...courtesy of T.E.J. Johnson
, who gives it 91%. Read the whole thing, but here's an excerpt:
This is a rich book, and Chane sets the plot zipping through a crackling political landscape. The land of the Evenfels is wonderfully realised...The way Chane describe the use and abuse of magic makes sense, you can feel the characters make a spell, or draw on energy and it is with this careful kind of craft with which he weaves the lands behind the barrier.
The books principle characters are strong and Mother Goodwind (sic; it's actually Northwind, but, oh well - Ed) is a particular standout. A dotty, forgetful Miss Marple kind of ...
I've driven quite a few Fords now since I started this series of car posts, and I have to say that the Ford Escape Titanium 4WD is pretty much my favorite of the lot (always excepting the Mustang convertible, but this time of year I'd much rather be navigating our icy, snow-choked streets in the Escape than in the Mustang.)
As I've noted before, I'm not a big-vehicle guy: I've found things like the Explorer (and the F150) just too humongous for my taste. This one, though an SUV, hits the sweet spot in size. I felt like I was driving a ...
...if you have the opportunity. We did, last night, and were blown away. The music, the playing, the images, and the text were all fantastic, and pretty much exactly in line with the things that interest me most: science and the arts, mingled together.
is, of course, one of the world's premiere period-instrument orchestras. The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres
features poetic narration, choreography, and music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.
Here is a sample:
Most moving for me was a final quote from Galileo, taken from his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
. Although I prefer the translation used in The Galileo Project itself, here is the passage taken from an ...
Speculating Canada, a relatively new blog focusing on Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror, has a nice review of "A Little Space Music,"
my humorous "amateur theatre in outer space" short story just published in OnSpec.
In “A Little Space Music”, Edward Willett demonstrates his creative wit and humour. He plays on an issue that is familiar to any of us who have done amateur theatre… the issue of making a cast out of actors with varying skills. But, ...
The Helix War is a first for me, being an omnibus of two previously published books, Marseguro and Terra Insegura. I wasn't quite sure what to expect in the way of reviews, except I figured there wouldn't be quite as many of them.
And, so far, that's certainly been the case. But there have been a couple.
Here's one from Two Dudes in an Attic
A verdict? The Helix War was fun. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my bus seat. It won’t appeal to certain demographics, but would probably be a good SF gateway drug. Readers looking for Hard SF, right wing MilSF, ...
Although Magebane is not a YA novel, it does have relatively young protaganists, and there's certainly no reason older teens wouldn't enjoy it...a fact with which VOYA
concurs. VOYA (it stands for Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine is "the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading," so it's gratifying that their reviewer Heidi Uphoff has this to say about Magebane (it's not an unadulterated rave, as you'll see, but I'll take it!):
Chane created a fascinating and unique world in Magebane, a stand-alone fantasy novel. There is a little predictability ...
First up, Just a Guy Who Reads Books
begins his review by saying:
Chane combines some steampunk sensibilities with a magic world, infuses the whole thing with some potent political plotting, and presents the result - a fantastic novel.
Ultimately, a highly satisfying novel. I'd love to see something further in the world that Chane has created...
Read the whole thing.
has some quibbles, but still says:
I found the book quite appealing because it pitted science against magic, and couldn’t help being drawn in by the detailed descriptions of this alternate magical reality – it’s spells, it’s inventions and it’s different life. Commoners have achieved through ...
Another nice review for Magebane, this one from Errant Dreams
Lee Arthur Chane’s Magebane
is an original and delightful tale of epic fantasy and magic, steampunk science, adventure, tragedy, and love....
The mix of high fantasy and steampunk is one that I regarded with suspicion; such a blend is difficult to do well, such that it makes sense and doesn’t create a sense of genre discord. Chane did a marvelous job with it, however...
Although I’ve raved solely about the worldbuilding so far, there’s plenty more to recommend it. The characters are delightful...There’s plenty of action and excitement to keep things going...
If you ...
A.M. Donovan at Night Owl Reviews rates Magebane at 4.5 stars
("I Loved it - Top Pick"):
Evil wizards, multi-level conspiracies, magic, hidden kingdoms, cruel tyrants, usurpers, and a hint of steampunk make this book entertaining. Lee Arthur Chane (also known as Edward Willett) has done a marvelous job of making all of this work together. Instead of being overwhelmingly complicated and difficult to follow with the danger of being boring, he manages to tie the different themes together into an entertaining, cohesive whole. The good guys do win, just not the way anyone expected. Magebane is a very entertaining book and well worth the time.
Talk about a pleasant surprise. I fired up the iPad briefly before my concert at WorldCon in Reno today (I sang the Donald Swann-composed cycle of songs from Tolkien, called The Road Goes Ever On) and discovered the first review I've yet seen of my upcoming Lee Arthur Chane fantasy novel Magebane: but it's not just any review: it's a starred review in Publishers Weekly! Some highlights:
Chane makes a splash with this spectacular epic-feeling stand-alone fantasy debut...Double and triple crosses, fast-paced action, and powerful moral conviction will have readers hanging on every word.
Read the whole thing!
Made my day, that's for sure!