This is not a ploy to review two books at once because I’m like a thousand books in review-debt. I swear.
Instead, this is what happens when you read a super-sci-fi-y story about spaceships, aliens, and AI, then switch to a classically fantasy story with goblins and elves, and find out they’re actually fascinatingly similar books with a lot to say about power, empire, and administration.
Both of them delighted me. Both of them disappointed me. Both of them are worth reading. (more…)