Review: Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher
4.5 Stars , Reviews / January 25, 2016

Beyond Redemption is a book that is wonderfully dark and twisted but well balanced with humor and interesting characters. The magic system is quite unique as it is based on insanity which adds a really interesting dynamic. The more powerful a person becomes, the more unstable they become as well. It is a very intriguing way to build a level of restraint and possible self destruction that is tied directly to their magical ability. And reality is also shaped by belief, so people with strong delusions can shape the world. And paranoia can also define your reality. Needless to say, it is dark, there are definitely some twisted things, but the book also does a great job building complex relationships between broken characters and adding enough humor to keep it from ever becoming too dark. There are some characters that become insanely powerful, but you can see their sanity fleeing, causing their own destruction. This was expertly done in my opinion. Pretty much anything is possible in this world as long as someone is delusional enough to make it happen, but there were costs and limits. There are many different types of delusions, so as you may imagine, there are also many…

Backlist Burndown Review: Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Reviews / December 31, 2015

For me, Hobb writes the most addictive stories. Dragon Haven is the second book in her Rain Wilds Chronicles that is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings story. For those not familiar, I highly, highly recommend reading all of her series in order. I’ve mentioned in other reviews the reason for my strong opinion on this is that I did not read them in published order because I did not realize how they connected. So, because of my unconventional reading order, I actually read all of the Rain Wilds books after reading all of her other published books to this point. I continue to be intrigued with the Rain Wilds, but I will confess If I was absolutely forced to rank all of the books, this is my least favorite of the series. And within this series, this particular book I think may be my least favorite. But, I still found it impossible to put down, and my least favorite book by one of my favorite authors is still a book worth reading. There was actually a lot to love in this book. While you may have had an idea of why Rain Wilders are marked and the…

Review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
5 Stars , Reviews / September 6, 2015

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet commanded my complete attention from the very beginning, and was a book that I longed to continue reading any time real life got diverted me from its pages. Rosemary Harper is the newest crew mate for The Wayfarer. Her past is a bit mysterious, but you quickly learn she is bright and a hard worker. You can’t help but wonder about her motivation for joining a long haul mission when she’s never served as crew on a ship before, even short haul. But when you meet the crew of The Wayfarer, that quickly gets brushed to the side,  because really, who wouldn’t want to work with the set of people? The Wayfarer is a patchwork ship (literally as mish mash pieces  all slapped together inside and out) consisting of a diverse crew that is really just incredibly fun. In the beginning, the crew dynamics couldn’t help but remind me of Retribution Falls, however as I continued to read, I quickly realized that this was (no disrespect to RF which I loved)  a more sophisticated/worldly book than that. This book is very character driven, but through those characters and their relationships and interactions, the…

Flashback Friday Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Reviews / January 23, 2015

Neverwhere was my first book by Gaiman and honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. What I found was a an atmospheric and magical exploration of the bowels of London. That may sound a bit odd, but really, I think it may be suiting because the book does have an odd edge to it (in a good way). The characters in this book were great. They don’t have complicated back stories, but given the story and the way its told, I think that it works very well because that leaves them seeming a bit more mysterious.  Richard in the beginning of the book is passive and Richard’s girlfriend is shallow and superficial and treats Richard like a doormat. And of course, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were just as disgusting as Richard’s girlfriend was shallow. Door is a wonderfully mysterious girl that turns out to be Richard’s ticket to falling through the cracks and discovering the strange world of London Below. “You’ve a good heart,” she told him. “Sometimes that’s enough to see you safe wherever you go.” Then she shook her head. “ But mostly, it’s not.” And then the Marquis, who is best described but just quoting the book: The marquis de…