Mark Lawrence And The Importance Of Never Writing Off An Author

So, I have been buried under work recently and have had almost no time to make a post, or even read a book. However, this month I read a book that I felt I had to take time to write about. Many of you know who Mark Lawrence is. For those of you who don’t,…

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…

Perception – Judging A Book By Its Cover

First impressions are important. Unfortunately, we often judge people in the first 3 seconds we meet them. While many of our initial impressions are wrong, it does not change the fact that our first moments with a person can color how we see all subsequent interactions. I find that the same idea can be applied…

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…

Queen of Fire – An Explosive End To A Great Trilogy

This week I finished up The Raven’s Shadow Trilogy by Anthony Ryan, with Queen of Fire. In preparation for the final book, I also reread the first two books in the series Blood Song and Tower Lord. In doing so I gained some valuable insight into rereading books that I want to share with all…

Memoirs of Lady Trent – Because Sometimes I Just Want To Read About Dragons

There are tons of elements in writing that draw me to a book; from great characters, to an exciting plot, to an incredible world, etc. The Memoirs of Lady Trent have two of my favorite ones, an interesting take on writing style and dragons. Marie Bennen has fused two of my favorite things in fantasy…

Brilliance and Shadow Ops – The Search For The Perfect Mutation

When I was a kid I loved the X-Men. They were my favorite superheroes and I watched all the cartoons and read all the comics. Now many years later, that love has in no way diminished. In fact it has likely grown. So when I discovered multiple books about mutants I was very excited. The…

Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction – Something for Every Kind of Sci-Fi Fan

In between the larger books I read for review, and for my own personal enjoyment, I like to read smaller works to fill my down time on the subway or right before I go to sleep. As such I decided to pick up a collection of short stories to kill time. Enter Hannu Rajaniemi. Hannu…