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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

MAY RECAP: Summer '14 Fantasy Reading Challenge

I DID IT! Hey heyyyy! =] These are the four fantasy books I read and rev'd this month:

Dream London: ***
Urban (and/or) Slipstream Fantasy
Verdict: 'I'm dithering between a three and a four. Three suggests mediocre - it isn't. It's more than that. It is a passive but enchanting type of fantasy [...] Buuuut ultimately I end up on a three, because the one thing that makes the book so amazing is the very same thing that holds it back.'

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Tigana: ***
Epic (and equally/or) High Fantasy
Verdict: '...despite a great story and a lasting message, there were too many holes, sadly not in the story but in narration. The storytelling was unsatisfying in a lot of ways, [... but] I am glad I read the book and I know it will stay in my head for quite some time.'

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A Natural History Of Dragons: *****!!!
Historical/Science Fantasy
Verdict: 'I loved the way it was written, I love how realistically and seamlessly fantasy creatures were woven into the fabric of this reality, and I was just so taken with this astoundingly organic idea. Yes, yes, I know dragons have Been Done. But not quite like this... I assure you.'

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Among Others: ***
Magical Realism
Verdict: 'I didn't feel connected enough to the story [...] this book did make me laugh out loud quite a few times. Mori is such a likeable character which I really value, and this insight of magic and fairies is different to anything I've experienced before.'

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Ashana Lian ,
And May Ashanami Serve And Preserve Fantasy .

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