The End of Truth is the Beginning of Understanding: A Tardy Review of Embassytown

On October 19, 2011, in Book Review, John Ginsberg-Stevens, by John Ginsberg-Stevens

(Author’s Note: BEWARE: here there be spoilers!) “We tell the truth best by becoming lies.” – Avice Benner Cho To start this review, I need to make a brief confession: I have had Embassytown in my possession for a few months, and finished reading it weeks ago. But when I sat down to write my […]

The Outsiders: A Review of Black Halo by Sam Sykes

On May 11, 2011, in Book Review, John Ginsberg-Stevens, by John Ginsberg-Stevens

BLACK HALO Sam Sykes PYR ISBN:9781616143558 602 pages One primary element that makes Sword and Sorcery a distinctive genre of the fantastic is the choice of protagonists. They are not Farmboys of Predestination, nor are they dethroned monarchs fighting to restore order and status to their stolen kingdoms (although for enough coin or favors they’ll […]

Bridges and Rivers: A Review of Ben Aaronovitch’s Midnight Riot

On April 11, 2011, in Book Review, by John Ginsberg-Stevens

I am not a fan of urban fantasy, but I was curious to read Ben Aaronovitch‘s Midnight Riot because of a recurring blurb associated with it: that it was Harry Potter all grown-up and working as a policeman. It seemed like a silly idea, but I am pleased to report two things: that is not […]

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