Throwback Thursday – The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Throwback Thursday / August 1, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. This book is one that I read as as a Backlist Burndown book, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I keep meaning to read more by Banks, and one of these days I will make the time. I found the concept of social standing being directly related to skill and success of playing games intriguing (and kind of fun). They also punish people for crimes by shunning them socially, supposedly this is motive enough to keep people in line (I have my doubts that it could actually work in real life). But regardless, I enjoyed the way this book made me think,…

Throwback Thursday – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Throwback Thursday / July 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. This is a classic book that many people read as an assignment for school. I wasn’t one of those, so read it with the Fantasy Faction book club a while back. It’s a really interesting book and concept. After scientists found they had increased the IQ of a mouse with an experimental procedure, they decided, “Hey, let’s get a human!”. They take someone with a low IQ and do the same experimental procedure on him as they did on the mouse, because, why not? We get journal entries from Charlie, the human test subject, and it is interesting to see and read his thoughts as his IQ, vocabulary, ability to…

Throwback Thursday – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Throwback Thursday / July 4, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is The Water Knife bu Paolo Bacigalupi. It is a fantastic book that deserves to be mentioned again regardless. However, I was reminded of it in particular because of the recent stories about the real life water crisis in Channai (a city of 9 million in India, that has had their water supplies dry up). Obviously Channai is a real place in a seriously dangerous situation, so I don’t want to sound disrespectful by mentioning a link with a book of fiction. But I think good fiction can highlight serious concerns and issues, and The Water Knife is about a dystopian world where water is so scarce cities have shut down, mafia style gangs control access and…

Throwback Thursday – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Throwback Thursday / June 6, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! (I’ll include a link-up for anyone who wants to participate) This week’s choice is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is like something you just take pleasure in looking at or watching, enjoying and appreciating just the simple beauty of it because it is there That is something that I haven’t run across much with books. I also love the flow of prose in this. It’s not face paced, it just takes you on a meandering stroll through a magical and mysterious world. The setting of the Night Circus is just … Magical. It appears in the night, and has never before seen, and quite unexplainable wonders. A true air of mystery surrounds the place. A little different than my typical books, but that…

Throwback Thursday – Dune by Frank Herbert
4 Stars , Reviews , Throwback Thursday / May 16, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in!  This week’s choice is Dune by Frank Herbert. Dune was a book that read for book club, not because I chose it myself. I very rarely gravitate towards science fiction now and back when I read this I just about never chose to read science fiction. Turns out it was a good book for me to read and see that the genre labels are not nearly as important as what is in them. I say that, but I also feel like Dune is pretty much just a fantasy story that happens to be set in space. There is a lot of political intrigue (which I always enjoy). There is obviously a traitor in the midst of the characters, and…

Throwback Thursday – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Throwback Thursday / May 9, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! (I’ll include a link-up for anyone who wants to participate) This week’s choice is Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Yes, I know this is a very popular and often recommended book, but it is one that I read before I started reviewing so I figured it was time to feature it. Yes, this is a popular book, you see it recommended all over the place. But the thing is? It deserves it. This book quickly pulled me in, Locke is such an enjoyable and relatable protagonist. An orphan who, unlike many protagonists in fantasy, doesn’t have any magical ability or fighting skills. His strength is his personality and his skill at deception and pulling cons. We meet Locke when he is young and alone in the streets….

Throwback Thursday – My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Throwback Thursday / April 25, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland. This was a fun, fast read with a great lead character. I have to admit, I was a bit unsure about this one before I read it, but was incredibly glad I did. Now I just need to catch up with the series! I’m so used to thinking “zombies” equates to placing a book in the horror genre. But honestly, I think I am going to file this one under Urban Fantasy, because while yes, there are zombies and a serial killer, both things that could very easily, and maybe even typically, go the way of horror, the tone of this remains light hearted thanks to…

Throwback Thursday – The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield
Throwback Thursday / April 18, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in!  This week’s choice is The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield. I read this in college at a time where I was not reading much and definitely way before I even thought about reviewing. Since its been so long, I have been curious if it would hold up as well on a re-read, but at the time I absolutely loved it. It’s a book that has stuck with me for over 20 years, so to say it was an emotional and impressive read is an understatement. Also, I’m not sure what it says about me that my roommate bought this for me because she thought of me when she read the description (because it has a very disturbed…

Throwback Thursday – The Just City by Jo Walton
Throwback Thursday / April 4, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! This week’s choice is The Just City by Jo Walton A very thought provoking and insightful book that makes you question the way things are in the world, as well as how they could be (and if that “other way” would really be better or worse). The Just City is an experiment carried out with by a Goddess whose goal was to create perfectly balanced society where its citizens are judged solely on their own merits and abilities. There is to be no preferential treatment, people there should want to be their best selves and strive to do right by the city. If everyone lives by this code, then the city should thrive. Right? Heh … You’ll have to…

Throwback Thursday – Age of Iron by Angus Watson
Throwback Thursday / March 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! This week’s choice is Age of Iron by Angus Watson This was a very down and dirty, gripping, enjoyable read. It is dark, twisted, funny and exciting. But it’s also not for everyone, so much so that my review has a list of readers who I think should approach the book with caution. Really this is a great series that could use some more love and readers, so if you enjoy dark epic fantasy with some humor and magic, be sure to check it out. You can read my full review and check out more details about the book: Legends aren’t born. They’re forged. Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar’s army….