Monday, October 16, 2017

Sharp Ends Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Orbit Books
Genre: Grimdark
Series: First Law
Pages: 290

(Spoilers for The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country are below).

Sharp Ends is a collection of short stories by Joe Abercrombie that are set in the First Law world. A lot of these events are concurrent with the events happening in the other First Law books, and it's highly recommended that all six First Law books be read before tackling this collection of short stories.

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 13 short stories.

Score: 8.6

Monday, October 9, 2017

All The Birds In The Sky Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Science Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Pages: 320

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Childhood outcasts Laurence and Patricia can only find refuge from a world of bullying and torment with each other. But as people they couldn't be more different, with Laurence's interest in computers and technology and Patricia's desire to become a witch, will their relationship survive as their respective interests lead them on two very different paths?

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Stone Sky Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: N.K. Jemisin
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Broken Earth Book Three
Pages: 464

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This Fifth Season may be the planet's last. But after seizing control of the Obelisk Gate from opposite ends of the world, Essun and Nassun are now aware that the moon's coming back into orbit. Both mother and daughter don't agree on what should be done with this knowledge as one wishes to use it to save the world while the other wishes to destroy it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Witchwood Crown Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Tad Williams
Publisher: DAW
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: The Last King of Osten Ard Book One
Pages: 736

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(Spoilers for The Heart of What Was Lost and Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn are below).

Over three decades have passed since the defeat of Ineluki the Storm King, and the Norns' retreat into their mountain stronghold of Nakkiga. King Simon and Queen Miriamele continue their long reign over Osten Ard, but new troubles are stirring. Many of the kingdoms they've ruled over are now all rife with internal conflicts that are threatening to break apart their kingdom, their Sithi allies have all but been silent, and Utuk' ku the Norn Queen has just re-awoken and is planning on continuing her war against humanity, if only she can recover the mysterious artifact known as the Witchwood Crown.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Heart of What Was Lost Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Tad Williams
Publisher: DAW Books
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series:  A Novel of Osten Ard
Pages: 210

The Heart of What Was Lost (Osten Ard)

(Contains spoilers for Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn).

With the Hayholt saved, and the Storm King defeated, and Queen Utuk-ku in a coma like state, the Norns retreat to Nakkiga, their final stronghold in the mountains. Duke Isgrimnur and an army of Rimmersman begin to pursue the Norns and annihilate them so they may never attack the land of mortals again.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Courts of Chaos Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Roger Zelazny
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Amber Book Five
Pages: 189

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(Spoilers for the four previous Chronicles of Amber are below).

Corwin is in a bit of a depressed state after discovering he's been a pawn of his father Oberon, who had been masquerading as his best friend Ganelon. Oberon now begins to plan on fixing the Pattern, while Benedict calls upon all of brothers and sisters in an attempt to delay an attack from the Courts of Chaos. Corwin is tasked with bringing the Jewel of Judgment to change the tides of the battle, but to get there he must traverse the entire length of the multiverse all while his brother Brand hunts him and tries to steal the jewel.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Hand of Oberon Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Roger Zelazny
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Amber Book Four
Pages: 181

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(This review contains spoilers for the previous three Chronicles of Amber).

After discovering that the Amber Corwin has known all his life is not the true Amber, he decides it's time to learn more about the true Amber. As the threat of the Black Road continues to persist, Corwin begins to believe he may be able to solve this problem with the Jewel of Judgment and the original source of the Pattern.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sign of the Unicorn Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Roger Zelazny
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Amber Book Three
Pages: 186

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(Spoilers for the first two Chronicles of Amber are below).

Eric has died, and the Jewel of Judgment is now Corwin's. As regent of Amber, it appears Corwin has succeeded in finally achieving his goal, but shortly after Caine is murdered and Corwin's framed for the deed. In an effort to find out who framed him, Corwin decides it's time to find out what happened to his brother Brand, whether he's alive or dead.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Guns of Avalon Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Roger Zelazny
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Amber Book Two
Pages: 180

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Corwin has escaped the dungeons of Amber after failing to overthrow Eric and stop his coronation as ruler. But in his defeat, Corwin also laid a curse on Amber allowing creatures of darkness to pour into all the different Shadow worlds. Now on the run, Corwin wishes to return the Shadow world of Avalon where he believes he can find the necessary weapons to defeat the evil he has brought upon everyone, and of course to avenge his defeat by Eric.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nine Princes in Amber Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Roger Zelazny
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Amber Book One
Pages: 175

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A man awaking from a coma with no memory of who he is or what he's done with his life discovers he is Corwin, a Prince of Amber. As a Prince of Amber he can manipulate shadows and conjure all sorts of sorcery, but his biggest problem is that his brother Eric wants him dead so that he alone can claim the empty throne from their world.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Margaret Attword
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction
Series: Standalone
Pages: 311

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After an attack wipes out most of the United States government, the Republic of Gilead is formed. Now the northeastern coast of the United States is controlled by a group of religious fanatics, and men have lost many of their rights, and women even more. Disease has made conception difficult, and now most women are valued for their ovaries. Offred is one of these valued women, and as a Handmaid, her daily routines are strictly controlled. As Offred dreams of her past before Gilead's conception, she hopes to one day regain her freedom.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Watership Down Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Richard Adams
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Pages 484

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When the prophetic rabbit Fiver believes that his rabbit's warren is soon to meet its demise, he convinces his brother Hazel to lead an exodus of rabbits to form their own new warren. But rabbits aren't great at distance traveling, and there are many dangers along the way. And even if the rabbits do find a home, can they maintain the peace with rabbits from nearby warrens?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Red Country Book Review


by The Wanderer

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
Series: First Law Standalone
Pages: 480

(Spoilers for the First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold, and The Heroes are below).

