REVIEW: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (1990)

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
(The Wheel of Time, Book 1)

Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1990
Length: 803
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis via GoodreadsThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. 

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REVIEW: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell (2018)

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell
Publisher: Strange Books
Format: Paperback
Length: 154
Published: 2018
Author: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

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Synopsis via GoodreadsDiscover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection. 

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REVIEW: Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987)

Mort by Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi
Format: Paperback
Length: 317
Published: 1987
Author: Goodreads and Website

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIn this Discworld instalment, Death comes to Mort with an offer he can’t refuse — especially since being, well, dead isn’t compulsory. As Death’s apprentice, he’ll have free board and lodging, use of the company horse, and he won’t need time off for family funerals. The position is everything Mort thought he’d ever wanted until he discovers that this perfect job can be a killer on his love life.

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REVIEW: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (2016)

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 
Publisher: Picador
Format: Hardcover
Length: 372
Published: 2016
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Synopsis via GoodreadsThe critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, twenty-two-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned Atticus’s great-grandmother—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centres on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of one black family, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying spectre that continues to haunt us today.

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REVIEW: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
Published by Corgi
Format: Paperback
Length: 285
Published: 2012 (first published 1986)
Author Goodreads and Website

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Synopsis via Goodreads: As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…

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I loved this book, which was a huge relief as I was underwhelmed by the first book in the Discworld series The Colour of Magic. While The Colour of Magic had a score of memorable characters and unparalleled worldbuilding it was completely and utterly confusing. Because I’m the type of person that needs validation, I was relieved to find that reviewers on Goodreads agreed with this opinion. In their reviews they promised vast improvement in the series’ other books, starting with The Colour of Magic‘s sequel The Light Fantastic. While reading The Colour of Magic I enjoyed the characters of Rincewind and Twoflower so I thought I would heed the reviews and continue on in the series. And I’m so glad I did.

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