Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell

(mild spoilers) By way of introductory remarks, let me state I did not intend to write two reviews today. I find myself compelled to do so by just how bloody good Midnight Falcon is. I have to shout about just how magnificently David Gemmell turned a ripping yarn into something so much more besides while […]

Lords and Ladies by Sir Terry Pratchett

Today I have a wonderful book for you, courtesy of those marvelous Wyrd & Wonder prompts, that being Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies, featuring Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick and many others. Spirit of nature? Why, a book about the lords and ladies themselves might have a few of those in there indeed, and […]

The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock

(moderate spoilers) Most fantasy authors of long standing end up seeing their career boiled down to one thing. In the case of Michael Moorcock, it’s the eternal champion, the endlessly reincarnated warrior that is summoned to stand between Law and Chaos. Many of his characters were some variation on the champion but it is here […]

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

(moderate to heavy spoilers) I first picked up Gideon the Ninth a few years ago, and was thrown by how far it went from my expectations. Very buzzy book was Tamsyn Muir’s debut, lot of expectations. I picked it up again earlier this year and read it, sometimes struggling with the tale of Gideon and […]

Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany

(mild spoilers) By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to say I’m not going to enjoy this review of Samuel R. Delany’s Tales of Nevèrÿon. I wanted to like it. I really did. Delany sounds an interesting man. Sword and Sorcery has given me many good reading experiences. What I’d read of Gorgik, the main […]

Pyramids by Sir Terry Pratchett

(mild spoilers) One of the defining characteristics of Pratchett’s Discworld was that novels would be one thing on the surface, another below, and once you stared at them long enough you’d wonder how you ever thought one could be understood without the other. It’s in this light that I tell you that Pyramids is about […]

Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

(mild spoilers) If I have a flaw as a reader, it is that I am impatient. If there is a great big secret, a true uncertainty, then I must know how it ends. I will read and read until I get to it, assuming I don’t just find spoilers. Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss, the second book […]

The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at a man who forged a reputation as one of the giants of early fantasy literature, namely Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany – or as we tend to know him, Lord Dunsany. And the book is his most […]

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

(total spoilers) For my first review of Wyrd & Wonder, I wanted to do something with a famous forest. The Two Towers delivers on that. However, the forest of Fangorn isn’t the main attraction when it comes to the middle book of Tolkien’s famous trilogy. So what is? Well, first off, nevermind two towers, this […]