King of the Murgos by David Eddings

A solid second book though there are issues. Events continue almost directly where we left them at the end of the previous book. The hunt for Zandramas is on and more like The Belgariad, the team go on a long journey through various countries on the trail of her. Some familiar countries are explored until …

Guardians of the West by David Eddings

Good opening to the series. Set a little after the events of the Belgariad, the first part of the book covers quite a few years until the latter third or so moves along at a more normal pace. Though the events of the previous series were pretty definitive, there are hints and portents that the …

of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

A decent read but the style made it difficult to invest. This is an imagined history of the Cretaceous Period where Ants and Dinosaurs set up a kind of symbiotic civilization based on mutual needs. It covers around two thousand years of history and details how the relationship between the two species started and developed …

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Had potential but didn’t quite get there. This is set in Ireland in a future where the Sidhe, or the Tuatha de Danaan, have reappeared to get their vengeance on all Irish people after being trapped in a kind of hell for the last few thousand years. Ireland has been cut off from the rest …

Fall of Kings by David and Stella Gemmell

Great end to the series. So this book covers the end game and is most closely aligned with the Iliad (from what I remember) than the rest of the books. It covers pretty much all the major points though does it in its own unique style. Honestly some of them are so brilliantly done that …

The MasterHarper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

DNF at around a fifth to go. This used to be one of my favourite Pern books, strange how things can change. This is basically the David Copperfield of Master Robinton from the main series. We go from his birth and upbringing in the main Harper Hall until the opening of Dragonflight (which I didn’t …

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall by Anne McCaffrey

Not bad, some stories better than others. So there are five short stories contained in here, though a couple of them are quite long. They range from way before the landing at Pern to a few decades after. The first is the initial Pern survey and though it is mildly interesting there is not much …

Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey

Great account of the founding of Pern. So this really should be read after the main Pern books, or at least after the first few as it gives away some major spoilers about how Pern came to be. We start off in the colony ships as they approach Pern. There are hints of major wars …

Maskerade by Terry Pratchett

Not the strongest Witches book but still an entertaining read. Agnes (Perdita) Nitt who we met a bit in Lords and Ladies has fled the Ramtops to escape the interest that Granny and Nanny are showing in her. She arrives in Ankh-Morpork and joins the Opera House and the other witches follow her on the …

Shadowfane by Janny Wurts

Good end to the series. Again there’s not too much of a time difference between this book and the previous, though the first quarter covers a decent bit of time. Jaric is now on the Isle of the Vaere and Taen is back on Imrill Kand, and things are looking slightly more hopeful for humanity. …

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