The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a British magical realism novel about a middle-aged man that returns to his childhood home upon the passing of a relative. During the post-funeral wake, he takes a step away from the crowded building to explore a farm at the end of the lane, wherein he comes across a small pond on the property.
Sea of Death by Tim Waggoner is the third and final volume in the dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame Trilogy, which is set in the Eberron universe. It follows an assassin-turned-priest named Diran Bastiaan and his half-Orc best friend, Ghaji (pronounced Gha-yee), and their little crew of chums as they try to unite two opposing nations by ending a curse a hundred years in the living
I got a humongous leaning tower of tomes and I’m excited to read them over the next three to four months. Joking and whining aside, the Summer heat is pretty atrocious for my physical health, so to avoid long bouts of bedrest, I figured it would be wise to hoard up on things that can help keep my ADHD occupied
I really hope to be able to spend the next two days lazing around in bed because my body and my mind really need to catch up on recuperation. Aside from napping with feline folx, the activities will be limited to things that won’t require me to physically leave said bed if possible, meaning animu watching and reading, yay!
Forge of the Mindslayers by Tim Waggoner is the second novel in the dark fantasy, sword-and-sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame. Diran and his half-Orc chum, Ghaji, receive a tip about a lich terrorising people in the mountains of Perhata. As they work to hunt down this malevolent force, the duo, and their comrades, end up getting ensnared in the local politics poisoning the two regions that are vying for control.
Thieves of Blood was the very first book that introduced me to the Eberron universe. In 2006, I was only familiar with fantasy novels via the Legend of Drizzt series, and hadn’t read much sword-and-sorcery beyond that. However, with Diran and Ghaji, not only did my love for the genre explode into a passionate love affair that shall last until my dying days, but it also showed me a dark setting with creatively fascinating lore, history, politics and more.
Spine of the Dragon by Kevin J. Anderson is an epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery novel that’s the first volume in the Wake the Dragon series. It revolves around two continents that have been divided via bloodshed for many, many generations. However, when a long-forgotten outside threat returns with the hopes of reawakening an ancient race by slaying a mythological dragon of hatred and spite, the two nations must find a way to put aside their violent differences in order to formulate an alliance to fight this newly arisen peril.
There are two books on my weekend reading itinerary. One of them is a Japanese steampunk novel that has been on my TBR for over a year. My local library had a copy, so I snagged it the last time that I was here. The second book is the first novel in one of my favourite sword and sorcery trilogies of all-time, a trilogy that I love to read and re-read, especially when I’m having a difficult time dealing with real-life challenges
Reading-wise, I’m going to focus on fluffy romance manga because it has been a salve for my stressed out body, mind, and spirit. One of them I know for sure that I shall invest in acquiring the physical volumes in the near future because it’s legitimately one of my top ten favourite romance serials ever. The rest are mostly sci-fi horror novels with one fantasy novel that I’ve been working on since mid-February.
I really love the covers for almost all the science-fiction and fantasy books that I consume. They usually tread on a spectrum of varying artistic masterpieces from badass to quaint to minimalist to cheesy as an ooey gooey pizza with extra sauce, and everything in between. Some of them can even be godawfully disgusting or horrific, which has it’s own special brand of appeal that I adore. Whatever the story, the covers have a tendency to snap a human’s attention quickly.
Between Madame Gabs, my parents, and a couple other awesome friends who just totally made my weekend so bright and beautiful, I managed to acquire a nice small stack of books, mostly fantasy sequels. The only downside about getting reads for birthdays is trying to figure out which one to dive into first.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher is the first book in the urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. It’s about a wizard named Harry Dresden, living in Chicago, who can be looked up in the yellow pages under his name. He’s not into parties or parlour tricks, but if you’ve got a lost kitty or a…
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is the first instalment in an #OwnVoices Islamic adult epic fantasy trilogy that I had no idea I desperately needed with every fibre of my being until I finally sat down and read it. I credit my obsession entirely to my mate Aimal because she yelled about this…
Self-quarantine has been going far better for me this past week than the previous one. Now that I’ve had some time to accept that we’re in it for the long haul, it made me acquire a bit o’ faith that this also won’t last forever. I need to be hopeful if I am to survive…
Fantasy is one of my favourite genres and I feel like I don’t spend enough time talking about it. While I have a tendency to read many genres across a wide spectrum, fantasy is one that I always turn to and one that I love seeing as the foundation for some remarkably brilliant narratives, ones…