Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett

People love Good Omens. There’s an adaptation, which is a good sign of being loved, with a follow up series. They love its humour, what it has to say about humanity and the supernatural, its many homages and brilliantly daft ideas. It helps too that it’s written by two particularly loved authors in Gaiman and […]

All the Seas in the World by Guy Gavriel Kay

It’s a reckless reviewer that ploughs right into the review without a moment for reflection. Yet having finished Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest, All the Seas in the World, only a few scant hours ago, I find no other path forwards as sensible as recklessness. I can no more separate this tale of seafarers and vengeance […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kundo Wakes Up by Saad Z Hossain

(mild spoilers) When I found out about Kundo Wakes Up, sometime last year, I hit the pre-order button like it said “please collect a free million pounds”. I had utterly fallen in love with Saad Z Hossain’s The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday, so finding out about a sequel made my day. I waited […]

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

(moderate spoilers) When I read The Book of Three, I found myself very irritated by Taran despite fairly pleasant memories of the book as a wee lad. And that probably would have been it for me rereading this series but then I found myself in a slump looing for short easy books to read. So […]

Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan

(mild spoilers) This year is the year of the sequel, and one sequel I’d been keeping for a rainy day was the novella Lightning in the Blood, the follow up to Cold-Forged Flame. For those who can’t be bothered to click the link, I thought Cold-Forged Flame was absolutely fantastic. Marie Brennan made me love […]

Khaled: A Tale of Arabia by F. Marion Crawford

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at a man perhaps best known for his contributions to Horror now, but who just straight up popular in a number of ways in his day. Those days did end in 1909 though. The author is F. Marion Crawford – the F […]

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

(moderate spoilers) I stayed up until 5am to finish this. Review over. What, you didn’t buy A Song for Arbonne on the strength of that information alone? How untrusting. I suppose I should give you some more information on what might be Guy Gavriel Kay’s magnum opus, and I say that as someone who has […]

The Sword of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett

Welcome to the next installment in my Retro Reviews! This time, we’re looking at an author who seems little talked about (in my circles at least) which seems utterly baffling when we look at her body of work and fans. Still, that’s how history goes, isn’t it? So please give it up for screenplay writer […]