Book Reviews

Shadow's Son
by Jon Sprunk

Shadow's Son is akin to a blockbuster summer movie that almost works. It's good entertainment, but won't leave you hungry for more.

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The Eyes of the Overworld
by Jack Vance

The Eyes of the Overworld's matter-of-fact narration is easy to follow and the adventures of our "hero" are engaging. Cugel may look out for himself first and foremost, but his knack for getting himself into one ridiculous predicament after another is both endearing, laughable, and, most importantly, kept me turning the pages.

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Wit'ch Fire
by James Clemens

It's never a good sign when a book starts with an infodump. Wit'ch Fire was a DNF for me.

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The Children of Hurin
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Step into the wayback machine; this tale takes place long before The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, when the First Dark Lord, Morgoth, sought dominion over all of Middle-Earth. It's an easier read than some of the other scholarly works of Tolkien and a much more enjoyable read as a result.

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Seeds of Change
by John Joseph Adams (editor)

Seeds of Change attempts to confront many of the pivotal issues facing our society, such as racism, global warming, peak oil, technological advancement, and political revolution. How well it does this I will leave up to the reader to decide. What the anthology does deliver on for sure is a thought-provoking array of fiction that I enjoyed reading.

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Crystal Rain
by Tobias Buckell

Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell is a "Caribbean style" science fiction novel with a little bit different style because of that. While I did enjoy the world building, I wasn't initially intrigued enough to jump into the next book in the series. Eventually I did, though, and I loved Buckell's other installments.

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The Warded Man
by Peter V. Brett

Sometimes a book doesn't live up to the hype. Peter Brett's The Warded Man was one of those for me as a great premise fizzles out and is ultimately wasted.

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The Alchemist's Apprentice
by Dave Duncan

Nostradamus has predicted a government official's murder and now that person has wound up dead. Did the Maestro perpetrate the crime to enhance his reputation as a soothsayer or is something more foul afoot? Mystery, intrigue, daring, and magic prevail in this debut novel in Duncan's Venice Series. As usual, Duncan does not fail to deliver.

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Beguilement
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Superb writing, great storytelling, and intriguing characters makes this first book in Bujold's Sharing Knife series a delight to read.