Yes, I know this has nothing to do with The Adventurer’s Daughter, or any of my other books, but hey, it’s my blog, so clam up. Clammy.
If you know me, then you’ll know I’m a massive DBZ fan. Have been since way back in 2000 when it first began to air on NZ’s TV3. Don’t believe me? Here’s my ludicrously awesome figure collection to prove it:
If you’re of the same generation, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Racing home after school to guzzle three litres of ice-cream (or the sugary treat of your choice) while drinking in the pure hedonistic, (more…)
I’m definitely one for picking new books to read based solely on their covers. That’s changed somewhat since I started reading on a device rather than books, but generally, if the jacket looks rad, I’ll make the assumption that the meat inside it will follow accordingly. Occasionally I’ve been horribly wrong, but for what I enjoy reading, at least in a fantasy sense, I get it right more often than not.
So I’d seen The Painted Man (Peter V. Brett) on the shelves for ages, and thought it looked vaguely interesting (the cover, that is), but just not enough to compel me to actually (more…)
The first modern fantasy that really popped my eyes open, and reignited my faith in the genre. Exquisitely plotted, paced and realised, it stands out from the seething maelstrom like a shark amid minnows. And there is nary an elf of dwarf in sight! Epic quest type stories are fantastic, but they’re all a pale shadow to Tolkien, and Lynch has steered away from it completely. Lies reads more like a crime story with a background of fantasy thrown in, and added to with clever dialogue spiced with the odd curse, it’s more like reading a Guy Ritchie movie than fantasy.
There are a (more…)