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Masques by Patricia Briggs, A Review

Masques is Patricia Briggs first novel and it does show in places. Masques gives us what I would consider a standard fantasy world. Set in a medieval equivalent word with elements of magic, dragons, evil wizards and gods thrown in for good measure.

It’s not the most promising start, but Briggs takes these basic elements and moves the story in an unexpected direction. Sure our heroes have to somehow stop the…

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, a Review

The Dragonbone Chair is the first book in Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy of books (which actually is four books). With this series we are firmly in High Fantasy territory and its obvious that J.R.R. Tolkien was a huge influence in Williams work on this book.

Almost all of the common fantasy elements are at play here. We have giants, trolls and elves (by any other name). We have magic, princes…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Paperback Release Date

Good news for anyone patiently waiting on the paperback release of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. US publisher Scholastic and Canadian publisher Raincoast Books will both release a paperback version of the most recent Harry Potter book on the same day.

July 25th 2006 is the day you’re waiting for. The initial print run for the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be…

A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson, a Review

A Man Rides Through is the second and concluding book in Stephen Donaldson’s Mordant’s Need sequence. While the first book was heavy on the setup and pretty slow paced, A Man Rides Through is the payoff to all of that.

The action picks up right from the start and really doesn’t slow down until the final chapter. Donaldson takes the opportunity to further explore the theories and morals of his invented…

J K Rowling Ready To Write Final Harry Potter Book

According to an update on J.K. Rowling’s official website, she is getting ready to star writing the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series. Rowling has been firm (so far) that this will be the end of the Harry Potter stories, though whether she will be able to resist the lure of money forever is something only time will tell. According to the update on Rowling’s site:

“For 2006…

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