The Mechanical – Fear The Netherlands

I have read a lot of historical fiction this year, and I’m pretty tired of England. When writing a historical fiction, writers tend to go for a well known and popular time in history to make the book more appealing. There is nothing wrong with this, these times (like WWII) are popular because they are…

Sleeping Giants – 2016’s Gigantic Dark Horse (See What I Did There?)

When it comes to publishers telling me their books are good, I tend to not trust them. I firmly believe that a company would never tell me their product was bad, so why should I trust them when they say its good? With this in mind, I was very skeptical of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain…

The Rogues Of The Republic – Ocean’s 9 (And A Few Friends)

To change things up a bit, this week I will be reviewing an entire trilogy at once (because I could not stop reading it). The series is called The Rogues of the Republic, by Patrick Weekes, and it consists of The Palace Job, The Prophecy Con, and The Paladin Caper. I will be reviewing each…

The Three-Body Problem – Someone’s Favorite Book

I have had some formal training in being a writer, reader, and critic, so I have an appreciation for the skill and creativity that it takes to write a book. However, when I read books, particularly science fiction and fantasy books, I am almost always reading for the pleasure of reading not to just appreciate…

The Last Wish – No Witty Title, Read This Book

I tend to feel that books translated from other languages are generally amazing. I do not mean to imply that I believe  English writers are worse than authors writing in other languages. i simply feel that if a publisher/author feels justified in spending the enormous amount of money and effort to translate a book, it…

Perspective – The Good, The Bad, And The Initiate Brother

I think that A Song of Ice and Fire has gotten a little too much credit as the best fantasy has to offer in recent years. That being said, it is a really good series. I do not really think anyone could argue against that. George R. R. Martin is an incredibly talented writer and…

Sorcerer To The Crown: Magic Isn’t Just For White Men Anymore

Today I am going to review the upcoming Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, a book that filled me with mixed emotions. The book is a historical fiction set in a period that is very similar to the famous Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, namely, England during the Napoleonic wars. However, while the two books share…

Armada – A Great Idea With Not Enough Substance

Ernest Cline is one of my favorite authors. Ever since his release of Ready Player One I have been impressed with his talent for getting a giant and exciting story in such a small package. His next book, Armada, is in a really unfortunate spot in the minds of readers. It is following in the…

Twelve Kings In Sharakhai – A Raw Diamond In The Desert

In recent years we have been seeing a surge in arabian nights-esque fantasy, which I am 100% down with. With series like The Warded Man, The Golem and Jinni, and Throne of the Crescent Moon, lots of authors have been using desert lore to craft awesome stories. I personally think the world needs more badasses…