Here are my April reads:Smiler's fair
, Rebecca Levene
This book was oh so good!!!
I picked it up from the library just on a whim, without any expectations or detailed knowledge of the plot, just because I'd seen the name here in the forum and I think on the list of best books.
It was great!
There's a refreshing newness of characters that I really enjoyed, settings and world, and I can't wait for the next book. Old man's ghosts
, Tom Lloyd
The second of the series, can still be read independently of the previous.
Even though I love Tom's books, I kept getting distracted on this one and not really diving into the story, I was never able to be fully involved. Lots of demons, fights, and strange politics, never quite fully developed. Maybe a case of right book at the wrong time...The vagrant
, Peter Newman
I wrote my long opinion of it in another thread, if people are interested. Funnily enough, it's a book that has remained with me, and I think I'm much more appreciative of it now than on the day I finished it. I keep thinking back on small details, and remembering small plot pieces. There will definitely be re-reads...
Also, I keep wanting to give the vagrant a voice, in my brain.The book of Orm
, A.J. Dalton +2
A book of short stories, of adventure and fairytales, on the style of Gemmel, to whom Dalton dedicates this volume. They are very good and varied, ranging from the few pages of the "Non-Dragon", a story I loved and that I can imagine telling to my little niece before sleep, to the longer ones of "Knight" and "Warrior of Ages", that could easily continue into a longer book.
His prose, as usual, is amazing, and paint pictures in your brain for every single scene.The skull throne
, Peter V. Brett
Again, a book I wrote about at length in another thread. In my opinion, the best of the series since the Painted Man
, it turned things around and took events to a whole new level. Old characters much more likeable, amazing new ones.
General thought on the month: a good combination of new and familiar authors!
When you pick up a book by an author you've read previously, you more or less know what to expect, even if it's a new series, a new world - yet they still surprise you
And then there were the 2 new authors with amazing books, a sense of novelty in all the good meaning of the word. With them, we can discuss about the 'future of fantasy' in the other thread until the cows come home, but out there, there will still be amazing new people writing amazing new books