Tristan v Sarah
Tristan v Sarah is a welcome, fresh take on the fantasy genre. There's a lightness of touch in the writing, which is a relief, after all those samey, weighty fantasy tomes that take themselves far too seriously. Yet Victor's and Stuarts use of vocabulary is wide ranged, but doesn't let the reader sink into a vacuum of over description.
Stuart and Victor understand, unlike many other writers in the genre, that characterizations need to be real-world and that the dialogue that the characters speak has to be realistic too.
The hilarity of a father who has taught his son essential life skills such as eskrima-fighting and knot-tying. Although fire-lighting and map-reading would be useful if you were having a barbecue and needed to find your nearest Sainsbury's, where Bruce has really let his son down is by neglecting to teach him to cook....
I really liked the scene in the kitchen where Bruce is dressed in his keikogi - and yet they're having to eat buttered toast for supper
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