Tag: fantasy

Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Posted March 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) When I read Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger, I was underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I can’t remember quite why. I think it was because I could not connect emotionally with the main character, and found the novel ultimately empty and dull in spite of the literary skill of […]

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March Magics: The True State of Affairs

Posted March 1, 2018 by Lory in events / 17 Comments
March Magics: The True State of Affairs

It’s the magical month of March — time to celebrate two favorite fantasy authors, Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, thanks to Kristen of We Be Reading who hosts March Magics each year. It’s a free-form event this time — read and post whatever and whenever you like, but be sure to visit Kristen’s blog […]

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New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

This season, three fantasy masters have story collections out from Tachyon Publications — a splendid opportunity to feast yourself on a rich assortment of weird, funny, whimsical, lyrical, dark, thought-provoking tales that beautifully explore the full range of our imaginative landscape. If any of these are among your favorite authors, you will surely want to […]

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New Release Review: The Girl in the Tower

Posted January 17, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Girl in the Tower

Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower (2017) The Bear and the Nightingale was one of my favorite books of 2017, and just shy of one year later author Katherine Arden has produced a sequel — greatly pleasing those of us who are weary of waiting years for a follow-up book. And I’m glad to […]

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New Reprint Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Posted September 27, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Reprint Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Patricia A. McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974) Though McKillip’s early novel has become a classic of fairy-tale-flavored fiction, a favorite genre of mine, I’ve somehow managed not to read it until now. I’m so glad I finally did, thanks to a new, beautifully designed paperback and e-book edition from Tachyon books. This is […]

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New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Posted January 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 28 Comments
New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) I opened The Bear and the Nightingale with great anticipation and not a little trepidation; since the trend for fairy-tale fiction exploded some years ago, there have been some brilliant entries in the genre and some derivative duds. Katherine Arden’s debut novel looked promising, with its half-magical, […]

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Witch Week Day Four: An Appreciation of Oz

Posted November 3, 2016 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week Day Four: An Appreciation of Oz

At the center of Witch Week this year, I wanted to place a set of books that were central to the development of American fantasy: the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. They’ve also been important in my own reading life, as you can perhaps tell from the title of my blog. I knew that […]

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New Release Review: Summerlong

Posted October 21, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Summerlong

Peter S. Beagle, Summerlong (2016) The Puget Sound setting and mythological overtones of Peter S. Beagle’s new novel, Summerlong, made it sound irresistible to me — and it turned out to be a lovely end-of-summer read. A long-term unmarried couple, one living in Seattle and the other across the water on Gardner Island, find their […]

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Reading New England: The Witches of Eastwick

Posted October 18, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Reading New England: The Witches of Eastwick

John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick (1984) When I said I planned to read The Witches of Eastwick for the Reading New England challenge, I also said I didn’t expect to enjoy it — and I was right, I didn’t. So this is going to be one of the rare times on this blog when […]

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New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Posted October 7, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (2016) When a book gets compared to the work of Diana Wynne Jones, I’m not sure whether to read it or not. On the one hand, there’s the hope that the reading experience will evoke the brilliant qualities of my all-time favorite fantasy author. On the other, there’s the […]

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