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review 2015-09-27 06:51
Author Interview with Bradley Beaulieu!
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai - Bradley P. Beaulieu

 

Instead of formally reviewing Twelve Kings of Sharakhai, in which would've just raved on a lot about how much I loved it - I thought 'heck, let's just interview the author!'. So, I asked Bradley lot's of strange questions about the book, and writing subjects I wanted to know more about.. And he actually answered them! With gusto! (I almost had a conniption when I read his responses! The answer to the second last question made me tear up!)..

 

 

 

 

 Therefore, allow me to Introduce:

 

 

Hello Bradley Beaulieu (the crowd erupts in cheers)! Welcome to Book Frivolity! Tell us a bit about yourself! Please include at least one weird fact, so we readers can confirm that authors are in fact human, and not godlike creatures.

 

I’m a guy who loves to cook, hide out on the weekend with my kids, and catch the occasional sportsball show. I grew up in Wisconsin in the US and have a degree in computer science and engineering. I spent time writing code for a nuclear power plant before moving on to work for Big Blue (that’s IBM for those new to old-school tech-speak). I like single-malt Scotch, single-village Mezcal, and trippel Belgian ales. And I write from time to time.

 

Your new release Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (or Twelve Kings in the UK) the first novel in your The Song of the Shattered Sands series has been repeatedly compared to Arabian Nights (I don’t think I’ve read an article or review that hasn’t mentioned it!). For those that don’t know much of Arabian Nights, (yep, I was included in that group!) can you explain the concept of Twelve Kings in a way that the uninitiated can get a sense of what to expect when embarking on the journey?

 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai set in a vast desert with a powerful city state at its center. It has a wide array of characters, but the lion’s share of the book is dedicated to the main character,Çeda (pronounced CHAY-dah, like Aveda). The story follows our young heroine as she strives to avenge her mother’s death at the hands of the immortal kings of Sharakhai, who rule the desert with an iron fist.

 

It has sandships, blood magic, and moon-blooming flowers that grant wondrous abilities. On the surface, it’s a sweeping tale of what men and women will do to retain power. But there’s a strong undercurrent about how difficult it is to erase the past entirely. Some have described it as an “intimate” epic fantasy, and I really like that, because I wanted to focus on Çeda and her story as it weaves through the many threads of Sharakhai’s past.

 

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review 2014-07-30 00:33
Bone Song (Gollancz S.F.) - John Meaney

John Meaney has rich and vivid imagination. He's created an alternative universe where cities are powered by the bones of the dead. Wraiths exist inside cars, motorcycles, even lamps, and seem to be a de-facto for artificial intelligence. I was often caught out by a description that was strange not only to me, but was impressive or different for the main character. I never felt I had an understanding of the rules of this world, I know show don't tell, but there wasn't enough showing. Things were strange, people died, and sometimes they came back. There was also a police procedural and hunt for a cadre of killers, but that was the least interesting aspect of this book. 

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review 2014-07-08 21:46
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett,Victor Gollancz
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett,Victor Gollancz

Pratchett retells Cinderella with more than a few twists. It's an excuse to set his three witches off adventuring around the Discworld, and it lets Greebo out to get into trouble. I love the travel, but especially the interplay between the very different women. And the cat, of course.

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review 2014-05-26 00:00
Debt of Bones (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Debt of Bones (GOLLANCZ S.F.) - Terry Goodkind Nice sidestory. I was expecting to find out more about Abby and how she became who she is later on. However, this wasn't about that side of the story really. Maybe it's all explained in one of the normal books I haven't read yet. I'm now looking forward again to reading more of the series during the summer!

For those who are reading this as a standalone book: it really isn't. Without the depth of the normal series, the events become too shallow for what they actually represent. I really recommend NOT starting off with this book; instead: treat it like an appendix. Otherwise, it would be such a shame to drop the entire series based on not liking this one!
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review 2014-03-20 20:58
Review - Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

This was the first Charlaine Harris book I'd read so didn't know what to expect. Story-wise it's a good mystery and I didn't guess the ending until...well, the end. I just never really felt connected to the characters though. Harper is really hard to figure out, one minute she's streetsmart and mouthy, the next she's a wreck and can't function because she's like a little-girl-lost. I'm not sure if this will be explained a little more in the next books but so far she's not that likeable. Her brother Tolliver is a bit of a mystery too and I'm still not sure what makes him tick.

It's a good book but I'm hoping it will become a bit more fleshed out in the rest of the series. I was hoping for more of her special ability of being able to 'speak' to the departed and the story did revolve around this, but there wasn't very much of that side of things this time.

It held my interest to find out where things were headed all the way through so I'd recommend it, but it's a fairly quick read and if I'm honest not a lot happened in this one.

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