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review 2018-02-13 11:10
"Stop prawa" Brandon Sanderson
Stop prawa - Brandon Sanderson,Anna Studniarek

Wracamy do świata znanego z trylogii "Z mgły zrodzonego". Autor chciał pokazać czytelnikom, że świat fantasy nie jest statyczny i może ewoluować. Byłem ciekaw jak mu to wyszło, więc wziąłem się do lektury.

 

Jeżeli pamiętacie co się stało ze światem w finale poprzedniej trylogii i byliście ciekawi jak to się potoczyło, to macie taką możliwość. Akcja ma miejsce około 300 lat później i świat wyraźnie się zmienił. Najlepszym porównaniem jest końcówka XIX wieku, gdzie zaczyna się rewolucja przemysłowa, a broń palna jest na porządku dziennym. Główny bohater to Waxillium, szlachetnie urodzony facet, który nie mógł wytrzymać w stolicy, więc wyruszył w dzikie regiony świata, aby stać się tam stróżem prawa. Po jakimś jednak czasie musi wracać i zająć się interesami rodziny, co oznacza odłożenie rewolwerów do pudła i przypomnienie sobie jak obracać się wśród elit. Jednak gdy coraz śmielej zaczyna sobie poczynać pewien gang złodziei Wax zmobilizowany przez Wayna swojego partnera, który niespodziewanie go odwiedza postanawia się temu przyjrzeć. 

 

Świat się zmienił ale i system magii nieco ewoluował. Nie ma już ścisłego podziału na allomantów i feruchemików. Po odnowieniu świata możliwym się stało mieszanie tych mocy. Tym sposobem i Wax i Wayne posiadają obydwie z tych mocy, co daje bardzo duże możliwości. Główny bohater jest w stanie zarówno odpychać metale jak i zmieniać swój ciężar. Wayne natomiast ma przyśpieszoną regenerację połączoną z możliwością tworzenie wokół siebie bańki zwolnionego czasu. Jak widzicie połączenia robią się bardzo różnorodne, ale i nieco zbyt wymyśle wg mnie. Manipulacja czasem jest już bardzo potęzna, a zapoznając się z dopiskami na końcu książki można zauważyć jeszcze więcej dziwnych umiejętności. Nie wiem, czy nie idzie to w stronę zbytniej komplikacji. Sama historia jest bardzo poprawna ale dla mnie zbyt mało rozbudowana. Może po prostu przyzwyczaiłem się do poprzednich ksiażek Sandersona które były obszerniejsze. "Stop prawa" liczy sobie raptem 300 stron, co patrząc na poprzednie książki ( ok 800) jest skromne. Podobnie ma się rzecz ze światem. Tutaj mamy do czynienia z jednym lokalnym problemem, który ma jakieś potencjalne rozwinięcie pojawiające się na koniec książki. Nie dowiedziałem się niczego więcej o świecie i nie czułem zagrożenia "globalnego", którym charakteryzuje się proza Sandersona. Może będzie to rozwinęte w kolejnych tomach. Poczekamy, poczytamy.

 

"Stop prawa" to bardzo solidna lektura pozwalająca na obserwację zmiany świata na przestrzeni kilkuset lat. Jest to ciekawy zabieg, szczególnie dla fanów serii, jednak dla mnie to trochę za mało abym w pełni oddał się lekturze. Ciekaw jestem rozwinięcia tej historii lecz na ten moment wolę pierwszą trylogię

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review 2018-02-10 03:04
How to Stop Time: Ohh, I just LOVED this book!
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig


“History was, is, a one-way street. You have to keep walking forwards, but you don't always need to look ahead. Sometimes you can just look around and be happy right where you are.”                     ― Matt Haig, How to Stop Time

 

This was just released this week in the US, and I snagged myself a copy after seeing that the library waitlist would take up one of my hold spots for ages. I made a big mistake whilst waiting in the line to pay for it: I started reading. (You see, I have library books out and ARCs to review...) I have never been so impatient on a ride home. I really wanted to read this book. I got home, kicked off my shoes and hopped absurdly around until I got into PJs -- all the while reading, or at least trying to read. Once I'd wrangled myself into comfy clothes, I read straight through the night.

Why? I wish I knew. It's not that the story is a crazed page turner. It's more that the protagonist, Tom Hazard, is the most lovely and poignant man I've read in a while. I fell in love with this guy. Tom has a condition that makes him grow old veeeerrrrrry slowly. He is broken-hearted after losing his wife and child and has decided never to get close to anyone again, lest he hurt them or get hurt himself again. All he wants is his child, wife and to be a teacher. He needs to keep moving at least once every eight years, not lay down roots, not allow his picture to be taken, make connections to nobody and certainly not tell his secret. Because of this, he -- not unreasonably -- feels exceedingly unique and alone. He's miserable and self-protective all while he just keeps living. It's a lot like a deep depression that goes on for more than 400 years. 

