A Book Ian Likes: Tea With The Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

Martha Macnamara has come to California to find her daughter Elizabeth, who appears to have disappeared. While searching for her she meets the enigmatic Mayland Long, an oriental gentleman of indeterminate age with lovely long fingers that can reach all the way around a teacup and – importantly for Martha’s day job as a musician … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Tea With The Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

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An Author Ian Likes: in memorium, Sir Terry Pratchett

(This post was originally written on the original stuffianlikes blog the day after Sir Terry passed. I've tidied up some grammatical errors and added a couple of pictures but this is otherwise the way it appeared 4 years-minus-a-day-ago) I usually dwell on these posts for bloody ages but this one needs to be gotten down … Continue reading An Author Ian Likes: in memorium, Sir Terry Pratchett

A Book Ian Likes: The Silver Sun by Nancy Springer

The mid-1970s was a great time to be a fantasy fan. Maybe not an especially discerning fantasy fan, but there seems to have been an awful lot going on in the field, a field that was growing and becoming more commercially viable. Following the meteoric success of The Lord Of The Rings, loads of publishers liked … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: The Silver Sun by Nancy Springer

A Book Ian Likes: Nifft The Lean by Michael Shea

Michael Shea came to prominence in the 1970s with his novel The Quest For Simbilis, a sequel of sorts to Jack Vance’s Dying Earth novel, The Eyes Of The Overworld. But despite much of his work – his brilliant short stories aside – displaying their roots very heavily on their sleeve he has a fantastic originality to his … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Nifft The Lean by Michael Shea

A Series Ian Likes: The Dragonriders Of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

They’re the most beloved megafauna in all of fantasy. Feared for their deadly flame, famed for their miserliness, they have somehow come to be a symbol for the magical and wondrous places inside our heads. Anne McCaffrey managed to combine the more fearsome aspects with the noblest when she created the series that she is most famous … Continue reading A Series Ian Likes: The Dragonriders Of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

A Trilogy Ian Likes: Memory, Sorrow And Thorn by Tad Williams

Memory, Sorrow And Thorn, comprising The Dragonbone Chair, Stone Of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower (1988 – 1993) by Tad Williams. In case you haven’t noticed, fantasy is a pretty hefty part of our literary lives now. But it has really only been the last ten years or so that fantasy authors have begun to shed their … Continue reading A Trilogy Ian Likes: Memory, Sorrow And Thorn by Tad Williams

A Book Ian Likes: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Imagine a world in which television corporations control the news and the way in which people partake of information. A world where children kill one another in their schools and nothing is done to prevent it; where police chases are televised; in which people feel closer to characters in bland soap operas broadcast onto television … Continue reading A Book Ian Likes: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury