Monthly Musings – September 2014
Monthly Musings / September 30, 2014

This is a where I look back at what I read (or tried to read) during the past month. I also plan on highlighting my experiences in any book club reads I from the month as well. I will always start with any books I would label as a surprise find/under-read books so if anyone missed my reviews for them, and don’t make it to the end of this post, they’ll be easy to find.     This was a VERY slow month for me reading wise! I blame fluffy puppy who requires an insane amount of supervisions all during my free time when I would normally be reading. Ah well.       Surprise Find/Underrated/Underread Book Age of Iron by Agnus Watson – I’ve heard almost zero buzz about this book for some reason, but I found it to be quite an enjoyable story/book with some great characters. It’s not for the faint of heart, it’s bloody and graphic but also has great timing and pacing and some quite hilarious dark humor to make all the other dark stuff palatable. Definitely recommend this one for anyone who enjoys grimdark.  ★★★★½         Highest Rated Book BROKEN MONSTERS, BROKEN MONSTERS,…

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
4.5 Stars , Reviews / September 26, 2014

I’ve not read anything by David Mitchell before, and honestly had no idea what to expect. This book is a wonderfully engaging story that weaves through generations. And for those looking for a deeper connection to a book, a book that touches on current issues, it is also a commentary on our lives and society. About how our world works and how we treat each other and the planet we live one. I love aspect of the book.  Magic’s just normal you’re not used to. This book is comprised of 6 sections, each set in a different time period. The first section introduces us to Holly Sykes. She’s the common thread that pulls each of the other POVs/sections together and she is a very strong, well developed character with a personality and story that I found to be captivating. To be honest, this first section just sucked me without mercy. The second and third sections, while I was sorry to not have Holly the primary character, quickly pulled me in as well. Each of these three sections I cared about the characters, I wanted to know more, and I had a hard time putting the book aside. Now, I debated about how to handle…

Vacation time!
Quick Note / September 26, 2014

Vacation Time! Right, so for the next week, I will be happily computer-less and being lazy at the beach. I managed to draft up and schedule posts for the week ahead of time (a first for me!). So, my blog will still be going, but I may be slow to respond/reply. I will have an iPad mini with me, so I may still try to keep on top of things as long as they don’t require too much typing 🙂 Long story short, if I seem quiet here or elsewhere, I’ll catch up when I get back. In the mean time, I plan to hopefully get in lots of good reading!

Tough Traveling – Companions

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? COMPANIONS COMPANIONS… You will normally meet them for the first time at the outset of the tour. They are picked from among the following: Bard, Female Mercenary, Gay mage, Imperious Female, Large Man, serious soldier, Slender Youth, Small Man, Talented Girl, Teenage Boy, Unpleasant Stranger, and Wise Old Stranger.   Auri from Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss Companion of: Kvothe You have to love a mysterious girl who lives in the tunnels beneath the world. One who, for some reason, has allowed Kvothe a glimpse of her.     Night Eyes from The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb Companion of: Fitz For anyone who has not read this…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list
Top Ten Tuesday / September 23, 2014

  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list I put one too many on my list and didn’t want to cut anything. So here it is. I also decided not to include any that are not releasing until 2015. I’ve lucked into a couple already and was quite tempted to put them on the list. But I refrained, there’s plenty to list without them. I also tried to limit this to the ones I already I have, with the exception of the first two! I may not have them yet, but I will definitely read them as soon as I can: The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman – I loved his first book. Quite curious to see how he handles vampires in 1970s Manhatten! Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss Ancillary Sword by Anne Leckie Gleam by Tom Fletcher Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb – I’m already part way through the first one and enjoying it! I’m looking forward to finishing out the trilogy this fall! The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes The Heart Does Not…

The Black Company by Glen Cook
3.5 Stars , Reviews / September 23, 2014

This was on my TBR pile for a bit before I finally read it because, well, it’s a divisive book. Love it or hate it, most people have an opinion. After reading it I want to be straight forward tha an important, and I stress, this is very important, thing to make sure you are more likely to fall on the ‘love side’, or at least not the hate side, is to sit back, and go with the flow. You have to know and accept ahead of time that the big picture will work itself out as you discover more information. But this happens as the story unfolds, nothing is set up or explained. If this type of thing drives you nuts, my prediction is that you’re unfortunately going to fall on the hate side of things. Lucky for me, I’m more of a go with the flow type reader, so it worked out to my advantage.  A couple random fun facts that I had absolutely no clue about before going into this (and never in a million years would have guessed. It features not just vampires, but also a wereleopard (or man-leopards or forvalakas, whatever you would like to call them). It also features…

Tough Traveling – Witches

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? WITCHES Witches are special and probably at least the equal of WIZARDS. Right, so I don’t know how many of these qualify as witches really. Just because they are a magic user and female, does that make them a witch? Seems kinda stereotypical and sexist, but looking at my list, I am definitely guilty. (Although, I KNOW I have read a book with male witches, or at least one male witch. Just for the life of me can’t remember what it was.) Or if others label them as a witch, even if that’s not how they see themselves does that count? Some of my choices are likely tenuous,…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
Top Ten Tuesday / September 16, 2014

  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More I tried to keep this to authors that actually have more than one book published, meaning, I could have read more by this author by now, but for some reason, I just haven’t. Otherwise, this list could be insanely long!! 🙂 And I figure I can’t feel guilty about not reading more when there’s not more to be read. Not that the list has to be about book guilt, but yeah, that’s how I’m doing it. A shame list of sorts. K. J. Parker -I read The Folding Knife (review) for book club last year, and absolutely loved it. It’s very low fantasy, there was even some debate about wether it should be considered fantasy, butI honestly didn’t care. I was blown away by the protagonist (quite a morally ambiguous nasty piece of work), the politics, the scheming, and the questions I had about everything (in a good way). Parker has plenty of other books out there, and short stories. I often question why…

The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan
4 Stars , Reviews / September 16, 2014

What I can’t get over with this book is just how beautifully written eviscerations can be done. Seriously, Morgan’s prose is just wonderfully written with a beautiful and poetic feel. This carries through for every part of his book, including the dark and gritty, violent sections like when the prose is describing disembowelment. Yes, this book, like the first one has graphic sex and violence. This series is not for the faint of heart. And just like I said in my review for The Steel Remains, I don’t think the sex scenes in this are any more graphic than many books with heterosexual sex scenes, but I feel they get more attention because they are homosexual. There are some reviewers that will always complain about this level of graphic sex scenes regardless of the genders of the participants, but I think the fact they are homosexual is beyond some readers comfort levels which is just sad. People are people and sex is sex. These characters and the sex scenes are very real and down to earth and I see absolutely no reason to complain. The Cold Commands has 3 story arcs, each following a familiar character from The Steel Remains. Ringil, of…

Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / September 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way. I’ve been trying to limit the number of ARCs I’ve requested lately to make keeping up with them easier. But, this has been a windfall week for  me, so I am putting together my first Stacking the Shelves post!     The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This book just sounded quite cool. I’ve not read anything from David Mitchell before, and thought this sounded like a great one to try. Teenage girl caught up in something mysterious and dangerous, something that seems to span generations and time. Yeah, I want to read this, So, I was quite happy when I won this one from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers August giveaway. Quite excited   The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller – This book has been on my TBR list for awhile, just needed to wait for publication. I absolutely love dark, epic fantasy, especially with a political side to it. And I am always thrilled to see women authors putting out books like this. So, winning this from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Hachette Bonus Batch June give away made my day!…