Five Stars and You’re Welcome

name of wind

If you haven’t been paying attention—and even if you have—you might not have noticed that the reviews on this blog operate on a “five star” rating system yet within all the posts there is nary a five star review. This is by design. Or at least by default.

I sort of seize up when it comes to writing about novels I consider to be the top of the top-notch. The reason for this apoplexy is because no matter how profusely I gush adulations, my praise will nevertheless fall short of simply saying “Just read it!”

Being the case—and in lieu of a review—I have three sci-fi/fantasy five-star-ers that I will recommend to you with the aforementioned “just read it!” exhortation.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s the greatest thing in fantasy since sliced bread. Or dragons. However, once you finish it and its sequel, contact Rothfuss and complain that he’s taking to long with the third book. 5/5 stars.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Good books make you sympathize with characters, to experience their emotions. Great books make you want to throw the book across the room and scream “No! No! Stop!” And then cry. 5/5 stars.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The best comedy of manners and social critique novel since Jane Austen. In fact, it’s better. Plus there’s magic! 5/5 stars.

Now that you have this vital information, I beseech you, tarry not. Call out of work—for three, yay, maybe four days—purchase these novels from Second Time Books (and if we don’t have them in stock I will lend you my copy), and let the five star fun begin!

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