My childhood just came back and punched me in the head. I hate kids, and I hate being little and powerless. If only I could go back in time, change thMy childhood just came back and punched me in the head. I hate kids, and I hate being little and powerless. If only I could go back in time, change the candy to rotten goat organs. Who's laughing now bitches?...more
This review will be more or less my impression on the Mistborn trilogy. And I say trilogy to ignore the coming books since the trilogy concludes thisThis review will be more or less my impression on the Mistborn trilogy. And I say trilogy to ignore the coming books since the trilogy concludes this sequence of the Mistborn series.
Anypoodle, I cannot find words good enough to describe how much I’ve enjoyed reading these three books. Sure, it might seem frightening since they’re incredibly long, each book having at least 700 pages, but Sanderson managed to make it feel anything but long and boring.
He is such an amazingly talented writer and he made me feel a lot of emotions towards the characters belonging to this series. I’ve been through so many events with them. Happy, sad, terrifying. You name it. I’ve learned to love and respect them and I was so scared of reaching the end because I had no idea how I’d cope with the fact that there will be no more books about them in the future. I do think that Sanderson was right to keep this as short as he could. Maybe if here were more books things would have lost their spark. Or not. Who knows?
I am sad because of the bitter sweet ending. It was a happy ending, but not as happy as I would have wanted it to be. It left me staring out into the sky and trying to cope with what had happened. Three days later and I’m still not over it. I don’t know if and when I’ll be over it. We shall see.
The other thing I want to talk to - well more like ask you - is to read this series. Don’t expect rainbows, unicorns and happy princesses. Mistborn is a story about pain and what it means to fight for what you believe in. There are lots of deaths and lots of sadness so you have to try to read it accordingly. After you’re done meet me for some drinks. You’ll need them. You’ll also thank me for making you know this amazing series.
I’m not exaggerating when saying that this is a must read. Read it. Read it asap!
Imagine finding the one book that seems like it was created just for you. This book can bring you happiness, sadness, despair. It can make you want toImagine finding the one book that seems like it was created just for you. This book can bring you happiness, sadness, despair. It can make you want to leave your daily routine behind just to read one more chapter of it. This book invades your thoughts before you sleep. It makes you want to share it with everyone you know so that you could have someone else to share your joy with.
I have an extremely few number of books that make me feel this way. It’s been months since I’ve last read one of these books. The last one I’ve read was The Kingmakers in September, if I’m correct. And just when I thought that I won’t be finding another one of these wonderbooks anytime soon, The Final Empire hit me square in the head.
I ordered The Final Empire for two reasons. One, half of my Goodreads friends gave it five stars, and two, I had a good feeling about it. The summary and the cover felt right. Lucky for me my Spidey sense didn’t let me down, and now I have another wonderbook to add to my absolute madness, aka super epicness, shelf.
The Final Empire is perfection transmuted into 643 pages of mind-blowing text that blows your mind like a mind-blowing tornado blowing the minds of fantasy lovers like me. This book rocks. It’s awesome. Brandon Sanderson should get his statue placed in the Hall of Badass Authors who will blow your mind like a mind-blowing tornado that blows minds.
Blow. Your. Mind. People!
The characters, the story, the UNPREDICTABILITY! Goddammit, I’m gonna be broke but I need all the damn books Brandon Sanderson wrote. Right now!
Ohkay. Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. Another video game inspired graphic novel. I can’t say that I hate the idea of reading more about a game I enjoyeOhkay. Dragon Age: The Silent Grove. Another video game inspired graphic novel. I can’t say that I hate the idea of reading more about a game I enjoyed playing but most of the time the stories end up disappointing me.
In Dragon Age: The Silent Grove we follow the footsteps of Alistair who is to become King of Ferelden. Alistair used to be my love interest in the game (yes, I was desperate) so it’s funny to see him being all badass when, in truth, he’s just a little insecure man. I never liked his character, to tell you the truth. And having the story revolve around him… well, you can imagine. Not impressed.
