Book of the Month Review Fantasy May -Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Review by our Member Kimberley de Jong

For our first review of last month we have a very positive look at what proved to be a popular choice. Other reviews will follow –

 

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5/5.
Uprooted carried great promises with it, and to me, those promises were met. Inspired by folklore, this fantasy fairy tale did well to grasp me in its roots (badumtsjj) and carried me through the pages in a breeze. The descriptions of environment, characters and storytelling left a deep impression on me. Continue reading “Book of the Month Review Fantasy May -Uprooted by Naomi Novik”

Hugo Novella Nominee Review- The Builders by Daniel Polansky

The Builders

The third of our Hugo nomination reviews (this time from me and a short one)

 

★★★★
A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn’t end well. Continue reading “Hugo Novella Nominee Review- The Builders by Daniel Polansky”

Cover artworks nominated for The Ravenheart Award in 2016

As a follow up to the Gemmell nominations, here is a post which shows all the wonderful cover art nominated for the long list. There is a link to a page on the awards for each of the authors.

Don’t forget to vote here -http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting-2016/

I know my favourite from below but it is a stunning selection.

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As listed on The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy website the cover artworks nominated by publishers this year are as follows:

James Annal for Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Pan Macmillan)

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Tommy Arnold for Skyborn by David Dalglish  (Orbit)

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Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron  (Gollancz)

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Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence  (Harper/Voyager)

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Wendy Chan for Swords and Scoundrels  by Julia Knight  (Orbit)

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Alejandro Colucci for The Boy Who Wept Blood  by Den Patrick  (Gollancz)

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Bastien Lecouffe Deharme for The Darkling Child  by Terry Brooks  (Orbit)

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Krzysztof Domaradzkifor Old Man’s Ghosts  by Tom Lloyd  (Gollancz)

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Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia(Baen)

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Mark Ferrari for The Flotsam Trilogy Omnibus by Peter M Ball  (Apocalypse InkProductions)

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Christopher Gibbs for The Cathedral of Known Things  by Edward Cox (Gollancz)

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Review – Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (Members review from Hybrid Creature)

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Rating – 

BLURB – After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can’t rest for long — and are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves. Continue reading “Review – Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (Members review from Hybrid Creature)”

Gemmell Award Longlist. Get your votes in

I am a big fan of the Gemmell Awards.It tends to sit much better with my general taste in books than the other genre fiction awards, and I can generally get enthusiastic as I have read a reasonable amount of the nominees in any given year.
For those unfamiliar with the Gemmells there are three awards to keep it simple –

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

The Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in English

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art Continue reading “Gemmell Award Longlist. Get your votes in”

Books of the Month – May 2015

Somehow it’s already May, and that means it’s time to share our Books of the MonthDragons & Jetpacks reads two books a month, one fantasy and one sci-fi – the first week of each month is when members make suggestions, and the second is used for voting. We’re always happy to meet fellow fans of the genres, so you’re more than welcome to join the group!

Science Fiction

Stranger in a Strange Land

Goodreads

Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love. Continue reading “Books of the Month – May 2015”

Michael J Sullivan – Book of the Month Theft of Swords- Ask the Author Review

Michael J. SullivanMichael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes and epic adventures. His books have sold more than three quarters of a million English language copies, been translated into 12 foreign languages, and appeared on more than 150 best-of or most-anticipated lists.

Last year we chose Theft of Swords, part one of the Riyria Revelations as our Fantasy Book of the Month for October and Michael J Sullivan was kind enough to do an ask the author thread for us.

Here I will show some of the questions and answers from the thread including a really interesting comparison of his upcoming series Age of Myths to his other work.

Also keep an eye out for an upcoming interview by our own Sir Lancer with the author, where Sir Lancer asks a more interesting variety of Questions. Continue reading “Michael J Sullivan – Book of the Month Theft of Swords- Ask the Author Review”