This week there’s been a lot of discussion and controversy on the old interwebs about the nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards. Long story short, a bunch of people have gotten together and created enough influence amongst the voters that many of the nominees can be found on one or both of the slates put forward by those people. This in turn has upset a bunch of other people because apparently that’s not how it’s supposed to work. Cue much bad language and online dickery.
[This review may contain spoilers.]
At some unspecified point in the future, the world is an arid wasteland thanks to a war without explanation. Onto this stage steps Emily Nation the eponymous protagonist of this remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable novel.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pug is a young orphan who has been taken under the protection of the local Duke and has found a place for himself at the castle. On the day of Choosing, he is taken as an apprentice by the Duke’s magician, Kulgan, and sets about learning the ways of magic. Shortly thereafter, an unfamiliar ship is wrecked on the shore, and pretty soon the Kingdom is being besieged by invaders from another world.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I picked up a copy of this book for free through a Kindle promotion over the Christmas period, and as I’m a bit of a fan of hardboiled detective stories I finally decided to give it a read. To be honest, I’m having a mixed reaction to this one.