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review 2019-05-13 15:26
Review: Swords, Sorcery & Self-Rescuing Damsels
Twenty bestselling and award-winning authors offer enchanting tales of women and girls forging paths through darkness and peril. Cleverness, curiosity, and determinations make worthy heroines in fantastical new worlds.
This line from Editor Lee French's notes says it all: that the term "damsels in distress" reduces women to poorly-dimensioned plot points "useful as nothing more than a prize for defeating the enemy." "This depiction sucks," Lee adds.   Yeah, it does.  Like all those sci-fi movies we used to watch as kids when the group is being chased by monsters the woman would always trip & fall over something, slowing everyone down.  Hell, even in the first Mortal Kombat movie they reduced Sonya Blade- Special Forces Team Leader who just killed Kano- to eye candy & fluff.
15159570676_8c33abc48b_b She was saving this outfit for just such an occasion...
Like all anthologies, it's hit and miss with the stories.  Some are pretty good, others seem to end just when you're getting caught up in them and some you don't know what the heck's even supposed to be happening.  Makes for an intriguing yet uneven mix.  The central theme, of course, is women of all stripes and ages taking their destinies into their own hands.  Not always exactly a HEA, but they're seizing control of their fates. Some of my favorites here were Ashna's Heart, She Remembered, Princess Last Picked, Falconer's Apprentice, Alive, Thorn Girl, Calamity, Hope beyond Death & Balancing the Scales.
Only real complaint here is it seems like some stories were edited down to the point that choppiness & uneveness were the end result.  But other than that, a good solid read about women & girls who get the job done.
3.5/5 stars  


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review 2019-03-18 03:00
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin

What can I say? I loved it and can't wait to read the next book.

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review 2019-02-22 18:57
Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan - My Thoughts
Age of Swords: Book Two of The Legends of the First Empire - Michael J. Sullivan

Let me begin by saying that I had no idea we were so far back in the history of this world when I read the first book.  Thinking it was just me, I asked my son who just read book one at Christmas what he thought the 'age' of the world was and turns out it's not just me.  *LOL*

Anyway, after the first quarter of the book being rather slow and um... explanatory?... the tale picked up and I adventured along with the familiar characters I had grown to enjoy from the first book.  And while there were adventures to be had and new locations to be explored, I felt as if this book was very much a setting of the stage for the next book.  Yes, the over-arcing plot lines advance and we get an answer or two or three to some things, but you can just feel that there's a lot more of this story to tell.

I very much enjoy the overall tone and flow of Sullivan's books and he creates characters that I fall in love with, so even though the plot and action of this book might have been a little slow, I still enjoyed it muchly and am looking forward to reading the next book!

Oh, and I have to shout out the cover artist, Marc Simonetti.  The whole series is terrific!

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text 2018-10-26 17:45
Queen of Swords by Katee Robert 99 cents!
Queen of Swords - Katee Robert

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.


Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.


Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

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review 2018-10-13 20:07
Epic-ly awesome!
The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan
The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
A Crown of Swords - Robert Jordan

Ok... So I don't do puns very well... However, I wanted to make it known that the Wheel of Time series is a good one for Epic lovers.


This isn't your regular trilogy, I still have 3 books to go in the series and I know I will finish all of them.  Robert Jordan did a fantastic job of making you love each and every protagonist. I love stories that jump from one star to the next so you have a better understanding of what is happening at which time. Becoming invested in what happens to each of these characters is so easy and I can root for each one in their own unique way.


Rand, Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne, Mat, Perrin and a few others are followed on a journey that is a tale of good versus evil. A tale that has been told before, yes... but this is an entirely new and unique way to tell such a tale.


Four stars remains my review level of choice because I often get bogged down in the feeling that the story needs a jump forward. It is as if the stage has to be set and reset at times. Yet I still love the series and it isn't enough to stop my enjoyment of following the storyline and characters.


I recommend this series to lovers of fantasy, historical fiction or even just those who have read any other stories by Robert Jordan.


Happy Reading everyone!

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