I had some technical, if you can call them that, problems. Because of the images having a small resolution, the text is very difficult to read. Zooming in is a nightmare. I always have this type of problems when it comes to graphic novel ARCs and because of this I’m actually thinking of giving up the process of requesting and reviewing ARC graphic novels.
ARC courtesy of Dark Horse Comics via NetGalley...more
Let me tell you the reasons why Geist wasn’t as epic as expected.
First off, the introduction to the world and its characters was bad. You got thrown iLet me tell you the reasons why Geist wasn’t as epic as expected.
First off, the introduction to the world and its characters was bad. You got thrown in a riot without knowing where you are, who you are, who the hell if fighting you, or who the hell you’re fighting against. There was also a lack of an index. It’s so funny how some authors that write Paranormal books (especially Paranormal Romances) tend to hit us with these fancy indexes of silly edited words, which are pretty obvious in their meaning. And yet a book of Geist’s might gets nothing of the sort.
Geist is in badly need of an index, people. Please fix this issue.
Another problem was with the information, or better put, overflow of information. Sometimes when I read my mind gets idle, and I might not pay attention to certain things. Fuck it, this happens to me a lot, especially since I tend to read at the end of the day in bed, before I sleep. Why do i do this? Because I read to relax. Geist felt like doing homework. I had to focus 100% with it in order not to miss anything. Now don’t get me wrong, I love being totally sucked into books, but my problem is with being forced to do this since it didn’t come naturally. Geist has 290 pages, and the story is rather complex. This resulted in an overflow of information that gave me headaches at times.
Since the story is rather somber, I felt like the romance between Sorcha and Raed was not matching. I would have the erotic scenes replaced with some more intimate emotional ones. I also felt like Sorcha’s toughness was a bit too forced. But this could be me.
Apart from this, I loved Geist’s universe, story and characters, and I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for some fast-paced Fatasy reading.
Mint Green Death sighed heavily. “I guess we’re going to be here awhile. I’m going to make some coffee. Do you want some?” “Sure, try to lull me into a false sense of security, then spring.” “You’re tied the fuck up, motherfucker, I don’t need to lull you into shit. You’ve been fucking with the fabric of human existence and someone needed to shut your ass down.” “Oh, sure, go black on me. Play the ethnic card.” Mint Green climbed to his feet and headed toward the door to the shop. “You want cream?” “And two sugars, please,” Charlie said.
I started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of IsabI started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it’s a standalone book. As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of Isabella, or Lady Trent (whatever you want to call her), who is between the most acclaimed dragon researchers in the book’s universe. It’s needless to say that I was very curious to witness the events that have won Isabella’s title.
There were many things that I loved about this book. Exploring the world from Isabella’s point of view was nice. Marie Brennan built Isabella’s character very well, at least in the book’s first half. I appreciated how this book started with Isabella’s childhood since I got the feeling of growing up with her. And most importantly, the dragons!
THE FREAKING DRAGONS!!!
A Natural History of Dragons is all about the dragons. Dragons in the title, cover, illustrations (yes, this book has some amazing illustrations in it – zomg, yes?), and in every chapter. (read on and witness my drama – follow the *** if you want to skip directly to my drama and miss out all the fun)
Did I mention the fact that I love dragons?
On the minus side we have the poor universe. Yes, I failed to feel the depth of the cities the characters were in. The descriptions were decent enough, and there were two sketches, if I’m correct, of some environments. However, I felt like they were not enough. I wanted to know more about the surrounding cities, creatures, cultures (the interesting ones, not the exorcise the demons in ice cold water ones), and so on.
Did I mention that I wanted more dragons?
I was expecting to get all my answers from A Natural History of Dragons. I saw that the book is about 300 pages long, and it seemed weird because the topic seems like it needs more than 300 pages in order to present the story properly. By the time I got 90% in, it was obvious that the book will either have a sequel or will disappoint.
