Monday, May 22, 2017

City of Dragons Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Rain Wild Chronicles Book Three
Pages: 433

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(Spoilers for Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven are below).

Kelsingra has been rediscovered, but it's on the other side of a treacherous river, and due to dwindling supplies, the expedition's only boat must soon return to Casserick. The dragons must learn to fly if they are to ever make it to their new home. The rediscovery of such a massive Elderling city is sure to attract it's fair share of troubles. These are not limited to some of the corrupt traders in Casserick, Chalcedeans searching for dragon parts to cure their ailing Duke, and of course Alice Kincarron Finbok's husband and Seldric Meldar's former lover, Hest.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dragon Haven Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Rain Wild Chronicles Book Two
Pages: 526

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(Spoilers for Dragon Keeper are below).

Sedric can't explain the mysterious changes happening to his body after he drank the blood of a dragon. Alise is fighting more than ever with Sedric and finding herself increasingly attracted to life away from Hest, and to Captain Leftrin, the Tarman's Captain. Unbeknownst to Alise, Captain Leftrin is being blackmailed by a Chalcedean who knows the secret of Tarman's unique guile and ability. Thymara is increasingly finding herself more and more isolated by the other keepers, and her relationship with her dragon Sintara continues to be a source of conflict. Amongst great personal angst, the Kelsingra expedition continues on in the vain hopes that the city will save them all.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dragon Keeper Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Rain Wild Chronicle Book One
Pages: 500

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After a costly war with Chalced, Bingtown and Treehaug must fulfill their part of the bargain they made with the dragon Tintaglia for keeping their lands safe. Tasked with protecting her newly hatched dragons, things go quickly awry when nearly all the newly hatched dragons turn out to be physically and mentally disabled. Making things worse, Tintaglia herself disappears, leaving the burden of raising these dragons to the people of Casserick. 

After years of living off the labor of humans the dragons and humans both decide that the dragons need to relocate, and it is decided they will try to find the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra. Accompanying the dragons are their personal keepers, or people that are most heavily touched by the Rain Wilds, the oldest liveship ever made the Tarman, her Captain Leftrin, and her crew, and a Bingtown lady and dragon expert and her secretary.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Name Film Review

by The Wanderer

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi
MPAA Rating: PG
Length: 107 Minutes

Your name is ...

Mitsuha a high school girl from rural Itomori Japan, and Taki a high school boy from Tokyo, begin to intermittently switch bodies when they fall asleep at night and begin to dream.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Kong: Skull Island Film Review

by The World Weary

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson
Series: Legendary's Monsterverse
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 118 Minutes

Gorilla Whale

Calamitous events are standard fare for most theater outings these days, and with the influx of "cinematic universes" everything that stars a marquee name (i.e, Godzilla, The Avengers, Batman v Superman) has to be a miserable film about miserable people dealing with even more miserable events that result in the destruction of a major city...

Then along came a Kong...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Invisible Planets Book Review

by The Wanderer

Editor and Translation: Ken Liu
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 384

Invisible Planets is a compilation of thirteen newer science fiction stories from China. In our review each short story is given a brief synopsis, analysis, and score.  The final score you see at the top of the review is an aggregate of all thirteen short stories and/or novellas.

Total Average Score: 7.2

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.

Age of Myth Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Legends of the First Empire Book One
Pages: 432

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The Fhrey are Gods of the world they live in, but when a human named Raithe kills one of them, the Fhrey's power is called into question. As human settlements now face the wrath of the people they've called Gods, a chieftain's wife, Persephone, seeks help wherever she can find it, even if it means working with the bizarre seer, Suri.