With The Wise Man’s Fear (Amazon), relative newcomer author Patrick Rothfuss has produced what his fans have been praying for ever since the 2007 release of the first book in his series The Kingkiller Chronicle: a sequel worthy in every way in which we might judge it.

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Well, we knew that the long-awaited book in George R. R. Martin’s long-awaited fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was ready, but now the author has assured us that the book is *really* ready for its planned launch on the 12 of July this year. Martin writes in [...]

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Trying to find the most logical way into Iain M. Banks’ sprawling Culture series, but been turned off by the abstracted Use of Weapons, the obfuscated Inversions, or even his somewhat flawed first Culture novel Consider Phlebas? Look no further. The Player of Games is probably the best book for you.

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Guy Gavriel Kay tried tried to pack too many elements into Under Heaven without doing a good job on any of them. The book was, however, written in a poetic manner and those looking for a bit of diversion may enjoy it.

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Although there is currently no hard completion date for his new novel A Dance with Dragons, fantasy master George R. R. Martin recently gave an update on how it’s not just the fans and his publishers that are angsty about getting the book out.

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Ever since Patrick Rothfuss published The Name of the Wind in 2007, much of the fantasy-loving book world has been living in a state of suspense, wondering whether the US author could follow such a strong debut up with a worthwhile sequel. Well, it looks like we can rest easy.

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Like T. S. Elliot’s epic poem, Iain M. Banks’ first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas, is an incredibly complex book, in which the author packs a massive amount of ideas detailing his startling vision of the future of humanity and the universe itself; ideas that were fated only grow to complete maturity over the next two decades as he fleshed that vision out into what has become his epic series of Culture novels.

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The Quantum Thief is that rarest of rare birds; a first novel by a debut author which is a joy to read and helps take the science fiction genre in which it sits forward. If, like me, you believe the ultimate aim of science fiction is to question and challenge what it means to be human — and ultimately, to reaffirm your belief in humanity in general — pick this book up immediately.

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Let’s not pretend it’s possible for one man to do justice to two incredible series like The Wheel of Time and The Stormlight Archive at the same time. Along the way, there will be compromises, poorly written bits and disappointments.

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