Tag Archive: Book Reviews

A Pair Of Invitations

This is me promoting myself. Or building my platform. Pick any buzzword you like.

Truthfully, I’ve been doing things with YouTube that I enjoy. Do these things help me establish myself as a writer? Critical thinker? I’ll leave that answer up to you.

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The First Fifty Pages: Hellhole

When you look on a shelf and see a book written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, you expect it will be one of their Dune prequels, or maybe one of the concluding books to the saga.  There is an exception to this (actually two now) in the form of Hellhole.

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The Accident

About a year ago, one of my customers at the bookstore introduced me to the works of Linwood Barclay.  I read his novel No Time For Goodbye and was impressed with his level of characterization and ability to create an engaging mystery.  With his latest release, The Accident, Barclay not only provides another mystery and another set of rich characters, he also manages to use the current financial climate as a distinct setting.

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Ghost Story

It’s been a bit of a wait, but the newest volume of the Dresden Files has arrived.  It took me a while to get it because of some extenuating circumstances, but now that I’ve read it, let me share my thoughts.

Also, before going on, I should point out that I’m going to reveal many core plot details in this review since I don’t know how to discuss Ghost Story in a spoiler free manner.  If you’re planning on reading the book, then wait until you’ve finished before you Continue reading


It’s rare for me to pick up something new on a whim.  In the past few weeks, I discovered not only a desire to read a modern science fiction (something there isn’t enough of), but a curiosity in character and varied prose.  Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson appeared to be the perfect fit for those cravings.

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

I don’t read a great deal of military science fiction.  What little I have read starts and ends with Gordon R. Dickson’s Dorsai!  It’s a very good, very important book when it comes to military science fiction.  Only Starship Troopers is a greater influence on the sub-genre, though most military science fiction takes more from Dorsai! than from Starship Troopers.

But I was going to talk about Lost Fleet.

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I’m quite a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work.  He’s a rarity in the world of fantasy writers: someone willing to write fantasy and not feel compelled to give characters pointed ears and have them reenact famous battles.  Brandon Sanderson actually writes fantasy where warfare might happen, but it’s only a small part of the intricate worlds he creates.

Though it was his second major fantasy work, Sanderson’s Mistborn novels are the only gap in my reading.  I read The Final Empire last year on a trip to Texas and, with the release of The Alloy of Law looming closer, I decided to finish reading this initial trilogy, picking up with The Well of Ascension.

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Being a Book Snob

I admit it, I’m a book snob.  I wish there was a better way to describe it but there’s not.  This isn’t a minor thing either, but a major note on who I am, both in how I read and how I write.  Plus, I read slow, so my time is precious.

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The Unincorporated Man

There’s something you don’t see a lot of on the market these days: social science fiction.  When you do see it, it tends to have general ideals down, but does little to address major issues of today.  The Unincorporated Man tries to do this to an extent, though falls a little short.  It’s not a total loss by any means, so let’s explore…

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The Wise Man’s Fear

After coming out on March 1st, I knew it would take me a while to read all of The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.  In fact, I think I read the 994-page installment on the pace I expected, short the four days I spent fighting through the section on Felurian.  Now that I’ve finished, I will say, The Wise Man’s Fear is a worthy successor to The Name of the Wind, which is still one of the best fantasy books to come along in the past ten years, if not longer.

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