Waiting for Emberlain

Warning  biohazard alert: Shameless fanboy babbling ahead. Proceed with caution.


If you’re a fan of fantasy, you have no doubt at least heard of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch. If you haven’t yet taken the time to read it, let me tell you that you should, as the series is truly excellent in every conceivable way a fantasy series has of being excellent. Of course that is just my humble opinion – although with each book in the series having an average rating of 4.2 or above on Goodreads, there is a decent chance you will at least like them (even if you don’t love them like I do). Is love too strong a word? Nah!

GB Series

In this case, you can certainly judge the books by their awesome covers.

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Top 5 Antiheroes in SF & F

Antiheroes in books are interesting, especially in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Characters can already be hard to relate to when they are shaped by a different environment/world yet alone when they are mentally screwed up or morally flawed as well. They will make decisions that seem stupid and do things you would never dream of, which can be frustrating or even offensive for a reader. Anti-heroes can be defined as “An antihero, or antiheroine, is a protagonist who lacks conventional heroic qualities such as idealism, courage, or morality.” (Wikipedia).

People will outright hate antiheroes in some books, so much so that they will put the book down and never pick it up again. Continue reading “Top 5 Antiheroes in SF & F”

Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.

After Mrs NW’s rather vague review of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, Mr NW offers a more insightful look at one of his favourite novels.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those ones that crops up from time to time, and people tell you it is brilliant but you don’t quite believe them. I started reading online descriptions of the book and the most common was something akin to “Ocean’s Eleven in a dark fantasy world” or “awesome fantasy heist”. I wasn’t sure I liked the sound of that. Eventually I decided to give it a go – and Perelandro’s balls am I glad I did! Continue reading “Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.”

Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora

In an attempt to educate Mrs. NW, who is not exactly an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, Mr. NW each month assigns a classic novel.

I’m very familiar with this book. I’m fairly sure Mr. NW has read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch at least 3 or 4 times. In fact, half the time when I ask Mr. NW what he is going to read next (from his rather large collection that is taking over our hallway) he says I might just read Lies again. So by some miracle, he lent me his precious copy with strict instructions to not dog-ear the corners and I made a solemn promise to use the bookmark provided. I avoid bringing up the fact he wouldn’t have this problem if he used a Kindle. Continue reading “Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora”