Waiting for Emberlain

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

Biohazard

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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November Reads & Books I Want

I seem to have ended up having a number of books on the go at the moment. Somehow this seems to accidentally happen to me every now and again. I start one, and then another book catches my eye partway through, or that book I really wanted finally arrived in the mail after weeks of waiting. And there are also lots of books I am looking forward to at the moment so I thought I would share with you guys what I’m reading and what books I’m looking forward to most in the coming year. Continue reading “November Reads & Books I Want”

10 Rules for Living with a Book Collecting Sci-fi Nerd

Disclaimer: This list may be fairly specific to the traits of one Mr NW…

1. Don’t lend their books to anyone.

Just don’t. It’s not worth the pain. In fact don’t let them lend their books either. Mr NW once lent a book to his sister but bought a replacement copy immediately in case he didn’t get it back. Now we have two identical copies.

2. Don’t ask why there are multiple copies of the same book.

Of course you need the hardback and the paperback and the updated artwork and the 10th anniversary version. Continue reading “10 Rules for Living with a Book Collecting Sci-fi Nerd”

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.”