Monday, 21 October 2013

FICTION REVIEW: The Devil Delivered and Other Tales - Steven Erikson

Release Date: 24/09/13
Publisher:  Bantam


The Devil Delivered: In the breakaway Lakota Nation, in the heart of a land blistered beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains of North America, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the world's powers to their knees. Revolvo: In the fictitious country of Canada, the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience. Fishing with Grandma Matchie: A children's story of a boy tasked with a writing assignment becomes a stunning fantastical journey with his tale-spinning grandmother.


To be honest here I do love Steven’s Malazan series but at times I feel that jumping genre to write something different isn’t perhaps the best thing an author can do when they’re writing under the same name. Here I feel this book will sell more because of an established fanbase rather than because the writing is outstanding in its own right.

That’s not to say that the stories within aren’t interesting. They are, but when compared to a lot of other fiction that there is out there its one that really fits into the background without shoving its way to the fore to stand on its own two feet. All round, I suspect if you’re a fan you’ll buy it regardless however that said, I’d perhaps suggest borrowing it from the library first to see if it fulfils what you want rather than jumping straight in with both feet.

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