Reading Tad Williams: “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” (Book 1 of Bobby Dollar)

Having made my way through some of Tad Willims's heavier work, I turned to his lighter fare, in the form of the Bobby Dollar novels. I started at the beginning, The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Once again (as always) Williams shows that he has the uncanny ability excel in whatever genre he chooses to write. If I … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” (Book 1 of Bobby Dollar)

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Reading Tad Williams: “The War of the Flowers”

Having finally found a bit of breathing space in the midst of frantic Dissertation, I thought I'd pop in and write a quick review of Tad Williams' excellent one-volume epic The War of the Flowers.  In the tradition of other epic fantasy writers who turn to something a little more whimsical than is usually on offer … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “The War of the Flowers”

Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Warning: Major Spoilers Follow At long last, I have finished The Witchwood Crown and let me tell you, dear readers, this is one hell of a book. The story takes place roughly thirty years after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and Simon and Miriamele have successfully ruled as the High King and High Queen of Osten Ard. … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Reading Tad Williams: “To Green Angel Tower: Part 2” (Book 3 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn”)

Well, I finally finished the concluding volume of Tad Williams' magisterial trilogy "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn." In this final volume, the conflicts that have so far raged come to their stunning conclusion, as the various characters all make their way to the Hayholt in time to witness the fruition of the Storm King's desire to turn … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “To Green Angel Tower: Part 2” (Book 3 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn”)

Reading Tad Williams: “To Green Angel Tower: Part 1” (Book 3 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn”)

I must apologize for taking so long to finish up this post. I have been on the road quite a lot that past couple of weeks, and have just now (finally!) finished the first half of To Green Angel Tower  (yes, I still have the mass market paperback, which split the final volume into two halves). … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “To Green Angel Tower: Part 1” (Book 3 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn”)

Reading Tad Williams: “Stone of Farewell” (Book 2 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn)

Today, I continue with my reviewing of the corpus of the fantasy author Tad Williams, and today's entry focuses on the second volume of his series "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn," Stone of Farewell. The book begins where its predecessor left off. Simon and company are held by Binabik's fellow trolls, with Binabik himself and the Rimmersman … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “Stone of Farewell” (Book 2 of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn)