Review – Saga

It has been sometime on this blog since I have talked about anything relating to comics, that is probably due to the fact that I have been lately binge reading fantasy and science fiction. Yet whilst I have not been reading as many comics as I tend to do, I have been reading some of them, kept myself updated with Marvel and DC and have been enjoying a comic that over the past few years has become one of my favourites of all time, Saga. Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. It depicts a husband and wife, Alana and Marko, from long-warring extra-terrestrial races, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their daughter, Hazel, who is born in the beginning of the series and who occasionally narrates the series as an unseen adult.

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Ever since I first picked up the first Saga issue, almost by accident, I have been enthralled by it. The art, because make no mistake the work done by Fiona Staples is art, is sublime. It is able to reflect the world the story is set in perfectly and able to portray the emotions of the characters perfectly. Some of the art seen in the numerous issues of Saga counts amongst my favourite seen in the media and every time a new issue comes out I like to take a moment to just take in the amazing art drawn.

The characters of Saga are complex and draw you in every issue. Despite their alien nature you are able to relate to them and whilst they are in some ways they are similar to other characters seen in both comics and science fiction they are also able to remain in many ways distinctive and unique which I believe is one of the reasons this works so well. They are relatable because in many ways they are familiar but they are also different enough to be intriguing and to grab your attention. All of the characters involved from Prince Robot, to Alana and Hazel, to the multitude of side characters that enrichen the story and make it incredibly fun to read are memorable and important.

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The greatest thing about Saga is without a doubt its storytelling. If I had to describe it, and I must say it is difficult to fully do so, I would say it is a mixture of Star Wars mixed with fantasy epics such as Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire. Throughout the 42 issues we have experienced great emotional moments, fun moments, heart breaking issues and all in all an incredible comprehensive story. It is a story that touches on many issues that are relevant today in our culture such as gender, sexuality or ethnicity and it does so in an incredibly beautiful and respectful manner. It is also a great war comic book, showing us the dark side of wars, all of this based in a science fiction setting. The story has evolved and matured as the comic goes along yet it has not lost that essential aspect of fun and adventure that is so important in a space opera. Brian K. Vaughan has done a wonderful job in combining all of those aspects into a riveting story which is accentuated by the subtle yet delightful dialogue with which he gifts his characters.

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All said if you are not reading Saga you are definitely missing out on a great comic, a comic that I believe is redefining the comic book landscape especially in that genre. It is a smart, funny comic that captures with great characters and a comic with an amazing art that will stun you. Reading Saga is always a thrill and I am always excited when a new issue comes out. I 100% recommend this comic, even if you are not a fan of comics in general, you will probably enjoy Saga.

Whilst I eagerly wait for new issues I will be right here falling more and more in love every day with this comic.

 

Reseña – 36 de Nieves Delgado

El otro día cuando me preparaba para irme de viaje a Mallorca un fin de semana decidí leer un relato corto de ciencia ficción y entre los muchos que he comprado últimamente tome la decisión de leerme 36, escrito por Nieves Delgado. Tal fue la impresión que me causó este relato que me llevó a tomar la decisión de por primera vez escribir en español en mi blog. La ciencia ficción es uno de mis géneros preferidos junto a la fantasía y disfruto mucho leyéndola. Seguramente no hay forma más pura y más entretenida en la ciencia ficción que un buen relato corto. Leer 36 ha sido todo un placer y un viaje a la ciencia ficción clásica.

Este relato nos lleva adentra en la vida de una Inteligencia Artificial, una IA inusual y que ira creciendo y madurando a lo largo del relato. La historia nos enseñara las dificultades a las que se enfrentara la IA para integrarse en una sociedad no acostumbrada. Durante el transcurso del relato la autora trata temas diversos y tradicionales del género como la definición de lo humano, reflexiones sobre la naturaleza humana, reflexiones sobre la mortalidad y la diferencia entre un humano electrónico y un humano orgánico pero desde una perspectiva brillante y diferente.

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36 es un gran relato que te hace pensar, que te hace cuestionar muchas de las ideas ya concebidas y verlas desde un nuevo prisma. El final es sorprendente a la par que emotivo y cuando acabe el relato (que se puede leer en una hora fácilmente) como un buen libro de ciencia ficción debe hacer, te deja reflexivo y soñando con un mundo futuro diferente. Una de las cuestiones que me plantea que me gustaría compartir con vosotros es: ¿Si creamos inteligencia artificial, capaz de sentir y experimentar las mismas cosas que nosotros, debemos darle reconocimiento humano a pesar de no haber sido creada de forma similar?

