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Witch Hat Atelier 1

Witch Hat Atelier 1 (2017/2019) Kamome Shirahama This is a gorgeous comic / manga. Sadly, it is not my jam. Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Valor: Wands

Valor: Wands (2018) Isabelle Melançon, Megan Lavey-Heaton Editors “The Prince’s New Clothes” by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton “Mom Knight and The Centipede” by Sara Goetter “The Magnificent Daji” by Alex Singer and Diana Huh “Maleen” by Nicole Chartland “Marie and The Nutcracker” by Emily Hann “The Laughing Queen” by Gisele Weaver “The Princess with […]

Wyrd Sisters

Wyrd Sisters (1988) Terry Pratchett (Discworld) witches don’t go in much for the structured approach to career progression. “No one would come up here this time of night.” Magrat peered around timidly. Here and there on the moor were huge standing stones, their origins lost in time, which were said to lead mobile and private […]

NPCs

NPCs (2014) Drew Hayes (Spells, Swords, & Stealth) What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever […]

By the Sword

By the Sword (1991) Mercedes Lackey It’s been decades since I last read this book. Partially because I haven’t been much in the mood for straight-up fantasy, partially because I didn’t have it as an ebook, and partially because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my memories of it. Kerowyn is the granddaughter […]

Mort

Mort (1987) Terry Pratchett After the Librarian, and the Watch, DEATH is my favorite Discworld character. “What did you do for a living?” said the thin young man behind the desk. The figure opposite him shifted uneasily. I USHERED SOULS INTO THE NEXT WORLD. I WAS THE GRAVE OF ALL HOPE. I WAS THE ULTIMATE […]

Guards! Guards!

Guards! Guards! (1989) Terry Pratchett I love Terry Pratchett, and I think I may love the Watch story arc best of all the Discworld stories. It was a five hundred mile journey and, surprisingly, quite uneventful. People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful […]

The Phoenix Guards

The Phoenix Guards (1991) Steven Brust I admit that you have to be in the mood for Phoenix Guards and this branch of Steven Brust’s writing. It would seem, therefore, that if we were to allow our readers, by virtue of being in the company of the historian, to eavesdrop on this interchange, we will […]

Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons

Rat Queens Volume 3: Demons (2016) Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, Tess Fowler What? What? How? Man, that sure went off the rails right quick. I honestly don’t get what happened here. Last volume was good, this one started out well, then it just went, well, it went all over the place, and half of […]

Rat Queens Vol. 2: Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth

Rat Queens Vol. 2: Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (2015) Kurtis J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic I am really really enjoying this comic. Even if it’s chock full of boinking and drugs. Or perhaps that’s because. Hard to tell. This story gives us glimpses of various character’s back stories and secrets, when the town […]

Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery

Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (2013) Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch Let’s just get this out of the way: NOT FOR KIDS! TOTALLY NOT FOR KIDS! However, if you’re an adult? I LOVED it! The Rat Queens are a band of mercenaries in the town of Palisade, and many in the town are […]

Seeress of Kell

Seeress of Kell (1991) David Eddings The conclusion of the Mallorean is a lovely wrap-up, but that also makes it somewhat frustrating. All the ‘i’s are dotted and ‘t’s crossed and everyone who wasn’t already married and in love ends up so by the end of the book. That’s not to mean there aren’t lots […]

Sorceress of Darshiva

Sorceress of Darshiva (1989) David Eddings This isn’t particularly one of my favorite of his book, but there are still fun parts, such as their meeting with Senji. After about three hundred years of argumentation, it suddenly occurred to the disputants that Senji was not merely talented, but also appeared to be immortal. In the […]

Demon Lord of Karanda

Demon Lord of Karanda (1988) David Eddings The third book of the Mallorean finds our heroes meeting Zakath, the emperor of all Mallorea. As with Urgit, the meeting has unexpected results, and again, Garion discovers that the Anagraks are not all he was expecting. Brador cleared his throat, fought for a moment with one of […]

King of the Murgos

King of the Murgos (1998) David Eddings < The second book of the Mallorean finds Belgarion once again on the road with companions (including my favorite, Silk) but not all those who went on the first quest are allowed on this one, which causes some grief, and will come up again in later books. And […]

Guardians of the West

Guardians of the West (1987) David Eddings I’ve been sick, so I’ve been craving comfort reading, hence my re-reading of the Mallorean. This book starts with Errand, who is living in the Vale with Polgara and Durnik. Errand is a strange child, which is unsurprising giving his early upbringing. Like the previous series, there is […]

Enchanters’ End Game

Enchanters’ End Game (1984) David Eddings And the final book of the Belgariad. Here we find Garion and Belgarath and Silk in Gar og Nadrak, which is one of the most fascinating places in his world building. The Nadraks don’t much care for their god, and have a disconcerting take on women, but unlike the […]

Castle of Wizardry

Castle of Wizardry (1984) David Eddings Book four of the Belgariad finds Garion and his companions with the Orb, and needing to make their way back to safety. We discover who Garion really is, and what the future has in store for him. There are some marvelous passages in this book. Such as this bit […]

Magician’s Gambit

Magician’s Gambit (1983) David Eddings The third book of the Belgariad opens with one of my favorite “outside the story” bits, which is how the Ulgos came to worship UL. The story feels as if it could have come out of the Torah. Then Gorim brought the creatures before UL. The creatures prostrated themselves before […]

