What’s on your list of the best fantasy books? A while back I put together my Top 25 Science-Fiction Books list. Making the list was a blast. I took a walk down memory road and reminisced about reading some of my favorite novels, talking about why I had enjoyed them, and evaluated how they had affected […]
Writing about a book on writing is perhaps an odd challenge. On the one hand, I read the book because I wanted to become a better writer. On the other hand, I’m reviewing the book, telling where the author (of a book on writing, if you recall) has succeeded or failed at their attempt. Fortunately, […]
Utah authors are taking the Hugo Awards by storm. Indeed, if I wasn’t from around here and hadn’t been following some of these guys for a while, I might wonder what it is in the water that has Utah taking over fantasy/science fiction’s best well-known (and as it appears, most controversial) award. Here’s who has […]
Not all audio books are created equal. Nothing’s worse than finding a great story read by a grating voice. The fourteen volume Wheel of Time, read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, does not have that problem. Rather, they take a great story and bring it to life, and as it unfolds manage to make you wish […]
I’ve made no secret that I’m a Brandon Sanderson fan. His writing reminds me why I fell in love with fantasy, but without the tropes and clichés that often plague the genre. (Plus, he’s local, and we share our alma mater, but that’s neither here nor there). Fresh off the success of finishing Robert Jordan’s […]
Although I finished A Memory of Light over a week ago, I’ve hesitated to write a review. Reaching the end of a good novel is not unlike leaving the dark of a movie theater for the light of day. Coming back into the real world can be a bit of a jolt. The jolt at the […]
A review of A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time) is forthcoming. First, I’ve got to get my head back in reality, just a bit.
As a teenage reader, my book choices broke down into two categories: Tolkien and everybody else. (Yes, there was also required reading for school, but books like The Scarlet Letter and The Mill on the Floss had their own place, and it certainly wasn’t among the books I would ever read if given the choice as a 15-year old. But […]