Este relato ha sido mi primer contacto con Nieves Delgado y me ha dejado una gran impresión que sin duda voy a querer repetir. Si os gusta la Ciencia Ficción clásica 36 es sin duda alguna una historia para vosotros y que encarecidamente recomiendo. ¡No os defraudara!

Book Review – Leviathan Wakes

Another book gone and time for another review. Recently I have been reading more science fiction than fantasy and as such when the time came to choose a new book and after asking over social media, I decided to read Leviathan Wakes by James S.A Corey. This book series has gained a tremendous popularity in no small part due to the TV show based on this books, The Expanse. Coming into the book I had great expectations, I had been given great feedback on it, I enjoyed immensely the first season of the TV show and I enjoyed previous works by one of the authors. I was shocked to discover that James S.A Corey is a pen name used by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck yet also elated since I have enjoyed immensely other works from Daniel Abraham, especially The Dagger and the Coin fantasy series. As such, I prepared myself for a great, entertaining book.

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I was not disappointed. The book is a great read that creates a magnificent world full of intrigue, mystery and conflict. Reading the world the authors created, the conflict between Mars, Earth and the Belters creates a great backdrop for the story, full of racist overtones. It is quite interesting to see a world in where racism is due to where you come from, what planet you live in. The organization of this world is fascinating something that is very common of all novels by Daniel Abraham. His series are full of complex political relationships, political struggles, which the characters have to face and navigate through. As a political scientist, I have a soft spot for political intrigue in my fantasy/sci-fi books and this book has plenty of them.

The mystery of the threat that the protagonists are facing really pulls the book forward and in my opinion it was a great choice to not explain the nature of the antagonist until almost the end of the book. It helped create intrigue and the mystique of a powerful rival that was always a step ahead of the heroes. The story is also an mystery novel, a detective story, as we follow characters who are determined to discover the truth and throughout much of the novel are investigating and trying to find out the truth.

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The best aspect of the novel is without a doubt the characters. The characters are well fleshed out, with flaws and are very relatable. All their decisions are logical and make sense. In many books, decisions taken by the characters make no sense and take away from the internal logic of the story but in this novel we do not see this. The contrast between the two main characters, James Holden and Detective Miller is fascinating and especially the latter is a great character who is able to captivate you as a reader and in my humble opinion steals the show.

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Lastly, I can’t end this review without mentioning the pace of the book. The book has generally a fast pace that is very entertaining but the authors are also very able to slow it down when needed to give the reader time to really understand what is happening in the book. This technique is very much appreciate it as it allows you as a reader to take time and breath, to have time to comprehend the implications of what is happening in the novel.

Leviathan Wakes is a great start to this series and a fantastic science fiction novel. If you enjoy science fiction it is a must read book (and a must see TV show) and I strongly urge you to pick it up and read it. I have been so enthralled by this book that I immediately have started reading the second book, which so far keeps the excellent level.

Book Review – The Night Angel Trilogy

Recently as part of my binge reading in the past few months I started reading the Night Angel series written by Brent Weeks. The Night Angel trilogy is set in the fictional world of Midcyry and in it we follow the adventures and life of Azoth/Kylar Stern as he struggles to leave behind the difficulties of his life on the streets and become a great wetboy (something akin to an assassin). On his path to greatness he will face harsh training, legends coming to life and a war and struggle for the fate of all the continent in which he will become a key player.

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The world of this trilogy is a gritty dark world. The city of the main characters is run both a king and also by a “shadow king” a figure head that dominates all criminal activities with a tight fist. This makes for a fascinating setting in which the story takes place as Kylar struggles to be part of both world. He struggles with the luxurious, advantageous but ultimately deceitful world of nobles and also struggles with the harsh, cruel and brutal world of criminals where he comes from and of which as a wetboy he is an integral part of. This duality, this struggle, is present throughout the whole trilogy as Kylar struggles to leave behind that in which he was raised. Kylar grows in our eyes and we see him fight an inner conflict in his path to realizing who he truly is and what his role in the world is.

