Thursday Recommendation: Half a King

Joe Abercrombie is a master of subverting expectations. I have yet to touch Abercrombie's most well-known work, the First Law trilogy, although I have only heard good -- Nay, great -- things about it. Now that I've read the first book in the Shattered Sea trilogy, I am more than looking forward to that experience.... Continue Reading →

Book Recommendation: The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson is one talented sunuvabiscuit. It's impossible for me to think of a title that has Sanderson's name on it, and is also bad. There's no higher accolade I could give an author. Sure, there's always something to get annoyed about, if you're looking for reasons to do so -- Sanderson's near-constant avoidance of actually... Continue Reading →

Thursday Spotlight: Sins of Empire

Sins of Empire is one hell of a ride. Never had I touched a Brian McCllelan book before this one, although his Powder Mage universe has received critical and fan acclaim alike--enough of both, anyway, even for someone like me, still too bloody busy reading classic works of fantasy (like the wonderful Black Company series. I'm not certain... Continue Reading →

Spotlight Thursday: Uprooted

There is something about the woods, some primordial fear that has been nagging away at all of us, at the entirety of humanity, long before we learned to create fires, long before we began making tools; a fear that's been with us since our very inception, as evident in that most precious of folklore -... Continue Reading →

Spotlight Thursday: The Black Company

(By Glen Cook) The Black Company is misery curdled, but also ancient and intriguing. I paraphrase one of the very earliest paragraphs that caught my eye in the Black Company. Glen Cook’s novel is that rare breed of fantasy that forswears lengthy, intricate descriptions for the benefit of literary minimalism. That’s not to say that... Continue Reading →

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