Short stories aren't usually my thing. I like my stories long and multi-volumed. I picked this one up because Rothfuss had a new story in it about BasShort stories aren't usually my thing. I like my stories long and multi-volumed. I picked this one up because Rothfuss had a new story in it about Bast, one of my very favorite rogues. I quickly flipped to the back to devour that one. Then I took some time enjoying the other offerings. The stories from Gaiman and Lynch were delightful, and I even sampled Connie Willis. I've yet to read her novels but her short was great, it's awesomeness sort of snuck up on me. Quite good stuff. The collection opens with Joe Abercrombie, whose work I wasn't sure about. But after reading Tough Times All Over I'll most definitely be sampling his other work.
I didn't read all of the stories but I got through quite a few. Fun!...more
I pulled this from the adult fantasy shelves at my public library and was surprised to find that it reads like a children's fiction. The plot is simplI pulled this from the adult fantasy shelves at my public library and was surprised to find that it reads like a children's fiction. The plot is simple and the characters under-developed. As a children's novel it is cute enough and I did finish the story -- so that says something. But this is not what I'm generally going for when I pick up an adult epic fantasy novel....more
I gladly give Ms. Hobb all of the stars. Fair warning, I'm not an unbiased reviewer. I am so enamored of these characters, this plot, this world thatI gladly give Ms. Hobb all of the stars. Fair warning, I'm not an unbiased reviewer. I am so enamored of these characters, this plot, this world that Hobb could write drivel and I'd most likely eat it up with a spoon. But this isn't drivel, not even close. Well developed characters that you want to put in your pocket and take home, a world that never stops building, plots within plots, writing so luscious you find yourself stopping to re-read passages just to delight in the magic of those words. My greatest fear is that one day Robin Hobb will stop writing and I'll never get to know what happens next or see my dear friends again. Waiting for book two is going to be interminable!...more
I finally finished reading this trilogy and I'm sure my family is happy to have me back. These books are so delicious that the rest of life is simplyI finally finished reading this trilogy and I'm sure my family is happy to have me back. These books are so delicious that the rest of life is simply a chore to endure until you can return to reading. With that, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed in Fitz' final choice. I can't say more than that without giving away too much. But trust me, if Fitz were standing in front of me right now I'd shake him soundly and demand he start heading south as quickly as Myblack can carry him. He has some seriously unfinished business....more
I'll be honest, I waited entirely too long to write this review and now my memory of the story is fuzzy. I remember enough to say (with relative suretI'll be honest, I waited entirely too long to write this review and now my memory of the story is fuzzy. I remember enough to say (with relative surety) that Lirael has finally come into her own as the Abhorsen-in-waiting. Sam is mighty relieved that he no longer has to wield the bells. Lirael and Sam, along with the Disreputable Dog and Mogget, continue on their journey to find Sam's friend Nick who has gotten in with some bad sorts. In fact, Nick is inadvertently funding the end of the world as well as playing temporary host to Orannis, the nasty who will bring that horror to fruition. Talk about hanging with a bad crowd! Disreputable Dog continues to be a loyal and true companion to Lirael, while Mogget acts as untrustworthy as possible. There were brief appearances by Sabriel and Touchstone (my favorite duo), but they are again only supporting characters in Lirael's story.
This was a fun little series and I'm glad I read it. Still, I would have liked to learn more about Sam's powers as a Wallmaker (what does that mean, really?) and about Lirael's ability to see into the past. Neither plot point was really explored. There's a follow up book called Across the Wall that may scratch that particular itch for me. We'll see. ...more
Things have gone from bad to worse in Southmarch castle. The usurper Tollys are still on the throne and the army of Qar camped outside the front gateThings have gone from bad to worse in Southmarch castle. The usurper Tollys are still on the throne and the army of Qar camped outside the front gate are getting restless. To add insult to injury, the insane Autarch of Xis has taken an unhealthy interest in Southmarch and its royal family. Barrick Eddon remains lost behind the Shadowline while his twin sister Briony searches for allies in a far away foreign court. Their father, King Olin, is still a prisoner and unable to help. All the while, the gods are starting to wake up.
For the sake of full disclosure let me admit right now that I have a literary crush on Tad Williams. Dropping into one of his stories is better than mulled wine on a frosted evening. Scrumptious. Shadowrise was no exception. I do, however, feel the need to point out one burr in my happy Tad Williams epic fantasy saddle. I am weary of homosexuals in epic fantasy forever being either evil/corrupt or overtly lascivious. This is common in epic fantasy and in this case Williams is no exception. Either leave the sexual orientation piece completely out of the story or allow some healthy, mature homosexual relationships to exist as well. I want to be able to love my fantasy escapism without feeling like I'm betraying my morals. And end rant.
With that out of the way I do still recommend this series. Tad Williams is truly a master of story weaving and world building. Two of my very favorite things. ...more