Reviews tagged "totally awesome"

 

The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

This book makes me like the term “speculative fiction” even more than I did before. How does one classify as either science fiction or fantasy a novel which involves robots, zombies, airships, and clairvoyance? Investigator Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Veronica Hobbes find themselves attempting to sort out three apparently unrelated mysteries: a horrifyingly […]

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Territory by Emma Bull

I will admit that as I read the first couple chapters of this book, I was less than enthusiastic about it. I thought it was going to be a bit dull, or at least extremely confusing. However, it’s been months since I finished reading it, and it’s still on my mind (hence this review). Instead […]

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

As an amateur scholar who is passionate about classical literature, I approached this book with a combination of interest and trepidation. Since Lavinia is basically a non-entity in Vergil’s Aeneid, a retelling of the story from her perspective could go any number of directions, many of them not particularly appealing. But far from being disappointed, […]

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Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

When I first started reading books by Jim Butcher last summer, I told myself that his books were good bad fantasy — you know, cheesy brain-candy that’s just well-written enough that it’s a lot of fun to read. But midway through Cursor’s Fury, when I found myself tensely turning pages in order to find out […]

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden is a private eye in Chicago . . . and he’s also a wizard, in a world where magic is not so much hidden as uneasily ignored. But his friend on the police force, Lt. Karrin Murphy, does believe him; so when a pair of people are found gruesomely and mysteriously murdered as […]

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Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

The First Lord of Alera — who has no heir — is growing old, and political upheaval seems to be on the horizon. Amara, a young woman recently confirmed as a member of the First Lord’s elite ‘secret service’, finds herself caught up in the middle of the developing conflict when she unearths a plot, […]

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The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

After a long and increasingly disasterous military career that left him betrayed and sold as a galley slave, Lupe dy Cazaril has finally escaped to his native land of Chalion. With literally nothing let but the clothes on his back, he limps back to the castle of Valenda, hoping to beg a lowly position from […]

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Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones

This is a difficult book to describe, not only because the plot is of labyrinthine complexity, but because any description that made sense would inevitably involve spoilers for the many surprises Jones springs upon her readers. Suffice to say that it involves a (possibly) malfunctioning super-computer, an infinite wood where time doesn’t run straight, assassins, […]

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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

Words like “uniquely bizarre” are practically clichés when it comes to describing Tim Powers’ books, but they are no less true for that — and, as always, fully applicable to this enjoyable, zany novel about time travel. And Lord Byron, and ancient Egyptian gods, and a body-stealing werewolf, and kas, and a terrifyingly villainous deformed […]

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie is the oldest of three daughters, and she has a stepmother to boot. So of course she doesn’t expect that her life will ever offer much in the way of excitement or adventure. But then she quite accidentally gets on the wrong side of the Witch of the Waste, who turns her into a […]

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