Writing Update #18

Well, first things first: [TT] has an official working title now! So from here on out I’ll be referring to it as [SOPAB]. And no, I’m not going to explain what it stands for ūüėČ I whittled my list of 16 possible titles down to six, after which I asked some people to choose which ones would entice them in a bookstore, and gave them a quick rundown of the major themes of the story. There was no clear favourite, but their feedback helped me choose the one I’ve gone with.

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Review: Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski

Lady of the Lake is the last book in the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve heard that there’s another book, Season of Storms, which will come out (translated in English) in 2018, but I think that one’s a short story collection.


Ciri escaped the torturing arms of her pursuer, and fled into the Tower of Swallows. It transported her to a world of Elves, but not the Elves she knows. She is a prisoner, and they will only let her go if she agrees to do one thing. One terrible thing. Meanwhile Geralt is looking for Ciri back in their world with his companions, trying to save her from those who wish to harm her, or control her. Yennefer has been put in chains, and tortured, by people who want to get their hands on her surrogate daughter. And the Emperor of Nilfgaard too has his eye on the prize.

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Review: Deerskin by Robin McKinley


A friend of mine recommended Robin McKinley’s books to me when we came to the conclusion that we both read Fantasy, but neither of us knew of the other’s favourite authors. When I recently told her I was reading Deerskin, she was horrified, and told me that was not the book she would’ve recommended to me as an introduction to McKinley, because of the dark subject material. But I think it does just fine as an introduction.


Princess Lissla Lissar grows up in awe of her beautiful mother, like every other person in the kingdom. But when her mother dies, and the country and her father mourn, Lissar fades into the background, even more than she usually did. She’s left mostly to her own devices, and though she gains a companion in Ash, a puppy she received as a gift from a prince from a distant kingdom, human interaction isn’t really her strong suit. When she grows up to look just like her mother, she is confronted with her father’s madness and lust for her, and flees with her loyal fleet hound.

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Review: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski


Sword of Destiny is the second short story collection in The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.


Once again, we follow witcher Geralt of Rivia on his many adventures. In six short stories we learn more about the world, the creatures that inhabit it, and the politics of it all. And these short stories in particular set up events and introduce characters that will appear and be important in the following novels.

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Review: Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart


I heard Bridge of Birds while looking for some different kinds of Fantasy to read. I read a few reviews on goodreads and an excerpt and then I was sure I needed to buy it. I’ve always loved the few instances of Asian culture I could find in Fantasy (David Gemmell‘s Nadir and Chiatze, for example. Or David Zindell‘s use of long thin swords called kalama – as in katana? – in his Ea Cycle series), and I’ve always wanted to read more. (I have a certain affinity for Asian cultures; my novel focuses a lot on people from ‘the East’.)


In a fictional version of China, Number Ten Ox is thrown into an adventure when the children of his village suddenly catch a mysterious illness. Accompanied by scholar Li Kao – who has a slight flaw in his character – he sets out to find the only thing that can save the sick children: the Great Root of Power. Continue reading

Review: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

A few months ago, I thought to myself, “I really need to start and read more Fantasy classics.” The only classics I’ve read (if one doesn’t consider David Gemmell‘s entire oeuvre classics) are Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. So I took a peek online to see what were commonly seen as Fantasy classics – and it turned out I had some of those already on my wish-list – and added some of those classics to my wish-list and put two of them in the shopping cart of the online book store I frequent.

They were Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke and Peter S. Beagle‘s The Last Unicorn. I finished The Last Unicorn last night.

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