Some book reviews

I haven’t had time to properly review the books I’ve read in the last month or so. So here I am, doing some instant reviews…

Peace, by Gene Wolfe Gene Wolfe is always fun to read, even though you don’t understand what’s going on half of the time. Peace is very open-ended—you are not sure whether the protagonist is alive or dead, whether he’s a killer or not. All of which makes it worth reading.

Wolfe tells a lot of different stories in this one—but never finishes any. Wonderful stuff.

The Knight, by Gene Wolfe Another Wolfe book I read recently, this is part one of a two-part series. I’ve yet to get my hands on part two, and I can’t wait to.

Again, I can’t really say why I liked the book—it’s almost standard fantasy fare but yet different enough to make you pay attention.

The Last Light of the Sun, by Guy Gavriel Kay

This is the second Kay book I’ve read so far—it’s not as good as the first, but still quite nice. I really want to get more of his books, soon.

Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny Part one of the Amber series, and I have a huge paperback which contains all the ten books. It’s a fun read.

Amber is the world of all worlds, so to speak. The scions of Amber can walk through, and control, the infinite multitude of shadow worlds surrounding it. Corwin is one such prince of Amber; he’s suffering from amnesia and stuck on our Earth.

Here, we see what happens when he begins to remember what he is. The throne of Amber is up for grabs, and he wants it.

The whole bickering ruling family reminds me of an Indian soap opera.

Colours in the Steel, by K.J. Parker This is part one of K.J. Parker’s Fencer trilogy—and I got it for 20 bucks at Daryaganj. I am beginning to love her books, and I don’t think it’s possible to explain her writing style. There used to be an extract of one of her later books online, but I can’t find it right now. So just take my word for it that it’s great.