The end of 2021 is nearly upon us. So, a good day for a short look back to a very harrowing year. And what a year it has been.
I read books, play video games, and watch TV. I have opinions about most of what I consume that way. And I like to write those opinions down.
However, I find reviews saying ‘I love it’ or ‘I hate it’ pretty useless, so I do things differently. Instead, I try to look at why something does or does not work for me. Are the characters internally consistent? Does the plot make sense? What writing smells does the story have.
That way, you know not just if I liked it, but it should help you determine if you will like it. I hope.
A Master of Djinn is an alternate history fantasy novel set in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark.
You might now be wondering what ‘alternate history fantasy’ means. Let’s have a look.
Black Sun is a novel by Rebecca Roanhorse. It’s a fantasy story set in a world with Native American and Mesoamerican (Maya, Inca) influences. It was also nominated for a Hugo.