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Wonder Woman - Sharon Gosling (Hardcover)

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Wonder Woman - Sharon Gosling (Hardcover)
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510

Great Coffee table book!

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A beautiful book full of insights into the making of the movie, including concepts, costumes, weapons, characters etc...even had a WONDERful surprise in the back cover that I did not expect! I only wish it had more conceptual art drawings, but still a must have for any Wonder Woman fan!

The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson (Paperback)

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The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson (Paperback)
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115
RRP
R 151
(-24%)

Great Sanderson

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Big fan of the new setting and magic systems interplay with guns. Its also great to see how the original Mistborn series lead to how the way this world works. Fantastic read.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman (Paperback)

American Gods - Neil Gaiman (Paperback)
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Price
151
RRP
R 195
(-23%)

AMAZING!!

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I had heard of this before the series came out and just had to get before I watched it!! Let me tell you, the book, as always, is so much better! Neil Gaiman brings you in from the get go and you do not want to stop... until you wake up with the book over your face!! As they say... "a literal page turner"!!!

White Nights - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Paperback)

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White Nights - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Paperback)
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37

Beautiful and Deep

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White Nights is Dostoevsky at his most poetic and in love. His other books tends to be somewhat cynical. There is usually a critique against the idealism of his characters. In White Nights this is not the case. In this book he passionately describes an optimistic and yet deep man in love, who in spite of rejection won't stop loving her. It is a beautiful book with interesting thoughts and a very real relationship between the characters. It is short, but short and sweet.

Another book of Dostoevsky, Robok, is included afterwards. Robok is also unlike his other work in that this one is not so much a critique of some question, or some passionate tale, but rather an observation of humanity after death. In it he comically depicts the ingratitude and superficiality of people even in death.

Both of these works are deep and beautiful. They are each a delightful read and a wonderful introduction to Dostoevsky.

Spellslinger - Sebastien De Castell (Hardcover)

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Spellslinger - Sebastien De Castell (Hardcover)
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235

Another great book by Sebastien de Castell

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Ok, first up, it would be very remiss of me not to give a shout out to the cover artist and the design team that was responsible for this gorgeous cover. In fact, I only just realised that the artist, Dale Halvorsen, is a fellow South African! Represent dude! *high-five

Oh, and it looks even better in real life...

Now, YA and I can be best described as two strange cats in the same room. We don't always get along. I might be starting to sound like a broken record on that point though. Quite a few great YA books nowadays. Anyways. When Spellslinger quietly showed up on my radar, I had no such reservations. I love Sebastien de Castell’s writing that much and will give him the benefit of the doubt any day of the week, and I am very happy to say that he has once again delivered.

Spellslinger reads as a quick, fun, coming-of age fantasy that keeps up the pace and leaves you wanting more when the ending comes, all too soon. The story kicks off with a duel between two students of a magic school, with one of the duelists being Kellen, the protagonist of the story. Born of a powerful mother & father magician duo, and with a sibling seemingly destined to become one of the greatest mages of their time, Kellan is under huge pressure to discover his magic by sparking his bands and thus proving himself worthy of his family name. But the bands just won’t come to life.

Excerpt:
[All children of the Jan’Tep are tattooed with six metallic bands at a very young age, which they will eventually spark, by breaking the bindings between the sigils. Sparking more bands is better, the most powerful mages have access to all six types of magic, but sparking even a single band is MUCH better than sparking none.]

There are seven fundamental sources of magical force, but Jan’Tep mages are banded with only six: iron, ember, silk, sand, blood and breath. No mage is ever banded with the seventh, because shadow is the magic of emptiness, of the void, of the demonic. Our ancient enemies, the Mahdek, drew upon shadow for their spells. That’s why the Mahdek are long dead.
The duel Kellan is entered into is part of a greater challenge whereby young would-be mages attempt to earn their mage name in a series of trials, the duel being the first trial. There is a lot riding on his success, as the strength of a family’s magic is a key element of being a leader to the Jan’Tep, and Kellen’s father, being one of the most powerful mages, has a very valid chance of becoming the next ruler to his clan. He needs Kellan to prove himself though, as magic is EVERYTHING to these people.

The pressure on Kellan to pass the trials is thus immense. As an added incentive, those failing to earn their mage name, are resigned to the status of Sha’Tep. Shunned by the community, forever an outcast, they live the life of a slave to their “betters”, the Jan’Tep. You could be a Jan’Tep’s sister, brother, mother, husband, girlfriend, best friend – if you become Sha’Tep, you are as good as dead to them. Unfortunate then for our protagonist, that he has almost no magic whatsoever.

As Kellen tries to walk the fine line of faking it and still somehow passing the trials, his efforts at strengthening his connection to the six foundations of magic brings him into contact with a couple of very interesting characters, that for me, stole the show. First up we have Ferius Parfax, a card wielding Argosi wanderer with very strong opinions and interesting thoughts. Though many believe her to be a spy for the Daroman King, Kellan soon befriends her and is better off for it.

Excerpt [‘If you’re not a spy then what are you?’ I asked. ‘Because I don’t believe some Argosi wanderer would still be hanging around here after what happened last night.’
‘I’m a woman, kid. You probably haven’t met one before, coming as you do from this backward place, but it’s like a man only smarter and with bigger balls.’]

The second is of course a Nekhek.

Excerpt [Nekhek. The word meant ‘herald of the darkness’. A creature so foul it was said to be the Mahdek’s favourite weapon against my people, its bite stealing our magic and poisoning our spirits.]

