Abercrombie’s Heroes

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Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they’ve brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

To say that fantasy author, Joe Abercrombie, has attracted a lot of attention for writing the bloodiest, most visceral of stories would be an embarrassing understatement. They don’t call him the god of grit for nothing, and after reading some of his earlier work, I was both excited and a little guarded to return. It’s similar to how I feel about watching a Terantino film. I have to armor myself up to be horrified by the display of violence. Continue reading

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Railsea: A Review

railsea2Railsea is China Mieville’s most recent novel. YA audienced and Locus award receiving, Railsea is a force of both new, experimental writing and a mining of past classics. And it’s wonderful fun.

We’re dropped in a semi-dystopian world where the rail system covers the entire earth in endless loops and mazes. Crews ride steam engines and make a living hunting giant tunneling beasts like moles (moldywarpes) and rabbits (blood rabbits) that all give King Kong a run for his blonde-haired beauty. The earth between the rails is a-writhe with similar beasts and insects; the up-sky above is a haze of similar bird-type creatures.

And our awkward, ungainly, maybe-a-bit-hefty hero is a young boy by the name of Sham Yes ap Soorap (because apparently we can’t have characters with less unique names than the author has). Continue reading