Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

By way of introductory remarks I’d like to note that Davinia Evans, author of the alchemy meets intrigue meets swashbuckling romp that is Notorious Sorcerer, is a personage with whom I am more than passingly acquainted. She is an egg of the most superior and benevolent nature, if you will forgive the descent into Woosterism. […]

Against All Gods by Miles Cameron

By way of introductory remarks I’d like to say that after a few chapters of Miles Cameron’s bronze age on steroids extravaganza, Against All Gods, I knew I was both going to like and dislike the book. So it proved. Let me start with the good. I am fascinated by the eastern Mediterranean in ancient […]

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Let me start this review of Best Served Cold, the first standalone in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law world, by talking about genre. Namely, comedic fantasy. Not a genre we talk about often. Not exactly major, kind of know it when you see it. But while re-reading Best Served Cold, a definition for it popped into […]

When The Tiger Came Down The Mountain by Nghi Vo

And with this review of When The Tiger Came Down The Mountain by Nghi Vo, second in The Singing Hills Cycle, my little linked series of novella reviews will come to an end. So far I’ve learnt a few things about expectations and story enjoyment. and the relationship between feeling critical of a book and […]

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin Kiernan

When putting together my list of new authors to try at the start of the year, my friends suggested Caitlin Kiernan and the Tinfoil Dossiers (which starts with Agents of Dreamland). When I looked Kiernan up, I found one compelling reason to put them on the list and one compelling reason to not. The reason […]

Spear by Nicola Griffith

(pretty major spoiler) I decided to read Nicola Griffith’s Spear after presenting a short list of novellas to decide between to some friends and getting a unanimous vote back. People really like Spear it seems. Me, I had some pros and cons. Pro – it sounded very mythic. Con – it was a retelling and […]

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at an author and book I’ve been excited to get to, one of the foundational pieces in how the genre came to be. Indeed, some might say the foundational piece. With no further ado, I give you George MacDonald and The Princess […]