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text 2018-06-20 00:46
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Aliens Omnibus: Female War and Genocide: Female War, Genocide v. 2 (A dark horse science fiction novel) by Steve Perry (1996-01-02) - Steve Perry

Book 1: Genocide 2 stars

 

The book didn't really contain any aliens until the last 25%. It was boring corporate b.s. The characters were only semi-likeable. And the bad guy was so obvious a middle schooler could have seen it coming.

 

There is also the fact the author couldn't keep straight which alien hive they were breaking into, the black or the red. He constantly switched colors, which made it hard to tell what was happening. "Wait, I thought they nuked the red queen. Why are they fighting her now? She's already dead! They were in the black queen hive a minute ago."

 

Poor writing. Boring story. One-dimensional characters. 

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review 2018-06-19 19:05
If fantasy's your thing...you won't want to miss this one...
Counterpoint - Rachel Haimowitz,Craig Beck

I've had this story on my radar for a while now and when the opportunity arose to review the audio book I was just all over that one. Craig Beck is the narrator for this story and he's definitely one of my favs when it comes to narrators...so, this all felt more than a little promising.

 

Usually I try to give a brief synopsis of the story in my review but to be honest I really couldn't figure out how to do that without 1. including any spoilers. 2. ending up with a really long winded review and 3. there's this thing called 'a blurb' so my brief explanation comes down to 'please read the blurb for this book' it'll make your life and mine simpler...thank you.

 

I know I've said this on more than one occasion but I'm going to be a bit redundant when I say that the fantasy genre was where my love or reading truly got it's roots. From authors such as Terry Brooks and Jacqueline Carey to Sharon Shinn and Brent Weeks, I've dedicated many hours to enjoying their writings. I have to admit though I am really, really picky about what I read when it comes to fantasy. I'm not saying that what I read is 'the best' or that I'm any kind of expert on anything other than what appeals to me and what I know I'll enjoy...

 

Sure I might think that some of the fantasy books that I've read are among the best that are out there but I'm pretty sure that's something that we all feel about some of the books we've read and if we don't than really, why did we bother to read those books?...just a thought and it was that desire to read some more awesomely good fantasy that brought this book onto my radar and I'm glad that it did because I really do believe that this one is among some of the best fantasy that I'm had the good fortune of encountering.

 

It has so much of what I enjoy in a good fantasy novel. Of course there are elves in this one...hey, sue me I like elves. It has a huge and epic adventure with smaller subplots that are part of the overall story arc. The characters are interesting and have depth and the world building is incorporated as a part of the story and not an info dump so the reader gets to absorb the history and geography of the world in digestible pieces and if it's done right it's at times when the information is relevant to the events occurring at the moment.

 

There's a war brewing between the humans and elfkind and it stems back to events that transpired before so long ago the humans now weren't around so for them the events that are leading up to this are more legend and lore than actual history...but Ayden remembers...after all 300 years really is less than half a lifetime ago to an 800 year old elf. But it's also a long to time for hatred to burn in a heart...even the heart of an 800 year old elf. But even a heart filled with hate has room for love and Ayden loves his sister above all else and when the only way to save her is to indenture himself to  the very race he hates he's willing to do it, if it means saving his sister from the humans. 

 

Ok, so that's all the babbles I'm going to have about this story. Now, let's talk about what I liked, well honestly...pretty much everything except for the fact that as a race...the humans were pretty much a big ole' bag a dicks...seriously the only one I had any use for was Prince Freyrik and even he had his moments and as much as I might have occasionally wanted Ayden to kick some human butt and escape...I got it really I did. His sister was there as well being held hostage and if he was going to just cut and run without a care for what might happen to her...well, really why bother? Ayden's actions were very much driven by his concern for his sister's safety and well being. So frustrating but also as I said 'I got it'. 

 

I think for me one of the best parts of this story was the relationship between Ayden and Freyrik. This was not a case of insta-love or lust at first sight or any of that...nope this one was enemies to tentative friends to maybe a bit more than friends and finally lovers...seriously SLOW burn here folks these guys were not rushing into anything and quite honestly had thi sbeen handled any other way and I would have been calling b*llsh#t! really fast because we're talking about a war between races that's centuries old and bone deep. Ayden hates humans and for him to go from 300 years of hatred to caring about much less loving even one human is not going to be an overnight event especially given the fact that for his sister and especially for Ayden there's a lot of bad sh*t happening in their present. 