 In this world there is a magic that some users are able to use, however depending on which side of the world you come from, magic is taught differently. In the case of Kylar and his master Durzo, as wetboys, they use magic to primarily enhance their physical skills as well as for stealth reasons. Other are able to use magic in more traditional fantasy ways, such as fire balls. This combination of different magic skills makes for a very intriguing world where most characters are able to fight in an equal footing and in many interesting ways with high stakes.

Durzo, the master of Kylar, is perhaps the most interesting and refreshing character. A character that seems to be the stereotypical hard-ass, mysterious mentor, as the story develops you learn more about him, his motivation, his past and you understand the character. By the end of the saga Durzo has become your favourite character and every scene with him is handled beautifully.

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However whilst the characters and the settings are fascinating without a doubt the best part of this series have to do with some of the themes that this book deals with, especially those of fate, duty and the sacrifices that have to be made in the name of the greater good. The books study this issues in a profound way and allows the reader to reach their own conclusions before we get the resolution and the choices of the characters. Especially in regards to the theme of seeking the greater good the book is able to give us a great study of this theme, with difficult choices, no straight answer and a story that explores new ideas such as having a necessary evil in order to reach an ultimate greater good.

All in all the trilogy is very enjoyable and fun to read. It is a classic fantasy story with some twists on the old tropes that keeps it fresh. The pacing of the story is fast and action-packed, the battle scenes are awe inspiring and it is able to make the reader think carefully about issues in the novels. Brent Weeks hits a homerun in this series and I am looking forward to reading more from him.

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Book Review – United States of Japan

Lately I have been reading a lot and finishing many books and thus find myself having to write several reviews for them. This is a wonderful although stressful “problem” because honestly I am enjoying the books so much that it is hard to take some time off from reading. That said, I recently finished reading United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas, and I loved the book so much that I feel like I needed to write about it. In USJ we have an alternate history science fiction where Japan and Germany won World War II and the West Coast of the USA is now controlled by the Japanese Empire.

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This story has a very interesting concept and right from the get go you are invested in the book as you try to understand how different the world has become to ours. I quickly found myself become fascinated by the world the author has created, a world where honour seems to be the most important aspect of society alongside devotion to the Emperor, yet we slowly discover that not everything is what it seems and the Japanese society is more corrupt than first presented.

The book explores concepts of honour, duty, sacrifice, religion and morality in such a way that despite this concepts being complex we are able to dive into them and question many things. Despite the setting of the story being very different to the one we live in right now, at least in the surface, the issues are similar to those we face today in many ways and this made it very easy for the reader to become fascinated by this world.

The characters in this book, especially the two main characters Benjamin Ishimura and Akiko, are fascinating and every chapter of the book is masterfully written so that the first impressions you had of the characters fade away and you are able to see beneath the façade that they put on towards society. As you read the book you feel like you are peeling an onion as you discover more and more layers to this characters and by the time you have finished the book, there is a great sense of empathy that has developed towards this characters, even to Akiko who at the beginning of the book seems like a stone cold government official. This is without a doubt praise worthy as the author manages to create a compelling world with complex but relatable characters.

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Another aspect that I enjoyed of the book was the rhythm. The book is very easy to read as it has a great pace that never drags and allows you to quickly devour this great book. The pace slowly builds up to an incredible, action packed finale with many surprising twists that will leave you breathless, shocked and with a deep appreciation to the book.

Lastly I have to mention the science fiction aspects of this book. I am a huge science fiction nerd and constantly read books in this genre. In USJ we are given a world with many classical science fiction tropes yet they are not fully developed despite some mentions towards the amazing technology (portical and mechas to name a few). It does follow many of the themes that are classical in science fiction and that makes for a great read. However, despite the fact that it does not delve too deep into sci-fi terrain this does not really hurt the book, if anything the hints the author gives at a larger world makes you want to know more. Another thing I would like to point out is that as someone who really enjoys Japanese culture and someone who has lately been reading a very famous manga, Vagabond, and I loved the nods to Musashi Miyamoto.

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In conclusion United States of Japan is a great fun book. The ending was great, shocking the reader to the core and changing your perspective towards many colours. I finished the book wanting to know more about this world, wanting to learn how Europe is (there are some small hints but nothing definitive) and most importantly, really wanting to see those awesome mechas have more action. I 100% recommend this book and can’t wait for the second one to come out.

