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


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


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


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


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 A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh


A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh My rating: 5 of 5 stars Savagely, deliciously witty. A paragon of style, A Handful of Dust masterfully maintains a beautiful tension between lightheartedness and bleakness, distance and outrage. Seinfeld has nothing on Waugh when it comes to vacuous characters leading nastily empty lives. View all my book […]

Reactions to The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett


The Hunter and Other Stories by Dashiell Hammett My rating: 2 of 5 stars I am an unabashed fan of the great Dashiell Hammett. Or should I say, of his noir crime/detective fiction. Which was pretty much all there was to know before this new collection was published. Sadly for me, I found these non-crime […]