The Woodcutter took me into a realm that I have not really ventured into in a long time: the world of fairy tales. Lately, I have been more interested...moreThe Woodcutter took me into a realm that I have not really ventured into in a long time: the world of fairy tales. Lately, I have been more interested in fairy tales and I think that this book came at a good time in my book club. The story takes the perspective of the Woodcutter, a man we know of from many fairy tales. He is often the helper and in this book, he shines as the hero.
The Woodcutter is part of a realm of magic and the ordinary. He protects those who need it and respects the forest. The Woodcutter ventures out into the Wood and stumbles upon those in his daily routine (familiar faces from fairy tales, such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, etc), but finds that their stories are not playing out in the same way that they usually do. Someone is killing (or trying to kill) those who are meant to take over certain kingdoms in their magical realm.
The Woodcutter intends to protect these people through true love or otherwise. He encounters help and he encounters foes (the Queen and Gentleman, for instance) and must overcome them to ensure that things be set right.
I really enjoyed how this story was written. Admittedly, there were many fairy tales thrown into one book (Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, etc), but the Woodcutter was enchanting and the story itself was also. The chapters are short, but that makes the story move along more quickly and really made the reading go by smoothly. I definitely recommend it to any one who enjoys fairy tales and enjoys seeing the other side of them!(less)
L.A. Nocturne is a series of paranormal short stories. The stories start off with a real bang with the first one, about mobster vampires in LA. The st...moreL.A. Nocturne is a series of paranormal short stories. The stories start off with a real bang with the first one, about mobster vampires in LA. The story really pulled me in from the get-go, and with each of them, I found myself wanting to know more and wishing they were longer!
If you enjoy a quick read that has a paranormal twist with some interesting stories, I definitely recommend this! (less)
This book was pretty interesting. I have to say I liked the dialog (you blaggards!) and I really enjoyed a lot of the minor characters. I think I care...moreThis book was pretty interesting. I have to say I liked the dialog (you blaggards!) and I really enjoyed a lot of the minor characters. I think I cared more about the minor characters than Sabritha and Daynin. I didn't really like Sabritha that much. I was also much more interested in the magical side of things and think they definitely could have been added in more as the story progressed. The thing I was curious about the most was the Scynthian Stone and Merlin's part in everything. In fact, the bit with Merlin in the beginning is what drew me into the book; I was really curious about the part he would play in the story. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in that he barely played a role at all and the sorcerer that he was corresponding with barely used any of his magic.
Aside from that, the story was pretty interesting in Daynin taking back McKinnon keep. He makes friends, and enemies, along the way. I am really curious about his part with the Blackgloom bounty and why he was needed -- I guess there are some questions that will eventually be answered in later sequels ;)(less)
Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk is one of the most interesting books I've read in awhile. It is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, with...moreRealm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk is one of the most interesting books I've read in awhile. It is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, with even a little mysterious twist. The book is told from the perspective of Bear Waters, a bounty hunter in a world where Ghoul's Room and lycanthrope's are vulnerable to silver. Before long, we come to realize that Bear's world isn't the only world out there. There are others, one of them being our own, and they are all similar in different ways. The Silver Dirk is a man that is believed to come from "our" world, World One, a doctor named Eric Bennadict. He is committing various crimes on World Two, which lead Bear to finding out about the different realms that exist.
We follow Bear on his pursuit of the Silver Dirk, which takes him to various worlds and to encounters of dinosaurs and different people. All the while, he and his friends are trying to figure out just what the Silver Dirk's motives are.
I really enjoyed Bear as a character, and despite the fact that he said he often rambled in retellings, the ramblings were a bit much at the beginning. This made the book hard to get through no matter how interested I was in the story. It took me a little longer to read than I would have liked, but it was definitely worth finishing. The story really picked up at the end for me and I really can't wait to read the second one and find out what happens next!(less)
I was able to snag a copy of Paradox from Smashwords. I was kinda interested, because I had never really read any Angel type fiction before. The book...moreI was able to snag a copy of Paradox from Smashwords. I was kinda interested, because I had never really read any Angel type fiction before. The book started out really nicely, with some interesting background about the Angels and their different houses. I was definitely pulled in by these characters, they seemed to have depth and the civil war that seemed to be going on between them definitely excited me to find out more.
Where I lost interest was in the switch from the Angels and their possibly evil natures up above to the people down on earth. I know that the author was attempting to set a background of the human characters and how Angels interact with the humans below, but I felt disconnected from them. I think that I would have liked to see more of the Angels we had started out with interspersed with the humans (I haven't finished, so I'm not sure if this actually happens, or if the Angels that are interacting with the humans are from the opposing house). What made it harder to get through were some of the word choices used that were a bit confusing for me to understand.
I definitely really liked how the story started out and that part of the story still interests me, however, the bit of human background has sort of burnt me out at the moment and I'm not quite sure yet how much they fit into the story. (less)
I am a big fan of the Sword of Truth series, however, I feel that the Law of Nines is just trying to repeat the connection we saw with Kahlan and Rich...moreI am a big fan of the Sword of Truth series, however, I feel that the Law of Nines is just trying to repeat the connection we saw with Kahlan and Richard in the series, with Jax and Alex.
Alexander Rahl is a descendant of the Rahl line that was sent to live in the world without magic. Alex is an artist and finds out that on his 27th birthday, he is set to inherit a piece of land in an obscure place. He doesn't know why it is set to go to him, or what it is for. At first, he wants to be rid of it, but then, he learns there are other things at work in his world that make him long to keep it.
Jax is a woman from another world of magic, who comes to Alex's world to warn him of others who might try to harm him. As they go about searching for what these other people want, a love grows between the two. This love is very reminiscent of Richard and Kahlan. The way things ended, I wouldn't be surprised if another book was written about these two.
Overall, the book was all right. I would have liked to see more of the other world, because it was a world I had come to love in the SoT series. I think the book is a good standalone book that would make others want to read more of the SoT series, to find out about the world with magic. I just wanted to know what was going on more in the other world, because it all seemed much more exciting. (less)