The Pastel City by M John Harrison

By way of introductory remarks, I would like to state that in the days since finishing M John Harrison’s The Pastel City, I have struggled with my feelings as to this book like most people struggle with whether to get a fourth plate at the all you can eat buffet. So much so that I […]

Moving Pictures by Sir Terry Pratchett

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that Moving Pictures wasn’t my favourite Pratchett by a long shot on starting this reread, and I didn’t really expect that to change. The centre of my coolness was the core conceit itself. In Moving Pictures, an ancient magic leaks into the ever-receptive Discworld, and the […]

The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers

By way of introductory remarks, I would like to state that I need to come up with a new (to me) idea for discussing books when planning out my review of Tim Powers’ The Drawing of the Dark, and that idea is connectivity. Indeed, ideas will be quite central to this review, and in doing […]

The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to state that I found out about The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold, one of my favourite authors, by the purest luck which in itself says a lot about this book. You see, among my various interests are historical disaster artists. One good example of the breed […]

A Pale Box on the Distant Shore by PJ Nwosu

By way of introductory remarks, I’d like to say that before I got PJ Nwosu’s A Pale Box on the Distant Shore on Netgalley, I only knew this claimed to be a dark fantasy with a murder mystery. That was enough. When it comes to fictional murder, I am a big fan. Dark fantasy is […]

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 […]