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url 2018-09-27 22:15
The 10 Best Completed SF and Fantasy Series According to. ...
The Runelords - David Farland
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Heroes Die - Matthew Stover
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story - Stephen R. Donaldson
The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe
Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Source: www.tor.com/2018/09/25/the-10-best-completed-sf-and-fantasy-series-according-to-me
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text 2018-08-31 15:40
August wrap up
Blackbeard: The Birth of America - Samuel S. Marquis
Legion Excerpt - Brandon Sanderson
Behind the Door - Mary SanGiovanni
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One) - Tamora Pierce
Rattus New Yorkus - Hunter Shea
Ireland the Best - Sally McKenna,John McKenna
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances - Cody Johnson
Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
Sound—The Fabric of Soul, Consciousness, Reality, and the Cosmos - Ramiro Mendes,João Mendes

Wow, 10 books in a month is good for me!

 

I'm reading more in the run up to Bingo. Some of these could even fit Bingo squares, but I have new choices.

 

Stand out books Are Legion and Hero at the Fall, both good Fantasy. Behind the Door and Blackbeard were also worthy.

 

3 non-fiction, of those Ireland the Best was excellent reference material and the others were each interesting in their own ways.

 

Funny enough, the two well known Fantasy writers were the disappointments.

 

I was getting close to finishing all current reads, then a couple more got approved at Netgalley. At least I'm going to have plenty of good stuff to read for the next couple of months!

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review 2018-08-28 14:18
Legion
Legion Excerpt - Brandon Sanderson

by Brandon Sanderson

 

This is a sample of a combined trilogy, but it actually has the full first book which is only 79 pages sold separately.

 

The concept is very original. Jake has a reputation for getting things done, but he's schizophrenic and has effectively invisible friends, who he accepts are hallucinations, with various skills that allow him to accomplish things he doesn't believe he could do on his own.

 

He has a real butler and housekeeper who play along, pretending to hand drinks to his 'aspects' as he calls them and such. Anyone who deals with him has to accept that these imaginary people are his team and make enough room for them in the car or wherever. This leads to much amusement in a story that is otherwise a Mystery/Action Thriller/Spy novel.

 

The situation is that a company has developed a camera that can take photos from different moments in time and the main developer has stolen it. The woman from the company who comes to Jake with the case raises suspicions from one of his more astute aspects and Jake ends up watching his back from all sorts of angles.

 

It's a fun story and I bought the second book before I had got very far into this one. Definitely recommended for anyone with a sense of the bizarre.

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review 2018-07-08 00:45
Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5)
Edgedancer: From the Stormlight Archive - Brandon Sanderson

Traveling from the palace of the Azish emperor to the carved out city of Yeddaw, a young Knight Radiant stalks her would be executioner even as a danger to her world stalks the land.  Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer is a tale from the Stormlight Archive set in-between the second and third volumes of the main series as it shows the how Lift, the titular Edgedancer, and a long surviving Herald react to the Everstorm.

 

Feeling confined and unsure, the adventurous theft Lift travels to the city of Yeddaw to find more Radiants before they are murdered by Darkness.  The teenager displays her Edgedancer talents to draw the attention of her would be executioner while also exploring the city and trying to figure out its people.  Her tactics pay off as Darkness learns she’s in the city and she follows him to discover what he knows only to find out that Darkness has Radiant apprentices of his own including a man in white.  Eventually Lift is forced to use her connections with the Azish emperor to find out who Darkness is searching for only to discover that his apprentices had made a mistake and that the unlikeable woman Lift has had several encounters will is his target.  But it is during their confrontation that Lift convinces Darkness, the Herald Nale, that the Everstorm hitting the city means a new Desolation has arrived.

 

Although this book comes in at roughly 270 pages, the first 58 being a reprinting of Lift’s Interlude in Words of Radiance, the small hardback volume that it appears in makes it seem longer than it is.  In a postscript, Sanderson wrote that this novella was needed before both characters appear again in Oathbringer thus meaning for that anyone reading the series this short little story is something they might want to quickly read.  Given it’s short length, Sanderson packs a lot into it as he wants to describe the city of Yeddaw as well as continue to develop Lift—who he is not shy in saying he enjoys writing—in both her understanding of who she is and in giving readers hints about what the “Nightwatcher” gave her instead of her request to remain 10 years old.

 

Edgedancer is a quick, fun read about young adventurous character looking to figure herself out and in the process helping an age-old hero begin to regain his focus on what the world of Roshar needs.  Even though you’ll need to have read earlier volumes of the Stormlight Archive to understand the magical system and world it take place in.

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review 2018-07-02 13:53
Nie droga, lecz trakt. Królewski.
Droga królów - Brandon Sanderson

Właśnie mija rok, od kiedy przeczytałem tę opasłą powieść. Trochę żal, że byłem zbyt leniwy, by opisać moje wrażenia od razu, z pewnością wtedy potrafiłbym poruszyć więcej aspektów, ale może i dobrze - bo dzięki temu oszczędziłem Wam nadmiaru zachwytu wylewającego się z każdego zdania recenzji! Tak, bo tylko w kategoriach zachwytu mogę tę książkę opisywać.

 

To, co najmocniej odczuwałem niemal od pierwszych stron, to odczucie, że jest to z pewnością najbardziej dojrzała pisarsko powieść Sandersona. Wyraźnie widać, że jest ona efektem wieloletnich przygotowań, klecenia wątków, budowania postaci. Nie kłują już w oczy niespodziewane, z księżyca wzięte zachowania bohaterów. Wątki (nie wszystkie - wszak to dopiero pierwszy tom) pięknie się ze sobą spajają, a mimo to ich kulminacja następuje w zupełnie niespodziewanym miejscu. Świat Rosharu, w którym dzieje się akcja powieści, jest po prostu nie-sa-mo-wity, tak różny od ziemskiego, a jednocześnie tak konsekwentnie przedstawiony!

 

Czytałem opinie, że fabuła wolno się rozkręca, są dłużyzny - ja żadnej z tych rzeczy nie odczuwałem! Owszem, jak to u Sandersona, temperatura akcji mocno podskakuje pod koniec powieści, nie oznacza to jednak, że wcześniej jest nudno. Wręcz przeciwnie, poznajemy bohaterów w przełomowych dla nich okolicznościach, a wcześniej prolog i jeszcze wcześniej pre-prolog skutecznie wzbudzają zaciekawienie.

 

O czym jeszcze mogę powiedzieć, żeby zachęcić do przeczytania? O spektakularnie przedstawionych scenach akcji, tak działających na wyobraźnie, że aż przypominających nagrane w slow-motion sekwencje z hollywoodzkich filmów? O tym, że choć nawał zdarzeń był ogromny, to jest to zaledwie początek całej historii, która zapowiada się imponująco? O tym, że następna część - bo już ją przeczytałem - tylko to potwierdza? O tym, że dla takich książek warto czytać książki?

 

No, bo warto:)

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