Book Review: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

8/10 A fun blend of modern story-telling and heroic style Uhtred is a young boy living in Northumbria, one of the kingdoms of England. But in the year 866, the great Danish army lands with their eyes set on conquest. Uhtred is drawn into the war at a young age, seeing life from both sides.Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell”

Book Review: Gotrek and Felix Book 1 — Trollslayer by William King

10/10 Enthralling fantasy action and adventure from one of my favorite settings. Gotrek Gurnisson was somewhere in his past shamed for a crime he refuses to speak of. To atone for this crime, he has taken on the life of a Slayer, dwarven warriors who seek a glorious death in battle. His human companion, FelixContinue reading “Book Review: Gotrek and Felix Book 1 — Trollslayer by William King”

Book Review: The King of the Swords by Michael Moorcock

9/10 A whirlwind climax of old-school epic fantasy After enjoying the peace won by slaying Xiombarg, Corum and his allies are thrust into new uncertainty when a strange madness of anger and hate sweeps through the castle. Are other lands under the same effects? Does it signal the return of chaos? It’s time for CorumContinue reading “Book Review: The King of the Swords by Michael Moorcock”

Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote

6/10 Strong writing holds up an average story Darrovan Weiv is an alien theorist who finds himself stolen away in the night and brought to an underground facility—The Dome. There, he becomes part of a project to study an anomaly that could be of alien origin. But the chance of a lifetime could be theContinue reading “Book Review: The Dark Portal by Kyle Belote”

Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

7/10 Masterfully written with some underwhelming characters and story Kote is a humble innkeeper in an out-of-the-way town called Newarre. But he hides a very old secret; he is Kvothe—famous bard, powerful sorcerer, and living legend. Cornered by a chronicler, Kvothe agrees to tell the full story of his life. The story of a youngContinue reading “Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss”

Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki

9/10 Character-driven horror from one of Japan’s best In this collection of short stories, Koji Suzuki continues to haunt readers with a series of horror stories all centered around water, starting with a prologue that hints at the many strange things that wash ashore and the stories they tell. Prologue An old woman, Kayo, whoContinue reading “Book Review: Dark Water by Koji Suzuki”

Book Review: Shogun by James Clavell

9/10 Rich history and characters drive this epic. John Blackthorne is an English pilot to a Dutch ship, the Erasmus, and brings his battered ship and crew to the shores of Japan. There, he is swept up into the plots of warlords and a culture completely alien to him. How can he and his crew surviveContinue reading “Book Review: Shogun by James Clavell”

Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock

7/10 Fun new characters and adventures but a little rushed The Queen of the Swords is the second book in the Corum series, continuing Corum’s adventures as he battles the gods of chaos. After defeating Lord Arioch and restoring a fragment of order to the world, Corum is faced with growing dangers as the remaining SwordContinue reading “Book Review: “The Queen of the Swords” by Michael Moorcock”

Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

10/10 Perhaps not perfect but a personal favorite In a war-torn world, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter; his target: androids that have illegally arrived on Earth. These androids, a new advanced variety, are so difficult to tell from humans that some question who are the “andys” and who the humans? Story Philip K. DickContinue reading “Book Review: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick”

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

8/10 A complex and enjoyable read aimed at perhaps too-wide an audience. I don’t normally include spoilers in my reviews, but given the age and popularity of both the book and film, I see little reason to hold back. The Shining is a story most people know, even if you haven’t read the book orContinue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King”