Pevel, Pierre. Les Lames du Cardinal. 3 vols (Les Lames du Cardinal, L’Alchimiste des Ombres, Le Dragon des Arcanes). Paris, Bragelonne, 2007-2010. ISBN 978-2352944904. Where French fantasy differs from American. 17th Century uchronia, brilliantly renewing the Dumas musketeer universe. Admirably detailed & accurate… Read More ›
Abercrombie, Joe. The First Law. 3 vols (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings). London: Gollancz, 2006-2008. ISBN 978-1473213708. Great character-driven British fantasy, styled in raw, abrasive realism. The universe too, somewhat less developed than the uniquely strong… Read More ›
In a world dominated by American, or at least Anglo-American, popular culture, successful exceptions are encouraging. Especially if they’re healthy exceptions too. A surprising such counter-instance to cultural Americanization is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic Le Petit Prince. Far better literary analysts… Read More ›
Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. London: Bloomsbury, 2004. ISBN 978-0747579885. Vast in scope & admirably written, this book rejuvenated European speculative fiction. 2 rival magicians battle Napoleon & each other in a cruelly exquisite mock-Austen Regency England. I give *****/5…. Read More ›
Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys. London: Headline Review, 2006 (2005). ISBN 978-0755305094. Gaiman shuffles a step closer to dark comedy. Likeable tale of the spruce, storytelling spider god Anansi & of his 2 brats crawling toward maturity & wisdom. I give ***/5.
Lovecraft, HP. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Telford, UK: Creation Oneiros, 2008 (1943). ISBN 978-1902197258. Magnificently repulsive. Much on the ancient layout & shipping of Providence, RI, one of the early European settlements in North America. I rate it… Read More ›
To make the idea of a single, unified ocean of sea & space (see earlier posting here) just a little more definite to the imagination, here’s a mixed media list – suggesting inspiration from multiple narrative media channels, in this… Read More ›