Review Armada – A Nerd Dream

Over the past week I have spent around 14 hours riding on a train. As I prepared for my last train ride I was facing 7 hours on my way home and so I decided to read a book I have been meaning to read for a long time, “Armada” by Ernest Cline. Two years ago I read his first novel “Ready Player One” and I absolutely loved it. It was book for nerds like me, full of amazing references and a very fun concept. In “Armada”, I had heard before reading the book that it was not as good as the previous one, t going into this book I was just expecting to have a good read, have some fun and enjoy all the nerdy references.

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“Armada” did not disappoint. I loved the concept as it was basically the dream of all nerds, a world facing an alien threat that can only be saved by gamers who have unknowingly been training for this event through videogames. This of course is not an original concept, it can be seeing in a similar fashion in “Ender’s Game”, but the way it is told was beautiful. I loved the fun the author has throughout the book, the exciting dialogues full of references to Star Wars, Star Trek and other movies and comics, and most of all I loved the characters.

The main character in this book is a kid about to finish high school who loves pop-culture, videogames and a character that I could relate to very much. There is a quote at the beginning of the film that I wish to share with all of you since I felt that it described my school years perfectly: “I had been hoping and waiting for some mind-blowingly fantastic, world-altering event to finally shatter the endless monotony of my public education.” This thought by the main character made me relate to him throughout the whole story and feel identified in his reactions to the challenges he faced. His characters, those of his friends, and other around him gave this whole story a fun vibe that I fell in love with.

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This book is by no means a great book, but if you go to read it with an open mind, expecting to be entertained, to laugh and to be invested in the story you will enjoy it immensely. After all as part of this nerd world, it is incredibly easy to relate to the characters, and their fun vibrant dialogues. The story also has moments full of heart that are great to read and that give an important depth to the story.

Overall, in “Armada”, Ernest Cline delivers a fun, epic, nerdy story that is an easy read and by no means boring. Reading this book on the train ride was great and it helped make the long trip easier. “Armada” gave thought to many of my nerdy dreams and is a book that has somehow encouraged me to continue dreaming of a world where my nerd skills are actually useful. I for one, can’t wait to see the film that is being prepared for this book.

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May The Fourth – An Ode to Star Wars

Today is Star Wars Day, or in other words, May The 4th, and in honor of that I thought I would do a quick post explaining my love for Star Wars and why it is an important part of my life. Star Wars has for a long time been one of my favourite worlds to visit and throughout the years I have been lucky to be able to have a lot of Star Wars Memoribilia including a Star Wars encyclopaedia which is really awesome (although useless now that most of it is not canon).

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Star Wars has always been very special to me. Ever since I discovered it as a kid, when my father introduced me to this wonderful world, I have been amazed and in awe of the movies, of the universe, it has always been an inspiration and a source of dreams for me. As a kid I loved the original trilogy and whilst the prequels are not as good, I still think they are entertaining and fun. Star Wars opened my eyes to science fiction, even though it is more of a fantasy and space opera, and I will always be thankful for that.

As a kid I dreamed about becoming a Jedi, about exploring planets like Hoth, Tatooine or Yavin IV, about having a mentor like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda or about having a best friend like Chewbacca. Star Wars showed me a galaxy, a time, where I could lose myself. I remember being in awe of Darth Vader, fearing him and yet loving him (I mean everytime he appears he has his own theme song, how could I not love him) and most importantly having a great time everytime I saw the movies.

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I loved so much that galaxy far far away that I would devour all information I could about Star Wars, I would read the comics, the books, spend hours upon hours on websites dedicated to Star Wars and think about the universe, about the force and play the videogames obsessively. Star Wars was a second home to me, a place where I could live vicariously through other characters and enjoy their adventures.

I was giddy with excitement when the new films were announced and even though it rendered pointless a lot of the knowledge of Star Wars I had gained for years, I did not begrudge them. How could I? They were taking me back to a galaxy I had loved for almost all my life, giving me new characters and bringing back old characters. Star Wars is back with new, exciting and fresh films that are expanding the mythos and allowing me to experience new movies at the theatres.

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This May The Fourth, this Star Wars Day, I will think about how many good times George Lucas and LucasFilms have given me throughout the years and how great it is to go back to that galaxy far far away that has always felt like home to me.

