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Book Review – The Hod King, by Josiah Bancroft

This is the third book in Josiah Bancroft’s Books of Babel series. If you’d like, you can read my effusive reviews of the first two books, Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx.  With those first two books, the author … Continue reading

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Book Review – Kings of Paradise, by Richard Nell

Oh, goodness, this book. I’m going to say a few things about it, but lest this get lost in the weeds: Kings of Paradise is fantastic.  It’s one of those self-published books that is just as good, and at least as powerful, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Fifty (more) Books

For the second year in a row, I’ve miraculously met my goal of reading at least 50 books—56, in fact, in 2018. My selectivity and research has, happily, resulted in another year where I enjoyed everything I read. Not a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Fifty Books

I’m a slow reader. Always have been. Historically I think I’ve been lucky to finish 20 books in a year.  This January I set myself a goal to read 50 books in 2017, and I’ve managed to hit that mark … Continue reading

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Book Review – Paternus: Rise of Gods, by Dyrk Ashton

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as conflicted about a book as I am about Dyrk Ashton’s epic slugathon of deities, PATERNUS: RISE OF GODS. So here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to talk about a bunch of … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora (hereafter “TLoLL”) was pure entertainment, start to finish. Lynch managed to balance adroitly on two different tightropes: pacing/description, and tone/content. What do I mean by that? TLoLL barreled along at what felt like a brisk, … Continue reading

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Book Review – Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead, the first volume of Gladstone’s Craft Sequence, is a good book, a clever book, a beautifully written book. On some occasions it rises to greatness. On other occasions I thought it had some problems. There’s more good than … Continue reading

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