Review: Half a War, Joe Abercrombie

Rating: 3 out of 5

I think I became progressively less interested in the well-being of the characters as the plots became more complex. The ending was a nice one — a good, well-timed and executed move, but overall, the majority of this deals with conflicts between two kings and Yarvi shuffling between everyone doing his own thing. Admittedly, the twists and action make for a nice story but I was expecting either something more or something less.  Continue reading “Review: Half a War, Joe Abercrombie”

Review: Half the World, Joe Abercrombie

Rating: 4 out of 5

Now this was interesting. I was not the biggest fan of the first Shattered Sea, but I liked it enough to pick up the next one, though not immediately. This one was more varied — the characters are more varied, that is, but also what’s going on. In a lot of ways, I think the First Law series comes through more here. Perhaps Abercrombie could no longer write a very simple (though smart) child or perhaps this was a natural development.

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Review: Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie

Rating: 5 out of 5

Mr Abercrombie’s a true master — or at least that’s how some of his characters have turned out in these writings. Only one of the stories in this volume was not to my liming and that one featured Shy; incidentally, I had also read this story beforehand in a different collection. One out of thirteen is pretty good going, however, and the many features of this book in the Styrian and Northern lands make it absolutely worthwhile if the reader wants another glimpse into some characters of the main First Law series.

That said, there are also other characters in this book and indeed many from the main series make no appearance whatsoever. However, almost everyone written into this book absolutely deserves the time taken to read these stories for they provide a window into some human souls.

Review: Half a King, Joe Abercrombie

Rating: 3 out of 5

I thought I couldn’t dislike a Joe Abercrombie novel and I haven’t disproven myself of that notion although I have also not picked up the next Shattered Sea immediately. Other people have said that this is unlike Mr Abercrombie’s First Law series and that is very much the truth. The style and feel of the characters is absolutely different even if some are still written to have the caustic snarkiness that was the key to dan Glokta and others.

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Review: ‘Dangerous Women’, George R.R. Martin

Dangerous WomenDangerous Women by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to say, rating a collection is tough as it can obviously be very variable in quality. I found this here — a few of the stories were breathtaking in their intensity and beauty while others (the majority, regrettably) not nearly as interesting. For personal reasons, I found the stories which touched on the historic aspect a bit more thrilling but in general the variety was commendable. Continue reading “Review: ‘Dangerous Women’, George R.R. Martin”

Review: ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’, Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost GiantsOdd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a delightful tale of old Scandinavia and a winter that people dread. Reading it right after ‘American Gods’ made me think of a bit different an Odin than this tale gives us, but this is foremost a children’s tale as well and the witty animals that entertain us belong here exactly as they are written. More than that, this really is a happy story and I don’t think much else needs to be said: read it.

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Review: ‘Dust of Dreams’, Steven Erikson

Dust of Dreams (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story gets more complex as more miles pass under the feet of our heroic Adjunct and her soldier, her armies, her alliances. As often as not the forces that come together prove unlikely allies in the face of unexpected odds, these forces also stand together to prove that this tome is yet another link in the armour of prose that Mr Erikson has drafted in the praise of loyalty. Continue reading “Review: ‘Dust of Dreams’, Steven Erikson”

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