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Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina

*** UPDATE – I just found out my review copy was missing an entire chapter. I hope to get a chance to look at the complete book and evaluate if that could have impacted my opinion/review. Many of my comments and observations will stand, but even if the book has faults, I feel bad that the author’s work, particularly in...

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

  After reading The Waking Engine by David Edison, I’ve decided Edison is an absolute artist with words. I love his descriptions that eloquently describe haunting images. This is what drew me into the book. What surprised me as I read further, is that there is a touch more strangeness and over-the-topness to the characters and world than I initially...

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

  Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson is on an undeniably epic scale with battles, betrayal and all the rest of that good stuff. Oh, and a very healthy dose of magic. It’s also a very interesting book in how it divides readers into that those that love it and those that don’t. There is never going to be...

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The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley has been getting a lot of attention through social media and blogging sites. As soon as I read about it, I thought it sounded amazing and when I listed in my “books that caught my eye” post on my blog, I wrote: The blurb of The Emperor’s Blades suggests it has epic potential. I love the mention...

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Five Favorites of 2013 (not published in 2013)

While putting together my 2013 list, I realized there were some amazing books I read this year that were published prior to 2013. So, I decided to make a list in case others have missed these books as well. The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker is so spectacularly different; I can’t help but love it. This...

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Favorites of 2013

Expected Favorites that Delivered: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch The Republic of Thieves is one of those books that makes me second guess all the other 5 star ratings I have doled out this year. In some ways it felt very familiar (in a good way) to go back to reading a story by Lynch. Once again, I love his...

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Foundling by D. M. Cornish

There are some books that don’t work for me, but I still appreciate why others enjoy them. Then there are other books that I don’t enjoy that I just can’t grasp why people review them favorably or recommend them. Foundling by D. M. Cornish is unfortunately the latter for me. There’s no secret here. This is one of my least...

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10 New Series/Standalones to Look For in 2014

2014 is coming up, and with it comes a slew of books to look forward to. I had a hard time narrowing down one list, so here  are 10 new series I am looking forward to. I broke it into two sections, the first is favorite authors with new series, the second is a list of new series (or stand...

British vs American? What now after the poll? 0

British vs American? What now after the poll?

(In response to my Very American or Very British? Can you tell the difference  poll. Thank you to all that took the time to respond to it) Well, honestly, not much. I don’t know where the line is between recognizing and accepting cultural differences (and how they may impact works of fiction) and making marked generalizations about cultures/segments of society. I...

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

  Red Rising by Pierce Brown. How to write a review for this one? Well, just to start, I will say it was fantastic. This is a fast paced book that is very hard to put down.  It is a story of life, of love, of society, of justice, of evil and of vengeance. It is also dark. Yes, there...