Tag Archives: fantasy

A Storm of Swords: Book Three of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), George R. R, Martin (HarpurCollins, 2000){Random House Audio, Narrator: Roy Doltrice)

(Game of Thrones, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Politics, post-modern) Grade: Γ — (Gamma) A good or even fantastic book within the genre, possibly worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that is likely to … Continue reading

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Empire of the East, Fred Saberhagen (Ace, 1979 { Blackstone Audio, Inc, Narrator: Raymond Todd)

Empire of the East by Fred Saberhagen is the omnibus collection of this classic science fantasy novel. It is a rip-roaring speculative adventure whose best parts are hard to describe without giving spoilers. A great fun read for fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Continue reading

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A Total review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: including the book, the audiobook, the audio drama, the animated TV program and the new movies

In celebration of the release of the new Hobbit movie by Peter Jackson, and after having been asked to review the BBC audio drama of it by AudioGO, I thought it was a good time to do another 360° review (the last one being the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). To see it, go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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The High King’s Tomb, Kristen Britain (DAW, 2007 {Penguin Audio, Narrator: Ellen Archer})

The High King’s Tomb is the third book in Kristen Britain’s best selling Green Rider series. It is a solid piece of High Fantasy, but is unlikely to appeal to those who are not fans of the genre. Continue reading

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Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books, 2010)

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal is an excellent Regency Romance Novel that adds a touch of magic to its setting. The result is a wonderful read that stretches the both the romance and fantasy genres and adds a new layer of appeal to both. I highly recommend this book, but give warning to keep your genre based expectations well in hand while reading it. (for more goto http://www.sophyanempire.com) Continue reading

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The Orc King, Transitions Book One, R. A. Salvatore (Wizard’s of the Coast, 2008) {Random House Audio, 2009; Narrator: Mark Bramhall}

The Orc King has a very shaky start that undermines the rest of the plot, but remains an enjoyable high fantasy page turner regardless. R. A. Salvatore’s most recent addition to the 20 some odd Drizzt Do’Urden saga, is sub-titled Book One In the Transistions series, but cannot truly be enjoyed without reading at least a few of the preceding Drizzt stories. Still, to fans this is an excellent addition. Sadly, it does suffers from classic High Fantasy novel clichés. Nevertheless, Salvatore excellent character development pulls you through and turns it into a good story. (For full review see http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com) Continue reading

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Greywalker, Kat Richardson (Roc, 2009)

The first book in the series of the same name, Greywalker is a highly enjoyable Urban Fantasy. One part crime fiction, one part horror, Greywalker delivers a highly appealing main character and supporting cast. A great book for those interested in Urban Fantasy, and a very good place to start for those curious about the genre Continue reading

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