Matt Haig describes the human experience so beautifully, I couldn't wait see what philosophical "pow" was on the next page. I stopped and read many parts aloud simply because they felt so terrible and wonderful and true all at the same time. The whole book is basically about how to navigate the pain of human existence. Along the way we meet Shakespeare, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, other luminaries; we see historical events and watch the map get larger and more detailed, the industrial revolution, the jazz and internet ages; we watch the "New World" come to life, go from Tombstone to Trump.

All of this comes via Tom with his aching pain, isolation, the absurdity of his own existence, intense love, fear of loving or hurting those he loves, and his withdrawal from other people...all while he keeps trudging through century after century (with extremely modern viewpoints.) Tom's a music lover and a reader. So we get insight on those things, nature, some very quotable bits on everything from plastic surgery to toilets, facebook, the theory of relativity... "Change is just what life is. It is the only constant I know."

Lest that all sound boring, which it does to me (good thing I don't write books!) there's also a mysterious "helper" who doesn't seem so great, a dark and shadowy organization of "albas," daring rescues and hit jobs along the way, danger and romance. 

But the real story here is how, even when someone is completely extraordinary in some ways, we're all still human, complete with all the foibles that come with that situation. So while this is a sweeping historical novel in some ways, a romance in some ways, a mystery, a comedic tour-de-force, it's perhaps the most existential book I've read in a very long time, and it's worth a read with a notebook nearby so you can write down all the quotes I haven't added yet.

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text 2018-01-09 14:20
Books I have DNF'd recently....
Morning Star - Pierce Brown
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

I put these books down recently.

 

Morning Star - This book had the characters eating a bucket of cockroaches and raw snakes and nonsense as some initiation.  No. Just No. My stomach never recovered. I just Wiki'd the ending and we're good. It's been real Pierce Brown.

 

Pride and Prometheus - I'm not going to discourage anyone from reading this - the Pride and Prejudice parts were good. The Frankenstein parts bored me. It could just be me.

 

How to Stop Time- Just a bad fit - it's smart sci-fi about a man who never ages and is part of some order who polices them and protects their secret. He is told never to fall in love. Of course, he does.  It will probably be a hit but I found it depressing and kept wishing it would get to the point. It rambled a lot.

 

I received Pride and Prometheus and How to Stop Time free in exchange for an honest review. 

 

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text 2017-12-14 12:35
Blog Tour: The Golden Series by Kathryn Celeste with Excerpt and Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Kathryn Celeste’s The Golden Series. We will have info about the book and author, and a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway. Happy Reading :) 


Unicorn Gold

Rourke is a unicorn shape shifter and a virgin. Sent back from Alter Earth to rescue the paranormal beings who were left behind when magic left this world he is forced to confront the fact that unicorns seem to have vanished from the world.
 
Kaitlyn is a veterinarian with healing abilities. Unaware of the origin of her gifts she tries to live life under the radar.
Then she meets Rourke. For the first time in her life sparks fly. But Rourke has his own secrets of his own. Secrets that threaten to turn Kaitlyns world upside down.
 
Hunted by those who fear their gifts will Rourke and Kaitlyn be able to overcome everything trying to tear them apart? Or in the end will the hunters steal the choice from them?
 
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Dragon Gold
 
 
  A year ago David met his mate. It should have been the happiest day of his life. Instead, it was the worst. Emma ran from him. Only his ability to touch her mind keeps him sane but how long will that be enough?   Hunted and alone Emma hasn’t stopped running since she left Haven. David’s presence in her mind brings her comfort in the hardest times. When she returns to Haven will Emma be able to face David in person or will fear keep them apart?   With hunters after David and Emma’s ex stalking her is there any way this mating stands a chance? goodreads-badge-add-plus- Buy Links Amazon *** B&N *** Kobo Unicorn Gold Excerpt Wrapped in a golden shimmer of power the lone woman stood still among the rush of creatures eager to escape the hunters. As each neared her position a flare of raw power reached out to caress them until they vanished. A handsome black unicorn, horn gleaming onyx in the sunlight, sides flecked with sweat, pulled up hard before her. “Rourke.” She said reaching a hand out to him. Speaking directly into her mind Rourke said; They come. Nodding she reached out with her power and with a gentle caress, sent him through the portal to safety on a new world. The humans approach, hurry! Flexing her powers she reached out to envelop the approaching beings, transporting them to her side, then beyond the shift in reality to Alter Earth. Return now!! She yelled through the common mental link. They are nearly on us. Shattering the peace of the grove humans burst into the clearing firing arrows into those who fled before them. Only to watch each arrow drop to the ground without finding its mark. One by one the paranormal creatures disappeared before the human hunters’ eyes. As they watched, the golden power expanded outward, away from the proud, lone woman until only a faint haze remained in the air. One young hunter notched an arrow and sent it flying towards her heart. As it found its mark she screamed, an eerie banshee-like sound that had the hunters covering their ears in distress. A mental cry traveled weakly along the communal connection as she fell backwards towards a deep, still pool. I will return for you. Believe. Survive. Her powers snapped back in a tsunami of wind and debris, toppling the hunters. The collapsing portal cushioned her fall on the fragrant green grass of Alter Earth.
Kathryn Celeste has been a programmer, a security specialist, a bookseller, a reviewer and a secretary. Through it all she has written. Pushed hard by a relentless muse to give life to a world unseen by others.
 