May the Force Be With You

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Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

The first of the MCU movies that will be released this year has finally arrived and it is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was an incredible movie that surprised us all with its humour and heart. It was a great space opera and still stands in my opinion as one of the best films in the MCU. Thus this new entry into the story of Star-Lord and company had a big shoes to fill and a hard challenge ahead. As I give a short review of this film I will attempt to give the minimum amount of spoilers.

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So did it manage to maintain the excellent level of the first one? Well in my humble opinion, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 was as good as the first one, although different in many ways. First of all the music was great, but that was to be expected. Whilst perhaps not as famous as the ones we got to see in the first film the song choice was perfect and they were a great reflection of the tone of the film as well as what the characters were facing. I for one loved the more subdued song choice in this film and thought it really reflected tone of the film.

The humour was great. The film was fun and had great dialogue with, Drax the Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista, (yay wrestling!) stealing the show with the humour, as he was impeccable in his delivery. The film was fun and had great action scenes, although it was a bit slower than the other one. The start of the film is great and it already sets you up for a great fun film that will entertain you and make time fly.

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However what makes this film so good is the characters and its heart. In this film we are already familiar with the characters so we can immediately delve into them and their emotional state. This film despite the action, the humor, superheroes…is really about family and how family is defined, almost all the Guardians in this movie face that question and this provides a lot of heart and emotion to this movie. This is something that they are able to do great in the movie, they combine humour with emotion perfectly, showing us that a fun movie can be also emotional. This is what I am seeking in comic book films (except in Batman). Comic books are a fun media, a media that is entertaining and colourful with occasional emotional moments and high stakes that add to the story. I feel like Marvel comics could really learn from the MCU in adapting this tone that has been sorely lacking in comics over the past couple of years.

In conclusion I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. It was a fun movie that had me laughing but also crying at some points. Most importantly it had me hooked and invested in it. The new additions are great, Kurt Russell did a phenomenal job, the cameos throughout the film are fun, the easter eggs for us comic book fans were awesome (The Watchers exist in the MCU!) and the story was great, allowing you to learn more about the characters. This movie does have its flaws but in my opinion it did everything it was supposed to do, entertain me and make me fall in love with the characters even more (Baby Groot is incredible, and I loved Gamora in this film). I recommend you all go and watch this movie as soon as you can!

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Review – Descender

So today I have decided to talk about a comic book that I just recently discovered thanks to my friend Carol or Blondestorm (she has an awesome blog you should read: http://blondestorm.blogspot.com.es/) and has completely stolen my heart and captivated me. I am of course talking of the great series by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, “Descender”. “Descender” tells the story of one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. It is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey that pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling space opera similar in some ways to the fantastic “Saga” from Brian K. Vaughn but also very different in many ways.

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The art of “Descender” is beautiful and unique. It somehow manages to express perfectly the feelings of all the characters, even the robots, and that is a very difficult task to do. The use of colours, the palette the artists use is vibrant and makes the settings and the characters come alive. Every issue of this great comic is a work of art and I have loved and enjoyed every single panel of art.

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However what makes this comic book so great is the story and its characters. Even though the story is set in a universe very different to ours, a universe with intelligent robots and with different sentient species, the work of the authors to give us a compelling and relatable story is incredibly well done and throughout the whole comic you feel connected to the characters, you are hooked on the story and you worry about the fate of all those characters throughout every single issue. The story despite having robot and alien protagonist at the heart of it, is really a story about family and about finding your place in life and that is what makes the comic so good. Despite all the advanced technology, all the spaceships, all the paraphernalia, the characters are just trying to find their place, trying to find themselves and find their families. This makes it a great compelling story and in all honesty, an emotional ride that leaves you completely satisfied emotionally every issue, yet still wanting more.

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The characters of this comics are great, and I love the way that slowly we are getting to know the background of every single character, even the robot dog, which allows us to feel connected to them as we are able to understand them. Amongst the many great characters such as Jin Quon, a complex scientist characters who hides the key to the past of the robots, Telsa an alien who is trying to proof herself militarily both to her dad and to herself or Driller, a fun killer robot, there is one that stands out. Tim-21, the robot that drives the story and might hide within himself the key all the riddles they are facing, is an incredible character. His innocence, heart and courage are inspiring and you are able to discover alongside him this world and conflict that he finds himself in. I have rarely connected so emotionally to a character, I suffer with him and also understand him as well as rejoice in his few moments of joy.

