Iorich will be released in a few days (January 5), and it is with utmost certainty that I suggest you go buy it if you are a fan of Steven Brust and his Vlad Taltos novels. If you are unfamiliar with the Vlad series, I would say that you need to go research that inadequacy in your fantasy reading. Each one of the books is a bit self-contained, as Vlad will sometimes refer to something in the past, but during his narration tell the reader that he is going to jump over that part right now as it is not crucial to what he is currently involved in. What I am not so certain about is my ability to explain why I enjoyed this novel, because I did enjoy it. When I stop to think about Brust, it is a a grand complicated puzzle of great writing, great characters, and a story I did not think I would actually enjoy when I read the back of the book. That is why I am always impressed with Brust; he makes me like things I do not think I would ever be interested in.
Keith Rawson’s Top Ten
2009 was without question one of the best years for crime fiction in many years, and trust me when I tell you that my top ten has changed so many times in the last six months that I wish I could’ve put together a top 20, or even a top 30, but somehow I managed to narrow it down to ten favorites and five runners up.
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Bill Masen, a scientist who has spent his life working with the genetically engineered, carnivorous plants known as Triffids, finds himself one of the few sighted people left in the … Continue reading Day of the Triffids – BBC Mini-series | review
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It is said that one should not discuss religion at a place of employment. Fire and brimstone itself rain down upon you if this sacred workplace rule is broken. But at … Continue reading Dante’s Inferno (PS3) Preview – First Impressions
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Holly McClure is a witch, something that won’t be a surprise to readers of the first volume of this series. She isn’t a particularly powerful witch, in the big scheme of things, which is a very novel approach in fantasy fiction. In many contemporary fantasies, a witch who doesn’t seem able to cast any spells is usually either untrained or hasn’t yet figured out what she can actually do. That isn’t Holly’s problem at all. She has a particular talent, which is making spells permanent with a drop of her blood. This means she isn’t worthless, in fact, much is made in this book about how valuble her magic is, but she can’t actually cast any spells. Rawn’s system of magic is interesting, with each witch having a particular affinity for some kind of physical item, such as wood, or gemstones, or cloth. The witches can then work magic based around that affinity, something that makes sense and makes it much better for the reader to interpret how, exactly, the magic works in Rawn’s world.
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Avatar is a great film. Here is a movie that will actually surprise you and offer things you have never seen before. James Cameron has delivered a special effects powerhouse … Continue reading Avatar | movie review
Before you read any further, be sure to check out the first part of the list (along with Matt’s selection guidelines), Albums 101-90!
This was a big funky decade for music; walls crumbled all over the place, meaning that we could listen to anything in the whole world we wanted at just about … Continue reading Best Albums of the Decade, 101-90
Brad Pitt called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button “a love letter to New Orleans.” Well. If Button was a love letter, then Disney’s The Princess and the Frog was … Continue reading The Princess and the Frog | movie review