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Little, Big
it was amazing
Five stars are not enough. This is an intricate, moving, funny, warm, wondrous, delicate filigree of a novel.

It's a family saga over the course of a c
Jan 1984
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Nov 01, 2009
Under Heaven (Under Heaven, #1)
it was amazing
In Under Heaven Kay takes us to Kitai, a fantasised analogue of 8th-century China. Our protagonist is Tai, a young adventurer in mourning for his fath ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
A Short History of Fantasy
really liked it
At around 200 pages, this history certainly is short. There is a wide-ranging survey up to the 1900s, and separate sections devoted to Tolkein, C S Le ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
The Night Land
it was amazing
This is a much-flawed yet fabulous book. Set mostly in a fantastically distant future, on a dark Earth whose sun has died, it is an adventure and a ro ...more
Mar 29, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Gulliver's Travels
really liked it
Gulliver's first journey, to Lilliput, is the most well known and colourful, but perhaps the least reflective. Next comes Brobdingnag, a land of giant ...more
Jun 20, 2014
May 19, 2014
The Face in the Frost
liked it
An odd confection. Two wizardly chums are subjected to magical attacks and journey off together to confront their mysterious enemy. Prospero (not that ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Against All Things Ending (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #3)
really liked it
Volume 3 of the Last Chronicles brings Thomas Covenant into play, albeit with a head full of fragmented memories. After a great deal of anguished conv ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Great God Pan
liked it
This novella opens with a classic Mad Scientist explaining his plan to use neurosurgery so that a person can see the unfiltered mysteries of the unive ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
Angelica Lost and Found
liked it
This ben parbly the last of Hoban's novels, so I'd been hoarding it, and I'm pleased to report it's quite decent. His later novels, mostly London-base ...more
May 13, 2016
May 16, 2016
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
liked it
An odd book. Our nominal narrator meets a fellow who claims to have fallen through time to the court of King Arthur, and the bulk of the book is this ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Marl's Tale;
liked it
There are four stories in this collection, all set loosely in the same realm surrounding the city of Elmspire. The furniture is mainstream fantasy - e ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
The Gods of Pegana
liked it
This short book is a sequence of made-up myths (as I suppose all myths are!) about gods and their prophets. Written in Dunsany's elegant prose, the ta ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 01, 2013
The Metamorphosis
it was amazing
This novella famously concerns Gregor Samsa, who wakes up to find he is a giant beetle. No explanation is offered by the tale, nor sought by anyone in ...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
The Worm Ouroboros
it was amazing
I loved this when I read it 20 years ago, and I loved it all over again with knobs on when I re-read it last year to record it as a free audiobook for ...more
not set
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Apr 29, 2010
The Trokeville Way
liked it
The odd yet cosy cover picture on my edition doesn't clue one in to the fairly mature nature of this novel. There is bullying, suicide, failed relatio ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 29, 2014
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
liked it
Commander Vimes of the City Watch takes a holiday at his wife's country estate. There he slowly uncovers misdeeds against the local goblins, who are r ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
The Charwoman's Shadow
really liked it
Ramon Alonzo is a young man in Spain whose sister is to be married above her station. Since the family has no riches, Ramon's father sends him to a ma ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
The Ghost Pirates
liked it
This story takes the form of a sailor's account of an increasingly spooky voyage, around the end of the nineteeth century. On watch one night a boy th ...more
May 14, 2014
May 06, 2014
Tales for a Dark Evening
liked it
While I'm a big fan of Joyce's novels, these short stories didn't do much for me. His trademark is edgy, creepy entities subtly protruding into everyd ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
The War Of The Flowers
liked it
This is the least impressive of Tad Williams' books I've read so far. Theo, our hero, is yanked through into the world of Faerie, but it's a world cor ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Dec 20, 2009
The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'
liked it
The Glen Carrig is a ship that has foundered before the book begins, and the adventure concerns the survivors in two large rowboats, led by a capable ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
liked it
Carl, our narrator is a reporter pursuing a story about crib death. He finds in a number of cases that the parents had read a particular lullaby to th ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37)
liked it
Pratchett doesn't write duff books anymore: he'd gotten into his stride by around the 4th book in the Discworld series, and by now every volume is ver ...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
River of Stars
it was amazing
The events in Kay's previous novel, Under Heaven, cast a long shadow. Four centuries and three dynasties later, the state's fear of another armed rebe ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
A Kingdom Far and Clear: The Complete Swan Lake Trilogy
really liked it
The first of the three 'books' in this volume, Swan Lake, follows a similar story to the ballet. A young prince is first enamoured of a woman (herself ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
The Third God
it was amazing
Wow! At 900 pages, this one took me a couple of months, but in a good way. The closing volume of a most original fantasy trilogy, this long-awaited bo ...more
Jun 22, 2010
May 18, 2010
The Last Dark (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #4)
really liked it
The tenth and final volume of the chronicles of Thomas Covenant has a lot to live up to. The irritating features of the recent series are still presen ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
Furies of Calderon (The Codex Alera, #1)
liked it
A hefty fantasy, first in a series, Furies Of Calderon tells of a rebellion in the valley of Calderon at the northern edge of the kingdom of Alera. Am ...more
Jun 25, 2011
May 05, 2011
really liked it
This is a lovely fable. Momo is a vagrant girl who settles in a ruined amphitheatre on the edge of a city. There her almost supernatural skill as a go ...more
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
really liked it
Gotta love it, because it's a huge slab of George's wonderful writing. And yet. Enormous as this volume is, some threads didn't seem to advance very f ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
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