Dec 27, 2004
In the fifth Harry Dresden novel, Death Masks, Jim Butcher ratchets up the horror once more, but not at the expense of the trademark humor of the series. This time out Harry Dresden is faced by not only a vampire warlord who wishes to duel him and the return of his ex-girlfriend (now semi-vamp) Elaine, but by a stolen Shroud of Turin and some very very nasty demons.
Dec 26, 2004
With Jim Butcher’s 4th Harry Dresden book, Summer Knight, we move from the world of Bram Stoker to the world of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Well sort of. In Harry Dresden’s world the faerie’s aren’t just mischevious, they’re downright nasty.
In this installment, Harry basically gets caught up in a brewing war between summer and winter as represented by some extremely powerful and mercurial sidhe. Of course his…
Dec 17, 2004
Last time it was werewolves, this time its vampires. Well not just vampires actually, but they are the biggest players. Not the scariest, but mind you. The Nightmare is easily scarier than anything else in the book and ramps up the horror quotient several notches over the previous Harry Dresden outing.
Grave Peril is the third book in the Dresden Chronicles and at this point the series definitely reads like a…
Dec 14, 2004
One of the great things about Fantasy is that its not so much a genre as a meta-genre. You can write other genres within the fantasy genre. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is a good example of that.
This is the second book in The Dresden Files. A series which currently stands at six books, with a seventh on the way. The protagonist of this book (and the series) is Harry…
Dec 5, 2004
Tanequil is the second book in Terry Brooks current series, The High Druid of Shannara. It contains all the elements you’d expect from a Shannara book and yet somehow something is missing.
Our primary villain gets very little face time, yet when he does he comes across as little more than a schoolyard bully. The secondary villains don’t actually seem to do anything despite lots of talk. A character who has been…
Nov 30, 2004
There are several different styles of fantasy book out there these days. At one end of the scale you have books that are set in a world thats almost like our own history with just the faintest hint of magic in the background. At the other end you have worlds where magic is almost casual in its presence.
Thats the sort of world that Goddess of the Ice Realm is set…
Nov 13, 2004
1: cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
2: identify as belonging to a certain type;
The word of course is used to describe actors who are stuck playing the same parts again and again. But authors can find themselves in a very similar situation. After reading Jarka Ruus, it strikes me that that is exactly the situation Terry Brooks finds himself in.
Brooks first book, The Sword of Shannara, was…
Sep 18, 2000
The cover of this book is filled with enthusiastic quotations. Its “astounding”, “engrossing”, “fascinating”,”vast”,”panoramic” and “intriguing”. Thats a lot of praise for a book. Does it deserve it?
By and large yes it does. “World War: In the Balance” is the first part of a sequence of books set in an alternate World War. In this 656 page book, Harry Turtledove sets up the scenario, winds all the characters up and…
Sep 18, 2000
I should start this review by stating that I’m a pretty big Doctor Who fan. So there is a built in bias in favour of this book. On the other hand who but a Who fan would read Doctor Who novels anyway?
This particular novel is somewhat special, helping to celebrate the thirty fifth anniversary of Doctor Who. It has a lovely white cover with an embossed Doctor Who…
Sep 17, 2000
I’ve read a number of fantasy books by this author now, but this is the first Science Fiction book I’ve seen so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect.
As it turns out Modesitt doesn’t change his style much. We have the usual (slightly annoying) sound effects. The hero spends a lot of time pondering “big issues” and the author specialises in the mundanities of life.
This makes it…