Shy South has escaped her past, and settled as a merchant. But when war with the Union comes to her land, and her younger brother and sister are taken, she must set out after them. Accompanying her is her coward of a stepfather Lamb, a nine fingered Northman with a secret past of his own. For Temple, a lawyer now serving under infamous soldier of fortune Nicomo Cosca, he desires to live an honest life, but that's not to be found as a mercenary. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Red Sister Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Mark Lawrence
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Book of the Ancestor Book One
Pages: 480

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Saved moments from being dropped from the gallows, Nona Grey a child of nine, is recruited into the Convent of Sweet Mercy by Sister Glass. At the Convent she is trained in the arts of killing, and will one day be required to serve the church. But her crimes have attracted powerful enemies and even the safety of the Convent may not be enough to protect her.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Assassin's Fate Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Fitz and the Fool Book Three
Pages: 864

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(Spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders Trilogy, Tawny Man Trilogy, Rain Wild Chronicles, Fool's Assassin, and Fool's Quest are below).

Believing his daughter to be dead, Fitz, the Fool, and a small group of allies have traveled to the Elderling city of Kelsingra as the first destination on their longer journey to Clerres. Once they reach their destination, they plan on killing all the Servants. Unbeknownst to Fitz, Bee is still alive and also heading to Clerres where she can be raised as the next "Servant Controlled" white prophet.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Fool's Quest Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Fitz and the Fool Book Two
Pages: 786

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(Spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders Trilogy, Tawny Man Trilogy, Rain Wild Chronicles, and Fool's Assassin are below).

After mistaking his best friend the Fool as a threat to his daughter, FitzChivalry Farseer has returned the Fool and himself back to Buckkeep Castle for an emergency healing. In his absence his home Withywoods was attacked by the Servants of Clerres who had been pursuing the Fool. As a result his daughter Bee has been abducted, and Fitz is none the wiser. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Fool's Assassin Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Fitz and the Fool Book One
Pages: 706

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(Spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy, Liveship Traders Trilogy, Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Rain Wild Chronicles are below).

At 47 years of age, FitzChivalry Farseer is finally living the life he's always wanted to live. Married to the love of his life Molly, and retired to peace and quiet at his stepmother's home of Withywoods, Fitz spends his days embracing the ordinary and non-political life of being a Farseer. But over the next thirteen years, Fitz will be unable to escape his past, and when it finally catches up with him, the consequences will be dire.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Heroes Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Grimdark Fantasy
Series: First Law Standalone
Pages: 592

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So you love war. I used to think you were a decent man. But I see now I was mistaken. You're a hero.


(Spoilers for First Law Trilogy and Best Served Cold are below).

In the North, along site an ancient set of rocks known as the Heroes, a battle is about to be fought between the men of the North and the men of the Union.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Lions of Al-Rassan Book Review

by The Wanderer

Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Pages: 528

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She saw a good man raise his sword, and she saw a good man fall.


In Al-Rassan the ruling Asharites have been splintered into city states. The Asharite King of Cartada, Almalik, and his notorious advisor the great warrior and poet Ammar ibn Khairan, once close, are now at odds after a brutal summer day. North of the Asharites are the followers of Jad, who are splintered into three different kingdoms. Their most celebrated military commander, Rodrigo Belmonte, has been exiled and driven south. Jehane bet Ishak, a skilled Kindath physician, soon finds herself caught up in the events that will shape the world she lives in.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Publisher: Pottermore
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Harry Potter Book Eight
Pages: 320

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(Contains spoilers for Harry Potter's 1-7, but lets be honest who hasn't read these books).

Albus Severus Potter, the second son of the famed wizard Harry Potter, has begun his magical education at Hogwarts. However, he's not the son Harry nor the rest of the world expected. Sorted into Slytherin, and best friends with Scorpius Malfoy, Albus looks to make a name for himself by changing the fate suffered by Cedric Diggory at the end of Goblet of Fire.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Blood of Dragons Book Review

by The Wanderer 

Author: Robin Hobb
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Rain Wild Chronicles Book Four
Pages: 545

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(Spoilers for Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, and City of Dragons are below).

Dragons and keepers have successfully settled in Kelsingra. But the memory stones may start to cause some people to lose their minds. And all the dragons seem to remember that there was a certain reason Kelsingra was built, and discovering that reason will be key to the future survival of dragons and Elderlings. While the city searches for its means of survival, many people are now heading to seek their fortunes in Kelsingra, and to change the lives of all who live there, but will the dragons and keepers allow it to happen.

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.