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text 2017-05-11 23:26
Found this free via booklikes deals (epic fantasy)
Sing the Four Quarters - Tanya Huff

Actually, this series has been on my planning to read someday list for a while.  So happy to see this first in series available free.

 

See the booklikes epic fantasy daily deals for others.

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review 2017-05-11 01:03
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan - My Thoughts
Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan

I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would and I don't know why I held off reading it for so long.

Promise of Blood is a military fantasy filled with political intrigue and not a little magic.  It has everything I like in it, an engaging plot that's full of believable twists and turns, characters that are flawed but have redeeming qualities and have logical reasons for doing what they do, and a world that's familiar yet different.  As I read, I found myself laughing in some places, tearing up a time or two, sitting on the edge of my seat anxiously and even cheering a time or two.  And for a change, most of the characters are over the age of 25!

McClellan's world-building is nifty.  It took me a bit to catch on to what everything meant, to be a Marked, a Privilege, Knacked and how gunpowder and munitions fit into things, but once I decided to just let it flow and not worry about things, it all became easier.

I think much of that is that McClellan is just a good storyteller.  He kept my attention and the pages turning with great anticipation.  This was one of those books that I was anxious to finish but damned reluctant to reach the end.

I hope the second book in the series goes on sale soon so I can add it to the TBR.  I need to know more about what happens to all my new friends but I can't afford the $13 it'll cost me for ebook right now.  But it's most certainly on the list... HIGH on the list!

Oh, and look at that cover!  I'd hang that on my wall, it's that cool!

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review 2017-05-05 15:47
Got to 50 Percent Mark and Asked Myself, Why I Am Reading This?
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson

When you get to the 50 percent mark of a book and ask yourself why are you reading it that is not a good thing.

 

I just didn't care about Amy her dumb detour with Roger and just rolled my eyes since I assume they are going to be all in love by the end of their road trip.

 

It doesn't help that reading this via Kindle does not allow you to blow up some of the graphics/pictures that the author includes in this book either. I think the whole thing was just a bit gimmicky and then I started to nitpick how far they could drive realistically on tank of gas and how they seemed to avoid certain states and then just gave up any urge to keep reading this. 

 

"Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" is about one woman's totally messed up idea to force her daughter to drive across the country with some random dude she (the mom) and the daughter have not seen since he was 5, or maybe it was 6. Seriously, I just had a hard time believing the circumstances that popped up in this book. I think I was supposed to feel sympathetic towards Amy while reading this book, but I was too busy thinking how selfish and not realistic the mother was in this book and how much Amy was working my nerves. 

 

We have the book starting off with Amy watching two people sitting in a car. You don't know what is going on but you get enough details that Amy is not happy. Then the book jumps around a bit and then you jump back in time (get used to that a lot) Amy is home alone eating pizza on the one plate she keeps reusing. Cue sad violin. And then she gets a call from her mother telling her that due to expenses, she can't have the car flown out to Connecticut (where the mom and now Amy is going to have to get herself moved to) and so she plans on her daughter and a friend's son to drive the car across country since circumstances have Amy no longer driving. 

 

BTW I already guessed the circumstances and so would any reader within the first few pages. I honestly started hating the back and forth timeline that Matson does with this story. We get what happened (no spoilers) and if it was supposed to be some big revelation it didn't work. If anything, it just made me dislike Amy and her mother even more. I just got sick of reading a story about two people who just don't have any sense to talk to each other and get their issues out there. And there's random throwaway lines about Amy's twin brother Charlie that is in rehab in North Carolina. 

 

I ultimately didn't get a sense of any character in this book and I was tired of reading about Roger and his fixation on his ex-girlfriend that even though she broke up with him he decided he was still going to go and see cause hey, why not be a cross country stalker. 

 

Bah. 

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review 2017-04-30 18:24
Run! It's too late after you embark
Moby-Dick - Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk,Herman Melville

It's not often lately that I find a read that threatens to leave me clueless as to what I'm reading. I'm not talking content here (I'll get to that later), but sheer language. Between the heavy intertextuallity, the word usage and sentences structure, I found myself having no idea what the last paragraph or three meant, and have to backtrack, more than I liked. I though I was over that shit. Conceit corrected.

 

Next, the characters feel like ghosts. Even the narrator sometimes loses substance, becoming something airlike and almost omniscient. They are Ahab's crew. If you want to get all metaphysical, traits of humanity that are driven by one over-consuming. It goes just as well as you could expect.


Last, the story. The thing itself could be spun in a third of the length without loosing anything from the plot. But, and here is where the ambitious bastard trips you, most of the meaning, theme and depth is stored in the fat. All those hazed-eyes inducing chapters? They actually have a point. Damned all those lit analysis classes, much of an overarching understanding of the novel hinges on the Jonah's sermon and the whiteness chapters.

So, is it worth it? Hell if I know. I powered through the thing, even liked it to some extent, and I'm still unconvinced. There is a certain brilliance in what it attempts. To me, the whole idea (and what it feels like to read it) can be encompassed in one passage in ch16: Ishmael goes to Peleg to ask to go whaling for a "desire to see the world" and Peleg tells him to look across the bow of the docked ship. There is nothing but water, says Ishamel, and Peleg answers that's the world he'll see a whaling. You can read a summary of the book as you can see the sea from the shore.The wisdom of going whaling is seriously challenged after all.

 

But it's not the same.

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text 2017-04-28 06:16
Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon Blog Tour and Giveaway
 
The Bow of Destiny
The Bow of Hart Saga: Book 1
by P.H. Solomon
 
Genre: Epic Fantasy
 
 
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
 
Athson has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he's not sure it's real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what's worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn't always sure what's real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
 
 
 
 
Free Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:
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Excerpt 1: An Arrow Against the Wind
Please note: this is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced except by permission.

The touch of a cold hand drew Limbreth out of the depths of slumber. Her watch already? But her eyes only fluttered open and shut. Hastra said nothing. That touch—it was far colder than the weather. It crept deep into her sluggish thoughts and along her spine.
Limbreth groaned and turned her head. Her eyes flared wide at the sight of a black hand. It grasped her arm. Her jaw worked, but she uttered not a sound. Her heart slammed in her throat, and her chest heaved. The Bane dragged her toward the door where Gweld squatted.
The figure of the Bane swallowed all the light in the small space even though the fire still burned well. Limbreth found some strength and flopped as the Bane pulled her to the door's threshold and then ducked out.
Limbreth's lungs strained to utter any noise. It was a spell! She fought for a sound and croaked a whimper. The Bane pulled her right arm out the door.
Why wouldn't Gweld do anything?
Limbreth fumbled with her free hand and snagged the rock edge of the doorway. The Bane yanked at her arm. Her breath came in gasps but made no viable sound.
She drew the deepest of breaths and mustered all her strength, which passed her lips in a feeble whisper: "Help." Not enough to wake anyone. You’re on your own. Gweld never moved. 

The Bane yanked her torso into the blizzard outside. Her hand grasped the doorway fast and her left arm locked in pain. A groan escaped her lips.
 
 
 
 
 
An Arrow Against the Wall
 
The Bow of Hart Saga Book 2
 
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.
 
The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu's reach stretches among Athson's companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?
 
Releases April 30th!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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