Review: Col Buchanan’s FARLANDER

On February 22, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Airships! Secretive assassin-monks! Fanatic cults! The world at stake! Don’t let the airship on the dustjacket fool you, this isn’t your expected steampunk novel. Ash is pursuing an official vendetta. He is a member of the Roshun, a secretive order providing protection services through the use of living ‘seals’ that die with their owner. They […]

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Review: Death’s Heretic, by James Sutter

On February 1, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

So, I have to start this out with a moment of honesty: I’ve been biased against novels published by gaming companies for…as long as I’ve been buying books. There’s no particular reason for it, and I really should have known better, but I just didn’t see myself as the target market. I don’t know the […]

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City of Ruin Review

On December 12, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

City of Ruin, by Mark Charan Newton #2 in Legends of the Red Sun Series 448 pages ISBN: 0345520882 What do you get when you blend noir, 1920’s-style glitz, horror, an approaching Apocalypse, alternate universes, and a smattering of nearly every genre out there? Well, in this case, you might just be reading Mark Charan […]

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Jasper Kent’s ‘Thirteen Years Later’

On October 20, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent ISBN-10: 1616142537 First off: Thirteen Years Later, as the title suggests, is the second book in the series. It stands alone nicely, but I do recommend reading the first one before this one. Spoilers in the review are of the most minor sort, but there will be a few. […]

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Felix Gilman’s ‘The Half-Made World’

On October 5, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman ISBN-10: 0765325535 All of the stuff I saw about Half-Made World indicated it was Steampunk. Given my lack of luck with that genre recently, I had my reservations. Half-Made World has Steampunk elements, sure. But that’s probably the least influential genre in this book. Weird West, Magical Realism, military […]

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Review: Mark Charan Newton’s Nights of Villjamur

On September 7, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Publisher: Spectra ISBN-10: 0345520858 ISBN-13: 978-0345520852 Nights of Villjamur Mark Charan Newton Shrouded in snow and ice, and facing the threat of an endless winter, the city of Villjamur is–understandably–under a great deal of stress. Refugees stream from all over the Empire, the Emperor is mad and paranoid, councilors are being murdered, cultist tensions are […]

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Desdaemona: Ben Macallan

On July 25, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Desdaemona by Ben Macallan Desdaemona is a stand-alone Urban Fantasy set in London. The protagonist, Jordan, hears a banshee’s scream late at night. He finds a teenage girl cowering in a bus station, under attack by a pack of werewolves. The girl has no one else to help her, so seventeen-year old Jordan stands between […]

Review: Hidden Cities, by Daniel Fox

On May 9, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

HIDDEN CITIES Daniel Fox Del Rey ISBN: 978-0-345-50303-9 432 Pages Warning: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the previous 2 books! She was written on his skin, in some spell-crafted liquor more potent than mere ink. The third book in Fox’s Moshui series, Hidden Cities is the conclusion of a strong, quiet epic. There’s war […]

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