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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 The Last Wish (The Witcher Saga #1, introducing The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski

05-Mar-15

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent and distinctive fantasy fiction introducing a compelling character, Geralt of Rivia, in an interesting world. Adult, but not too dark. The Last Wish is a collection of short stories, some so brief as to be vignettes, but with a common storyline and […]

Reactions to The White Rose (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #3) by Glenn Cook

10-Aug-14

The White Rose by Glen Cook My rating: 2 of 5 stars The White Rose is not as good as its two predecessors. Points added for more time describing the world’s fantasy and magic elements, but the turn toward the maudlin in the character relationships is out-of-keeping with this series’ uniquely gritty narrative style. Necessary […]

Reactions to Shadows Linger (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #2) by Glenn Cook

10-Aug-14

Shadows Linger by Glen Cook My rating: 4 of 5 stars Settles into a better groove than its predecessor – maintains the unique, matter-of-fact presentation of a fantastical, gritty world, while telling the story more smoothly and meaningfully. If you enjoyed Black Company #1, you’ll probably like Shadows Linger even more. View all of my […]