October, 2016 Archive

Review – Styx by Bavo Dhooge

I stumbled upon this book at the library and immediately picked it up (mostly because I thought the author had one of the most awesome names I’ve come across) and I’m pretty happy I did. Styx, written by Flemmish author Bavo Dhooge, is a mystery novel with what is probably the most original twist on a zombie story I’ve ever seen.

No, really. Trust me on this. It’s pretty awesome.

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October 31, 2016

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Review: Styx by Bavo Dhooge

I stumbled upon this book at the library and immediately picked it up (mostly because I thought the author had one of the most awesome names I’ve come across); I’m pretty happy I did. Styx, written by Flemmish author Bavo Dhooge, is a mystery novel with what is probably the most original twist on a zombie story I’ve ever seen.

No, really. Trust me on this. It’s pretty awesome.

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October 31, 2016

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Review: Nearly Gone

What draws you to a book? Is it the cover artwork? The title? The cover tagline? The synopsis on the back of the book? For me this time around it was all to do with the cover. The art was intriguing, showing only a portion of our main character Nearly Boswell’s face and, while her lips are on the cover it isn’t explicitly sensual. I tend to grow tired of the covers with beautiful girls in beautiful clothes in a beautiful scene somewhere. We all know that for most of those books the beautiful, idyllic cover is a lie. This time around, the haunting cover tells you everything you need to know, that nothing is okay and you’re in for an intense ride. 

Let me also state that this book has a very Pretty Little Liars feel to it in that teenagers are solving crimes and, in the process, getting themselves into trouble/making matters worse. Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about the book itself. 

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October 30, 2016

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#ThrowbackThursday Review – Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

I finally did it. I finally read Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. I meant to read this for years. It’s my husband’s favorite book of all time. We have two physical copies and an ebook version. And, finally, after years of nagging, I sat down and read the whole thing. At once. All the way through. All 800 some odd pages. In less than 24 hours. It was just that good. I love, love, high fantasy and this one was wonderful.

Now, high fantasy can be a tricky thing in that it seems to divide everyone who claims they love high fantasy. There three groups as I see it. 1 – If I see a trope I will burn this book. 2 – Give me a Gandalf clone and give him to me now. 3 – Those who read both innovative novels and long series that rely heavily upon their predecessors in the genre.

So, where does this one fall?

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October 27, 2016

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Throwback Thursday: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

I finally did it. I finally read Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. I meant to read this for years. It’s my husband’s favorite book of all time. We have two physical copies and an ebook version. And, finally, after years of nagging, I sat down and read the whole thing. At once. All the way through. All 800 some odd pages. In less than 24 hours. It was just that good. I love, love, high fantasy and this one was wonderful.

Now, high fantasy can be a tricky thing in that it seems to divide everyone who claims they love high fantasy. There three groups as I see it. 1 – If I see a trope I will burn this book. 2 – Give me a Gandalf clone and give him to me now. 3 – Those who read both innovative novels and long series that rely heavily upon their predecessors in the genre.

So, where does this one fall?

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October 27, 2016

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Review – Overlord, Vol. 1: The Undead King by Kugane Maruyama

When I saw Overlord, Vol 1: The Undead King by Kugane Maruyama sitting on the shelf at the book store I just had to have it. I couldn’t help myself. It isn’t every day you find a translated light novel with breathtaking artwork (and hardcover no less!) just sitting around in the wild like that. Not unless you’re at a specialty book store. Sure, they have manga most of the time, but they’re usually usually way in the back and resigned to only one shelf, two if you’re lucky. And even they usually only have the old standards.

Okay, so, first. For those who don’t know, light novel is a term for a Japanese novel which is more or less the length of a long novella or a short novel, and is almost always part of a series. Overlord is one of these. This is the first volume, and, as of the time of writing this review, the only one currently available in English.

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October 24, 2016

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Review: Overlord, Vol. 1: The Undead King

When I saw Overlord, Vol 1: The Undead King by Kugane Maruyama sitting on the shelf at the book store I just had to have it. I couldn’t help myself. It isn’t every day you find a translated light novel with breathtaking artwork (and hardcover no less!) just sitting around in the wild like that. Not unless you’re at a specialty book store. Sure, they have manga most of the time, but they’re usually usually way in the back and resigned to only one shelf, two if you’re lucky. And even they usually only have the old standards.

Okay, so, first. For those who don’t know, light novel is a term for a Japanese novel which is more or less the length of a long novella or a short novel, and is almost always part of a series. Overlord is one of these. This is the first volume, and, as of the time of writing this review, the only one available in English. Now, on to the plot!

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October 24, 2016

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Review – Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

Have you ever listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast? Heard of it? Well, this is Welcome to Night Vale the book, written by the podcast’s creators Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. It doesn’t follow the podcast’s narrator, Cecil Palmer, but two different characters, at least one of whom (I’m pretty sure as I didn’t go back and re-listen to 4+ years of the podcast before writing this) was mentioned offhand in an early episode of the show.

I was a little worried at first that the book would feel different from the podcast. It’s a different medium, of course, and it isn’t told from the familiar viewpoint of Cecil Palmer.

But should I have worried?

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October 20, 2016

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Review: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

Have you ever listened to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast? Heard of it? Well, this is Welcome to Night Vale the book, written by the podcast’s creators Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. It doesn’t follow the podcast’s narrator, Cecil Palmer, but two different characters, at least one of whom (I’m pretty sure as I didn’t go back and re-listen to 4+ years of the podcast before writing this) was mentioned offhand in an early episode of the show.

I was a little worried at first that the book would feel different from the podcast. It’s a different medium, of course, and it isn’t told from the familiar viewpoint of Cecil Palmer.

But should I have worried?

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October 20, 2016

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Review – The Zodiac Legacy Vol 1 by Stuart Moore

The Zodiac Legacy #1 is a graphic novel by Stuart Moore, Stan Lee, and P. H. Marcondes based on a series of young adult novels of the same title. This is the first in a series of graphic novels involving characters with superpowers based on the Chinese zodiac.

Coming from the world of manga, it was a very nice change of pace to have all-color pages. The art style itself was nice, though I couldn’t help but think that some of the cells were a bit boring. There was a lot of talking and little action in the beginning, and there was little happening stylization-wise on the page that otherwise engaged me or caught my eye.

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October 19, 2016

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