Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Mort

1987

Fourth Discworld novel. Death gets an apprentice, who messes up the fabric of history because he likes a girl; meanwhile, Death tries out getting drunk and other “fun” human pasttimes. Turns out he’s a pretty good cook because he’s so quick with knives.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Men at Arms

1993

The Watch has new recruits representing minorities (dwarf, troll, werewolf), Vimes becomes Commander, Carrot (who seems a bit tall for a dwarf…) becomes Captain. There’s a gonne. And somebody is unsuspectingly the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

Pratchett, Terry: Guards! Guards!

1989

“Here there be dragons…and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. … Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all…).”

(see @ barnesandnoble)
Fantasy, Fiction

McKinley, Robin: Dragonhaven

2007

A 2007 YA fantasy novel by Robin McKinley, and as a YA novel, it’s okay, and interesting enough, but as a Robin McKinley novel, it’s a bit disappointing. Still, there was a quote or two I liked.

(see @ goodreads)
Fantasy, Fiction

Martin, G.R.R.: A Song of Ice and Fire

1996–2011

A series of epic fantasy novels popularized by HBO, set in the kingdom of Westeros and unusually…gritty for fantasy. You smell the latrines in this one–or the lack thereof.

Quotes come fromA Game of Thrones,A Clash of Kings,A Feast for Crows, andA Dance with Dragons.

(see @ wikipedia)
Fantasy, Fiction

Jordan, Robert: The Wheel of Time

1990–2013

An epic fantasy novel series that ‘draws on numerous elements of both European and Asian mythology, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Hinduism and Buddhism, the concepts of balance and duality, and a respect for nature found in Daoism. Additionally, its creation story has similarities to Christianity’s “Creator” (Light) and Shai’tan, “The Dark One” (Shai’tan is an Arabic word which in religious context is used as a name for the Devil).’

Quotes fromThe Great Hunt,The Shadow Rising,The Fires of Heaven.

(see @ wikipedia)