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review 2018-11-19 03:08
The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
The Last Hero - Terry Pratchett,Paul Kidby

Series: Discworld #27

 

The prose felt a lot rougher than is usual for a Discworld book, and although I found it interesting, I wasn't sure how I'd rate it. It just felt so superficial. The way everything was wrapped up in the end was cute, though, so I'm giving it three stars.

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review 2018-11-19 01:25
Not my favorite
Bullseye: Perfect Game (2010) #1 (of 2) - Charlie Huston,Shawn Martinbrough,Tim Bradstreet

Wasn't the worst comic I've read, but I had a hard time getting into this.   I probably won't get the second issue, as I got this free from Comixology and wanted to try.   Bullseye is usually a pretty brutal read, but this just didn't delve into that as much as I'd hoped.

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review 2018-11-18 23:16
Much better than the third one
Valentine's Rising - E.E. Knight

I was pleasantly surprised with this book after the drivel that was number three. I’m not sure if it was because Valentine decide to finally grow up and get a pair or circumstances in the novel made him this way (likely the latter) but it made for very good reading. There were some very important choices Valentine had to  make for himself and his crew; some of them extremely difficult and the way he dealt with the aftermath was good. It was nice to finally see him being part of a team instead of a one man army and doing everything himself.

 

Again the supporting characters are what made this book going for me (still on the anti-Valentine train for now) they had their distinct personalities and they weren’t flat or meant to just be part of the plot. They each had their part to play whether small or big and it made the plot better and rounded out. I have a soft spot for Ahn-Kha and Styachowski I like them both for their strengths and although they were ‘quiet’ they played substantially in the plot. (More so Styachowski than Ahn-Kha).

 

The plot was good albeit it slowed down to a crawl at the end. It was getting to be too much and by that time, I was already wanting to close the book. There’s plenty of action so that does not disappoint. There were some parts where I came close to closing it because of Valentine’s idiotic behavior, but otherwise, this was much better than the third.

 

This one was enough to redeem itself so I will carry on and read the next. I hope it continues this way.

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review 2018-11-18 22:41
The Gunslinger by Stephen King (audiobook)
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) - Stephen King,George Guidall

Series: The Dark Tower #1

 

I think this is a popular series but this first book really didn't work for me. It started to go downhill when the Gunslinger gets together with Alice. I'm not particularly intrigued by the mystery of the tower and the man in black seemed to just be spouting gobblygook when he was talking about the mysteries of the universe. I also definitely wasn't impressed that the last standoff consisted of sitting around the campfire and chatting. The writing and characterization felt sloppy and the fantasy setting didn't strike me as all that original, especially with the blatant misogyny slathered all over the place. I won't be continuing this series. I should note that the narration for the audiobook was pretty good, however.

 

Previous updates:

12 % (This is where things started going downhill)

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review 2018-11-18 22:34
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold (audiobook)
Penric and the Shaman - Grover Gardner,Lois McMaster Bujold

Series: Penric and Desdemona #2

 

I fully admit that I probably wasn't paying enough attention to this audiobook but I just couldn't get into it and it felt like not much happened. This novella is set four years after Penric first gets his demon and he's already gone through all his training as a divine.

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