Reviews tagged "doorstopper"


Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Every now and then, it’s satisfying to pick up a good ol’ doorstopper. This saga of an underground rebellion against an evil overlord certainly qualifies, and it has a number of things going for it. For one thing, it has a well-developed and plausible system of magic, with specific powers tied to the use of […]


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Fifteen years after the civil war in which Lord Eddard Stark helped put his friend Robert Baratheon on the throne, he reluctantly accepts Robert’s request to leave his home of Winterfell to help with administration in the capital. Even before he leaves, however, Eddard finds that his predecessor may have been murdered, and soon he […]


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is, in many ways, a typically clichéd high fantasy epic. It takes place in a pseudo-medieval setting; it features inns, and stew, and bandits, and demons, and traveling entertainers. (I kept thinking of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.) It’s even the first book in a trilogy. Yet somehow it avoids becoming completely clichéd […]


The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks’ debut novel has become infamous over the years for its extremely apparent parallels to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the infamy is in this respect well-deserved. To summarize the plot would be superfluous for those who have read Tolkien’s work; at times, the parallels are almost laughable in their detail. Most […]


The Belgariad by David Eddings

(Note: this series is composed of the books Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, and Enchanter’s End Game.) Our hero, Garion, is a teenaged boy living on a farm in the homey little country of Sendaria. He knows nothing about his dead parents, which right away tells you that he […]