Queen of Sorcery

Queen of Sorcery (1982) David Eddings The second book of the Belgariad finds Garion and his companions traveling and following the trail of an object that his grandfather can sense, but Garion isn’t sure how. This is the book where Garion comes to terms with Belgarath and Polgara, and starts to come into his own […]

Pawn of Prophecy

Pawn of Prophecy (1982) David Eddings At one point in my life, as hard as this may be to believe, I wasn’t reading very much. College was eating my spare time (in ways that were no good for me, but that’s a long, complex and painful story that shan’t be told) and I just wasn’t […]

Thieves’ World Book 12, Stealers’ Sky

Thieves’ World Book 12, Stealers’ Sky (1989) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Alas, the end of the series. Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Night Work by Andrew Offutt The Incompetent Audience by John DeCles Our Vintage Years by Duane McGowen Quicksilver Dreams by Diana L. Paxson Winds of Fortune by C.J. Cherryh The […]

Thieves World, Book 11: Uneasy Alliances

Thieves’ World, Book 11: Uneasy Alliances (1988) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey One more book and things are starting to wind up. Dramatis Personae by Lynn Abbey Introduction by Lynn Abbey Slave Trade by Robert Lynn Asprin The Best of Friends by C.J. Cherryh The Power of Kings by Jon DeCles Red Light, […]

Thieves’ World, Book 10: Aftermath

Thieves’ World, Book 10: Aftermath (1987) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey And now the series is back to where I enjoyed it–more petty arguments and thievery rather than war ranging on the physical and etheral plains. Dramatis Personae – Lynn Abbey Introduction – Robert Lynn Asprin Cade – Mark C. Perry Wake of […]

Thieves’ World, Book 9: Blood Ties

Thieves’ World, Book 9: Blood Ties (1986) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Thank goodness. Back to normal–or as normal as it gets. Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Lady of Fire by Diana L. Paxson Sanctuary is for Lovers by Janet & Chris Morris Lovers Who Slay Together by Robin Wayne Bailey In the […]

Thieves’ World, Book 8: Soul of the City

Thieves’ World, Book 8: Soul of the City (1986) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey This is, hands down, my least favorite Thieves’ Word book. Dramatis Personae by Lynn Abbey Power Play by Janet Morris Dagger in the Mind by C.J. Cherryh Children of All Ages by Lynn Abbey Death in the Meadow by […]

Thieves’ World, Book 7: The Dead of Winter

Thieves’ World, Book 7: The Dead of Winter (1985) Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey More than halfway through now. Luckily, there were lighter stories to counteract the darkness of Janet Morris’ story. Dramatis Personae by Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Hell to Pay by Janet Morris The Veiled Lady, or A Look at […]

Thieves World, Book 6: Wings of Omen

Thieves World, Book 6: Wings of Omen (1984) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin What Women Do Best by Chris & Janet Morris Daughter of the Sun by Robin W. Bailey A Breath of Power by Diana L. Paxson The Hand That Feeds You by Diane Duane Witching Hour […]

Thieves World, Book 5: The Face of Chaos

Thieves World, Book 5: The Face of Chaos (1983) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin High Moon by Janet Morris Necromant by C.J. Cherryh The Art of Alliance by Robert Lynn Asprin The Corners of Memory by Lynn Abbey Votary by David Drake Mirror Image by Diana L. Paxson […]

Thieves World, Book 4: Storm Season

Thieves World, Book 4: Storm Season (1982) Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Exercise in Pain by Robert Lynn Asprin Downwind by C.J. Cherryh A Fugitive Art by Diana L. Paxson Steel by Lynn Abbey Wizard Weather by Janet Morris Godson by Andrew J. Offutt Epilog by Robert Lynn Asprin This […]

Thieves’ World, Book 3: Shadows Of Sanctuary

Thieves’ World, Book 3: Shadows Of Sanctuary (1981) Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Looking for Satan by Vonda N. McIntyre Ischade by C.J. Cherryh A Gift in Parting by Robert Lynn Asprin The Vivisectionist by Andrew Offutt The Rhinoceros and the Unicorn by Diana L. Paxson Then Azyuna Danced by […]

Thieves’ World, Book 2: Tales From the Vulgar Unicorn

Thieves’ World, Book 2: Tales From the Vulgar Unicorn (1980) edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Spiders of the Purple Mage by Philip José Farmer Goddess by David Drake The Fruits of Enlibar by Lynn Abbey The Dream of the Sorceress by A.E. van Vogt Vashanka’s Minion by Janet […]

Thieves’ World

Thieves’ World (1979) Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey Introduction by Robert Lynn Asprin Sentences of Death by John Brunner The Face of Chaos by Lynn Abbey The Gate of Flying Knives by Poul Anderson Shadowspawn by Andrew Offutt The Price of Doing Business by Robert Lynn Asprin Blood Brothers by Joe Haldeman Myrtis by Christine […]

The Desecrator

The Desecrator (2011) Steven Brust This is a short story set in Dragaera. It features both Daymar and the Dzur Zungaron/Telnan. It’s only a dollar! If you’ve read Steven Brust, you know you want it! Published by Tor

Iorich

Iorich (2009) Steven Brust Vlad is once again back in Dragaera City. Aliera has been arrested for practicing elder sorcery. Yes, she has been doing so for years, but so have many other people, none of whom has been arrested. Although Aliera has friends–many powerful friends–their positions in court and the stability of the empire, […]