The Witcher: Blood of Elves (1994) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Where the first two novels in THE WITCHER series were short story collections, the bulk of the series is the five-novel saga that follows them, starting here with BLOOD OF ELVES. Structurally, it makes for quite a change. Gone are the charms of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s riffs on fairytales, gone is the tightness of structure…

The Witcher: The Last Wish (1993) by Andrzej Sapkowski

THE LAST WISH is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski between 1986 and 1993 (later translated into English in 2007). There are five short stories that were published in a Polish fantasy magazine through those years, two stories written especially for the collection, and a framing story written to…

Torchwood: Hidden (2008) by Steven Savile

“Hidden” is an odd story in an odd range, a series of ten audiobooks not based on any actual books. That is, these stories were never released in print, they exist only as read-aloud-audiobooks, even though the actual writing is entirely prose and in every sense a novel. This enlivens the actual stories being told…

Torchwood: Border Princes (2007) by Dan Abnett

It’s interesting that the first novel in this Torchwood tie-in range precipitated something the actual series would later cover (a relationship of Owen’s in around 2004 factoring into why he joined Torchwood, in “Fragments”), because this novel much more directly does something a later episode (”Adam”) would do, in introducing a new member of the…

Torchwood: Another Life (2007) by Peter Anghelides

Peter Anghelides writes what you’d expect from this range, at the time three novels published a week after the first series finale of Torchwood, set between the third and fourth episodes of that series. As the raunchier, gorier, ostensibly darker and more mature post-watershed spin-off of Doctor Who, perhaps one could reasonably assume its tie-in…