Author Archives: Andreas

Heir of Sea and Fire • 1977 • Fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip

This is a commemorative read, Patricia McKillip passed away just recently. Synopsis:  This second book in the trilogy sets off one year after the events of book one. Its main protagonist isn’t Morgon anymore but switches to his betrothed one … Continue reading

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The Riddle-Master of Hed • 1976 • Fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip

This is a commemorative read, Patricia McKillip passed away just recently. Synopsis: Hed is a backwater island featuring only farmers and swineheards, but no heroes at all. In this contemplative country lives Morgon, Lord of Hed, happily as a farmer. … Continue reading

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2021 Nebula Award Winners

The 2021 Nebula Award Winners have just been announced at the SFWA Nebula conference. I’ve adapted the original list with my reviews and links to online available versions if available. Please note, that I’ve left out some categories which are … Continue reading

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Patricia A. McKillip (1948 – 2022)

I’ve just read at Locus that Patricia McKillip has passed at May 6, 2022 at the age of 74. She was one of the first Fantasy authors that I’ve read, and I fondly remember her most prominent work, the Riddle-Master … Continue reading

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Sea of Tranquility • 2022 • Time Travel novel by Emily St. John Mandel

  This rather short novel starts in 1912 when some exiled British youngster heads for British Columbia where he has a weird experience. The next part presents a woman talking to the brother of an estranged friend in 2020 NYC, … Continue reading

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Resilient • 2022 • Space Opera by Allen Stroud

★★★ Resilient is the second novel in Stroud’s new Space Opera series, after Fearless, which I liked quite a lot (review is here) for its high octane action. How does this successor fare? It starts at an unexpected place, the … Continue reading

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Spear • 2022 • Fantasy novel by Nicola Griffith

Synopsis: The story follows the coming-of-age of a nameless girl becoming a fierce warrior and companion of king Arthur. She is a child of two worlds, the Irish Tuatha Dé Dannan with their magic on the one side and the … Continue reading

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The Hunger of the Gods • 2022 • Epic Fantasy novel by John Gwynne

Don’t read further if you want to avoid spoilers for the first book in the series. This is book two of the Bloodsworn Saga, following the excellent The Shadow of the Gods (my review). The cover picture already spoilers a … Continue reading

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2022 Tolkien Society Winners

Yes, I know, the Tolkien Society Award is far from being one of the top literary awards of F&SF, like Hugo, Nebula and the likes. But it’s important for me, because I’m a huge Tolkien nerd.  It’s always interesting, what … Continue reading

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2022 Hugo Award Finalists

Today is 7.4.2022, and the Hugo Awards finalists have just been announced. The winners will be presented quite late at this year’s Chicon 8 1.-5.9.2022. You may have noticed that I’m not posting regularly these days. That’s because I’m in … Continue reading

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