Book Reviews

The Alchemist's Code
by Dave Duncan

The Alchemist's Code is a well-written, enjoyable read, full of mystery, intrigue, and action. The 2nd book in the Alchemist series is a must-read.

Book Reviews

The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is historical fantasy fiction at its best. A vibrant world, rich characters, more than a hint of the supernatural, and an endearing main character who doesn’t have all the answers but isn’t afraid to find them. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book now.

Book Reviews

Renegade's Magic
by Robin Hobb

Renegade's Magic concludes the Soldier Son Trilogy. Hobb brings everything full circle, and while I won't say everything works out, it's a happier ending than certain other novels of hers.

Book Reviews

A Lot Like Christmas
by Connie Willis

If you’re looking for something beyond the traditional Dickens to read this holiday season, A Lot Like Christmas may fit the bill for you. Despite a couple of the stories feeling like duds to me, I’m giving it four rockets because there are many more stories I enjoyed than not, and even a few which stand out as holiday gems.

Book Reviews

Bright of the Sky
by Kay Kenyon

Titus has entered the Entire before, but when he returned to our world it was by himself; his wife and daughter had stayed behind for reasons Titus does not remember. Upon his return, he makes it his mission to find them and to learn the reason they did not come back with him. The answer is both sad and bittersweet.

Book Reviews

Forest Mage
by Robin Hobb

Nevare is not the most likeable or heroic character Hobb has ever conceived, but I honestly felt for the guy and kept reading if only because I wanted to see his fortunes turn. More than that, though, Hobb kept me going with her usual excellent writing as she crafts a compelling story in this second novel in the Soldier Son series.

Movie Reviews

Kong: Skull Island

A movie that starts with potential but fizzles out so fast there isn't even much entertainment value left at the end.

Book Reviews

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.

Book Reviews

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.