Abercrombie’s prose is exceptional. His First Law novels are as successful as they are not only because of the unforgettable characters and the breathtaking twists, or because of the brutal world he’s created, one of the sheerest bloody realistic depictions of a world I’ve ever encountered. He’s one of my favourite authors, and for good reason – I’m not pledging to be impartial, but I will do my best to contain my enthusiasm over the next few paragraphs! Okay, lots of paragraphs. Lots and lots of paragraphs.
I’ll say a few words about each of the short stories in the collection, starting off with whether it’s recommended or downright necessary to have read any of the First Law stand-alone novels to get what's going on.
I enjoyed Thrawn: Allegiances but there was a certain little something missing from Zahn’s second Thrawn outing into the new Star Wars canon. For one, the Clone Wars part of the dual narrative Allegiances embraced felt…inconsequential. Not bad, necessarily, but inconsequential.
Ah, Geralt of Rivia, how I love thee. With the CDProjekt Red games behind us and the Netflix show soon to come, now is the best time to finally acquaint myself with Andrzej Sapkowski’s signature works.
Baby’s first Vonnegut!
Subgenre: Sword & sorcery, dark fantasy, classic fantasy
Length: 384 pages
This is a review of the first of the Gollancz editions that came out earlier this decade. Gollancz apparently wanted to publish the definitive Michael Moorcock collection. Now, the argument can be made that Gollancz did not entirely succeed because, now that I’m done with Elric of Melnibone, I’m not entirely sure which Elric collection to pick up next. Oh, well, nothing a Google search won’t resolve. Elric of Melniboné collects several essays penned by Moorcock, an Introduction by Alan Moore, a prequel short story, telling of an earlier incarnation of the Eternal Champion, the script of the comic book that tells of the origins of Elric’s sorcerous power and his first back-and-forth with his duplicitous, power-hungry cousin, Yyrkoon.
Genre: Sci-fi, Superhero
Pages: 300+ (Goodreads states these as 166 pages but I’m pretty sure it’s more than that)
Format: ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)
Review/Purchased Copy: Offered by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 25th
J. C. Kang is a name I’ve seen circulating around. Fellow reviewers have mentioned The Dragon Songs Saga, praising the worldbuilding and characters, among other elements of that quadrilogy. It’s fair to say, I’ve been looking for the right time to pick up one of his works. When he contacted booknest.eu with the specific request that I review his latest in a series of novellas, the time seemed only right to carve out an hour and a half and get through what turned out to be a delightfully kinetic 93-page dive into a world reminiscent of medieval China…but with an exotic half-elf courtesan/spy taking the lead!