Tag Archives: fantasy

Good Omens – Book Review

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

3 out of 5 stars

I wanted light and fluffy and I got it.

When the antichrist is born, will nature or nurture decide the future of humanity? Here lies the basis of our story when an unlikely pair, an angel and a demon, misplace the son of Satan to the wrong human family. Of course, they don’t realize the mishap until eleven years later. Much too late to change the way of things. With Armageddon and the hosts of Heaven and Hell bearing down on them, what will the little antichrist choose?

Shenaningans ensue and yadda, yadda, yadda. Parts were funny and parts were horribly boring. Which brought it to the fairly balanced rating of 3 stars.

Hard to review when I don’t particularly feel one way or the other about this book. It wasn’t a waste of my time but it probably won’t be one I remember for years to come.

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Top 5 Books of 2017 So Far

All the cool kids are mentioning their favorite books of the first half of the year, so I might as well jump on that dandy little train because who doesn’t like good book recommendations?!

In no particular order:

  1. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  2. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  3. Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop
  4. The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown

 

I’ve been going hard at epic fantasy this year and I hope to continue. Usually this time of the year and into fall I start hitting Urban Fantasy hard. Not there is anything wrong with that but I have a lot of series I need to catch up on before I begin new ones. (This is what I tell myself but it never works out that way.)

The Goodreads Book Tag

The Shameful Narcissist shared this lovely little book tag and I just couldn’t resist. One more reason to talk about books! I’ll also take this opportunity to openly invite, if you so choose, to add me as a friend on Goodreads here.

What was the last book you marked as read?

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

What are you currently reading?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Almost finished though.

What was the last book you marked as ‘to-read’?

The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington. (Who can resist a FAT epic fantasy novel? Not this girl!)

Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?

Yes. My goal is 67. I usually surpass my goals but with buying a house this year, I’m glad that I didn’t set the goal too high.

Do you have a wish list?

Yes. I mostly just use it to watch for good Kindle sales on authors I haven’t tried yet.

Who are your favorite authors?

Oi vay. George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Pierce Brown, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Chuck Palahniuk, Kevin Hearne, Patrick Rothfuss, R.S. Belcher, and Mark Lawrence.

Have you joined any groups?

Dragons & Jetpacks. A spectacular sci-fi, fantasy group. I’ve been in it a couple of years now and it’s definitely responsible for the growth of my TBR pile. (We’re currently a featured group on Goodreads as well.)

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

29 and always growing.

I Tag…

Everyone who dwells in books! (Yeah, I took the cheap way out.)

T-Rex Can’t Jack Off

An astute observation from my husband’s sleep brain. He talks in his sleep on a nightly basis and some of his exclamations are just down right fabulous, so I’ve decided to use them as blog post titles. This one was hot off the press this morning and it must still be fresh in his mind because upon awakening, he tried to imitate what it would look like if a T-Rex attempted to jack off. I really wish I had been prepared for it and got it on video but alas, you’ll just have to use your own imagination.

House hunting has been seriously cutting into reading time. (I almost bought a house with built in bookshelves around a fireplace but there was a massive foundation issue.) If I have a book review once a week, that’s why. On the bright side, I’ve been imagining all things I’ll get to do once the hunt and move are over. Like, buying any damn book I please no matter the cost. Most importantly, I will be able to pre-order books from my favorite authors and support them at my full capacity. I find this rather exciting. I know buying their books at all is important but pre-ordering their new books helps them even more. Makes them more appealing to publishers so they can continue writing.

The books I want to pre-order the most:

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What books are you dying to pre-order?

Karen Memory – Book Review

2 out of 5 stars

DNF at page 110.

If you’re going to write a story set inside a brothel, in a steam punk old western world , it should be interesting without even trying. But somehow, instead, you’re welcomed to Bland Town with bland MC and a bland story line. In fact, my entire reaction to this is bland….MEH.

Keep on, keepin’ on. There are better books in your future.

