The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
 

The Winner’s Curse

Review

 
Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One
 

8 of the Best Children's Fantasy Books

Part One

 
In Defence of the Chosen One
 

In Defence of the Chosen One

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4

I try not to get my hopes up too high when I check out new author/book recommendations from friends or even other book reviewers I respect. What touches one person does not always apply for another. Plus, my reading list seems to grow at a rate that would require me to give up work and […]

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Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One

Children’s Fantasy: Eight of the Best – Part One 

I do not write for children, but entirely for myself. Yet I do write for some children, and have done so from the beginning. This wonderful, contradictory statement comes from Alan Garner, who merits a place – at least in my mind – at the high table of children’s fantasy literature. Garner continues: Only recently […]

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The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
3.5

BioWare has created a number of my favorite video game franchises. Alongside the critically acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic, their blood soaked fantasy world of Dragon Age and alien covered sci-fi universe of Mass Effect have entranced, enthralled, and enriched countless fans who’ve pour hours into their story driven campaigns. Imagine my surprise as […]

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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
4

This review contains some spoilers. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. After thoroughly enjoying The Northern Lights I was eager to get onto The Subtle Knife and I was instantly intrigued by Pullman’s approach at opening with an entirely new set of characters. As well as new characters Pullman throws […]

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
4

The year is 2044. Planet Earth is entering the third decade of a colossal energy and employment crisis. Cities are going up in superheated mushroom clouds, and people are packed together in slums like sardines. The world is in a bleak time in its history. A time when nearly everyone is looking for an escape […]

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Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
5

The world isn’t a romantic stage play; it’s not all love and glory. And a swordfight isn’t always about skill or strength; sometimes – maybe even most times – it’s about who’s willing to take a blow just to make sure he delivers a worse one to his opponent. Traitor’s Blade was one of the […]

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Newcastle Film & Comic Con 2014

Newcastle Film & Comic Con 2014 

It began with a conversation, one of those out of the blue remarks: “Did you know there’s going to be a comic convention in Newcastle at the beginning of March?” As it was, finger on the pulse and all, I had no idea. I logged on, checked out the site and – in what was, […]

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Hang Wire by Adam Christopher

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher
5

Hang Wire is Adam Christopher’s fourth book and it is his best so far. That’s not saying the three that went before – Empire State, Seven Wonders and The Age Atomic – were not good, they were very good in fact, what I am saying is over the course of the previous books I have […]

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
4.5

So in my latest attempt to further break Goodread’s recommendation algorithm, I decided to read Annihilation, partially because it doesn’t fit particularly neatly into any category, but also because I love the narrative trope of nature reclaiming that which man thought they had dominated long ago. I like it especially when mixed with science fiction-ish […]

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A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Review Part Two

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Review Part Two
4.5

This is part two of this review. If you missed it, you can read part one here. Earlier this month, I spoke of my rekindling love for G.R.R.M.’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I know that many might or might not be like me, but A Dance With Dragons is what I would term […]

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RealmShift by Alan Baxter

RealmShift by Alan Baxter
4

I’ve been following British/Australian author Alan Baxter online for a while now. He’s one of a group of very passionate and talented writers in the land down under doing great things. So when he put the word out for reviewers for his two earliest novels—his first being self-published back in 2006, then picked up by […]

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“House of Dreams” by Michael Swanwick

“House of Dreams” by Michael Swanwick
3.5

I would often sit with my friends and argue over which were the best or worst superpowers. The worst superpowers regarded were having the ability to see three seconds into the future, but your reflexes are three seconds slower or simply being able to control condensation but nothing else. But when it came to the […]

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