There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger

My library doesn’t have Flieger’s earlier collection, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, so I read this instead. I’m not really sure how to review this, so I’ll start by linking to Megan Fontentot’s review:http://journal.finfar.org/articles/book-review-there-would-always-be-a-fairy-tale/ These were interesting to read, but I’m finding it difficult to say much about them. I’ll probably comeContinue reading “There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger”

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 Lays of Marie de France

The Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Lays of Marie de France are a series of twelve short lays (narrative poems) in Old French. I read this translation as a library ebook, but it turns out that it is also available under a Creative CommonsContinue reading “Review: The Lays of Marie de France”

Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (repost from GoodReads 2017)

Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a great adventure story – funny, dramatic, and bittersweet – and my favorite SF novel that I’ve read this year. The old-fashioned tone is completely convincing and switches easily between humorous moments and serious ones. TheContinue reading “Review: Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (repost from GoodReads 2017)”

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”

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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