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review 2017-08-22 13:15
Book Review For Dragon Burn by Donna Grant
Dragon Burn: A Dark Kings Novella - Donna Grant

'Dragon Burn' by Donna Grant is book 11.5 in the "Dark Kings" series. This is the story of Sebastian and Gianna. This book is about 120 pages long and this can be a standalone book.
Sebastian is working to prove his friend Ulrik was not responsible for what happened to the Dragon Kings. Ulrik was stripped of his Dragon status and that made him just plan human.
Gianna works for the person that Sebastian thinks could be behind on the trouble that the Dragon Kings have been having. So Sebastian is working to get close to Gianna to try and get the information he is looking for.
Gianna was once married and is very leary of men and relationships. So at first Gianna knows that Sebastian is handsome and he does stir feelings she has never felt before....but can she trust him,
Sebastian needs her trust to get the information he needs but how will Gianna feel when she learns the truth.
I total love Ms. Grant's books and this one did not disappoint.
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review 2017-08-14 15:45
The Quest of The Last Gunslinger (The Beginning of The Dark Tower Series)
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger - Stephen King

I had been curious about The Dark Tower for a long time. Since it was published until now, I never did read one book of it. When I heard about the movie adaptation, what compels me to read now was due to the movie. Of course, this year is truly the year of the King...

 

... and for once, reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the series truly peeks my curiosity on a whole different level. And much better than the movie.

 

It begins where a lone man walks into a town, looking for a man in black. He meets the town's folk (almost a ghost town) and soon, the presence of the man in black had corrupted the whole town. Along the way, he met a boy name Jake Chambers, descriptions of another world similar to ours and of course, origins of the gunslinger, mutants and finally meeting the man in black and in the end... another quest.

 

For me, I love the universe created by Stephen King but the plot itself felt ambiguous. While the journey is all about journeying to meet the man in black and going to the dark tower without revealing the purpose, I believed maybe the rest of the novels will. Still, I do enjoy the writing and as always, Stephen King tried his best to deliver some thing ambitious then (he did admit as the series progress, there were changes in his words of when he was young when he wrote and the maturity of his writing towards the end of the series). The Gunslinger works to some extend and hopefully, the rest of the book will explain further once I started reading The Drawing of the Three.

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review 2017-08-12 22:28
YAAAAASSSSS!
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings (2017) #1 (of 5) - Christopher Priest,Ryan North,Phil Noto,Gustavo Duarte,Nick Bradshaw

I just can't even tell you how happy I am about this title.   I'm five-starring it despite the retcon, by the way.   It's a pretty big plot-hole/retcon.   See, Maximus Boltagon's sanity was destroyed when Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon) used his voice to stop some Kree enemies, and he accidentally killed some Attilan muckety-mucks - including his parents.   (And Maximus' parents, which probably didn't help him going mad there.)

 

In this, Maximus seems pretty sane, but their parents are dead.   Now maybe I'm wrong.   Maybe this will show that he isn't quite sane, but no one's realized yet, but I doubt it because they talk about his genius powers - powers that were supposedly stunted after the death of the Boltagon parents.   So far this is either a pretty massive plothole or a retcon.   I'm okay calling it a retcon and just accepting that, mostly because this story is amazing.   The writing is fun, the characterizations are not only solid but move these characters - as children - forward in a way that makes sense with their adult counterparts, and there's plenty of action, although some of is political maneuvering.   (Some of it is not; some of it is some pretty old school comic fights, which I love.)

 

Top it off with Phil Noto as an artist, and I'm all in.   Young Black Bolt, young Maximus, young Medusa, young Lockjaw?    Aw, yeah.  I do hope they get in the other royals - we see a bit of Crystal, but just in the background, but I want to see what young Triton, Karnak and Gorgon look like.   I want to see them, to have them interact, although I doubt they will. 

 

As far as plot, someone is using the Alphas, the created race that work as the Inhumans' slaves in Attilan.   Someone wants The Living Terrigenesis, the ruler until Black Bolt comes into his own power and matures enough to be king, dead.   He seems to be working for his own good rather than the good of the young royals, or of Attilan, much less for the good of the general population in Attilan.  

 

Someone is determined to kill him, and to see Black Bolt and Maximus safe - but who?   Maybe it's just me being paranoid, but I'm not sure I trust him as much as I think I'm supposed to in this issue.    Maybe it's because I know the Living Terrigenesis will become The Unspoken, so reviled that his name is stricken from memory.   Elisha is working against The Unspoken, true, but that doesn't mean he's truly got the best in mind for Black Bolt and Maximus.   And the ending makes it clear that the two young boys are in over their head, and stranded in a place they know very little about - a place Elisha describes as Wonderland to them.   

 

If Elisha should abandon them, they might not be as able to fend for themselves as they undoubtedly think they are.   

 

Meanwhile, Medusa has been mentioned to The Unspoken by Maximus.   He's trying to coerce her into becoming his wife, and she's angry at both boys.   While she cuts them with her sharp tongue, and holds them aloft with her glorious, living, weaponized hair, she's also drawn into the danger her future husband and his brother find themselves in now.   

 

Still, this is a gorgeously lush comic, full of intrigue.  It gives a little background to Medusa, and it makes it more clear why Black Bolt holds her so dear.   She rebels against all injustice, even when she knows it can undo her and her family: it's still unjust.   And while everyone is willing to keep their head down, Medusa is not.   

 

I'm sad this is only a five issue mini-series, while I'm also thrilled it exists at all.   Still, I would buy this on a monthly basis for years.   

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text 2017-08-07 11:29
6th August 2017
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. 

 

George R.R. Martin

 

August 6, 1996: A Game of Thrones was first published 21 years ago today. George R.R. Martin wrote the landmark fantasy novel (as well as its sequels) on a thirty-year-old PC using a rather ancient WordStar 4.0 word processor. He owns a separate computer for checking his email. 

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review 2017-07-28 19:17
My Review of A Coronation of Kings
A Coronation of Kings - Samuel N. Stokes

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes is the first installment of the Chronicles of Meldinar. Tristan is son and heir to Marcus, Lord of the Listarii. Never knowing his mother, Tristan was raised by his father. After losing everything he loved, Tristan vows revenge on those who destroyed his world.

 

This book has so much potential; it has all the elements for an excellent epic fantasy, but the execution and the lack of editing had me pulling my hair out! It is truly a shame. Hopefully the next installment will be better executed, and better edited. Also, the characters could use a bit more fleshing out. I'm willing to give the next installment a try because of Stokes' potential.

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