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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...

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?

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...

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...

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

  Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a very well crafted debut novel. I think the major component that sets it apart is the truly alien feel that you get from Breq’s perspective. Who is Breq? Well, that is immediately where the story gets interesting. Breq is not used to being an individual as we think of individuals. Rather she...

The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies is the concluding book of Anne Lyle’s Night’s Masque trilogy. Merchant of Dreams left us with an almost picturesque ending, Mal and Coby married, headed off to start a new life with Kit, their adopted infant son who is also host to Kiiren. As you can imagine, it wouldn’t be much of a book if things...

What new books have caught my eye?

I am always hearing about new books, adding them to my exponentially growing TBR list. So today I thought I would share a few of my most recent discoveries that I am excited about. I am limiting this to books by authors I have not read yet and, at least for now, either very new or upcoming books. Pretty much...

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

Miriam Black is back. Irreverent and sardonic as ever. I don’t know how Chuck Wendig manages to find that balance of brash irreverence without taking it too far, but he is a master. I’ll also be honest, while still good, I did have a couple issues with Mockingbird, the second Miram Black book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect...

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering...