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The Soprano Sorceress by L.E. Modesitt, Jr

No, I don’t know if that’s a pen name or not.

L.E. (for short) has built up a quite impressive commercial reputation writing books about the land of Recluce. Obviously he’s finally got bored of that, so we have a new world to explore.

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This new world has some interesting features to it. Our heroine, Anna Marshall, is a professional singer from our world who finds herself inexplicably in…

Fall Of Angels by L.E. Modesitt, Jr

Another doorstop entry (560 pages) to the Recluce saga. This guy NEVER writes small books.

Credit where credit’s due though, what appeared at first glance to be a cliched fantasy story turns out to be something rather different. There’s an intriguing blend of high-tech and low-tech and a satisfyingly complex political situation.

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Unlike your standard fantasy blockbuster, L.E. Modesitt likes to ponder a few questions over the course of…

Thief’s Gamble by Juliet E. McKennam, a Review

This, you won’t be surprised to discover, is a fantasy novel. Its also “The First Tale of Einarinn” although quite what that means isn’t clear. It might be interconnected stories or it may be a full blown series ala Jordan. Its also the authors first published work so make whatever allowances you feel appropriate.

A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin, a Review

Book two of Martin’s fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire” continues the high standard set in book one. As with the earlier book chapters are split up according to the view point of a character and different characters have very different knowledge and in some cases different perceptions of the same situation.

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This isn’t a story with simple “good” and “bad” characters. None of the…

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, a Review

George R. R. Martin is a well-established writer. He isn’t known for writing Fantasy though so I was curious about this book. Keeping with longstanding fantasy tradition it’s a big book and it’s the first part of a series. When I bought it I was under the impression that it was going to be a trilogy. Turns out that its actually going to be 6 books! If they’re all this…

The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod, a Review

This is an excellent book.

Hmm, perhaps thats a little too short for a review…

This is the first Ken MacLeod book I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. “The Cassini Division” is a sequel of sorts to his previous book “The Stone Canal”. That is to say its set in the same universe (err parallel universe… sort of) and features some of the characters from the previous book.

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The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod, a Review

This is the third Ken MacLeod book I’ve read and the first one he wrote. I read the back to front for no obvious reason. The previous two which I read were both awarded 10 out of 10, so this has a high standard to live up to…

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This doesn’t read like a first novel in any way. It’s vibrant, well written and gripping. The story is more…

The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod, a Review

This is the second Ken MacLeod book I’ve read. Its part of a sequence of books, all of which share the same universe and explore certain political ideas. The Stone Canal also has particularly close links with the follow up book The Cassini Division (which I read first just to be difficult) in that the events in this book are referred to in The Cassini Division.

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The central…

Changer by Jane M. Lindskold, a Review

Changer by Jane M. Lindskold was one of the books I won courtesy of EOS earlier in the year. If I’d had to pay for it I don’t think I’d have got it. The cover is not terribly attractive and the blurb on the back is downright off-putting.

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It may just be me, but I am a bit tired of fantasy books that include Arthur and the rest of his…

Hawkwoods Voyage by Paul Kearney, a Review

This is part one of “The Monarchies of God”. Presumably the traditional fantasy trilogy. Which is appropriate because this is a fairly traditional fantasy story. No elves and dwarves though. Instead the author has plumped for something closer to Europe in the middle-ages. The so called “Monarchies of God” (a group of countries) are being invaded by the heathen Murduks. And they’re losing. Their most holy city has been sacked…

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