Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ombria in Shadow is one of two books by McKillip that won the World Fantasy Award, the other being The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, which I read a few years ago. It is set in the city of Ombria,  where the prince has just died and his great-aunt, DominaContinue reading “Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip”

review: Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

My rating: 3 of 5 stars In the kingdom of Raine, an abandoned baby is found and raised by the Royal Librarians of Raine. One day the girl, Nepenthe, is given a mysterious book written in a language with an alphabet of letters shaped like thorns. It turns out to be an epic poem documentingContinue reading “review: Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip”

Minireviews: The Drawing of the Dark/Haroun & the Sea of Stories/Hyperion/The Einstein Intersection

This is a repost from 8/26/20 since it somehow got eaten when I transferred to WordPress The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers *** 3 stars This is one of Tim Powers’s early novels and the first of his secret histories: several books with the shared premise that something supernatural is going on behind the scenes ofContinue reading “Minireviews: The Drawing of the Dark/Haroun & the Sea of Stories/Hyperion/The Einstein Intersection”

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014) A man visits his childhood home after many years away. His old house is gone but the farm at the end of the road is still there along with its pond.Continue reading “Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Review: The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars  Synopsis from GoodReads: This is the way the world ends… for the last time. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor,Continue reading “Review: The Obelisk Gate”

Review: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read The Hobbit, or There and Back Again years ago after I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time. I liked it, but I didn’t feel compelled to read it again. I reread it in June. I still don’tContinue reading “Review: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again”

Review: The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall; Death is the fifth, and master of all” Synopsis from GoodReads: Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutallyContinue reading “Review: The Fifth Season”

Wyrd & Wonder Wrap-up Post!

Thanks to imyril,  Lisa, and Jorie for organizing this! I visited a bunch of blogs this time including Calmgrove & Peat Long. my posts: Top Ten Tuesday: Fantastic Opening Lines  Six Degrees of Fantasy Separation: The Lord of the Rings to Lavinia  Book Beginnings: The Fifth Season Chocolat review Midnight’s Children review my list at the beginning Here is a quickContinue reading “Wyrd & Wonder Wrap-up Post!”

Six Degrees of Fantasy Separation: The Lord of the Rings to Lavinia

I still have at least one review to write, but I had hoped to do at least one non-review post for Wyrd & Wonder, so here it is! I read Imyril’s Six Degrees of Separation post (inspired by Kate’s meme at Books Are My Favourite and Best) and I decided to join in! The ideaContinue reading “Six Degrees of Fantasy Separation: The Lord of the Rings to Lavinia”

Review: Chocolat

Chocolat by Joanne HarrisMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Chocolat is a contemporary novel with a few fantasy elements. I really liked the setting, which is one of most beautiful and immersive settings I’ve read about lately. This is the second time I have read the book. It was worth rereading, but not amazing enoughContinue reading “Review: Chocolat”

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