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2005 Books

Month Title Author Rating
January Diplomacy of Wolves Holly lisle 4.17
Febuary The Curse of Chalion Lois McMaster Bujold 4.67
March Ghosts in the Snow Tamara Siler Jones 4.63

2004 Books

Month Title Author Rating
January Across the Nightingale Floor Lian Hearn 4.25
Febuary A Scattering of Jades Alexander C. Irvine 3.75
March Son of Avonar Carol Berg 4.25
April Spring Break
May The War of the Flowers Tad Williams 4.28
June Summer Break
July More Summer Break
August Mild Procrastination
September Serious Procrastination
October Lion's Blood Steven Barnes 4.00
November Pure Laziness

The Years of Rice and Salt

Kim Stanley Robinson




Hope Mirrlees

US Paperback from Amazon: $8.80
UK Paperback from Amazon.co.uk: 6.32

Book Desription:
Originally published in 1926, and unavailable in the US for many years now, this was one of the most well-loved fantasy novels of its day. This is the story of Master Nathaniel Chanticleer, a respectable burgher who learns that his young son has eaten forbidden faery fruit. Lud-in-the-Mist, of the title, is a quasi-medieval town, governed by Master Nathaniel Chanticleer. The town is of the very sensible sort, but being bordered on the west by Fairyland and the Debatable Hills, there are problems in the trafficking of illegal fairy fruit, which Nathaniel's young son eats. The real story underneath concerns the place of fantasy and the imagination in real life, and in the end there is a fine reconciliation of the two. There are swirling subplots as well, which add layers of mystery to an extraordinarily enchanting tale.This is a trade paperback original in the US.

It has a five star rating, so maybe it really is as good as Neil says even though the description here is a little dry.

Lord of Snow and Shadows

Book One of The Tears of Artamon

Sarah Ash

US Paperback from Amazon: $7.50
UK Paperback from Amazon.co.uk: 6.99

Book one of what appears to be a finished trilogy.

Book Desription:
In this excellent start to a new fantasy series from British author Ash (Moths to a Flame), Gavril Andar, an idealistic young artist, falls for the nobly born Astasia Orlova, whose portrait he's been hired to paint. Luckily, he's attractive enough for Astasia to return the favor. He doesn't know he's also Gavril Nagarian, son of the recently assassinated ruler of the wintry kingdom of Azhkendir, and that fate is about to deal him a dreadful blow. Like his father before him, Gavril becomes soul-bound to the Drakhaoul, a creature that grants awesome power at a terrible price. Kidnapped, Gavril finds himself trapped in Kastel Drakhaon, reluctant to draw on his new magical abilities, as their use only makes him more beast-like and less human. But with Prince Eugene of Tielin threatening to reconquer all of the Rossiyan Empire, he may have no choice. Fascinating and unpredictable, Gavril's tale gains richness from the grand scope of Ash's narrative, with its echoes of Russian history under the czars. Enhanced by supporting characters who are living, breathing individuals, this book will leave readers drooling to get their hands on the sequel from the moment they turn its final page.

Conqueror's Moon

Book One of The Boreal Moon Tale

Julian May

US Paperback from Amazon: $7.99
UK Paperback from Amazon.co.uk: 6.39

From Publishers Weekly:
In her latest epic fantasy, the first of a new series, May (The Many-Colored Land) introduces legions of characters, few with any substance, but her inventive use of magic and well-conceived plot will sweep readers along. Prince Conrig of Blencathra hopes to unite the four kingdoms of the island of High Blenholme, in disarray after three years of disastrous volcanic activity, and crown himself emperor. Intent on launching a daring attack on the kingdom of Didion, Conrig secretly allies himself with the treacherous Lady Ullanoth of Moss, a powerful sorceress. Ullanoth expects to rule not only Moss but also as Conrig's empress. Conrig's current wife, the strong-willed Princess Maudrayne, suspects Conrig's infidelities, and punishes him by keeping her pregnancy a secret. Conrig's father, Olmigon Wicantor, the mostly ineffectual High King of Blencathra, consults the oracular severed head of the Emperor Bazekoy to learn how to redeem his reign. Following the oracle's advice proves tricky for the dying Olmigon. The novel, presented as the memoir of a former spy with magical talents, neatly concludes Conrig's first campaign while leaving plenty of room for sequels.

The Beginning Place

Ursula K. Le Guin

US Paperback from Amazon: $6.99
UK Paperback from Amazon.co.uk: 4.01

Fleeing from the monotony of his life, Hugh Rogers finds his way to "the beginning place"--a gateway to Tembreabrezi, an idyllic, unchanging world of eternal twilight. Irena Pannis was thirteen when she first found the beginning place. Now, seven years later, she has grown to know and love the gentle inhabitants of Tembreabrezi, or Mountaintown, and she sees Hugh as a trespasser. But then a monstrous shadow threatens to destroy Mountaintown, and Hugh and Irena join forces to seek it out. Along the way, they begin to fall in love. Are they on their way to a new beginning...or a fateful end?

Moon Called

Patricia Briggs

US Paperback from Amazon: $7.99
UK Paperback from Amazon.co.uk: 2.47

From Briggs' homepage:
Moon Called is the beginning of the story of Mercedes Thompson a coyote shapeshifter who is also a pretty decent mechanic. Mercy's world looks a lot like ours except that the Otherworld is begining to be forced out of hiding by our modern technologies. Mercy shares her back fence with the local Alpha werewolf and works evenings on the vampire Stefan's VW bus. She's safe and content -- which doesn't make a very story, does it? So, of course, matters begin to change on the first page. In this book Mercy faces trolls and gremlins, old boyfriends and older vampires. I hope you enjoy her story.