Category Archives: Fantasy

Mini-Review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

In The Sudden Appearance of Hope, main character Hope Arden suffers from an unusual condition: no one can remember her. She meets people, chats with them, but they invariably forget everything about her when she leaves their range of vision … Continue reading

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Before I get started: yes, I know, it’s ridiculous I’m just reviewing Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone now. At the same time, I have to say I’m quite disappointed in all of you because, really, not one of you … Continue reading

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Savages by K.J. Parker

K.J. Parker appears to be in a very prolific period in his career right now. In addition to the ongoing serial novel The Two of Swords (my review), which just had its sixth monthly installment published in July, and last year’s … Continue reading

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Crooked by Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman’s new novel, Crooked, features a very different Richard Nixon from the one you may remember from history class. To illustrate, allow me to start this review with a brief quote from the book’s opening chapter, showing Nixon in … Continue reading

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The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me so far. A contemporary fantasy novel with strong horror elements, it sets up a wholly original fictional universe, complete with mythology … Continue reading

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The Two of Swords (1-5) by K.J. Parker

I’ve made it no secret over the years that I’m a big fan of K.J. Parker, purveyor of quirky and highly intelligent fantasy, formerly a mysterious entity whose real name or even gender was unknown but recently revealed (to my … Continue reading

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Mini-review: The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton

The Philosopher Kings is the direct sequel to Jo Walton’s excellent novel The Just City. If you haven’t read that first book yet, stop reading this now and instead check out my review. The new novel is set about twenty … Continue reading

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