Book Review – Half a King, Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King is my first book of his, and it’s great, if not ground-breaking.  It follows young Prince Yarvi, who has a withered arm, content to step away from the throne and dive into a life of books and study.  Not strong enough to fight, he hones his mind, but everything changes… Continue reading Book Review – Half a King, Joe Abercrombie

Book Review – Maul: Lockdown

It was with some trepidation that I started this latest Star Wars novel, Maul: Lockdown.  Kindly provided via NetGalley, it had several warning signs.  First, it’s about a prequel trilogy character, one that barely qualified AS a character.  Maul was red and black, and had a saber-staff.  He got killed by Obi-Wan, which has to… Continue reading Book Review – Maul: Lockdown

Book Review – Steelheart

Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson, is a spin through a dystopian world where an event (the Calamity) has given a small number of humans super powers.  The problem is, they are ALL evil.  Even though not all ‘Epics’ are equal in power, there are enough that they pretty much carved the world up into chunks they… Continue reading Book Review – Steelheart

Book Series Review: The Gentlemen Bastards Series

Okay, my friends had been recommending this series to each other for years, and when I saw the third book was available on NetGalley, I jumped in and started reading.  WOW.  This is some great fantasy writing for sure!  Take Ocean’s 11, add in magic and alchemy, stir with swords and hatchets, and you’ve got… Continue reading Book Series Review: The Gentlemen Bastards Series

Book Review – Kenobi (Star Wars)

Got this one as a review copy from NetGalley, and it’s a bit better than the last one (Crucible).  It’s about, as you might guess, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as he tries to watch over the infant Luke.  It’s framed by Obi-Wan’s attempts to recreate the meditation Yoda showed him in order to speak to Qui-Gon.  The… Continue reading Book Review – Kenobi (Star Wars)

Book Review – The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air

*whew* That’s quite a title.  I got a chance to check out the book thanks to a review copy from Netgalley, and it’s great.  I love The Legend of Korra almost as much as its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I’m also fascinated by the creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino.  Whether it’s fun… Continue reading Book Review – The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air

Book Review: Crucible (Star Wars)

I am quite out of date with the Star Wars ‘Expanded Universe’ stuff, as I’ve mostly kept to Timothy Zahn and a few other notable books after being burned by KJA.  But I was cruising NetGalley for books to review, and they had a couple of Star Wars books in the mix.  This, Crucible was the first. … Continue reading Book Review: Crucible (Star Wars)

Book Review: Abaddon’s Gate

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in James S. A Corey’s Expanse series, and it kicks a whole heck of a lot of ass.  James Holden is haunted – literally. Miller is dead, but that doesn’t stop the detective from appearing to Holden again and again, each time speaking nonsense, or possibly a warning, to… Continue reading Book Review: Abaddon’s Gate

Book Review – The Tyrant’s Law

Daniel Abraham’s The Dagger and the Coin series has gone from a bonus title included when I bought Leviathan Wakes to a day-one read.  I really, really enjoy Marcus Wester’s chapters as he and Master Kit hunt the Spider Goddess (and the reveal there, wow).  Cithrin gets caught between the advances of Geder and trying… Continue reading Book Review – The Tyrant’s Law

Book Review – Wool (1-5)

Where to begin. I could tell you that Wool is about humans eking out an existence in underground silos, but that’s just a frame – a common one in fiction, from City of Ember to the Fallout games, it’s been done. No, what this series of tales is about is people, psychological manipulation, mob mentality,… Continue reading Book Review – Wool (1-5)

Book Review – Caliban’s War

Caliban’s War, the second book in James S. A. Corey’s “The Expanse” series, begins with a bang.  Ganymede, the moon of Jupiter, is the breadbasket of the outer planets, producing the food needed in all the asteroids and ships out that far.  Mars and Earth both have domes on the moon, and with the uneasy… Continue reading Book Review – Caliban’s War

Book Review – Redshirts (or: Dead Ensigns is going to be the name of my next band)

If you’re like I was when reading the early reviews, this one might frustrate you, because I’m going to try not to spoil things too badly.  It’s not going to be easy, though, as Redshirts is not like most sci-fi books you might read.  You’re going to make assumptions about this book, John Scalzi’s latest,… Continue reading Book Review – Redshirts (or: Dead Ensigns is going to be the name of my next band)