The Ice Dragon Illustrated by Luis Royo

This was a lovely novella by George R R Martin, and is apparently set in the same world as Game of Thrones, but a long time ago (since there were lots of dragons) and obviously the seasons changed (as here they are like ours instead of extended like in the book series). What I loved about it was the illustrations! They are stunning. The story has been published in three different occasions, and the latest, illustrated by Luis Royo is great.

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The Maze Runner – Yet another YA novel turned movie

I purposely avoided The Maze Runner movie last year, and I made as big an effort to even avoid the trailer (I did see part of it, once). Why? Well I had heard about the book on and off for a few years, and knew that I wanted to read it eventually, I just didn’t bother to getting around to it. Then the movie came around, and that made me want to read it, even though I knew nothing beyond the fact that someone was probably running a maze. And now finally I’ve read it. I obviously can’t comment on the movie (though I’m sure I’ll be watching it soon enough), but the book was great.

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The Long War

The Long War by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia
The Long War by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia

This is the second novel in the The Long Earth series by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, the fictional multiverse where you can step into a new world uninhabited by humans using a Stepper, with new worlds extending for (perhaps) infinity in two directions. Each world is different from the last, and there are other humanoid creatures out there. The last book finished with an atomic bomb going off in the Datum (original) earth in Madison, just as our protagonist Joshua returned from a journey in the Long Earth with an artificial intelligence, Lobsang. Overall the book was decent, there were some interesting themes, and I like the idea of the world. It’s not perfect, but I’m more than happy to continue reading the series.

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Monsters of Men

This is the final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, the first two books I loved, and I loved this one also. Perhaps not as much as the other two, but still a great deal. So much happens, and there are plenty of shocks, and a very sad conclusion.

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Resonance by Celine Kiernan

This was another advanced review copy I have received in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book weird. It was quite unusual, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn’t impressed by it. The beginning seemed quite promising, it was set in the late 1800s-early 1900s, and was showing the mean streets of Dublin, and the lives of a carriage driver and seamstress for a theatre. It was interesting. And then things started going downhill as things became bizarre. The end did improve, but it did too little to save the book.

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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a TTT, but it’s back with my ALL TIME Favourite Authors (every time they use favorite it never fails to make me hesitate for a moment when the red line pops up under it, writing up these reviews)! Which of course is a difficult choice.

  1. Markus Zusak – I loved both of his novels I’ve read, and I love his writing style. Hopefully he publishes a few more things!!!
  2. Isobelle Carmody – My favourite fantasy author, can’t wait until November
  3. Patrick Ness – I’ve only read three of his novels, but I adored them so much, can’t wait to read more from him
  4. JK Rowling – I can’t not have her on the list
  5. Kate Grenville – a lovely Australian author
  6. Neil Gaimain – I need to read more of his stuff, but he’s great
  7. Tolkien – the Fantasy great has to be on here
  8. George RR Martin – the modern fantasy great also needs to be on here
  9. John Marsden – the Tomorrow When the War Began series is too good, for Marsden to be left off this list
  10. Terry Prachett, I haven’t read any of his solo stuff, but his collaborations are enough to make me put him on here

Over to you! Who’s on your list?

The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

I loved the first book in this Chaos Walking series, and the sequel improved on the original! This was fantastic and amazing. And I’ll say it again, SO NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK.

The Ask and the Answer
I just love this cover, I think it’s lovely and clean, great font, and a lovely blue.

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