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Review: What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong

What the Hell Did I Just Read is the third book in the John Dies at the End series, and it’s fantastic. Like the other books, it’s a hilarious, wild, gruesome ride.

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Review: The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s movies (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water) so I was excited to read his new book The Hollow Ones, co-written by Chuck Hogan.

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Review: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn is a very fun, fast-paced heist story by current fantasy superstar Brandon Sanderson.

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Review: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn is a quirky little masterpiece. It’s short, and anyone who likes fantasy should read it: it’s one of the best fantasy books in existence.

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Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener reads like a classic that’s been around for 50 years. I was shocked to find out it was published in 2014. It feels like the kind of book that’s been on shelves forever, next to A Wrinkle in Time and Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s good, creepy fun for kids.

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Review: Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

Retribution Falls is a fast-paced steampunk adventure, led by a charming rogue and a ship full of misfits. Framed for murder, the captain and crew must figure out who framed them while avoiding the authorities.

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Review: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

I’m seeing a trend in fantasy stories with extensive world-building. While many of them reveal the world through the usual quest for the Magical Thingamajig, the more recent trend is to reveal this strange world via the investigation of a murder. A detective must visit a number of dangerous places and confront strange characters (just like the folks on a quest).

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Review: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Titus Groan is completely different from any fantasy book I’ve ever read. It’s surreal, poetic, brutal, and brilliant. Its characters, who have all wrapped themselves in different kinds of madness, plod and scramble their way through the seemingly endless sprawl of Gormenghast Castle. They vie for power, plot vengeance, and engage in long-followed but nonsensical rituals.