Neil Gaiman's Dream Country, the third volume in his Sandman series, is a collection of four stand-alone stories. I think it makes for a great introduNeil Gaiman's Dream Country, the third volume in his Sandman series, is a collection of four stand-alone stories. I think it makes for a great introduction to the world of Sandman because each story is incredibly different from the one that precedes it; therefore, this particular volume is more likely to include at least one story that appeals to new readers who may be put off by a volume collecting only a single storyline. In fact, I recommend that readers new to Sandman start with either volume... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi......more
Abhorsen is the final book of Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy, which could basically translate into the second half of Lirael (the first installment SAbhorsen is the final book of Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy, which could basically translate into the second half of Lirael (the first installment Sabriel stands on its own, but its follow-up Lirael needs Abhorsen in order for the story to be completed). In the final chapter of Lirael, our four travelers Lirael, Sameth, Mogget and the Disreputable Dog have found sanctuary (albeit temporarily) at the Abhorsen's House where further revelations concerning Lirael and Sam's connection are discovered. With the missing pieces of her family's history now set into place, Lirael realizes that the burden of Abhorsen-in-Waiting has now been placed on her. Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi......more
Michael is living in a stage of upheaval and transition in his life: his parents have just moved to a rather derelict house, his unnamed baby sister iMichael is living in a stage of upheaval and transition in his life: his parents have just moved to a rather derelict house, his unnamed baby sister is drastically ill, and the house is often visited by 'Doctor Death', the doctor sent to check up on his sister. On top of this, he now has to bus for school; the previous occupant of the house was dead for a week before anyone found him, and the outside garden is a wilderness. The garage in particular is a nightmare — slumping over, filled with junk and dead creatures, and liable to fall over any second. But Michael decides to have a peek inside, and finds an amazing discovery...
What is the strange creature hidden beneath the cobwebs and the dead flies? Is it a human, a bird or something else entirely? Calling itself Skellig, the strange being seems near death, and Michael longs to help it, feeling that in some strange way its fate is wrapped ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi......more
Neil Gaiman makes no secret of his love of Norse mythology and folklore. It shows up over and over in his fiction (Sandman, American Gods, Odd and theNeil Gaiman makes no secret of his love of Norse mythology and folklore. It shows up over and over in his fiction (Sandman, American Gods, Odd and the Frost Giants to name a few); and he has mentioned his love of the stories in interviews and essays. In Norse Mythology (2017), Gaiman puts his distinctive narrative voice in service to this mythological cycle and tells us the tales of the beginnings of the Norse gods, all the way through to beyond their ending, the dread battle of Ragnarok.
Norse Mythology is not a scholarly work or an analysis of these stories; it is not a literary retelling or a retelling set in the modern world. Gaiman simply takes a number of the myths, some familiar, some less so, and tells them in his voice with his sensibility. The effect, even when events are terrible or tragic, is somehow cozy. It’s easy to imagine yourself on a long winter’s night, sipping a pint of ale next to a glowing hearing these words in Gaiman’s own voice... Read more: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi......more
Disclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publis5 stars from Marion, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE
Disclaimer: just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers
The Fisherman (2016), by John Langan, gets my first five-star review of 2017. The Fisherman is a story about bereavement. It is a story about dead wives and children. And it’s a story about fishing and the things we pull up from beneath the surface. It is horror; it will disturb you while you’re reading it, and sneak up on you for days afterward.
Langan structures The Fisherman as a series of nested stories. The story of Abe, a widower who works for IBM in 1990s New York, brackets the book, but Abe’s story is about Abe and Dan, and their story is about the story they hear from Howard. Howard’s story is really Lottie’s story, and near the end of Lottie’s story, her German immigrant father Rainer tells his story. It might sound confusing, but it is not. Langan’s sure hand on the narrative makes each transition smooth while creating an apparent psychic distance that is deceptive.
Abe and Dan are both widowers who work for IBM and live in upstate New York. The circumstances of their losses are not similar. Marie, Abe’s wife, was diagnosed with cancer shortly after they returned from their honeymoon. It’s safe to say, as Abe does, that she was dying during their entire short marriage. A cataclysmic car accident ripped Dan’s wife and young sons out of his life in one instant. Aside from the loss and their employment the two men share one other thing: a love of fishing....5 stars from Marion, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE