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Fantasy Series I am Currently Reading (and Plan to Finish) – May 2019

With fantasy there are often long series of books to get through – here is a list of the main series I am currently reading and wanting to finish (or read up to the point of the last released book) this year. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin With the

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 Took me long enough to get round to The Way of Kings. I had to read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy before The Stormlight Archive though, as I wanted to complete something Sanderson had written before starting this monster! Firstly, I would like to say that the characters in The Way

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: Book Review

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not

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The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander is a nice, simple fantasy story. The main character’s voice made little sense and his gollum-like companion was irritating. It was fun to read, for the most part, but I don’t think I will be continuing this series. I never read The Book

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The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 SPOILER FREE I was wrong in my review of The Dragon Reborn, book 3 in Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time fantasy series– this is now my favourite entry in the series! And wholly because of Perrin’s arc. In The Shadow Rising, Rand’s life becomes EVEN more complicated, we learn

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Quick, standalone Sci-fi & Fantasy Books to Read this Summer

Stand-alone fantasy books can be hard to find but if you don’t want to get trapped in a series but still love the fantasy genre, it can be difficult to pick anything up. SF has almost the opposite problem! Here is a short list of suggestions: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien I put The Hobbit

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson has to be the best final book of a fantasy series I have ever read. I will admit that it was a little irritating being given loads of clues as the reader but having to wait for ages while the characters worked it

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: Book Review

What’s going on?Turn on the television.What channel?Any channel. My Review My Rating: 4/5 Waking Gods was not a terrible second book of the Themis Files trilogy by Sylvain Neuvel. It is often hard to follow such a brilliant first book, Sleeping Giants, but the characters don’t develop a huge amount. The story continues in Waking

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Artemis by Andy Weir: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 Reading The Martian ruined this science fiction book for me. Artemis was pretty good and I enjoyed reading it. The main character was sarcastic, funny, and fully developed, but she just sounded so much like the protagonist of The Martian. And Weir needs to make his protagonists sounds different if

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 I have never been a fan of the Terry Pratchett-style, quirky fantasy, so reading anything by Neil Gaiman was never on my to-do list. However, I watched the first season of the American Gods TV show and was impressed, so I decided to read the book. I was pleasantly surprised

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 5/5 Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is the best science fiction book I have read in a long time. In a way, I am glad that I did not pick Sleeping Giants up until now as the complete trilogy is available to read! I do, wish, however, that I had read

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: Book Review

Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of

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January Wrap-Up – 2019

I had a very productive month of reading in January! 10 books, several of which were academic texts so I’m proud of that! I reread A Clash of Kings, An Atlas of Tolkien, and the final three books from the Narnia series. I discovered the wonderful world of Earthsea and learnt a lot about Tolkien, heroes in stories, and fantasy writing in

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Book Review

My Review My Rating: 4/5 I almost didn’t finish this fantasy book. About 40 pages in to The Name of the Wind I was bored and didn’t want to read any more. However, I always give a book at least 100 pages to prove itself. Around 45 pages in, the story improved dramatically. Since finishing

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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin: A Review

My Review My Rating: 3/5 The Tombs of Atuan is not the best fantasy sequel ever written. The first third of this book by Ursula K. Le Guin is slow and dull. Ged coming into the story makes it more interesting but that’s probably just because we know the character. The ending of The Tombs

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