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2013

I didn’t come close to my goal of 100 books for 2012 so I’m going to try again for 2013.

My first review of 2013 will be of Raven’s Heart: A Tale from the World of Secramore by M.S. Verish. It’s a crazy long epic fantasy that i’ve gotten about half way through so far. It was a bit confusing in the beginning which is why it’s taking me so long to get through it, but now that i’m past most of the background bits and really into the plot it’s been an enjoyable read thus far, it’s just not possible for me to finish it for 2012 though. 

Books to read for 2013:

*If you sent me a review request and I haven’t yet reviewed your book and you don’t see your book on this list, all is not lost, I just didn’t imagine the huge response for requests and I’ve gotten horribly backlogged in reviewing/responding to people, but besides reading and reviewing 100 books another goal I have is to be quicker at getting back to people who’ve requested reviews, so if this applies to you I apologize!

1. Raven’s Heart (A Tale from Secramore – Epic Fantasy)

2. Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior (This one’s not fantasy but I have to read it for a class i’m taking.)

3. Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur (The Pendragon Chronicles) (Another whopper at 579 pages – but still not as long as Raven’s Heart)

4. Erich’s Plea (The Witchcraft Wars)

5. Steel, Magick and Faith (Book 1 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles)

6. Ghost in the Machine (Corwint Central Agent Files)

Somewhere in between review requests i’d also like to start reading more of Terry Pratchet’s discworld series in preparation for possibly going to the North American Discworld Convention (https://www.nadwcon.org/), so far i’ve only read the Tiffany Aching books but I loved them.

And last but not least. .. .

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!!

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2012 Reading Goal

I started this blog over the summer and apparently set a very unrealistic goal for myself to read 100 books/ short stories this year. With a little less than 2 weeks left to do so, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Maybe this year with starting my new goal in January i’ll be able to make it? I’m also hoping to be able to add one or two more books to the list before the year is out 🙂

REVIEW: WOOL by Hugh Howey

Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

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I had heard a ton of good things about Wool before deciding to pick it up and read it myself.

It is a very well written story that carries you through from page one until the end and keeps you engaged wondering the same questions as Holston, the Sheriff who no longer wants to be Sheriff because he wants to leave the silo and see what’s outside. In Holston’s world saying you want to go outside is like a death sentence because outside the air is toxic and everything is dead. Children in Holston’s world are taught this from a very young age because it doesn’t matter who speaks the treason the end result is the same for everyone.

The book flashes back and forth between present day and Holston’s ordeal of saying he wants to go outside to the final act of him being sent outside, to the past of when Holston’s wife was still alive and spoke those same treason words three years prior. The flash backs bring up a lot of doubts about their society and the possibility of the outside being a a death sentence a lie perpetrated by those in charge to keep the rest in line.

This is only book 1 out of 5 and i’m not really sure where the other 4 books will go because this one seemed to have so much closure. My only guess is the end of book 1 is not what it seems and that I would have to read the others to find out for sure. I probably will eventually read the rest of Wool however with so much seemingly being finished it doesn’t make me want to rush out and read the second one immediately.

Available on Amazon: Wool

Available on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wool-hugh-howey/1104684912?ean=2940013196292&itm=1&usri=wool

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This book was purchased by me

 

 

FREE and CHEAP fantasy: Winter Escapes

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NEW RELEASE: Rise of the Retics by T.J. Lantz

Are you a Harry Potter fan or perhaps a Percy Jackson fan and looking for a new book fix? Try Rise of the Retics, T.J. Lantz’s newest release.

It has tons of adventure and the reason why there are no more fantastical creatures living in our world today, at least not that we know of. . .

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Book Description: For almost a millennia humanity has been making a concerted effort to eradicate the world’s retics, an eclectic collection of non-human, intelligent species. Recently, those efforts have been strengthened and far more successful than ever, though the Council of Rosehaven, the retic’s hidden sanctuary city, cannot figure out why.

No one realizes the danger of this this more than eleven-year-old Tyranna Wolfskin, who is ripped from her boring, everyday life in the middle of the night by a vicious group of retic hunters. Thrust into a struggle for her own survival, Tyranna must find a way to accept what she is and learn to acclimate herself to a world she never knew existed.

Author Bio: Though new to the world of professional writing, T.J. Lantz has been a world class storyteller (a.k.a. liar) for many years. Originally forging his craft by creating backstories for each of the lawn gnomes he managed to liberate from the prisons his neighbors called the “front yard”, he now uses that ability to entertain his wife and six four-legged furry children. Prior to writing the Gnit-Wit Gnipper series and Rosehaven: The Hidden City, T.J. worked as an elementary school teacher in York, Pa., where he happily resides.