maleficent – Movie Review 

Maleficent shows us how far the modern fantasy genre has come, and not just in terms of the subject matter and frequency of adaptations either, but also in terms of support from the big studios and from audiences. One of the reasons why fantasy stories resonate so well with us is that many of our […]

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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
4.5

In a genre that is dominated by the gritty and dark following the recent popularity of Game of Thrones, Max Gladstone delivers an impressive tale with an ultimate message of hope. Yes, there are problems in the world and they may seem unbeatable, but there is always a chance for a happy ending if someone […]

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Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
4

I can’t resist all things dragon. I admit it. When I saw that Rachel Aaron/Bach had a new series out about a dragon society in the midst of a future dystopian but magically-infused world, I just had to get my hands on it. Mild-mannered Julius Quetz (short for Quetzalcoatl) is a 24-year-old dragon living with […]

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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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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
3.5

Will Everett has spent a long time wishing adventure would find him, but when it does it’s not quite what he expects. In one eventful day he meets the rail baron Cornelius Van Horne, drives the final golden spike into the first coast-to-coast railway in Canada, witnesses the attempted robbery of the same rail spike, […]

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