Did I mention that I’m sick of being disappointed by stupid books?
I’m not keen to have a sequel and I don’t want to be disappointed. What I wanted was a standalone book full of dragon chasing, dragon study, and dragon riding for all I care. Just give me what you promised in the summary!
Yes. So I need to warn you, this is a series. As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, I did not know this small detail (that makes a fucking difference).
After finishing A Natural History of Dragons, I got rather pissed off. The ending upset me not because it was a bad ending, but because it was rather pointless. Many things that happened in the end proved worthless, and this has much to do with the fact that half of the book is eventless, so Marie Brennan had to stir up your desire to read her next book somehow.
Hahafuckingha the joy and laughter and sunny delight shoot me now another book that fails to deliver what it promises in the fucking summary.
Fifty points from Griff- oh wait wrong book. Two stars from A Natural History of Smugglers.
***It seems like I have found a huge mistake in this book’s title. Please allow me to fix it.
Ah much better. And accurate. Don’t forget accurate.
Why accurate, you ask? Because A Natural History of Dragons does not revolve around frigging dragons as it’s supposed to, but around the stupid village and stupid smugglers. I feel like the dragons were almost completely ignored, minus a few scenes where they attack people, some bones and empty caves. How is this book called A Natural History of Dragons again? Is it because of the original book that stirred Isabella’s desire to study dragons? Could be. Where the fuck is the dragon study I wanted to read about? Oh, well maybe the smugglers have it.
So freaking disappointing. Really. If you want to read this book because of the dragons (which is the only reason why you would) then don’t bother. It’s not what you think it is, and I doubt the sequel will be better.
3 stars (because the illustrations were nice – lucky you)
Don’t give me that look! Just look at this. Look at it!!
Doesn't that deserve an extra star? Does it not?! What about 10 of them? I still can't make myself give this book more than 3 stars, even with the 10 awesome illustrations scattered throughout it. It's not that good of a book to deserve it.
I enjoyed reading The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear in the beginning. However, after making progress with the book, I started to lose interest.
The chaI enjoyed reading The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear in the beginning. However, after making progress with the book, I started to lose interest.
The characters are extremely unique to say the least. The world concepts are amazing, but the storytelling is far from good. The book needs a serious cleanup, say four hundred pages erased. I felt like more than half of it was pure filling. A bunch of chapters were useless, they had nothing to do with the story and the book could easily live without them.
The story lacks consistency; it feels like a to-do list rather than a story. I woke up today at 8 am, ate some yogurt for breakfast, took the bus to work, shot my boss is the face with my shotgun, and then took a dump on his desk.
The things I love the most about The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear are the illustrations. Walter Moers is a very skilled artist, and he managed to create a very interesting universe. I think Walter Moers needs some work on his storytelling, since this is his weakest point from what I’ve observed.
Despite the amazing trailer, Brotherhood is my least favourite game from the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This is mainly because the events are kind of boring and the villain, even though venomous and ruthless, needs lots of improving.
Imagine if the game is neutral how the book will be.
Yep, you got it!
But the positive thing is the fact that Oliver Bowden improved the story’s consistency (and his writing, for that matter). The events were blending together rather nicely, the characters seemed better contoured and Ezio was cooler than ever (or something close to that). All these aspects make Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood a decent read.
Oh, I just need to add that another tiny aspect. If you’re not a fan of the game you should probably avoid reading this book (and/or series). You won’t get sh*t.
Favourite quote (at least one of them)
[…] he went back to the wounded man, nearly slipping on the blood in which the slave trader was slithering. Bending down, Ezio cut one of the man’s hamstrings, keeping a hand over his mouth to stop him from howling. That should slow him up. For good. He pressed his mouth close to the man’s ear. “If you survive,” he said, “and get back to that pox-ridden louse you call your master, tell him all this was done with the compliments of Ezio Auditore. If not—requiescat in pace.”