Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Reviews / November 20, 2017

This is one book that I feel like I would have done better with in print rather than audio. It could have been borderline for me and the narration exacerbated the qualities that I, quite frankly, just found irksome. If I had read it in print, I could tone it down a bit by how I read the inflection. However, the narrator went the other direction, emphasizing all the things that made me cringe. The main reason this did not work better for me is that the main character, Lift, got on my nerves with all of her “awesomeness”. There’s not other way for me to say it. She is very childlike and the word awesome was used a truly awe inspiring number of times. And not in a good way. She is a character that some people will like. I know there are things out there that annoy me that others love (as well as the reverse). But for me, it was overload. She’s awesome, she’s slippery, she wants pancakes. Bleh. I get it. I don’t need it to be pounded into my skull repeatedely. I may have done better with the interludes in Words of Radiance, but honestly,…

Friday Firsts – Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Friday Firsts / November 17, 2017

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. Lift had never robbed a palace before. Seemed like a dangerous thing to try. Not because she might get caught, but because once you robbed a starvin’ palace, where did you go next? She climbed up onto the outer wall and looked in at the grounds. Everything inside—trees, rocks, buildings—reflected the starlight in an odd way. A bulbous-looking building stuck up in the middle of it all, like a bubble on a pond. In fact, most of the buildings were that same round shape, often with small protrusions sprouting out of the top. There wasn’t a straight line in the whole starvin’ place. Just lots and lots of curves. Lift’s companions climbed up to peek over the top of the wall. A scuffling, scrambling, rowdy mess they were. Six men, supposedly master thieves. They couldn’t even climb…

Stacking the Shelves – May 24, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / May 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review                 Corsair by James Cambias – This just sounded like a fun Sci-Fi book with space pirates and hackers, I’ve already listened and reviewed this one (and enjoyed it!). My thanks to Audible Studios for the review copy! Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen – I’ve heard many great things about this one. Since I don’t read a lot of YA, I had missed it until now, but I was in the mood for something lighter, and this really fit the bill and now I’ll be ready for Hidden Huntress which is coming out soon! Watch for my review of Stolen Songbird sometime this week. Once again, many thanks to Audible Studios! A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca – I will admit, detective stories usually don’t appeal to me a whole lot. But after enjoying The Thorn of Dentonhill so much, I’m really looking forward to checking this one out (the first in a parallel…

14 Favorites of 2014
Lists / December 28, 2014

I love reading Best of Lists, but making them can be quite hard. Here’s my list of favorites from 2014 broken down by subgenre. FAVORITE HORROR     FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION   FAVORITE FANTASY   FAVORITE FANTASY DEBUT

Tough Traveling – Kings

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? KINGS KINGS come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and am excited to jump back in. 🙂 It’s fun coming up with these lists, and I’ve missed it. Wow. This is another week where I’m tempted to do a ASoIaF edition. There’s just so many Kings to choose from!! So I’ll do two lists for each of the 4 types of kings. One ASoIaF, and on one from other series so I don’t bore everyone 🙂 I am going to put a disclaimer that my ASoIaF ones might have spoilers. Read at your…

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,…

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
5 Stars , Reviews / May 2, 2014

Wow. That could be my single word review of Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. If you read Way of Kings, go read this. If you haven’t, go read Way of Kings and then read this. Seriously, this is one of the most fun, most epic fantasy series out there. I am tempted to leave my review at that and while I will expand just a little, I am going to keep this fairly short. I have started and stopped writing this review numerous times over the last 6 weeks or so, sometimes as a spoiler filled commentary, sometimes a spoiler free review. I decided to just go with my basic reactions, a spoiler free commentary. Want more than this (something that is more real review, less general reactions)? Well, there will be a plethora of positive/raving reviews for this on genre blogs that will go into more detail., I could even point you to some if you like). My thoughts? I absolutely loved this. There is so much going on, but it’s still a fast paced page-turner of a book. Well, as fast as 1000+ pages can be.. This is the type of book that can pull someone into…

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4.5 Stars , Reviews / September 15, 2013

  This review was originally posted on Wilders’ Book Review. In Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart, we are introduced to a world where life as we know it has been forever altered by Calamity, the bright red sun or comet became a permanent fixture in the sky. Since it’s appearance, the other change to the world was Epics. People that suddenly have a variety of unique powers that all defy physics, explanation or understanding. The common thread these Epics have, besides the scientific implausibility of what they can do, is their disinterest and mistreatment of humans. Our story centers in just one city of what is now known as the Fractured States. Newcago , which pre-Calamity, used to be known as Chicago, is a place void of light, happiness and normalcy. And this is one of the better towns. One epic, Nightwielder, keeps the city in perpetual darkness. Neither sun nor star shines down for the people of Newcago.The reigning Epic, Steelheart has the ability to turn materials to steel and is ruthless, he will kill on a whim, he’s impervious to fire and bullets, and any other weapon that a human would have access to. Our protagonist David has been planning (obsessing…