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    Judgement at Verdant Court (World of Prime #3 - M.C. Planck)

    First, gratitude to the Publisher and to the folks here at BFB for sending this one my way. I read the first three books in the World of Prime series: Sword of the Bright Lady, Gold Throne in Shadow, and then Judgement at Verdant Court and being able to progress seamlessly was thoroughly...
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    Fantasy - Values, Politics, and a request

    Howard's 'racism', Tolkien's 'sexism', Haggard's 'imperialism'... I've seen academics of the left discuss Mein Kampf with less self-righteous indignation and carrying on. I hardly see it as some unconscionable evil to enjoy a book bereft of 'accurate and appropriate representation' of every...
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    The Book of Ralph - Christopher Steinsvold

    An odd book, one quite divergent from my usual reading tastes. The quirky premise made me smile, and while I’ve not read many first contact scenarios, it seemed an intriguing twist. I half expected a wise-cracking sassy pop—culture sponge like Roger from American Dad, and was only half-correct...
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    Chronicles of the Black Company review

    Wow. Flabbergasted and awe-struck. This book, to be blunt, is f**king incredible. What a ride! I know many of you have already read it, but I wanted to share my review to contribute, and because I cannot heap enough effusive and grandiloquent praise upon this book, and gratitude upon the BFB...
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    The Call to Adventure

    In my blog, which until recently I've ruinously neglected, I mumbled and waffled a tad about the proverbial call to adventure. It kick-started some introspection and a little light-hearted self-rebuke about my decisions over the years; one in particular that unfortunately will remain a regret to...
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    Gates of Fire Review

    Few books have moved me to the extent that Gates of Fire did. It marvellously encapsulates the warrior ethos of the homoioi, the dauntless hoplite soldiers of the ancient Spartan poleis. It captivates with equally laconic prose, commensurate with the efficient discourse of the principle...
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    Goodreads, Giveaways and Guilt

    I just spent forty minutes slogging through the giveaways on Goodreads and signing up for an obscene amount of them. Even genres I normally refrain from with a mixture of clinical detachment because I assume my predilections and tastes will not accommodate something so wildly divergent (I've a...
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    Mother Russia

    I picked this up while clustering glossy comics for my younger brother's 31st a fortnight ago. I'm not averse to comics, but the medium fails to grab me a lot of the time, and my inclination toward the daunting labour of trying to catch-up on decades worth of a particular series is limited at...
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    Anaimon: The Starfall

    In a stunning twist guaranteed to surprise absolutely no-one, I fancy myself a bit of a writer. My first fantasy novel has been published and released recently, as is now available for purchase. To that end, dear comrades and acquaintances, I would ask you to look favourably upon my spiel and...
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    Cormack McCarthy's The Road

    I read this quite some time ago. I've not read anything else by him yet, though hope to remedy this. As a father, few things have moved me as much as the thought of such an awful predicament befalling me and mine, and while the absent naming convention was a little odd at first, I was utterly...