Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Ghosts of Tomorrow

Ghosts of Tomorrow Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Done With Mirrors?

This Fletcher guy and his mirrors! Here we get a cyber-virtual near-future version, but a lot of this stuff is done with smoke and... mirrors. Or scans.. combat chassis. What's not to love?

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: The Monster at the End of this Book

The Monster at the End of this Book The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this for my grandbaby, in the interest of getting him away from electronics and into real books.

We read it 4 times in the first sitting. Even then I had to cut him off so he could go home and get to bed....


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: Grey Sister

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

I received an eARC copy of this book through the Penguin First to Read program.

Then, since school was bogging down my pleasure-reading time, I used an Audible credit to buy the audiobook once it became available. This was a great idea, because I was able to really devote some good listening time to one of my most looked-forward-to books of the year.

Ever since loving Red Sister so much, I've been itching to get back into Nona's world. Without spoiling anything, I will say that I found the early part very engaging, with some significant early surprises. It slowed down a bit through the middle, but then those last several chapters had me at the edge of my... earbuds.

So now the next book is one of my most looked-forward-to books of next year.

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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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