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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is by far one of the most epic of Epics I've read. I loved the new ideas on magic, beings (lots of insect based things) and supernatural. Great sweeping political themes. And it isn't until the last few chapters the reader even knows what the big epic "bad" is. That is around 1600 pages (on my iPad) of slow build. I'm gonna be very sad (in a Rothfuss way) when I finish book 2. I love how important women are in this setting also. Now I just hope for a few gays to show up.

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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The center of the book drug on and I had started to worry that Sanderson had lost his touch, but the end (last 1/3) was "on the edge of my seat" reading. Lots of action, tons of plot and secrets reveals, and people dying that I really was upset to see die. But many of them were only "mostly dead", it seems. Their come back making me very happy and wanting to read more. I'm trying not to be too upset that there is no indication at all when book three will come out. I'll just try and fill the void with some of his other series.

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Trying the "copy and paste from Goodreads" feature for posting reviews here, should cut back on extra coding time.


New from Jamie Lake


When college student Jake is left for dead on the side of the road, he has one thing on his mind:

Learn to defend himself against the men that gay bashed him.

And fight back or die trying.

At his sister’s suggestion, he tries self­defense courses. Little does he know when he asks the man to teach him, he'll be guarding more than his body, he'll be guarding his heart.

Aspiring MMA trainer Benjamin is on his last leg, literally. As a wounded warrior, he's scarred from a broken heart that has nearly broken his spirit.

So when Jake approaches him for lessons and tells him his story, it touches his heart.

The more time Jake and Benjamin spend together, the more they realize they’re becoming best friends.

The more time they spend together, the more they realize they can't live without each other.

The more time they spend together, the more they realize they’re falling in love.

But Jake has a secret, one that could change everything....

They’re step­brothers.


Review of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Still one of the few authors that can make me LOL while reading. I think her first book had more humor in it, but this one was perhaps a bit more genuine. Jenny gave her readers/fans/"family" a deeper look into her life and struggles. Loved it!

Rating: A+


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+


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+


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+


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


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-


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+


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