Into The Riverlands by Nghi Vo

I lost track of Wyrd & Wonder prompts, but the final one is the best book you read this month. By happy coincidence, that’s the last book I have to review – Nghi Vo’s Into The Riverlands, book 3 of the Singing Hills Cycle. My only real complaint is I wished this wasn’t a novella. […]

Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett

I called my sister yesterday, just to hear a bit of home. We spent most of the call talking about Pratchett’s Witches series. I can do that a lot, I can. There’s few things as heartfelt, as funny, as fantastical, as thrilling in fantasy. Now I believe I’ve never reviewed Witches Abroad on this site. […]

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher

A strange thing happened to me when rereading Jim Butcher’s Academ’s Fury, book two of the Codex Alera. At about one third through, I found myself thinking this was obvious, dull, and exhausting. And come the end, I was sad it was over. Where did that flip come from? The answer lies in appreciating the […]

Tehanu by Ursula K Le Guin

I am willing to go to the barricades for Ursula Le Guin’s first two fantasy works, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, which is a statement of utter banality given how few people would deny they are fantasy masterpieces. The Farthest Shore has held a more wavering place in my affections, and […]

Morningstar by David Gemmell

Hello, and welcome to a review of David Gemmell’s Morningstar, the book that has made the most effective case for “yeah, but what is the point of life and ever hoping for anything anyway” since The Traitor Baru Cormorant. As I recover from a book hangover that’s heavy as a spiked ball on a chain, […]

Wyrd Sisters by Sir Terry Pratchett

I have already reviewed Sir Pterry’s Wyrd Sisters before. I read it again because the Wyrd & Wonder theme of magic practically demanded it and now I want to review it again. There’s just so many layers to it. The main layer is I want you all to go read this book. That is not […]

The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

When I did my first Lord of the Rings review for Wyrd & Wonder, I talked about the problems of talking about a book so famous. The worries of whether there was a point. As I write this review for The Return of the King, the concluding part of Tolkien’s magnum opus, I find my […]

Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey

This here is the ender of a trilogy and sixth book in an overaching series. There’s no way I can avoid talking about Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Mercy without a ton of spoilers. So after the cover image, I’m going to town. Caveat emptor. If you want to know whether to get into the series, then […]

Elak of Atlantis by Henry Kuttner

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking Henry Kuttner, better known as a maestro of sci-fi, and his sword & sorcery creation, Elak of Atlantis. It is now time for my traditional attempt at poetical plot summation There once was a fellow named ElakWhose life got rather out of […]