Saturday, 26 September 2015

Review: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #3)

Title: Voyager
Series: Outlander #3
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 19 February 2015
Pages: 1072
Genres:  Romance, Historical Fantasy, Time-Travel

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Their passionate encounter happened two centuries ago when the gallant renegade Jamie Fraser sent her back to her own time, pregnant with his child, believing he would be killed in the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. Now their daughter has grown up and Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Drawn back across the chasm of time she seeks once more the man she could never forget, the destiny she cannot ignore...

20 years have passed and Jamie's world as a 40-something older man is a very strange place indeed.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Review: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #2)

Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Series: Outlander #2
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 19 February 2015
Pages: 976
Genres: Romance, Historical Fantasy, Time-Travel

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire's spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves
The sequel to Outlander was unexpected and I like many others had a little panic.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Review: Fables Vol.4: March of the Wooden Soldiers

Title: Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Series: Fables #4
Written By: Bill Willingham
Penciller: P. Craig Russell, James Jean, Craig Hamilton, Mark Buckingham
Inker: Steve Leialoha, P. Craig Russell, James Jean, Mark Buckingham
Publisher: Vertigo
Pages: 231
Genres: Comics, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers

When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone - everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells spying and subversion more than survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming's upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown?

I found this volume to be quite disappointing.

Review: Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love

Title: Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love
Series: Fables #3
Written By: Bill Willingham
Penciller: James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Bryan Talbot, Linda Medley, Lan Medina
Inker: Steve Leialoha, James Jean, Craig Hamilton, Bryan Talbot, Linda Medley
Publisher: Vertigo
Pages: 190
Genres: Comics, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love

In the Fables' world, there isn't a lot of happily-ever-after to go around. As refugees from the lands of make-believe, the Fables have been driven from their storybook realms and forced to blend in with our gritty, mundane reality.

But that doesn't mean they don't have any room for romance—or the pain, betrayal and jealous rage that go along with it. In fact, love may be blooming between two of the most hard-bitten, no-nonsense Fables around. But are they destined for happiness— or a quick and untimely death?

I did like this volume though the art style changes a lot from story arc to story arc and that is something I guess I shall have to get used to.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Review: Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm

Title: Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
Series: Fables #2
Written By: Bill Willingham
Penciller: James Jean, Mark Buckingham
Inker: Steve Leialoha, James Jean
Publisher: Vertigo
Pages: 112
Genres: Comics, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm

Ever since they were driven from their homelands by the Adversary, the non-human Fables have been living on the Farm—a vast property in upstate New York that keeps them hidden from the prying eyes of the mundane world. But now, after hundreds of years of isolation, the Farm is seething with revolution, fanned by the inflammatory rhetoric of Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs. And when Snow White and her sister Rose Red stumble upon their plan to liberate the Homelands, the commissars of the Farm are ready to silence them—by any means necessary!

This is the second volume of Fables and the story focuses on 'The Farm' a place where non-human fables reside in order to keep Fabletown secret from the 'mundys'.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #1)

Title: Outlander
Series: Outlander #1
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Pages: 864
Genres: Romance, Historical Fantasy, Time-Travel

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
So I settled down to read this giant book and I could not stop. Claire has inadvertently been transported through time from 1945 to 1743 by some ancient standing stones in Scotland. Confused and disorientated she gets whisked away by some Scottish highlanders – it’s the story of her struggles and adventures trying to navigate the 18th Century and trying to get back to her own time.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Title: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
Series: Fables #1
Written By: Bill Willingham
Penciller: Lan Medina, Alex Maleev, James Jean, Bill Willingham
Inker: Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, Alex Maleev, James Jean, Bill Willingham
Publisher: Vertigo
Pages: 127
Genres: Comics, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber

Wow this comic series is so far up my street! So excite!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

Title: Only Ever Yours
Author: Louise O'Neill
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 3 July 2014
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Me Before You

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. .. And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .
This is probably the most shocking, depressing young adult dystopia