Book Reviews

Penric’s Demon
by Lois McMaster Bujold

A fun, fast, enjoyable read that sets the stage for many adventures ahead as we explore the intriguing relationship between Penric and Desdemona.

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Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
by J.M. Martin (editor)

A 4 rocket rating gets marked down to 3 due to the excessive typos. Otherwise, Blackguards is a rich collection of dastardly tales full of rogues, thieves, and assassins.

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Letters from Father Christmas
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas is a fun, almost nostalgic-like glimpse into the lives of the Tolkiens. It’s the sort of book one can share with the children each and every year much like Mr. Tolkien did with his own children.

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Fool’s Quest
by Robin Hobb

Plenty happening in Fool's Quest but it still falls just short in terms of moving the story along adequately. Still, a good read that longtime Hobb fans will love.

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Shaman's Crossing
by Robin Hobb

While somewhat different from Hobb's usual FitzChivalry novels, I still thought Shaman's Crossing was an enjoyable read as Hobb's slow, methodical storybuilding is always a delight to experience.

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Halloween
by Paula Guran (editor)

A diverse collection of entertaining, frightening, and sometimes unsettling Halloween stories.

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Fool’s Assassin
by Robin Hobb

In this first book of the Fitz and Fool trilogy, Hobb returns to her most beloved character, FitzChivalry Farseer. As is typical of Hobb, the story unfolds slowly, though a suspenseful finish was a nice setup for the larger storyline to come.

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Dragon Haven
by Robin Hobb

Slow and methodical, but full of rich characters set amidst a richer world. Dragon Haven is very typical Robin Hobb, and that's a good thing.

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Johnny Halloween
by Norman Partridge

Spookiness, unexplained mystery, and just the right amount of macabre. What more do you want out of a Halloween read?