I decided that it may be best to plan which book reviews I will be writing each month so that I know which books I need to read (I can read books relatively quickly if I have the time). Because of this I will write a post like this one briefly going over each of the books I’ll review for the first Monday of each month and then I’ll write each review in the following Mondays until the month ends. This post is so that you can possibly read the novels I will be reviewing alongside me and so that I will be more motivated to write these review posts.
This month there are 4 Mondays other than this one and I will be writing 4 book reviews. I will be reviewing the following books:
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
May 8, 2017
This is a novel about a dog as he journeys through life, gets reincarnated a few times, and tries to figure out his purpose. A few months ago a movie came out based on this book and since then I wanted to either read the book or watch the movie. It’s about dogs so there is no doubt that this will be a sad book, however books about dogs can also be happy, cute, heartwarming, and funny. This will be an interesting first book to review.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
May 15, 2017
The Buried Giant was published two years ago in 2015 and at the time a lot of people were talking about it in the fantasy world mostly because it was the first book Kazuo Ishiguro published in a decade. I saw it on the featured table at Chapters and I wanted to buy it but I didn’t. This was mainly because it was hardcover and not on sale. Just this past Christmas I found this book on sale for 10 dollars and I bought it. The novel is written with a third-person omniscient narrator and follows two characters whom the narrator calls Axl and Beatrice. These two characters are an elderly Briton couple who are going on a journey to find a son whom they had not seen in years. The Buried Giant is set immediately after Arthurian Britain after the Romans had long since left the British Isles.
Fates by Lanie Bross
May 22, 2017
This is a young adult fantasy novel about a fate named Corinthe who was exiled from her home in Pyralis Terra after making a mistake. In order to end her exile she must do one job, to make sure that everyone’s fates go according to plan. Now she has her final assignment before she can finally return home, kill a highschool boy named Lucas Kaller. But she starts to doubt that she should actually kill him because she is starting to feel something that she should not be feeling. If every fate has already been decided, where does fate fit in?
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
May 29, 2017
This is the oldest novel that I am reviewing this month having been published in 1984. It was written by one of my favourite Canadian authors, Guy Gavriel Kay. He has become known as a writer of historical fantasy through writing such novels as Under Heaven and The Last Light of the Sun. The Summer Tree is the beginning of his Fionavar Tapestry trilogy which I have yet to read. It is also the first book he ever published. The trilogy follows 5 students as they accompany a mage named Loren Silvercloak and a dwarf named Matt Soren to the land of Fionavar where they will be presented to High King Ailell of Brennin.