The Broken God continues to build on the excellence of the other books in The Black Iron Legacy series and - unsurprisingly - leaves me desperate to see what Hanrahan will do with the overarching narrative. It’s flipping fantastic.
Quick Review: The Kingdoms – Natasha Pulley
A cracking historical fictional from a cracking, now experienced author.
Quick Review: The Winter Soldier – Daniel Mason
The digest: a very good example of accessible but multilayered and interesting historical fiction. It's informative, entertaining, and heart-wrenching stuff. Not for those with particularly weak stomachs.
Review: The Ocean at the End of The Lane – Neil Gaiman
The digest: some of the best magical realism awaits you in Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane - a novel which follows a grieving man's exploration of a childhood he had forgotten.With simply amazing worldbuilding and storytelling, this novel is one that I think everyone should read.
BC: October 2019 TBR
Here's a rather optimistic (if loosely-planned) TBR for OCtober 2019. Please point me toward your own TBRs for this month - I've been slacking a bit on the blogging
Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
352 pages | Corsair | Read by Heath Miller for HighBridge Company| Science Fiction, Space Opera, Humour, SFF I read this as part of 2019's Space Opera September Readathon (TBR here). The digest: Space Opera is a rather perplexing novel which sometimes reads more like an encyclopaedia than a fiction story. This is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but overall… Continue reading Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) – Martha Wells
The digest: a solid space opera novella, well-deserving of its hype and awards. If you're looking to get into science fiction then this is an excellent introduction with a fun story and interesting characters.
Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip
208 pages | Gollancz | Fantasy, SFF
The digest: a true modern classic. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld should be every fantasy fan's next novel. It's emotive, enthralling, and massively enjoyable. This book is what I would call 'pure' fantasy - it tells a story quite unlike anything else I have read and reminds me of how I used to romanticise the genre - but this time I think the hype is justified. In the same breath, it is both innovative and familiar and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this novel.
Review: Blackwood Marauders – K.S. Villoso
The digest: an accessible low-fantasy novel which many will enjoy. Blackwood Marauders doesn't hesitate to throw the reader right into the thick of it, and an entertaining story matched with precise prose means that you will probably speed through this.
Review: Radioactive Evolution – Richard Hummel
The digest: a great introduction to the litRPG genre. Give this one a look if you're a fan of RPG, dragons, and defined methods of characters growing stronger. Radioactive Evolution is a solid, entertaining read suitable for most fantasy fans.