It isn't like it was bad. It is just that it wasn't good.
I'm not a fan of the art style and even more off-put by the creepy element. The title also seIt isn't like it was bad. It is just that it wasn't good.
I'm not a fan of the art style and even more off-put by the creepy element. The title also set me up for a different story than what I read and that is disappointing. It was worthwhile to read just to say I made it through it but I'm thankful I didn't spent too much time on it....more
Christie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelmiChristie Golden has brought her genius yet again. This book doesn't provide a lot of new information early on but it provides a massive and overwhelming amount of important lore. Featuring Garrosh and setting up for Warlords of Draenor this book highlights the compassion and wisdom of Baine Bloodhoof, the cruel determination of Tyrande Whisperwind, the sadistic brokenheart of Sylvanas, the natural born leaders of both Varian & Anduin Wrynn, and it shows something else...hope.
This book is craftsmanship at its best. Balancing time, perspectives, and storylines with mastery. ...more
Remember to believe in Santa Claus... Love at first sight... And that your ship will come in.
This book a humorous and heartfelt reminder of the life lRemember to believe in Santa Claus... Love at first sight... And that your ship will come in.
This book a humorous and heartfelt reminder of the life lessons we have been learning and cultivating all our lives. They’re gentle reminders brought to us by some of our age-old favorite stories and the spectacular artwork that comes with them....more
This book is about a community art project that encourages people to dig down deep and share with the world what it is they truly want to do before thThis book is about a community art project that encourages people to dig down deep and share with the world what it is they truly want to do before they die. I think some of the responses are so empowering that they make you strive and feel a renewed sense of faith in humanity. Other responses are so real and so painstakingly familiar that you feel like you could have known these people all your life.
It instills a wonderful sense of community, love, and coziness as you're reading through the desires of other humans. This project branched out from one tiny house to boards all over the world in all different languages. It inspires people and inspires beauty....more
I am not skilled in the way of reviewing poetry and it takes me even longer to find the meter to read it in but I liked this poem. I liked it more wheI am not skilled in the way of reviewing poetry and it takes me even longer to find the meter to read it in but I liked this poem. I liked it more when I could read the whole thing without the pictures. The illustrations were not in a style of art that I enjoy and they were dark and the contrast of words and the font style made it difficult to read.
I was first introduced to Randall Flagg in The Stand so this was an interesting prelude to a character that is extremely prominent in the Stephen King universe....more
Getting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based weGetting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based were on the slow side, this really captured that nature of the Pandaren but it also meant for a laborious read. But then in times of war and times of action his writing was action-packed and one blow after the other. This left me on a roller coaster of reading interest; while I absolutely loved this story and everything in it, I slugged through it at an unusually slow pace.
The character of Vol'jin is so critical to the World of Warcraft lore that this book is an integral part of the story. It connects the events in game of the Dagger in the Dark scenario and the 5.3 content patch Escalation. This book is inundated with amazing amounts of lore for both troll, pandaren and the mogu.
Stackpole did a wonderful job at fleshing out characters that we wanted to see more of including Taran Zhu, Chen Stormstout, and Li Li. He also did a wonderful job at introducing us to new characters including Yalia and Tyrathan Khort. He made the lives of these people jump off the pages and they held on to you with a vice-like grip.
If you're a fan of World of Warcraft novels this books is a must read in my opinion. I am a troll fanatic and I just love everything this book has to offer. I should declare that given its subject matter that is does speak in strong dialects at time but that is akin to Stackpole's great job of creating mood, voice, and setting!...more
The madness of Kalecgos is setting in as he begins to lose the ability to tell the difference between flashbacks and reality. His isolation is growingThe madness of Kalecgos is setting in as he begins to lose the ability to tell the difference between flashbacks and reality. His isolation is growing inside the Nexus and his distance is noticeable to Jaina. In this installment, we see even more of the terror that is the growing and horrific beast, Galakrond. The draw to this story is the idea of who our aspects were before they were dragons. Before they were hand picked by the titans to the be the Guardians of Azeroth. What decisions did they make? They're intelligence among their brethren proto-dragons is undeniable and makes you want to know more....more
My disappointment with this left me a little snarky; this could have been very neat but it fell short and I was depressed about the ~30 pages that werMy disappointment with this left me a little snarky; this could have been very neat but it fell short and I was depressed about the ~30 pages that were wasted on it. The artwork was great and the introduction was fine, but everything else was poorly executed. I'm pretty sure Airships & Dirigible (n.) are the same thing too. Losing my interest 4 letters in may have set a tone....more
After reading Tides of War and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, I am in love with dragon lore. When the fall of Deathwing leaves the Aspects confusedAfter reading Tides of War and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, I am in love with dragon lore. When the fall of Deathwing leaves the Aspects confused and unsure of the future of their race, the unity they all once shared has fallen away.
This book is from the point of Kalecgos and is done in 5 parts. The first part has a slow start that quickly picks up and does a great job of introducing the new proto-drakes as the characters that have such powerful impact on the future of dragons.