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If you have not read Descender, I can’t recommend enough that you drop everything right now and go buy this excellent comic. It is a refreshing take on the space-opera trope, it is a great comic book, a great story and most importantly it has amazing characters. I for one, can’t wait for the next issue to come out and continue enjoying this amazing ride!

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Five Fantasy Books you NEED to Read

Tomorrow is World Book Day and over here in Barcelona it is also Sant Jordi, and thus tomorrow I amongst many other will take to the streets in search of new books to read, new worlds to discover and new places in which to loose myself for a couple of hours or days. If you are reading this blog you might know that my favourite genre is without a doubt fantasy for a myriad of reasons that I explained in a previous post. As such, in honour of World Book Day, I have decided to write a post in which I recommend 5 fantasy books to pick up tomorrow or basically any day.

  1. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

This is in my opinion the best book in the world of Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion is composed of many short stories that compromise the story of Middle-Earth from its creation to the start of the Fourth Age, although the events that happen in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are only briefly mentioned.  It is a beautiful book that grows the universe and provides us a more rich background to the world we fell in love with. If you have read Lord of the Rings you will have noticed that the characters mention many mythical figures, heroes from time past and in this book we learn about them.

This book is full of action, poems, beautiful prose, romance and the epicness we have come to associate with Middle Earth. This book gives us the story of the struggle of the elves against Morgoth (Sauron’s boss) and the tragedy that comes through their own folly, as well as the rise of Men. If you choose to pick this book you will be enthralled especially by chapter 19 which tells the story of Beren and Luthien.

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  1. The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time is perhaps one of the most epic sagas, both in length and story wise, ever told. Compromising of 14 long books plus a prologue this saga told by Robert Jordan takes us to a magical place facing oblivion where unlikely heroes from a farming village raise to fight against the growing darkness. The Eye of the World is the first book of this saga, setting up almost all of the characters which you will grow to love during all of the saga. Robert Jordan gives us a great fantastic world that contains many of the tropes in fantasy and that is not necessarily a bad thing. It also adds a new flavour to fantasy as we see a world in which men using magic are pursued and female magic users are the real power behind the world.

If you have the chance pick up this book, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed and that you will soon find yourself buying all the books of this excellent saga, a saga that still to this day fascinates me.

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  1. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

Recently I wrote a review on this excellent book by Brandon Sanderson. The Final Empire is a great point of entry into his Cosmere presenting a world with a fascinating magic system (that still ranks among my favourites) and great relatable characters full of depth. Sanderson is without a doubt one of the most famous authors in fantasy right now and is an incredibly prolific author. If someone is looking to read a book from him I always recommend to start with the Final Empire as it is a book with a captivating story and a very fast pace. Vin will always be one of my favourite characters and hopefully those of you who have not read the book take the plunge and get to know her.

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  1. The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie has quietly and quickly become one of the best fantasy authors and his first book shows you why he has gained that distinction. In The Blade Itself, the first of a trilogy called The First Law, we are presented a gritty, dark world that escapes all the tropes of fantasy. It is a very curious book as we get the typical setting for a fantasy book, the typical character archetypes, however as soon as you start reading the book you realize that nothing is what it seems and that all of the characters are darker and more complex.

A book in a somewhat similar fashion to those of George R.R. Martin but that also stand on its own it is an excellent book for those seeking something different to the traditional fantasy stories.

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  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

This book was a complete but pleasant surprise when I discovered it. Scott Lynch is perhaps not as renowned as an author as those mentioned previously but in this book he is able to craft a delightful and fun story, with some great an unexpected stories. The first of a series called Gentleman Bastard, the series of rogue, especially the protagonist Locke Lamora, are fascinating. The wit of the book will have you laughing but also heavily invested in the story of this rogues who are trying their best to survive in a world that is bigger and stranger than they thought.

If you are looking for a book filled of wit and adventure this swashbuckling rogue story is definitely the one you need to read.

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If you have read or want to read any of this books do let me know! I hope you enjoy this 5 great books that I have personally enjoyed and hoped you too are entertained and fascinated by this fantastical worlds.