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Under Heaven
Under Heaven
by Guy Gavriel Kay
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gil, 31 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Under Heaven (Hardcover)
Four-and-a-half stars, except that would be unbearably mean. The book has a serious flaw which I shall reveal in a moment.

A beautifully drawn setting, some imagined proto-China, wonderful writing. Some lovely characters, all quite distinct even within the ubiquitous formality of the cultural setting. Beautiful descriptive passages and a deeply right envoi to bring closure.

Which brings us to the plot. And that flaw. This book is too damned short. There is enough material here for something twice the length exploring more of the side-stories, which would also allow the motivation of some of the characters to be explored more fully.
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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft (Hardcover))
World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft (Hardcover))
by Christie Golden
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Sound, 31 Jan. 2011
This was bought for me as a present and my expectations were not high, books (and films) of video games are usually dire, but I was pleasantly surprised, even delighted. The writing is a little bit stiff in places (but still streets ahead of such authors as Dan Brown or Tom Clancy) and the plot moved along nicely with some well-drawn characters. All in all a satisfying read.

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