September 23, 2014

Gotham: Pilot

I watched the pilot of Gotham over lunch today. I don't like to go all-out positive over a TV series from just the pilot, but I have to say this was a very good start. Spoilers follow, of course....
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July 30, 2014

Max Gladstone: Full Fathom Five

Earlier this month, I reviewed the first two books in Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence. I have now, finally, finished reading the third, Full Fathom Five. I say finally; it was only released on July 15th. But two weeks is a...
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July 1, 2014

Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence

A very long time ago now, when I first started writing on, I had intended the site to be mostly book reviews, and sometimes even essays about fantasy and sf books in general. That never really happened, for one...
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August 23, 2009

SF/F Book Review Blogs

A magnificent list of SF/F book review blogs, site, etc, collated by Grasping for the Wind. Kudos!...
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December 5, 2007

Review: Stephen Hunt's The Court of The Air

In many ways, I am not a terribly discerning reader. I'll chew my way through books that are badly written to get at the ideas, and deal with prosaic, unoriginal ideas if the writing is good. However, Stephen Hunt's The...
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August 19, 2006

Review: Power of Faerûn

I'm not generally a fan of the Forgotten Realms setting books, but I got a loan of Power of Faerûn from a friend, who recommended it highly. And I'm glad I did. It's not so much an FR sourcebook as it is an extended guide on how to make the best possible use of the concept of Leadership - both the feat and the actual concept for role-playing purposes.
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July 26, 2006

Charles Stross: Iron Sunrise

Iron Sunrise is in the same setting as Stross' earlier book, Singularity Sky, which I haven't yet read. However, considering how much I liked this, the other novel firmly on the to-acquire list. Iron Sunrise reads like a combination of...
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April 18, 2006

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle is from Studio Ghibli, the same folk who made Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. It's based on the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, and the animators have managed to preserve her style -...
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July 1, 2005

Gardens of the Moon

Coming hard on the heels of my disappointment with Hidden Empire, Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon was very much in contrast. This is the first of a series; The Malazan Book of the Fallen, and I'm going to be looking for the second book, Deadhouse Gates, in short order.
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June 28, 2005

Saga of the Seven Suns: Hidden Empire

It's not often these days that I'm disappointed by a book I pick up - usually I've seen enough reviews, read enough interviews, and so on to know well in advance whether I'm going to like a book or not. But reviews and interviews led me astray on Kevin J. Anderson's Hidden Empire, Book 1 in the Saga of the Seven Suns. I didn't like it at all.
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May 31, 2005

Review: Revenge of the Sith

Well, the hopes I had for Star Wars III came to very little. It was pretty, that was good. I've avoided ranting about it elsewhere, but I really think that Lucas lost the plot completely and possibly literally. There are spoilers hereafter, so read on in caution.
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April 6, 2005

Review: Catacombs

Dark Age of Camelot's newest expansion, Catacombs, was released in Europe at the beginning of April. Some distribution problems over the Easter Weekend meant that it didn't arrive everywhere it should have, leaving many of Europe's MMORPG addicts twitching. It did get there, though, and the result is that I, at least, am blown away.
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July 13, 2004

Peter Hamilton: Night's Dawn Trilogy

Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy is a massive work, totalling well over 3500 pages. The books are The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God.
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