Rating: The Name of the Wind

Name of the WindThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle series #1
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars 5 out of 5 stars
First Published: March 27th, 2005
Read from: April 21 to May 10, 2015
Awards: 2008 ALA Alex Award, 2007 The Quill Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

Review: Small Gods

Small Gods - Terry PratchettSmall Gods by Terry Pratchett
Discworld series #13
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars
First Published: 1992
Read from: March 1 to March 19, 2015
Yet another excellent book that deserves a full review, but I was either too lazy, busy or uninspired at the time.

As always with Pratchett’s work, this book while being funny and amusing, hit me in surprisingly “deep” places. I have literally PAGES of highlighted quotes from this book. Many because they were funny. But far more because they were so honest and True. True with a capital ‘T’.
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NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner!

Winner-2014-Twitter-ProfileSo I managed to pull it off. I wrote a novel. Well, half of one anyway.

In case you’re not familiar with it, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It is a non-profit organization that hosts an event in which thousands of writers around the world participate in an attempt to write their own 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. I planned on participating the year previous but backed out at the last moment. This year however I bit the bullet and did it. It was a long hard road. Around the second week I started to doubt myself, my ability, and the point of it all. Then I said screw it, I wanted to read my story, so I just started writing. Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner!

Reading Updates: 4 Book Ratings

Assassin’s Quest, L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, V for Vendetta, and Old Man’s War

Haven’t felt much like writing reviews recently, but I have read quite a few very good books that I would highly recommend. So here’s my ratings and some “micro” reviews / comments. Continue reading Reading Updates: 4 Book Ratings

Review: Royal Assassin

Royal Assassin by Robin HobbRoyal Assassin by Robin Hobb
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars5 out of 5 stars 
First Published: April 1996
Read from: July 4 to 11, 2014

Love This Assassin, Though I REALLY Want to Hate Him

Book Blurb:

Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.

Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

The novel Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb is the sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice and the second book in the Farseer Trilogy. This book continues the story of it’s main character Fitz Chivalry, a bastard son to a now deceased prince of the royal family of the Six Duchies. As such he has been taken in, raised and trained, and now secretly works for the King as an assassin (hence the name). Despite this character’s seemingly “evil” occupation he is quite a likable, interesting and realistically written character. The character, the world, and the story really grabbed me, pull me in and enthrall me… But it also really frustrated me. Read My Full Review →

Review: BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite coverBioShock Infinte
Release Date: Mar 2013
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Irrational Games

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

BioShock Infinite delivers one hell of a punch.

Twelve MonkeysSo I finally finished the Xbox version of the game BioShock Infinte this “weekend” and I must say the ending of the game’s intense story truly delivered a punch to my gray matter that left me reeling in much the same way as the movies Twelve Monkeys, Seven and Fight Club did. (Hmm? Just noticed that all 3 of those movies star Brad Pitt. Very weird.)

I definitely enjoyed the game-play, the “world”, the FPS action, and the intense story. I don’t fault the ending (which I will NOT reveal here) as I think it fits the story-line and genre and is pretty cool to be honest… But STILL the ending did leave me feeling a little betrayed. Read My Full Review →

Review: “Witches Abroad”

Witches Abroad by Terry PratchettWitches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
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My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars3 out of 5 stars
First Published: 1991
Read from: May 31 to June 20, 2014

Witches on Holiday Make ‘Ugly Americans’ Look Like Saints

Three witches take a road trip through the Discworld on a quest to complete a deceased fairy god-mother’s last wishes: The goal, to stop the wishes of a princess from coming true, and instead give her what she really needs.

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Reading Updates: 5 Book Ratings

Reaper Man, Red Mars, Moving Pictures, Elminster: The Making of a Mage, and Altered Carbon

Haven’t been updating my blog as I should. I have read a lot recently, and while I’ve been posting ratings on GoodReads, I apparently had not checked the “update my blog” box to have those posted here. Oops…

So I guess I’m going to manually post the book readings & their ratings here. Books rated were… Continue reading Reading Updates: 5 Book Ratings

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice

Assassins Apprentice by Robin HobbAssassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
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My Rating5 out of 5 Stars5 out of 5 stars
First Published: August 1995
Read from: February 04 to 19, 2014

Proving Assassins Can Also Be Nice Guys

The novel Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb was much different than the title led me to believe, as I probably never would have given it a try if I had judged this book by it’s title. However it’s very high ratings and the frequency with which fantasy discussions brought it up moved it to the top of my “to read” list. For a story about an Assassin’s Apprentice there is actually very little killing going on. Thinking this would focus on assassinations I had thought I would be turned off. Ironically, one of the few problems I had with this book was actually the LACK of action in places. But it is safe to say that the main character, and most of the characters as a whole, do not fall victim of the traditional stereotypes of the genre tropes. Over all I had mixed feelings about this book while reading it. Read My Full Review →

Review: Eric

Eric by Terry PratchettEric by Terry Pratchett
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My Rating4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
First Published: January 1990
Read from: February 04 to 19, 2014

This parrot is NOT dead, but very much alive. And VERY funny.

The British TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus had a famous sketch about a dead parrot that is very funny. This story, like much of Pratchett’s Discworld novels, reminds me a little of Monty Python. And Eric even has a parrot in it. While not dead, the parrot, and the book as a whole, is very funny.

Eric is a want-to-be demon-summoning “hacker”. In an attempt to summon a demon, he summons instead Rincewind the wizard who was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions in a previous Discworld novel. The two of them, Eric’s parrot and Rincewind’s sentient Luggage commence to bumble into one adventure after another.

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