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Review: ‘Vigil’ by Angela Slatter

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‘Vigil’ is an urban fantasy set in Brisbane. Brisbane happens to be my hometown, so I was even more excited than when I picked up “How the light gets in” and it opened with a description of a Montreal the tunnel falling down. A non-Brisbanite probably won’t enjoy the setting and details as much as I did. The story follows Verity Fassbinder, half human half-Weyrd as she solves crimes. It’s fun and action-packed and has a lovely sprinkling of humour.

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Rereading The Lord of the Rings: 10+ years later

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I tried reading ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ years ago. It took me a year to finish ‘The Hobbit’ and I gave up halfway through ‘The Two Towers’ as I found it so dull. My husband doesn’t read much, but this is one of the few series he’s finished, and it’s one of his favourites. So I recently gave it another shot, to see if I could finish and enjoy it this time.

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One thing I always loved however was the cover and the illustrations. The picture above is the version of the books I have.

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Review: ‘The Last Wish’ by Andrzej Sapkowski

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‘The Last Wish’ is a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer known as a witcher. The stories are tied together by an overarching story, ‘The Voice of Reason’, which give structure and direction to the whole selection of stories.

I first read ‘The Last Wish’ many years ago, after finishing the first Witcher game. Since then I’ve read most of the witcher saga, and the other set of short stories ‘Sword of Destiny’, but ‘The Last Wish’ still stands as my favourite.

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Review: ‘The Year of Our War’ by Steph Swainston

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Jant, the Immortal Messenger, is the only man in the world who can fly. However, he’s not the only immortal. The Fourlands are beset by a plague of giant insects. The fight has raged for over a 1000 years. The story starts with another in a long line of fights, which initially goes well. Soon, however, the insects are surging across the land, further than they’ve reached in centuries. Jant is tasked with finding out why, which is something of a problem given his drug addiction.

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Review: ‘Lord Valentine’s Castle’ by Robert Silverberg

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Valentine awakes on a sun-drenched ledge overlooking a bustling town. With only vague memories of the day before, he follows a young herdsman into town. Slowly, in vivid dreams, his memories begin to return, though they’re hardly believable. His crown and memories stolen by an usurper, Valentine must travel across half the world to regain his rightful place.

Note: The title on the image is for the sequel, yet the image is otherwise the same as the copy of the book I have.

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Review: ‘Anansi Boys’ by Neil Gaiman

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While alive, all Fat Charlie’s father ever did was humiliate him. Even with his death, he manages to embarrass him. If that wasn’t bad enough, Fat Charlie learns his father was really the spider god, Anansi, and he has a brother, who inherited all the magic and charm, as well as the love of getting Fat Charlie in trouble. Within days of meeting his brother, Fat Charlie’s being investigated by the police and has lost his fiancee. Funny, tense, exciting, scary and heart-warming all at the same time, ‘Anansi Boys’ was a lot of fun to read.

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Review: ‘Ombria in Shadow’ by Patricia A. McKillip

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Moments after the Prince of Ombria dies, Domina Pearl, his ancient great-aunt, begins taking over the city and removing her adversaries from the palace. The prince’s five year old son is all that stands between Domina Pearl and the throne. The only people who can protect the young heir are his dead father’s mistress, his bastard-born cousin, and a girl made out of wax who lives beneath the city.

(My version of the book was purple, not blue. I think the purple suits it better – I really loved the cover).

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