Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Edgedancer

Edgedancer Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So why the delay? Well, I'm a bit OCD and when I received Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, I wasn't quite ready to jump into the Mistborn and other stuff. The idea of reading a single story from the entire book made my eye twitch a bit.

But then I found out that it would be a good idea to read this before Oathbringer, and since I'm starting that very soon, decided to just go with it.

Great story! Lift is a fun character and this was a good comic side story in the Stormlight Archive. That said, it's feeling pretty essential, as there was lots of cool information about Radiants and the Everstorm and spren-stuff. It also flushed out some areas in Roshar that we probably won't see in the main series.

Definitely worth the time. Now, on to Oathbringer!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Swarm and Steel

Swarm and Steel Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For real, a 5-star quality book took me this long to read? Wow. I can't blame the book though. Life and school and work and whatever else can take the blame, and that is my reality.

If I believe it, that will make it true, right?

insert doubt

Ahh well...

At any rate, this thing was awesome. Set in the same world as his Manifest Delusions series, this standalone certainly carries the same worldbuilding brilliance.

I guess the biggest question though is, how in the Swarm does Fletcher manage to tell a story that is so gross and violent and graphic and just freaking Grimdark, but still manage to keep it light??

"Light" probably isn't the right word at all, because it's so damn thought provoking and deep with philosophy. But the humor and tone keep it comfortable, and keep it from bringing the reader down.

At least, that's what I believe, so it's now my truth.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Burning Down The House

Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Burning Down The House Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Burning Down The House by Rob Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy of this book ahead of publication from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Cool stuff. It's always good to get back to the old gang, even when it's such a group of misfits and degenerates. The banter between them is always entertaining, and more often than not we get some really crazy stuff from Harley Quinn that makes me laugh out loud.

Honestly, she's the main reason I even invest in Suicide Squad.

At any rate, lots of fun and great artwork. Can't ask for a lot more. :)

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: A Local Habitation

A Local Habitation A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Took me long enough, but that was because of other commitments in life. This book was a pleasant surprise, in that I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I had #1 in the series. This has me wanting to continue the series at some point, and I'm quite a bit more intrigued with the world McGuire has created here.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Shackled

Shackled Shackled by Michael Wisehart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to try this free eBook for some time as it looked very interesting when I first saw its blurb. But then I got an email from the author mentioning a new, free audiobook version. Cool, I went to check it out.

And saw that Tim Gerard Reynolds was narrating... 🤘😄😎

Sold! Or not, since it was free... But you get the idea.

It didn't disappoint, either. This had a great story that Tim's voice brought to life, as it usually does. This is definitely making me want to go and use an Audible credit on the full length novel that this serves as a prequel for: The White Tower.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: Red Sister

Red Sister Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been stewing on a review for this book for a couple of days now. I feel it definitely deserves one, but it's hard to put into words what it meant to read it. I don't want to just say "it's great" and leave it at that.

If Hogwarts was a convent for young novice nuns on a planet with a dying sun, located in an ice corridor, you might have an idea of the setting. Then imagine Arya Stark and a Chosen One prophesy, with some Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fight scenes and some Dark Tower mysticism thrown in, and you might get a feel for what this story is about...

But then, not so much. This is a combination of so many great things, yet uniquely original in its execution. Beautifully written, and will have me pushing the next book way up on my TBR..

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