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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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Consider Phlebas • 1987 • Space Opera novel by Iain M. Banks

Synopsis: Horza Gobuchul is a humanoid Changer who fights on the side of the fanatic alien species, the Idirans, against The Culture.  As the novel opens, Horza is nearly drowning as a prisoner in the sewage. His latest spy mission … Continue reading

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Engine Summer • 1979 • Post-post apocalyptic novel by John Crowley

On my reading quest through Gollancz’s SF Masterworks, I encountered this post-post apocalyptic novel. Synopsis: It is a far future post-apocalyptic North America, a subgenre I like to call post-post apocalyptic, far away from any zombie apocalypse or deep impact … Continue reading

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Beyond the Hallowed Sky • 2021 • Space Opera novel by Ken MacLeod

Many Space Operas start off with a colonized galaxy based on Faster Than Light (FTL) travel. There aren’t many which investigate the invention of FTL, and none that I know of is set in our near future. MacLeod produces an … Continue reading

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Noor • 2021 • Cyberpunk Africanfuturism novel by Nnedi Okorafor

Synopsis: This very short novel is set in a near-future Nigeria, governed by an overreaching government under the influence of a highly innovative mega-corporation “Ultima Corp” which clearly resembles Amazon, just shying away from naming it.  The narration follows main … Continue reading

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Brothers of the Wind • 2021 • High Fantasy novel by Tad Williams

Synopsis: A Great Worm has come down again from the north, a beast called Hidohebhi, the Blackworm.  A thousands years before the tale of Memory, Sorrow & Thorn starts with the Dragonbone Chair, two brothers of the immortal fay folk … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Time 4: The Shadow Rising • 1992 • Fantasy Novel by Robert Jordan

That rereading project of Jordan’s Wheel of Time series comes to a short break after pacing through this huge novel in only two months – remember that this works as a buddy-read with my daughter in the form of a … Continue reading

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