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My favorite book of 2022 wasn't a fantasy book? Shocking. This book catalogs every single Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from beginning to end, giving us the general view of their reign. I found myself thinking "Eh, one more Emperor and then bedtime" all the way to 3am! Quick, snappy, and visually appealing, this book reads at a break neck pace. What other history books can say that?
The Kingkiller Chroniclers meets the Silk Road! A stunning tale of amazing feats imbued with South Asian mythology. Styled in a similar sense, any fans of The Name of the Wind are sure to love this book, too!
I've fallen down the Giacomo Casanova Wikipedia hole too many times to count. The nonsense this man got up to was baffling, even escaping the Doge's prison at one point. Leo Damrosch's writing gives this book the feeling of a slow burn television drama. I absolutely love it!
A cut above most other fantasy books, The Blacktongue Thief is a masterclass in world building, storytelling, and humor. I can whole-heartedly say that I could spend the next two hours telling you everything I loved about this book, and it still wouldn't be enough to show you how amazing this book really is. The best thing about it? It's the start of a series! We get MORE of this! Thank Fothannon Foxfoot for that.
Keep the lights on for this one. The Shadows capitalizes off that feeling you get when you're home alone, it's eerily quiet, and you think there's something moving in the darkness from out the corner of your eye. It's not outright terrifying, it's tense and unsettling, which is arguably worse. Alex North knows how to balance the natural and the supernatural with smooth, no nonsense prose. The ritualistic killing of a teenager 25 years ago spawns multiple copycat killings. Paul, who was friends with the original victim and perpetrators all those years ago, finds evidence of something sinister in the woods surrounding his small town. Detective Amanda Beck's investigation into the most recent murder takes her to those same woods, nicknamed "The Shadows." Both characters find themselves circling the darkness, getting closer to the unsettling truth, and daring to confront what's patiently waiting for them deep within The Shadows.
I'm going to cut to the chase, this is easily, easily, the greatest book I've ever read. Since I started working here a year ago, I've lauded this book to death to anyone and everyone who gave me the time of day, and even more who didn't. We've just recently passed over a total of 100 copies sold, and I'm confident that over half of those were my doing. I'm serious here, I've inadvertently caused a sort of Pavlov response to when I say The Way of Kings, immediately agitating any of my coworkers around me in the process. It's a terrible power to wield, but what can I say, this book is an absolute powerhouse. The start of an epic fantasy series to rival that of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice and Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, I truly believe that Sanderson's Stormlight Archive surpasses both. Relatable and lifelike characters, intricate plots, and a fantasy world unlike any other, this book is an absolute must for anyone even remotely interested in the fantasy genre, or crustaceans. I assure you, once you read this book, you'll eagerly eat up the subsequent sequels, which is great because the fourth book in the series comes out in November! If I haven't convinced you enough already, I'm sure I will in time. I swear by the Stormfather, I will have all of Milwaukee reading this series.
I don't think I've ever given the science fiction genre its due. I've always leaned more towards fantasy. I guess it made more sense to me in a way, you know? Swords are swords, magic is magic; what the heck is an “Alderson disk” or “Clarke's Three Laws?” My point is, a lot of the science fiction I've tried reading is more “sci” than “fi,” too obsessed with its own mechanics to get me into the actual story. Axiom's End is an easy sci-fi read because it's approachable. It's a story that revolves around communication and miscommunication, all pushed forward by interesting and eccentric characters. If you're looking for an easy introduction into Sci-Fi, this book is a good place to start!
The two things you're going to learn from this review is that, one, I'm a judgmental idiot, and two, this is my book of the year. I wasn't familiar with the authors other works, I knew he had written World War Z and a Minecraft novel, so when I saw that this book was about Sasquatch, I picked it up on the off chance it would give me a good laugh and something to complain about. I was expecting it to be cringe, what I got was disillusionment with life in the urban sprawl, how shallow some people can be in contrast to how deep your humanity can go before it's skewed into something else, a critique on our "society of convenience," and how ignorant some people are to the dangers of nature. Oh, and constant allusions to the violent breakup of Yugoslavia (which hit a bit too close to home for me) and how to make a spear. This book taught me how to make a spear. I can now feasibly make a spear. With Halloween on the way, this book is an exceptional read for the season, and will have you wondering if we, the humans, are the real monsters. (And learning how to make spears!!!!)
Alex North is back and instantly poses a terrifying question with his new novel The Angel Maker: Can you outrun what fate has in store for you? Katie and her brother Chris are forever haunted by what might just be a random act of violence. A red car pulls up to Chris while he's walking home alone from school one day, and the driver tries to cut his face off with a knife. Now, years later, the cops are at her door, Chris is closely tied to the recent murder of a rich philanthropist, and to make matters worse, her two-year-old daughter Siena tells her that she's been seeing a red car parked outside of her daycare. Alex North expertly weaves the many different characters of this book together to tell you a story that began long before the first page.