 

Ok so here's the deal because I can already see that this is turning into a very long  review and I haven't even begun my spiel about how much I loved Craig Beck's narration of this story and I did. The man does not disappoint. I loved his voice for Ayden and Freyrik sounded so much how I would imagine him to sound a bit of an snooty English lord sounding  voice...it worked for me it just freakin' worked.

 

I'm pretty sure that I could go on for at least a few more paragraphs about how much I enjoyed this first book in Rachel Haimowitz's 'Song of the Fallen' series, but you see I did and I think that's become abundantly clear by the 4.5 stars and the somewhat lengthy review that's happening here and the more time I spend rambling on about 'Counterpoint' the longer it's going to take me to get to 'Crescendo' and a few other awesome stories that I've got lined up so I'm simply going to summarize here and say 'If you love fantasy and you're looking for a new author to check out seriously give this one a shot. It's available on audio but you can also get the e-book if audio's not your thing but really...Craig Beck...just sayin' either way it's a story worth reading.

 

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An audio book of 'Counterpoint' was graciously provided by the  publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-06-19 16:54
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
Aliens Omnibus: Female War and Genocide: Female War, Genocide v. 2 (A dark horse science fiction novel) by Steve Perry (1996-01-02) - Steve Perry

You do have aliens in your alien book, right?

 

Hello?

 

Anybody there?

 

:tap tap:

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review 2018-06-19 16:17
Review: The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston
The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

 Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

 

I stumbled over this book at the my library and I thought it sounded interesting and something new.

And I’m so glad I got it, I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would.

I enjoyed the concept, the story, the world building and of course the characters. I was never a big fan of anything Gladiator, but I really enjoyed this story  and oved the modern twist she put on the pretty well known historic roman time period. And what is not to love about female gladiators lol.

Most of the book is fast paced but there are some slower parts, but overall it has a great flow to it and you never get bored with the exciting new plot . There were a few things that came over confusing but later cleared up.

I really enjoyed that while some things can be taken to a second book (checked later and there is ) most things are nicely wrapped and we are not left hanging with a giant cliffhanger which was nice.

Overall this was a nice surprise book and I’m glad I found it, I listen to it ad the audio was also very enjoyable.

I rate it 4★ and looking forward to book two now that I know there is one.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/06/19/review-the-valiant-the-valiant-1-by-lesley-livingston
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review 2018-06-19 16:12
Wizard's First Rule / Terry Goodkind
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more.

His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them--for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword--to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.

 

I’ve read quite a number of “high fantasy” epics as part of my SFF reading project and the Sword of Truth series is yet another one. Maybe I’ve read a few too many of these series over the past couple of years, as I was quite weary by the end of the first 100 pages. Goodkind believes in getting right to it—by 100 pages we are introduced to Richard Cypher (our chosen one for this series), Kahlan Amnell (his love interest & travel companion), and Zedd (the obligatory wizard). Not only that, Richard’s brother is set up as the corrupt politician who is going to cause trouble later. I guess it’s a toss-up between those who don’t want too much exposition or description and those who would like a gentler introduction to this new fantasy world. I cut my high fantasy teeth on Tolkien, so I tend to favour more introductory material before plunging into the adventure.

Warnings to those who are sensitive souls: both torture and pedophilia are aspects of this story. If you choose your TBR based on avoiding these issues, strike this book from your reading agenda. The torture section, where Richard is in the power of a Mord-Sith, Denna, is rather long and dwells lingeringly on her brutal treatment of Richard. We learn about what Mord-Sith are right along with Richard. Needless to say, they are on the Evil side of the equation in this story.

Richard’s talents appear to be a questioning nature, insisting on getting to the truth of things, and an ability to see things from another’s perspective and appreciate them despite their behaviour. This is how he manages to find an affection for Mistress Denna and sweet talk a dragon, among other diplomatic coups. The fact that he is portrayed as a highly unusual man because of these capabilities (to empathize with others) I leave to your judgement.

Richard and Kahlan have a whole Romeo-and-Juliet plot line going through most of the book, probably one of the oldest plot devices going. If you’ve read The Lord of the Rings you will also see echoes of Wormtongue when you consider Richard’s brother Michael and hints of Gollum when you read about the former Seeker who has been distorted by magic. Not to mention Zedd’s tendencies to give incomplete advice and to disappear when he is most needed, rather like Gandalf.

I think that perhaps my adoration of modern urban fantasy is a reaction to the plethora of rather medieval settings and simplistic good-vs-evil plots of much of high fantasy. There’s a place for both and I enjoy them both—they use many of the same tropes, after all—but we all need variety in both our physical and reading diets.

Book number 289 in my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.

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