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The Braided Path: The Weavers Of Saramyr, The Skein Of Lament, The Ascendancy Veil (Gollancz)
The Braided Path: The Weavers Of Saramyr, The Skein Of Lament, The Ascendancy Veil (Gollancz)
by Chris Wooding BA
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced, politically complex and skillfully plotted fantsay novel. What a refreshing read!, 25 Jan. 2010
Lets get this out of the way first shall we, this novel is quite possibly one of the best fantasy books that I've ever read.

It's set in an exotic and highly original oriental location, and before more well read fantasy fans say this has already been done, Wooding really tries to differentiate this world even further by putting it in a more advanced setting with rifles, steam boats and even hints at a deeper, more scientific explanation to the gods and magic of the world he has created.

The story (like most novels of this length), is too complex to summarise really. Let me just say that it follows a noble born girl who, upon finding that she has the power to manipulate a sort of "magical" force called the Weave (a bit like the matrix), is then outcast by a society that shuns her as a freak. Along the journey we meet lots of characters which, despite the fast paced nature of the novel, are fleshed out amazingly well.

And therein lies the magic, I belive, of Chris Wooding. The novel is set out almost like a pulp fantasy, moving along at a sometimes movie like pace. But contrasting this is an amazing political and emotional complexity which makes one wonder how these two styles can be mixed to such great effect. A good analogy would be that it has a lighter version of the polital games and manouveres of George RR Martin, but with a faster paced more action filled story; the balance stuck is simply a joy to read.

In conclusion, I always get annoyed by reviewers saying things along the lines of "BUY THIS BOOK NOW YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!", but ironically I really cant think of a better way to recommend this book to anyone wishing to give fantasy a try, or indeed to any genre fan.

All Star Superman: v. 1
All Star Superman: v. 1
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the whole story!, 17 Sept. 2009
First things first, All Star Superman Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 combined is a fantastic story. However, this first book takes it's time to set it's elaborate pieces into place; it's really complex as well and rewards multiple readings. Think of it as more of an extended introduction. As a result of this the first half, while still very impressive, is nowhere near as emotionally powerfull as the second book. In fact one starts to wonder why DC havn't made this one volume.

To summarise I would give this book on it's own three stars,however combined with the second half this is easily a five star read. So if your buying it dont give up halfway, you'll regret it!

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