The Tyranny of the Night is the first book of Glen Cook’s new series, The Instrumentalities of the Night.
Cook is best known for his woefully under-appreciated and masterful Black Company series, which I think should be turned into a mini-series for HBO. The Tyranny of the Night doesn’t reach those heights, and suffers from a sputtering and confusing beginning where he presents his new world and how it works. If you get through the rough start, though, it becomes an effective beginning of a new saga laden with the trademark Cook world-weary cynicism and meaty action.
Definitely worth checking out if you like your fantasy dark and raw.
Posted Sunday, 04 February, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.