Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares

Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I downloaded a copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley

This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable.

It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in those books.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Review: The White Tower

The White Tower The White Tower by Michael Wisehart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars. If you like big, meaty, epic fantasies, this could be just what you're looking for.

I wanted to rate it higher, as I really enjoyed this one. But where it scratched the surface of being something great, it never really got there. As a first book in a series, I don't have any worries that the overall story will click into place and be satisfying, but at this stage in the game I find myself wanting more. That is a good thing too, as I'm intrigued enough to want to continue...

The execution was pretty good and the characters were interesting. It just felt a bit long winded at times and I did get confused by the sheer volume of characters and side stories going on. Still, I'm looking forward to the second book, and to the side/prequel series that's already been started.

I will also add here that the audio as read by Tim Gerard Reynolds makes the story more enjoyable, helping the length of it not seem so daunting. He's definitely one of my favorite narrators, and getting him signed on for this book was a great decision.

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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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