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The Shattered Sun is Marred by a Weak Conclusion

The Shattered Sun is a hard book to pin down.  The copy describes it as an “epic sword-and-sorcery . . . fantasy.”  It is, technically, an epic fantasy.  The trilogy concerns potentially world-ending matters.  The third book, after all, opens … Continue reading

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Gunpowder Moon is a Fine Example of the Sort of Near-ish Future Hard Science Fction I’ve Been Digging Lately

I walked into Gunpowder Moon thinking of it as a mystery, but it is really more of a thriller.  It benefits the most from the strength of the lead—Caden Dechert—and the carefully drawn vision of a plausible future on the … Continue reading

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Review of The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

The second in a planned trilogy, The Bones of the Earth is an able follow up to Dunne’s grimdark debut.  Dunne continues to build on her strengths.  But if you were frustrated by In the Shadow of the Gods, you … Continue reading

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Review of In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne

In the Shadow of the Gods is well written, remarkably so for a debut novel.  It is also extremely ambitious.  It sometimes fails in that ambition.  But it’s saved from the rather limited action and a somewhat threadbare plot by … Continue reading

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Review of The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey

I loved The Everything Box.  I even put it on my Hugo Awards ballot.  And The Wrong Dead Guy isn’t, by any means, bad.  But it is pretty pedestrian.

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Review of A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan

In my review of book 1 of the Sorcery Ascendant sequence, I compared it favorably with 90s fantasy and noted its potential.  Book 2, Blood of Innocents, was by no means bad, but there was far too much wheel-spinning.  Book … Continue reading

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Review of Blood of Innocents by Mitchell Hogan

In my review of A Crucible of Souls, I compared it favorably with 90s fantasy.  It seems like we get less and less “straight-up” fantasy these days.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I’ve suffered a bit of traditional fantasy … Continue reading

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