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Richard Kadrey - Sandman Slim


Today’s article brings to your attention a new author – Richard Kadrey; the novel I am writing about – Sandman Slim is an urban fantasy. Even though it’s not my top preference, urban fantasy is nevertheless a type of literature that I really enjoy reading.

Basically, urban fantasy is a type of fantasy whose action takes place on the present day Earth. Because of this particularity, the fantastic characters have to dissimulate and hide their appearance and / or powers in order to integrate in the society.

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Eric Flint - A Mankind Witch


Insofar, I have written two reviews about the Heirs of Alexandria series; there are five books written already, but there are sure more to follow.

Today I am writing about the third book, A Mankind Witch. If in the first two novels, The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic, the Valdosta brothers (Marco and Benito) played the heroes, in the third they disappear almost completely, leaving the stage for Cair Aidin and Signy Vortenbras; the connecting link is the pair of knights Manfred of Britany and Eric Hakkonsen, their intervention being salutary in all the novels.

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Eric Flint - 1633


The last reviews were mostly about fantasy novels, so, today I will change the tone; not a major shift since I am returning to a series I’ve wrote about in the past 16xx.

This series is a joined project of Eric Flint and David Weber; the novel I wrote about is 1632, so today we are jumping one year, to the next novel, 1633.

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Patrick Rothfuss - The Wise Man's Fear


Last week, I started to write about Kingkiller's Chronicle; today I will write about the second (and last) novel that has been published in this series; The Wise Man's Fear appeared on the 1st of March 2011, published by DAW Books.

The second novel continues the action of the first, by maintaining both timelines: the one in which Kote tells his life story to Chronicler, and the timeline in which Kvothe’s adventures really take place.

This to is a development novel, meaning that the hero is progressing, developing skills and gaining knowledge; this development, however, is not for its sake alone; we foresee that all he learns will be needed in the third book, the one in which he must confront the main villains: the Chandrian.

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Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind


It has been a while since I last wrote about a new author; I am doing it today, by writing about The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The author took six years to complete this book, but from a literary perspective, it was well worth the effort; the novel was well received by both fans and critics, being included (on the third place) in the best fantasy novels of the XXIst century list by Locus, and winning in 2007 the award for the best novel in the science fiction / fantasy / horror category by Publishers Weekly.

The Name of the Wind is the first novel in The Kingkiller's Chronicle series; the second book, The Wiseman's Fear, is already published, while a third, Doors of Stone, is schedulled for 2014.

It is a classic fantasy novel, centered arround a hero, Kvothe, bard, magician and swordsman.

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2013.06.27 - Richard Kadrey - Sandman Slim
2013.06.21 - Eric Flint - A Mankind Witch
2013.06.07 - Eric Flint - 1633
2013.05.31 - Patrick Rothfuss - The Wise Man's Fear
2013.05.24 - Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind
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