Category Archives: Fantasy

Posts relating to fantasy books.
“fantasy” can refer to anything clearly SFF but not obviously able to fit into any particular box.

Paladin’s Grace – T. Kingfisher

My short review is simply: It’s like Terry Pratchett wrote Dragon Age fanfic for a female-gaze audience. My long review obviously has a lot more words. Comparing things to Terry Pratchett is… not something I do lightly. I know it … Continue reading

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Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Alix E. Harrow provided the most accurate possible summary of Harrow the Ninth (henceforth simply Harrow) with the following gif: Here does not endeth the review, because I clearly like the sound of my own voice enough to have a blog, but … Continue reading

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Voting in the Hugos 2020

Weirdly, the first year I actually vote in the Hugos, I haven’t actually read all the novels. Pandemic has had a weird effect on my reading habits. But still, I read all the short fiction and nearly all the graphic … Continue reading

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Desdemona and the Deep – C. S. E. Cooney

Only a novella, but hey, I’m dragging myself back into reading things, so I’ll take what works. I can’t actually remember who made me aware of this one, but I bought it on a whim a month or so ago, … Continue reading

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

It has been over a month since my last blog post. This is not because I’m running behind – for once – as I’m typing this the day I finished my next book. This… only tends to happen when I’m … Continue reading

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The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

And my final book of the year – a present to myself for finishing my reading challenge! I picked something I figured I’d enjoy and be able to plough through, something that definitely felt like a reward. And huzzah, I … Continue reading

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Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

I loved it. This is about the fourth draft of this post, trying to find some vaguely amusing way of starting it, but honestly, cutting right to it – this book is fucking phenomenal. I kept coming across it on … Continue reading

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Exhalation – Ted Chiang

I adored Stories of Your Life and Others. And it wasn’t just because Story of Your Life is both brilliant and perfectly designed to appeal to me (although that is true). I felt a connection or a sympathy or a fascination for several … Continue reading

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Monstress Vol. 4: The Chosen – Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Gonna be a short one. Tl;dr version – still amazing, still beautiful, still fascinating. Storywise, I think they’re doing a great job of balancing providing answers and asking more questions. They haven’t got into the soggy middle-ground of keeping on … Continue reading

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The Mythic Dream – edited by Dominik Parisien, Navah Wolfe

It’s been aaages since I read a short story collection, but what better way to draw me back than a bunch of authors I think are great writing their takes on myths? I mean, how better were you going to … Continue reading

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