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review 2017-07-11 15:52
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

There have already been many good reviews written about this book, some praising and some condemning.

 

I myself loved the book and the way it is narrated by the different characters. Is it weird that my favorite character is Tyrion?

 

The story is about a kingdom in turmoil for the throne (thus the title) and the many high families involved, including the exiled children of the previous king. Add to that the Black Guard that stands guard at the huge ice wall protecting the kingdom from the Others. The ending of this book was a surprise to me. I can't wait to see what Dany will do!

This book leaves a lot of unanswered questions which leads in to the rest of the series which I will most definitely read. I just hope the last book does indeed bring everything to a close.

 

One note of warning. This book describes human savagery and butchery at it's worst with beheadings and war, descriptions of rape and debasement of women and the "lowborn". If you are sensitive to that sort of thing then this book may not be for you.

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review 2017-03-28 21:11
The Claw of the Conciliator - Gene Wolfe

I really like this story of the continuing adventures of Severian. However, if you read the first book, The Shadow of the Torturer, you probably came away with a multitude of questions but don't expect to have them answered in this second book. There there are some things where you may see a glimmer of an answer and start to get an idea for what's going on, but nothing becomes absolutely clear. And as another reviewer pointed out (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/205947975?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1) keep a dictionary handy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

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review 2014-09-03 14:02
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

New Review! ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie

 

http://tinyurl.com/olvy4oy

 

It won the 5 big SF awards: Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Arthur C. Clarke, Locus! Groundbreaking stuff! So why am I reading while yawning. Unimpressed.

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text 2014-07-05 09:43
2014 Locus Awards Winners
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Catherynne M. Valente,Ana Juan
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Six-Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente
The Sleeper & the Spindle - Neil Gaiman
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales - Paula Guran,Theodora Goss,Caitlín R. Kiernan,Tanith Lee,Genevieve Valentine,Jane Yolen
Old Mars - George R.R. Martin,Gardner R. Dozois
The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories - Connie Willis

The readers of the Locus Magazine again voted on the best science fiction and fantasy books from last year. Let's have a look who the winners are...

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