Friday, March 24, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Film Review

by The World Weary

Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
Series: Star Wars Anthology
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 133 Minutes 

Aren't You a Little Bit Weak for a Star Wars Movie? 

This review features minor spoilers for the film in a clearly marked section.

This will be how it is for a long, long time, in this here galaxy. A Star Wars episode one year, a spin-off the next. Rinse and repeat. Initially, as a fan, its hard to suppress that rush you feel when you hear or read the words "new" and "star" and "wars" in the same paragraph.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Best Served Cold Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
Series: First Law Standalone
Pages: 634

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In Styria Duke Orso has been waging war with the League of Eight for almost two decades. With his complete victory drawing near, his success is largely thanks to employing one of the lands most fearsome mercenaries, Monzcarro Murcatto. As Monza claims victory after victory, Orso grows jealous and orders her killed. Dropped down the side of a mountain and left for dead she begins her recovery, and with a small band of killers, begins plotting her revenge.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Taste of Honey Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Kai Ashante Wilson
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: Standalone Novella
Pages: 160

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(An advanced copy was provided by the publisher).

In Olorum, Aqib is a distant cousin to the emperor and the Master of Beasts. Same-sex relationships between men are shunned and severely punished by law, and are particularly disliked by Aqib's brother and father. When Aqib meets Lucrio, a visiting Dalucan soldier, a romance ensues, but will it survive everything that's thrown at it?

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Ten Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2016

by The Wanderer

 

Ranking of 2016’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Books


This is our fourth year reviewing and writing about everything that’s related to fantasy and science fiction.  It's been a slower year of reading for me, that's due to spending time acquiring the skills to make a significant career change and getting myself situated in my own personal life. It's been a difficult year to say the least, but personally 2017 is looking up.

As the primary book reader at ATG Reviews, I wish I could have read everything I wanted to, but alas time isn’t unlimited. Nevertheless I took up as many reading projects as I could manage – both classics and newer books.  Our Top 10 List was made using the following guidelines:

  • Books must be related in some way to the genres of fantasy and science fiction.
  • Books must have a word count longer than 40,000 (So no novellas, short stories or anthologies).
  • Books must have been published for the first time in 2016 (Sorry classic SFF books and translations).
  • Books that are published from the same series in the same year are limited only to the best book in that series.

Don’t agree with our list, feel free to list your favorite fantasy and science fiction books of 2016 in the comments below.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Green And Ancient Light Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Frederic S. Durbin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Literary Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Pages: 304

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A nine year old boy visits his grandmother for the summer to be kept safe during wartime. The small village is home to a grove of statues that keeps a mysterious secret, and the same is true for the grove's most frequent visitor Mr. Girandole. Peace in the town is soon threatened when an enemy aircraft is shot down nearby and it's pilot goes missing.