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Jul. 21st, 2015

Solid book in the series, interesting twist with Harry's family, but it's cool to see actions from a book or two ago be explained, makes the narrative more rich. Also getting more info on the various types of vampires was great for the world building. Harry was shown to have more depth, someone can't by pissed off and scared all the time.

Rating: B+


Jul. 13th, 2015

Finished The Culling by Steven dos Santos, a YA post-apocalyptic with a gay twist.

A lot of Hunger Games influences here (though I'm not sure which one came first). But it had a lot more psychological torture inflicted upon the teens than Hunger Games. And the protagonist is gay, which is why I started it. But, it's nice to see another book where being gay isn't his "thing". It's just an aspect of his character. The relationship could have easily been straight, meaning it was handled as just like a hetro relationship, which is how I like to see it.

Ended with a feeling of retribution and revenge will be part of book two, but not happily. Which is also refreshing.

Overall good story, pretty intense with the horror and violence, well defined world.

Rating: B+


Jul. 7th, 2015

I have a huge need to research bees to see if any or all of this has any basis in fact. Great story, I absolutely loved the library and the different types and levels of communication. Lovely look at a class system as well. Kept me reading as fast as I could.

rating: A+


Jul. 6th, 2015

Loved this one. I has planned to read it before the announcement of the movie, and seeing that was going to happen moved it up my list.

I really enjoyed Mark's voice and commentary in the journal logs. The science was able to be followed, at least conceptually. While I was pretty sure he'd make it, I was nervous a few times. And the over all message was uplifting. Looking forward to the movie even more now.

Rating: A+

I've only read a few King novels now, but he really likes telling the past by having flashbacks in flashbacks. The events and characters were all a bit too abstract and purposefully mysterious for me. I might continue the series later, but I see no rush.

Rating: C


Jun. 30th, 2015

I re-read both books by Patrick Rothfuss, so I haven't been reviewing much lately. But after those I read the next Dresden book.

There was a lot going on in this one, almost too many plots to keep track of. Also felt some of them could have been expanded on. But seeing both Dresden and a lot of the supporting characters gain some more depth and backstory was good. And I'm enjoying how many characters are drifting between ally and enemy.

Rating: A-


Jun. 8th, 2015

I did some fan art for Abbie's The Prophet of Panamindora.

Chance is my favorite character from the novels. He is a high ranking officer in the kingdom of the Fauns who have been at war with an invading race, the Wolflings (a race of half wolf, half human people). I always found him a tragic character, too focused on winning the war that he has forgotten how to live.

I honestly feel this is one of the best pieces I've done in a while.

May. 26th, 2015

With the new book coming soon I thought it might be good for me to finally read To Kill a Mockingbird. It wasn't required in high school so I never got around to it. Plus I'm expecting a few questions about it at Barnes & Nobel, so being up to date on it would help.

It was pretty good. I'm not a fan of historical fiction like this. Too real, makes me think about society too much, not what I want from my books. But, it was good. Very engaging, good plot, good characters, and the unreliable narrator POV is always interesting.

rating: B+


May. 13th, 2015

I think I'm loosing interest in doing art for fanworks. Not sure why exactly, but the problems I've had with contacting authors, authors dropping out, and being inspired by the latest works has something to do with it. I am currently only in the Teen Wold Big Bang, and I'm not really sure I'm going to enter any more. This is the first year in 4 (5?) years I haven't joined the Supernatural Big Bang.

Actually I'm like 8 episodes behind on watching Supernatural. And I kinda miss it, but life is just too busy and stressful to bother with trying to keep up with shows. I'm almost up to date with SHIELD, Flash and Arrow, but TV in all seems like too much work. If I have free time, I try and read, and I don't have time for that any more either. I've been on the first Shanara book for a month now, 700 some pages should not take me that long.

I think I'm just worn out in general, and I don't see that getting better for at least a year.

Wow, that's an unhappy thought.

Apr. 21st, 2015

To start with, I am happy that I have a job. I'm happy that my company appreciates me enough to give me pay increases as a improve my department and sends me to training and conferences to learn more about my "new" field.

I just wish I liked what I do.

Sometimes I'll be in a meeting or writing an email explaining something, and I'm just hit with all of this knowledge I know have about shipping and fulfillment and billing and using excel and how order management and warehouse management software works and despair that this knowledge has replaced typefaces and kerning and XML and page design and pagination automation. It's been so long since I did any of that, I'm not sure I could. I'd have to learn all over again, since I know the software has changed so much.

It's so unfair that the clients of the companies I used to work for decided that a cheaper per page price was worth more than the quality that me and people like me could do. It's also very unfair that due to high populations in other countries and an over abundance of smart and highly trained people were able to destroy my industry domestically.

I do like curry, maybe I should just move to India and lead a department there?

Today is one of those days I wish we had more booze at home. And I had the freedom and time to actually drink.

Apr. 13th, 2015

I'm trying to split up my genres so that I don't get burnt out on any one style. I did fantasy with Dance with Dragons, then semi-sci-fi with Ready Player One, so now is modern day gothic horror with the next Dresden Book.

I enjoyed this one. It brought in more of the farie world, showed that even though the wizards and vampires are powerful, in comparison to Farie, not so much.

More backstory for Harry is good as well, and we got to meet more people from his past. And we got more detail in how "normal" wizards act and work. I also enjoyed the continuation of the werewolves from previous books, it's nice to see background characters continue on in later books. I hope that continues.

I'm also eventually Harry stops his personal downward spiral and becomes a better person again.

Rating: B+


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