She lives in Queensland Australia with her husband, three sons, dog, cat, ducks and chickens where she continues to write about the paranormal folks that poke around in her head.
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text 2017-12-06 12:35
Blog Tour: An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale With Excerpt and Giveaway

Today’s stop is for Kate Larkindale’s An Unstill Life. We will have info about the book and author, and a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway. Happy Reading :) 


When your whole world is falling apart, what are the chances you’ll find love in the most unexpected of places?   Livvie feels like she’s losing everything: her two best friends have abandoned her for their boyfriends, her mother continues to ignore her, while her sister, Jules, is sick again and getting worse by the day. Add in the request Jules has made of her and Livvie feels like she’s losing her mind, too.   Her only escape is in the art room, where she discovers not only a refuge from her life, but also a kindred soul in Bianca, the school “freak”. Livvie’s always felt invisible, at school and at home, but with Bianca, she finally feels like someone sees the real Livvie. As the relationship deepens and it comes time to take the romance public, will Livvie be able to take that step?   Livvie’s about to find out if she has what it takes to make the tough decisions and stand up for herself—for the first time in her life.

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Bianca pulled up in front of my house, which sat in darkness, not even the porch light on to guide me. I must be late. Mom always switched off the light at midnight, whether we were home or not, letting us know she was aware we’d missed curfew. I’d hear about it tomorrow. Or maybe not.

“Thanks for the ride,” I said. “And … thanks. Again. Like I said, you’re always rescuing me.”

“Maybe I think you’re worth saving.” Bianca wasn’t looking at me. Her eyes were turned to the open window. The words sounded simple, but they weren’t. They lay across the seat between us, pulsing in shades of pink and red.

“Thanks?” The word felt awkward in my mouth. Would she still think I was worth saving if she knew I was thinking of ways to kill my sister? I shoved the thought away as I climbed out of the car. “See you in school.”

“Yeah. See you.” Bianca turned, her eyes glittering under the streetlights. “Hey, Livvie?”

“Yeah?” I ducked my head back through the door.

“I really like your painting.”

I jerked back in surprise, knocking the back of my head on the door. “My painting? You mean the still life?”

She nodded. “Yeah. It’s really good. It’s like everyone else is painting the surface of the things, but you’re painting what’s underneath. The real apple. The real flowers. It’s got—” She stopped, searching around as if she’d find the word she was looking for hanging in the air, ripe for plucking. “Well, it sounds totally corny, but it’s got soul.”

My face grew warm. “Thanks,” I mumbled. “But yours is way better.”

She waved her hand in a dismissive gesture. “No. Mine’s clever. It’s thought out. But there’s no passion in it. Yours has that.”

I giggled. “Passion? For a bunch of fruit and flowers? I hope not.”

She smiled, too, the flicker of movement so small I could have missed it. “Well, yeah. It’s not the most exciting subject. But if you can inject that much life into something so stupid, just think what you could do with something you really care about. Like that thing you did with the song. That’s something special.”

I sank back into the seat, the springs wheezing beneath me. My ears blazed, and I knew my cheeks were just as red. No one had ever said anything like that to me before. Even Mrs. DeWinter dismissed my music pictures as irrelevant swirls of color, while Mom considered all painting and drawing to be a frivolous waste of time.

“Thanks.” I stammered again.

“No, thank you.” Bianca lit another cigarette, the fiery end punching a hole in the darkness.

“What for?” Smoke burned my eyes, making them tear. At least, I thought it was the smoke. I couldn’t remember the last time someone complimented me or made me feel special. I brushed at a wet spot on my cheek.

She took a long drag and turned to her open window before exhaling into the night. “I’ve always been the best at art. I never had to work hard to be the best either. Now I have something to work for.”

“Oh.” I admired the ease with which she admitted to being the best. “Okay.”

Silence filled the car, but it was a warm, comforting silence.

“I have to go.” The reluctance in my voice surprised me, and I realized I didn’t want to leave. And not just because Bianca’s words flattered me. I recognized the truth in them. “I have a curfew. And I’m late.”

“Sure. Wouldn’t want to get you in trouble.” She turned the key and let the engine struggle to life again.

I watched the way the light gleamed off her shiny red lips. Surprised, I realized I wanted to lean over and kiss them, wanted to see if she tasted of the raspberries I always tasted while in her presence. I scrambled out of the car, putting distance between us as fast as I could. My heart raced in my chest.

 

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A marketing executive, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.   Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.   She has written fourteen contemporary YA novels, a few of which other people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad historical romance. She is currently working on a new YA novel and ghostwriting an autobiography.

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