The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: Nikoros came away from the meeting having learned several new words, as well as some novel hyphenations of familiar ones, and a fascinating twist to the art of negotiation that his education had previously neglected Oh boy, was my review of previous Gentlemen Bastards book Red Seas Under Red Skies an unknown premonition. The mages reappear and what a fun adventure they create for our heroes. …

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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 4.5 out of 5 My review: When you can’t cheat the game, you’d best find a means to cheat the players. This has been a fun continuation of style set in the original Gentlemen Bastards (The Lies of Locke Lamora). It repeats much the same recipe - glorious (mis)adventures, schemes that are several layers deep and mixture of luck and misfortune in equal measure. …

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: I’ve got kids that enjoy stealing. I’ve got kids that don’t think about stealing one way or the other, and I’ve got kids that just tolerate stealing because they know they’ve got nothing else to do. But nobody–and I mean nobody–has ever been hungry for it like this boy. If he had a bloody gash across his throat and a physiker was trying to sew it up, Lamora would steal the needle and thread and die laughing. …

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Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Keep breathing, I said. It’s a habit you don’t want to break. This has been one fun book. Witty, quite funny and full of magic. There were a few dry spells (Ha! Get it?) here and there, but I still consider this a successful combination of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and more traditional CSI/detective books. There’s London, there’s magic, there is science and fake history. …

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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: A nice way to know more about the world and history of Middle Earth. Especially nice to know how old some of the characters are and how some fables in Lord of The Rings are actually part of true history of that world.

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Witches are always fun. And stories are too as long as someone keeps an eye on them.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: How Neil Gaiman does what he does is beyond me. American Gods is as unreal as it’s full of reality we deal with every day. War is coming to America. War that can only be won with sacrifices and belief. Characters in Neverwhere seemed peculiar to me, but American Gods is certainly trying to surpass it. Shadow, an ex-criminal with knack for coin tricks is flying home, to get back to his wife. …

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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: I liked Time Out’s take on this book: “Wickedly funny”. Neil Gaiman’s twisted sense of humour together with sheer craziness of Terry Pratchett created this unique masterpiece. Only these two authors could put Antichrist, angels, demons, God, devil, witches, aliens, Atlantis and above all…Armageddon in one novel and make it seem like a normal thing. In fact these things together with footnotes full of confusing information make for entertaining experience. …

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: This book was one suspense thriller from the start to finish. Compared with Order of Phoenix it contains three times as much action using less pages :-) A book worthy of being final in the series I’d say. We get to look more into life of Albus Dumbledore, and finally uncover what Snape is all about. The book is not exactly cheerful for the most part…but there are moments of fun & joy. …

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: From all the Harry Potter books this is my least favourite one for some reason. It just dragged on a bit with not much happening for the most part. Lot of things made sense in later books and so this seems like an introduction for them. Oh well…still worth the read

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