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Reactions to The Time of Contempt (The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski

07-Feb-16

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 2 of 5 stars The machine behind The Witcher books seems to have trouble sequencing them and integrating them under a single umbrella – The Time of Contempt was once numbered as 3, after the short story collection titled The Last Wish and a first novel […]

Reactions to Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

07-Feb-16

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 2 of 5 stars I was generally charmed by the Witcher stories compiled in The Last Wish (especially its “title track” concluding piece), which has a surprisingly cohesive narrative thread, engaging introduction of an Eastern European-flavored fantasy world and bestiary, and focus on the excellent character of […]

Reactions to “St. Nicholas and the Dragon” by Laura Hickman and Tracy Hickman

07-Feb-16

St. Nicholas and the Dragon by Laura Hickman My rating: 4 of 5 stars A charming short book telling a St. Nicholas origin story in a lighthearted fantasy context. Engaging tone with an instantly understandable world. Occasionally a little too jarringly cutesy with the insertion of lyrics from Christmas carols and other popular references, but […]

Reactions to “Naughty & Nice” (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, #3.5) by Kevin Anderson

07-Feb-16

Naughty & Nice by Kevin J. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Charming holiday story using characters I suspect Anderson has introduced in earlier works, though it’s not necessary to have read those to enjoy “Naughty & Nice”. Anderson deftly and lightheartedly merges the noir-ish black comedy world of the zombie private investigator and […]

Reactions to Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes

07-Feb-16

Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler by Oliver Hilmes My rating: 2 of 5 stars Hilmes’ biography should probably not be one’s starting place to get to know Alma Mahler Werfel (as it was mine). While his primary research bona fides are compelling – he goes to great pains to describe just how much […]

Reactions to The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

07-Feb-16

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars You might think that the Cliffs Notes summary of The Box would be enough. Yes, the shipping container revolutionized the global economy by almost eliminating considerations of shipping cost and geographic […]