Author Archives: Andreas

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

Synopsis: It is 300 years after the twilight of the gods, when the gods killed each other. Their tainted children, all those who have the blood of the gods within them, life as thralls in the Norse land of Vigrið.  … Continue reading

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Quantum of Nightmares • 2022 • Urban Fantasy novel by Charles Stross

Synopsis: Quantum of Nightmares is the sequel to Dead Lies Dreaming, set in an alternate London in the Laundry Files universe, but with a fresh start of characters and topics. The book takes up exactly at the point where it … Continue reading

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A Practical Guide to Conquering the World • 2022 • Military Fantasy novel by K.J. Parker

★★★☆☆ Synopsis: We follow the improbable quest of translator Felix, on his way from suddenly being the last of all Robur (read: Byzantines) at the court of the Echmen (read: Chinese) emperor, savior of the barbarian people called Hus (read: … Continue reading

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The Player of Games • 1988 • Space Opera novel by Iain M. Banks

First Sentence:  This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game. The man is a game-player called “Gurgeh”. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, … Continue reading

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Level up! 1000 blog posts

As a RPG gamer, I always think that the first few levels are intentionally easy, but having past the first ten level ups, things get more difficult. Level 1: set up the blog Level 2: Publishing the first review Level … Continue reading

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All My Reviews for Books

You can find reviews for the first 1000 posts collected on this page. Reviews for stories are on a separate page. 159 novels 20 non-fiction books 72 anthologies and collections This blog doesn’t cover all the books I’ve read, nor … Continue reading

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All My Reviews for Stories

You can find all the 686 reviews for short stories, novelettes, and novellas linked in the following list. There are stories for nearly every year since the 1940s. Only a few years – 1942,43,45-48,51,56-59,61, and 1964 – are missing. The … Continue reading

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The Fall of Gondolin • 2018 • Fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

This is the story of the Evening Star, the Venus, and how it came to appear in the sky. Do you remember Galadriel telling Frodo “‘In this phial [..] is caught the light of Eärendil’s star“, and Elrond telling of … Continue reading

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Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth • 2003 • Biography by John Garth

One key to understand The Lord of the Rings and all the other great works by Tolkien is his involvement in the First World War. Elements like a last minute rescue of the Rohirrim, or the role of Samwise Gamgee, … Continue reading

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Phat Loot! Level up for library!

Today is my cake day, and I got me some phat loot. Two new Tolkien books! The Nature of Middle Earth (which has just been published), the violet binding and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the spring green binding … Continue reading

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