Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 110/200
The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison
Finished on 7/3/2018
For the first time ever, a visual presentation of the much-discussed, unrevised, unadulterated version of Harlan Ellison’s award-winning Star Trek teleplay script, “The City on the Edge of Forever!” See the story as Mr. Ellison originally intended!
Genres: Star Trek, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 109/200
Arabian Nights by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Finished on 7/3/2018
This work features ten stories from the ‘Tales of a Thousand and One Nights’ including the well-known ones of ‘Aladdin and the Lamp’, ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves’, and ‘Sinbad the Sailor’.
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Arabic Fantasy
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 108/200
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
Finished on 6/28/2018
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Arabic Fantasy, Political Fantasy
Mount Readmore Book Review 2018, 127/200
Finished on 8/20/2018
Genres: Fantasy, Warcraft, Franchise Fiction
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 106/200
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Finished on 6/25/2018
In a land threatened by treacherous war and beset by demons, royal dowager Ista, released from the curse of madness and manipulated by an untrustworthy god, is plunged into a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered souls of a realm.
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, World of the Five Gods, Religious Fantasy, Romance, Award Winner, Hugo Award, nebula award, Fantasy Classic Continue reading
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 105/200
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Finished on 6/24/2018
Picking up where book two left off (in China, Macau) Captain Will Laurence and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are ordered to retrieve and escort a precious cargo of valuable dragon eggs from Istanbul to England. They take the Old Silk Road from China to Istanbul, crossing deserts and mountains. En route to England, they help the beleaguered Prussians battle Napoleon.
Genres: Fantasy, Dragons, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Napoleon, Temeraire, Flintlock Continue reading
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 100/200
The Book of Swords by Gardner Dozois
Finished on 6/19/2018
Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction — and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.
Now, in the Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R.R. Martin, K.J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Ken Liu, C.J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.
– The Best Man Wins by K.J. Parker
– Her Father’s Sword by Robin Hobb
– The Hidden Girl by Ken Liu
– The Sword of Destiny by Matthew Hughes
– “I Am a Handsome Man”, Said Apollo Crow by Kate Elliott
– The Triumph of Virtue by Walter Jon Williams
– The Mocking Tower by Daniel Abraham
– Hrunting by C.J. Cherryh
– A Long, Cold Trail by Garth Nix
– When I Was a Highwayman by Ellen Kushner
– The Smoke of Gold Is Glory by Scott Lynch
– The Colgrid Conundrum by Rich Larson
– The King’s Evil by Elizabeth Bear
– Waterfalling by Lavie Tidhar
– The Sword Tyraste by Cecelia Holland
– The Sons of the Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Genres: Fantasy, Short Story, Adventure, Sword and Sorcery, Anthology Continue reading
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 104/200
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Finished on 6/24/2018
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki?son of a giant?blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology Continue reading
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 103/200
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Finished on 6/23/2018
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.
When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.
Genres: Cyberpunk, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Arabic Fantasy, Fantasy, World Fantasy Award Winner Continue reading
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 99/200
Her Father’s Sword by Robin Hobb
Finished on 6/18/2018
A young girl learning to cope in a town where raiders have “Forged” some of the inhabitants.
Genres: Fantasy, Short Story, Adventure, Sword and Sorcery, Grimdark, Low Fantasy, Farseer, Fitz