Review copies: Carey, LeGuin, Wolfe, Sanderson, Deas, Cargill, Hunt

Eight Gollancz paperbacks.

Eight Gollancz paperbacks.

Courtesy of Gollancz, Ursula K. LeGuin’s THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST; Linda Carey, Louise Carey, and M.R. Carey, THE HOUSE OF WAR AND WITNESS; Gene Wolfe, THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN Vol. 1: SHADOW AND CLAW; Stephen Hunt, IN DARK SERVICE; Stephen Deas, THE SPLINTERED GODS; C. Robert Cargill, QUEEN OF THE DARK THINGS; and Brandon Sanderson, WORDS OF RADIANCE, parts one and two.

The Deas is the third book in a series. The Cargill is the second, and the Sanderson is… technically the second book, or the third and fourth volumes, I think. I don’t know why they sent me so many blokey fantasies – and not even the first books in series!

C. Robert Cargill’s Dreams and Shadows: A book I was supposed to review and couldn’t finish

When I resigned the task of reviewing it as beyond my capacities, this is what I said:

“I have tried alcohol and caffeine and locking myself in a mostly-empty room, but some quality of Cargill’s writing repulses me – not with loathing (although there has at points been some of that) but with utter indifference. It is not a technically incompetent novel – incompetent novels can be entertainingly bad – but one that in the fifty pages I have clawed my way through has proven eye-bleedingly boring, smug, full of self-regard and above all prosily complacent. Yet in so indifferent a fashion I can’t even work up a good bilious rage to carry me through, and bleed out rather instead in dull and tedious resentment.”