Correction: A Gerald Ruhming Tale of Terror – Jak Holding

Simon Vector # The story of serial killer and torturer Gerald Ruhming – his current victim and how he came to be. The subtitle suggests there may be more Gerald Ruhming stories coming. That might be too much of a good thing, but this one was good. I’d never heard of ‘Jak Holding’ before reading this, but I’ll be looking for more. Correction is disturbing in content, but well written and intriguing. It’s the story…

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The Righteous Blade – Stan Nicholls

Dreamtime #2 A group of revolutionaries struggle to balance their desires and interests while a warlord threatens the larger world. In this book, and its prequel, The Covenant Rising, Nicholls has seemingly set out make a world where magic is a part of everyday life. However, he’s made some strange choices that cause immersion in the world to be difficult. 1) very few people can make magic, though everyone can use it. It’s not clear…

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The Black Prism – Brent Weeks

Lightbringer #1 The Chromeria – a conservative, possibly corrupt guild governing ‘drafters’ – people who draw on light and color to produce magic is led by Gavin Guile, the mysterious Prism, who can handle all seven colors at once. We follow both Guile and Kip, the young, obese boy from a devastated town who is, of course, destined for greater things. Brent Weeks showed the SF/F world what he could do with his first books,…

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The Divided – Katie Waitman

The story of a planet with two warring peoples whose provenance and historical relationship is unclear. If not quite as magical as her prior novel The Merro Tree, The Divided is still a very good book. It tells the story of a planet with two warring peoples whose provenance and historical relationship is unclear. Sekme is a talented, seemingly charmed soldier, but needs the emotional support of her poet brother Set. Avhrym is a religious…

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After London: or, Wild England – Richard Jefferies

Travels through a post-apocalyptic England. After London is made up of two distinct parts. First is “The Relapse into Barbarism”, which describes the decline of civilization, but more importantly the recovery of nature, after an unspecified disaster. This section draws heavily on Jefferies background as a nature writer, and is essentially a detailed thought experiment on what would happen to the English countryside without many men around. For a potentially dry topic, it is surprisingly…

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