Where can I get one? :)

Suffice it to say, that Nekhek are not what the Jan’Tep believe them to be. Evil demons? No. Violent, bloodthirsty, foul-mouthed creatures with a very interesting sense of humour and a penchant for stealing? Most definitely.

Sign me up for more straight away.

PS: If you are still not convinced, but agree that Xmen (Gambit) & Codex Alera (Tavi) & Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket) all mixed into an exciting new fantasy story sounds great then you are in for one helluva ride!

Read it!

Delirium Brief - Charles Stross (Hardcover)

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Delirium Brief - Charles Stross (Hardcover)
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343

It's CASE NIGHTMARE RAINBOW.

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So, what happens if your local IT guy has leveled up to an post-human undead Necromancer, but is still bound by kilometers of red tape? What happens when you've followed Bob Howard from the bumbling romps of the Atrocity Archives where he dealt with Nazi summoners from the ice dimensions and. things. have. just. been. escalating. since?

If you've never read Stross, google for "A Colder War". If that tickles your fancy, why have you not bought the entire series yet? Are you an agent of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN perhaps? It's time to call the Auditors.

Seriously, excellent book. Stross shows a progression in his narrative and the streaks of dark humour that underlies the series still have the bite that makes you come back for more. Be sure to take extra care around CCTV cameras.

Assassination Classroom Vol. 02 - Yusei Matsui (Paperback)

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Assassination Classroom Vol. 02 - Yusei Matsui (Paperback)
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128
RRP
R 160
(-20%)

Great art, yet again.

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I like this series. I like the fact that few people read this, compared to the influx of salty Naruto fans. I don't like the weeb culture at all. I find it profoundly disturbing. I read manga for the art more than anything.

The Animator's Survival Kit - Richard Williams (Paperback)

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The Animator's Survival Kit - Richard Williams (Paperback)
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447

Brilliant.

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This book is going to make the the finest animator in all of South Africa. No jokes. The full color pages and in depth descriptions are excellent. This is well worth the four hundred bucks and is by far better than what you'd learn at an animation school in this land.

Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End - Chuck Wendig (Paperback)

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Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End - Chuck Wendig (Paperback)
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163

How the Empire Lost?

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The final chapter in the Aftermath trilogy. An interesting tale of the other characters in the galaxy far, far away in the aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star. Really good story, with an awesome writing style. Nice to get information between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Highly recommended!

Journey to Star Wars - the Last Jedi - Claudia Gray (Hardcover)

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Journey to Star Wars - the Last Jedi - Claudia Gray (Hardcover)
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230

Sweet and lovely story.

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I didn't expect this book to be like this. It's quite the good read, I'll say.

Kier Domadi is a stand out character in this book. It's kind of weird to read about how Kier kisses Leia and stuff. Their romance is peculiar, but needless to say it isn't badly written at all. As well as that, I think Kylo Ren wouldn't have turned to the dark side if Leia stuck with Kier. I presume when Moff Tarkin destroyed Alderaan, he too pulverized Domadi along with it. It's all Han Solo's fault that Kylo is in The First Order.

Amilyn Holdo is another great character. Very strange, yet intriguing. She's a good friend to Leia, and I can't wait to see her in The Last Jedi.

The descriptions of Crait are very vivid and clear. I didn't know what Crait was until I read this book. It looked so strange in the first trailer for The Last Jedi, but has now become obvious what is actually going on.

I am in constant awe of myself for getting this book, because I will walk in to The Last Jedi with so much more context. It's good to have a book that explains certain things that would be hard to understand without it.

Good work by Claudia Gray on this book. 10/10.

Sanctuary Bay - Laura J. Burns (Hardcover)

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Sanctuary Bay - Laura J. Burns (Hardcover)
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243

A genre-bending novel that's part mystery, part thriller and part speculative fiction

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A genre-bending novel that's part mystery, part thriller and part speculative fiction, Sanctuary Bay proved to be a surprising and unexpected read. What I thought would be a run-of-the-mill boarding school story turned out to be one that delves into human experimentation, mental health and psychological torture under the guise of treatments for the mentally disabled. It's quite a dark read, but I loved how this book cleverly provided such an excellent red herring as to what was really going on.

Would love to see a sequel to this, because the conclusion is decidedly open-ended and leaves you with so many questions.

Tower of Dawn - Sarah J. Maas (Hardcover)

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Tower of Dawn - Sarah J. Maas (Hardcover)
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243

Tower of Dawn 5/5

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this book is beyond amazing! Sarah J Maas is an exceptionally skilled author and story teller. If you havn't read her breath-taking throne of glass series, i highly recommend it!

Godsgrave - Jay Kristoff (Hardcover)

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Godsgrave - Jay Kristoff (Hardcover)
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345

Worth it

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Not as good as Nevernight, but still a worthy middle book in this trilogy..

Game of Thrones - Insight Journals (Hardcover)

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Game of Thrones - Insight Journals (Hardcover)
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Price
145
RRP
R 240
(-40%)

Nice

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Very nice, but a bit smaller than expected. Emphasis should be placed on "pocket journal"

Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Hc - Grant Morrison (Hardcover)

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Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Hc - Grant Morrison (Hardcover)
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488

Great read for fans looking for a darker approach.

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This book is a dark take on the Arkham Asylum that exists in the DC Comics universe. Batman is seen through a bit of a different light and the villians are more realistic. Experience a psychological trip.

Great read for any Batman fan.
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