The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

Saxons and Britons live peacefully side by side. Axl and Beatrice, a pair of aged Britons, decide to visit their son. Their progress, stymied by vague and unreliable memory, is slow, but as they travel, they slowly uncover the reason behind both peace and memory loss. I’d not read Kazuo Ishiguro before, but had heard quite a lot about this book, and it seemed a good place to start. I found it not to be…

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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights – Salman Rushdie

A dead philosopher wins a battle with a live one, but their feud continues after both have long turned to dust. The gap between this world and Fairyland re-opens after a long closure. Compelled by an ancient promise and their own cupidity, Zumurrud the djinn and his cohort sow fear and chaos in the human world. Only the descendants of one of the philosophers and his djinnia wife can save our world. I haven’t read…

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Children of the Comet – Donald Moffitt

Humans left the crowded environs of Earth to travel at near-light speed to other galaxies. On arrival billions of external years later, some want to go back, though the journey itself poses problems. Back at Earth, a civilization has developed among gigantic comet-fed trees. I remember reading Donald Moffitt’s The Jupiter Theft, back in the ’70s, and his Genesis Quest books in the ’80s. I liked the former, and thought the latter were okay. When…

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Thief’s Magic – Trudi Canavan

Millenium’s Rule #1 Tyen is a student at the Academy, the only place in the Leratian Empire where magic can be properly investigated. Rielle is the daughter of a scorned but influential family of dyers, in a land where only priests are permitted to use magic. Both run afoul of the authorities, and must try to understand how to apply their magical abilities in difficult circumstances. I quite liked Trudi Canavan’s first (Black Magicians) series,…

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The Castle of Llyr – Lloyd Alexander

Chronicles of Prydain #3 Taran’s friend Eilonwy is growing up, and must leave Caer Dallben to live as a princess. Taran accompanies her, only to find that not all is well in her new home and Eilonwy is in danger. The Castle of Llyr applies Lloyd Alexander’s now-familiar formula, with all characters playing their usual roles – Taran, Fflewdur, and Gurgi all play large parts, and Prince Gwydion comes in. Only Eilonwy, due to the…

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The White Voyage – John Christopher

A Danish cargo ship with a few passengers meets bad weather during a short voyage. I started reading John Christopher a long time ago – maybe with The Lotus Caves (soon to be a film?) or with The Prince in Waiting, both books that opened my eyes to a whole different kind of writing than I’d seen to that point. I read The Prince in Waiting not too long after it came out, and for…

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