Tag: Books: Fantasy


Review: Anansi Boys

Posted 13 August, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Anansi Boys
By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When Fat Charlie’s dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie “Fat Charlie.” Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can’t shake that name, one of the many embarrassing “gifts” his father bestowed — before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie’s life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie’s doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who’s going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun … just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie’s dad wasn’t just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

I think this is the last full-length Neil Gaiman novel that I haven’t read it. Maybe that’s why I had been stalling on reading it, to savour it. Or maybe I was waiting for Hallowe’en to come around. But anyway, I finally got around to reading it last month 🙂

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Review: The Death of Dulgath

Posted 27 June, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; supported the Kickstarter project

Three times they tried to kill her. Then professionals were hired. So was Riyria.

When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria’s Royce and Hadrian are hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since Hadrian, the war-weary mercenary, and Royce, the cynical ex-assassin joined forces to become rogues-for-hire. All has gone well until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe, and cares less about herself than is sane.

So this is actually how I was prompted to check out the Riyria Chronicles: I had heard that Orbit didn’t pick up the rest of the series for some reason but the premise of the novel sounded really interesting to I supported the Kickstarter to fund the publication of this book. Like the other books in the series it sort of sat on my TBR pile for a while but here we are now 🙂

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Review: The Rose and the Thorn

Posted 22 June, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Rose and Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles #2)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

TWO THIEVES WANT ANSWERS. RIYRIA IS BORN.

For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception — Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of — but she’s about to find out.

After reading The Crown Tower (review), I had to read what happened next in the series, right? Again I’m so glad to finally be getting around to the Riyria Chronicles, it only took me a few years, lol #facepalm

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Review: The Crown Tower

Posted 25 May, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

Oh man, I’ve had the first three books of the Riyria Chronicles sitting on my TBR pile waiting to be read for ages. I dunno, the TBR pile just expanded and contracted, things happened, and I just didn’t get around to it sooner. I was of course looking forward to reading it as I did read the Riyria Revelations when Orbit first published them and greatly enjoyed that trilogy. Anyway I was in the mood for some lighter fare whilst on break at work so I started reading this book.

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Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments


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Launched in 2003 Tolkien Reading Day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in The Lord of the Rings.

more information about the event here

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit.

Lovely topic for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day! Of course reading the book or watching the movie for the first time you’re immediately drawn to the actions surrounding the world of Men, the Elves, the Dwarves, etc. But as the years go by I find myself more and more appreciative of hobbits and their life and their appreciation and love of home and food and family and friends and all in all the quiet life.

I’m just going to leave this video here because it pretty much embodies what I mean about hobbits:

What do you think about hobbits, lol? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that I’ve been just so busy lately. But I’ve been meaning to re-read LOTR so despite of everything that’s going on, I’ve settled in and started re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring. Good times 😀