The Line Between

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ISBN: 9781892391360
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Published: Tachyon Publications - August 15th, 2006

Wonderful stories by one of my favorite fantasy writers, including, (but not limited to) a story which is the sequel to the author's greatest achievement, The Last Unicorn. There is something about the mixture of humor and pathos in his writing, touching those archetypal chords which make for great fables, myths and fantasy writing. Each story brings its own special kind of poignancy and truth. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Last Unicorn

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ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

Far and away still my favorite fantasy novel of all time. The drama and tapestry-like quality of the story combine with beauty and poignancy of the archetypal themes to lodge in your heart forever. This is the real thing. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

A Game of Thrones

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ISBN: 9780553573404
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Published: Bantam - August 4th, 1997

Martin's first volume in his Song of Ice and Fire series is epic fantasy at its best. Enter a world where summer has lasted for decades, but is soon coming to an end; the throne of the seven kingdoms is up for grabs and the dragon has been reborn. An amazing chronicle from one of the genre's best writers.

Perdido Street Station

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ISBN: 9780345459404
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 29th, 2003

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

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ISBN: 9780345460011
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 29th, 2004

A mythmaker of the highest order, China Mieville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Mieville's Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations.

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ISBN: 9780345458421
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Published: Del Rey - July 26th, 2005

Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon—this time, decades later.

The Runelords

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ISBN: 9780812541625
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Published: Tor Fantasy - April 15th, 1999

Farland came out of seemingly nowhere with this thoroughly well-conceived and original work, and continues to blow us away with each volume. Runelords greatest strength may be as an original feat of magical worldbuilding. Farland really does a terrific job of creating believeable characters and a complex, interrelated system in which magic is an integral part of the culture and society of the world. The deep, painful consequences of the use of this magic create a dark, poignant background for this exciting and vibrant story. What a terrifically satisfying series this is turning out to be.

Reaper Man

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ISBN: 9780062237354
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Published: Harper - July 30th, 2013

There's great Terry Pratchett, and then there's, well, even greater Terry Pratchett. Reaper Man is in the latter pantheon.

While I have read all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels and enjoyed most, none are as moving and funny as Reaper Man. Pratchett succeeds here in doing what many authors attempt and at which few succeed--using parody and satire to convey a powerful emotional punch.

Pratchett's hilarious and poignant picture of the anthropomorphic characterization of Death entices the reader into a false sense of security and then, when you are least prepared, unleashes a devastatingly insightful and positive message about the human soul and condition.

While I suspect Reaper Man may be somewhat inaccessible to those unversed in the context and language of the Discworld, it remains one of my favorite works of any genre. It is worth reading the entire series for this one title alone.


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