November Upsum


Well, it’s November 2018 and this is the month of finishing up series.  I had six series that I wanted to complete or be caught up to by the end of the year: The Riyria Revelations, Age of Dread, Les Rougon-Macquart, The Coppercat Trilogy, The Red Queen’s War and The Moontide Quartet and they are now all done.  Yay me.  Another goal completed.

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Review: The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

The Winter Road

Arian Selby


496 pages



Copy received from Netgalley.  All opinions (not that I have many) are my own.

Oh, this is a hard one for me to review.  Every other review I have read has praised this book to the hilt and I can see where they are coming from.  There is nothing wrong with The Winter Road at all but, for the life of me, I could not connect to this story at all.

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Review: The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

The Wheel of Osheim

Mark Lawrence

The Red Queen’s War #3

672 pages



“You promised!  On your honour, Prince Jalan.  Your honour.”

“Oh,” I turn away again.  “That.”  And start to walk.  “If you find it, let me know.”

I don’t think I need any other introduction to this book that that.

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That Time I read a Twenty Book Series in Ten Months: The Rougon-Macquart Series by Émile Zola.


Way back in February, I set myself a challenge.  I decided that I was going to read all of the books in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola.  That’s twenty books of nineteenth century French literature.

And I did it!

I had already read the first three: La Fortune des Rougon, La Curée and Le Ventre de Paris so it was easy enough to re-read them and then I continued at a pace of two books a month.  I read the Oxford World Classics translations because they are the most up to date and complete collection that I could find.  The only one missing was the final book, Doctor Pascal so I had to read a nineteenth century translation and I have no idea how good that is.  I don’t tend to trust nineteenth century translations because they have the tendency to cut out anything considered unseemly.

This isn’t going to be a review because completely reviewing twenty books in one post is just utter madness.  I just want to write about the things I like and the things I didn’t like.

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Review: Magefall by Stephen Aryan


Stephen Aryan

Age of Dread #2


438 pages



Magefall picks up after the end of Mageborn.  Magic is hated and feared, the Red Tower has fallen, Akosh is on a mission to stay relevant, Munroe is on a grief filled potential suicide mission, Garvey is on a mad rampage, killing loads of people and Tammy and Balfruss are trying to keep order in an increasingly chaotic world.

So, all in all, things aren’t looking too great.

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Review: Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan

Heir of Novron

Michael J. Sullivan

The Riyria Revelations #3


895 pages



I think I have used up all of the adjectives I know to describe just how much I loved the first two books of the Riyria Revelations so I won’t repeat them all here.  All I am going to say is that this was pretty much as close to perfect as a book can be.  It is on the same level, for me, as The Lord of the Rings and Fool’s Fate.  It was that good.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want To Read Before 2019


Hello, and welcome to another installment of Top 5 Wednesday.  This weeks topic is Books you want to read before 2019.  A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about series that I would like to finish/catch up to before the end of the year but since I will complete that list by the end of the November, here are five books I want to read in December.

The Goodreads group is here if you want to check this out.

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Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Raven Books

505 pages



I’m not usually one to read mysteries.  Sherlock Holmes bores the life out of me.  Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Marple can run and jump for all I care, I have no interest in them whatsoever but, for some reason, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle intrigued me.  To be honest, it was probably the time travelling, body swapping aspect that interested me more than the whodunnit but I found that I very much enjoyed reading the book.

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Review: The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

The Liar’s Key

Mark Lawrence

The Red Queen’s War #2

Harper Voyager

672 pages



The Liar’s Key picks up from the end of Prince of Fools with what Jalan knows best: shagging around.  Which then comes back round to bite him in the arse and so kicking off the plot with him, Snorri and Tuttugu heading back south joined by two new characters, Kara and Hennan with Loki’s Key.

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