Tag Archives: Fantasy

Half a King [2014]

This is a strange sort of a novel to come from Joe Abercrombie, because it is terribly terribly ordinary. I must have read a thousand novels just like this little fantasy excursion, because every single story beat felt familiar. Worst … Continue reading

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The Truth [2000]

Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” series is a fascinating study in flexibility. Att different times in the series, the Discworld as a whole and Ankh-Morpork has been all things to all stories. In the early novels, there was a distinct sense of … Continue reading

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The Hero of Ages [2008]

Last year I read The Final Empire and enjoyed it enough to carry on with the series of books. I enjoyed the non-conventional plot of the novel, but it didn’t quite come together for me as an artistic whole. I ended … Continue reading

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The Final Empire [2006]

What’s in a name? “Formula Fiction” would seem antithetical to the “Novel” – the opposition is right there in the names. A formula has become so through extensive application, while a novel implies something new. If we find critics like … Continue reading

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The Fantastical Past

I recently read The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I thoroughly enjoyed the dark-fantasy romp. It was complex, intriguing, and epic in scope without succumbing to splintering the narrative across an unmanageable cast. The writing was clear, distinctive, and … Continue reading

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The Lies of Locke Lamora [2006]

This is a charming fantasy novel set in an exciting, interesting, and dynamic version of late medieval Italy. The protagonist is likeable and vaguely plausible, as is the supporting cast. It’s also a novel that’s not afraid to put its … Continue reading

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The Legend of Korra [Season 1]

When I’m asked about the best TV shows “evah!” I have two go-to shows, depending on who’s asking. The Wire doesn’t need me to sing its praises, but it feels like the other has had far less impact on the … Continue reading

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