Speculative Fiction

Microreview 29: Les Lames du Cardinal

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 ›

Microreview 27: First Law Trilogy

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 ›

MicroReview 26: Strange & Norrell

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 ›

MicroReview 17: Anansi Boys

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.