The top half of this post is books not-yet-reviewed, and then the second part is links to my reviews.
Not yet reviewed here
I just haven’t re-read since I started my blog.
- Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay
- Watership Down – Richard Adams. Yes, I know it’s about bunnies, but it’s awesome
- The Last Hunt – Robert Jordan. I think this has been my favorite of that series: before the cast of characters mushroomed out of control. A bit of a nostalgia vote, because having loved the books starting in 1991, it’s hard to look at them the same now. To be cold-hearted about it, the Wheel of Time probably topped out at 4.5 stars, but I don’t have a post for those yet.
- American Gods – Neil Gaiman. Contains one of my favourite rants of all time.
- A Wind in Cairo – Judith Tarr. Big sentimental vote, but I am very likely to demote it to a lower rank because while it may be a favorite book of mine, I can’t be positive it’s one of the best I have ever read. Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword is right at the same sort of level. I’ll have to re-evaluate the writing and possibly re-rank. So, even if it’s not a five-star, it is still one of my favourites.
- Fool on the Hill – Matt Ruff. This was his first novel, written when he was just out of university, I think. An awesome contemporary absurdist fantasy with pixies, talking cats (Blackjack) and dogs (Skippy the Beagle), and the Rubbermaid. I named my cat Rags in honor of the character Ragnarok.
hmm, what else. Probably a fair number of them
Five-stars WITH reviews
Alphabetical by title, but not counting ‘the’ as a word.
- Beauty – Robin McKinley. Her first re-telling of the fairy tale is carefully-written and deserves reading, not just for a young-adult audience.
- Below the Root – Zilpha Keatley Snyder. This young-adult book is the first in a trilogy. I adored this book when I was that age, though it’s not quite so good that you’d consider it grown-up reading too. So: five-stars from ‘young me’ and four-stars from ‘current me’.
- The City & the City – China Miéville – intricate contemporary surreal mystery alternate world. Two cities overlap each-other somehow… you could think of it as a metaphor for incompatible cultures or religions. Intellectually amazing, entertaining.
- The Lions of Al’Rassan – Guy Gavriel Kay. Beautifully-written alternate-history (alternate world) fantasy set in the time of the spanish Crusades with El Cid.
- Stars – edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick. An anthology of short stories by thirty authors, all inspired by the songs of Janis Ian (Grammy-award-winning folk-protest singer and songwriter). This contains four short-stories that I rank at the ‘five-star’ level. The ones I like best are sort-of crossover between science-fiction and fantasy: they’re in a contemporary setting, and there’s no ‘gizmo’ to cause the inexplicable occurrences, they just happen fantastically.
- Voyages by Starlight – Ian R. MacLeod. An anthology of short stories by this author. Stunning variety of themes and voices.
- A Game of Thrones – GRR Martin. This, and/or its sequels, are riveting.