Book Haul – Valentine’s Edition

I have been on a strict book buying diet since we’re saving for a house. It can be incredibly frustrating at times but the truth is that I always have roughly 100 books, either physical editions or ebooks, waiting to be read in my house. (Though I’m sure many book wyrms can agree, you always want to read the books you don’t have.) I’ve only been buying ebooks on sale for $0.99 to $1.99 or physical used books for $0.50 at my library. I won’t lie, I’m pretty proud of my self control.

My husband shot that all to shit though when he handed me money and demanded I buy myself books for Valentine’s Day. So while he spent most of Valentine’s Day evening raiding in World of Warcraft, I spent it blissfully selecting books I’ve been wanting for a long time, but never to seem to be in stock at my local B&N.

So sometime between this coming Monday and Friday, I should be receiving the following 5 books:

  1. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
  2. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  3. The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
  4. Tempting Danger by Eileen Weeks
  5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

 

In the mean time, I’m reading short novels to fill the time until my new books arrives. Because as soon as they arrive, I’m diving in.

 

The Emperor’s Soul – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

While interesting and creative, I would be bold enough to say that this is not my favorite work of Sanderson’s. In fact, it would be at the bottom of the list of what I’ve read so far by him. It it still definitely worth a read and being so short, it won’t take up much of your time.

As usual, describing a magic system created by Sanderson is difficult.

Shai is a Forger. She can take an old object and make it appear new because the object remembers what it once was. Regardless of being inanimate, it has a sense of self. She can make almost exact replicas of art and ancient artifacts.

Of course, in the land that she lives, this is considered an abomination. When she is caught trying to replace priceless artifacts with her forgeries in the emperor’s palace, she is arrested. Her only way out is to forge a new soul for the emperor. An attempted assassination has left him brain dead. She has 100 days to create a replica soul that is so good, no one will question whether or not it is the emperor or she dies.

The Shotgun Arcana – Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

I called The Six-Gun Tarot a seven layer cake.

This is unabashed second helpings.

Set one year after the events of The Six-Gun Tarot, Jim is a deputy partnered with Mutt. Mutt and Maude are approaching item status much to the chagrin of many town racists. Malachi Bick owns practically everyone and everything in town and someone has begun brutally murdering prostitutes.

An ancient artifact buried beneath the town is luring serial killers from far and wide to Golgotha. (Serial killers who are clever blends of real serial killers.) Trouble once again braves the 40-mile desert to bring suffering, pain and loss to the townspeople and the only ones that can stop them are our motley crew of heroes; Jon Highfather, Mutt, Jim Negrey, Maude Stapleton, Harry Pratt and Clay Turlough. (Introductions to some new bad ass heroes as well.)

This second installment was not a disappointment. When you think to yourself that the author could not possibly add one more element to this, then they do and they do it successfully, it makes you want to weep with joy.

R.S. Belcher, you have one more stalker for life.

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The Mirror Empire – Book Review

Read April 2015

3 out of 5 stars

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Yeah, that’s me. Trying to think of how the hell to write this review.

I mean one of my notes says, “Thumb in butt.” Not mine mind you, but one character checking the anal virginity of another.
Other notes say things like, “Cannibals!” and “dog hair clothes.”

All I can really boil it down to is a list of the good things, the things that made this book so promising and then why it was ultimately flat.

The Good/Interesting Aspects:
– Bear and dog mounts
– Matriarchal/polyamorous society
– Sentient carnivore plants
– Magic based upon the satellite (star) in orbit
– Blood witches
– Tears in the world in which you may travel to another parallel world
– Causing or attempting to stop genocide depending on which playing field you currently stand

The reason this book fell flat? Severe lack of character development. I could hardly connect with any of the characters. The closest I came was some what enjoying Ahkio and that was because he did show slight character development. However, it didn’t matter to me at any point who lived and who died.

The world building was great and had a lot more potential but I felt as though there was more world building that hadn’t been fleshed out by the author and it left it lacking at points. Many times I could not tell which planet we were supposed to be on. Maybe it was my mind wandering but I sometimes felt as if I had missed something important and I would read back a little bit and find nothing amiss.

This wasn’t a book that I was biting at the bit to pick up and keep reading. In fact, I sat it down often and for long periods of time and read something a little more interesting in between. That being said, it was still a good book and I would continue with the second in hopes that the author fixed a few things.