This is my first Richard Knaak writing and it is more cold and isolated from feeling than other writers of WoW supplements but it allows the truth and the grittiness of the proto-drakes to really come through and highlights the terrifying character of Galakrond.
The ending to this part if a wonderful albeit painful cliffhanger for the month spanning before Part II's release....more
Christie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of AzerothChristie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of Azeroth's most iconic characters, Thrall. As a character that is rich in lore, this book was an integral part of the Cataclysm and the events that followed her book, The Shattering.
Unlike so many of her other books, I found that this was incredibly slow paced and wasn't as gripping as I know that it could have been. This was due in part because of the style that was necessary to convey a more immersive story but it wasn't well executed. In this book Thrall is sent on a journey by Dragon 1. That journey leads him to Dragon 2 where he explains what Dragon 1 said. This then sends him on the task to meet Dragon 3 where he recounts his encounters with Dragons 1 and 2; this continues until he is repeating the same story over and over.
As I mentioned, it is believable to understand that he would be compelled to explain this but it isn't something that, as a reader, I needed to read that many times. The condensed versions of the story could seemingly erase a good 20% of the storytelling done and I would have been okay with that because I still would have had all the necessary information.
That said, Golden still maintains an excellent overview of characters and continues to surprise with her outstanding illustrations and imaginations to such a glorious fantasy world. I would recommend this story to fantasy and geek read lovers; it fits nicely into a small timeline (though not necessarily a series) that proceeds as follows: The Shattering - Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects - Tides of War....more
Christie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansionChristie Golden is back and in her full glory in this new installation of World of Warcraft lore. This supplement is a connector between the expansions of the game but in and of itself is an amazing story. Riddled with heartbreak, treachery, cowardice, and courage this book is sure to provide a thrill ride.
As my first comic book, I went with something that was familiar (fan of the show and what not). I am going to go with saying that I liked it but I donAs my first comic book, I went with something that was familiar (fan of the show and what not). I am going to go with saying that I liked it but I don't want that to be misconstrued. I thought the story was a little shallow and it leaves me unsure of whether or not I want to pursue reading more comics. At least Carl isn't a detestable in the comic as he is in the show. See, I can be positive! ...more
The PostSecret project is a really strong and unique idea that gives people (and readers) an extremely rare opportunity to see the side of humanity thThe PostSecret project is a really strong and unique idea that gives people (and readers) an extremely rare opportunity to see the side of humanity that we all hide. This collection shares heartbreaking, shocking, and even extremely deep secrets. It was an unusual journey through the human psyche that I encourage everyone to take....more
Don't go into this book expecting it to be the movie. Don't go into this book hoping for resolution. This book is extremely dense to read without anyDon't go into this book expecting it to be the movie. Don't go into this book hoping for resolution. This book is extremely dense to read without any real events occurring. This book did not give enough of an experience for the effort that I put into sifting through the thickness of descriptors and historical atmosphere. A quick albeit disappointing selection....more
Sometimes, we all have to take the self-help book plunge. After the end of a nearly six year relThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
Sometimes, we all have to take the self-help book plunge. After the end of a nearly six year relationship, I am glad that my first go at self-help came in the form of this little book. Greg and Amiira aren't psychologists who are trying to fix me the reader, they're simply sharing the stories of their biggest and most disastorous break ups along with some tips and thoughts on what they had to do to survive. Literally.
What this book brought me was the peace of mind that I didn't have it as bad as some. I don't find myself setting my ex's lawn on fire or opening his email, stealing his clothes, etc. The anonymous testimonials in this book was enough to let me find some sanity. But what was even more important was the way that Greg and Amiira wrote this book; their voice in their writing was as if they knew me. I know I am some anonymous reader they will never know about but I still felt like they were talking to me, they wanted me to feel better.
This book also offers some pretty solid advice; advice that seems to come from humans instead of textbooks. One of my favorite, home-hitting quotes opened up my eyes to a new facet of reality:
"A lot of the pain you are experiencing right now is actually fear. Fear of things being different then how you liked them, fear of never finding love again, fear of being alone, fear of having to fill your time differently. We're afraid of the unknown."
How true that was and is; not only is it true after something like a breakup but it is true in life. That one statement gave me some powerful newfound strength and I jumped into things that I knew I had been putting off, knew I was afraid of doing; I got a tattoo, I pushed forward and became an extremely beneficial source at work, I moved, and more importantly I learned to separate. None of it was easy, I was always afraid of the repercussions or the negative reactions, etc. but that simple statement, one of thousands in a book, changed my entire perspective.
This book was amazing, funny, and real and I would recommend it to anyone who finds solace in books and needs to something comforting.
Favorite Quote: "Breakups can often feel like a crisis. And a person's character can be measured by how they act in a crisis."...more
I read this book for sheer entertainment value, some of the things said in this book were just laugh out loud worthy, including the footnotes. The ideI read this book for sheer entertainment value, some of the things said in this book were just laugh out loud worthy, including the footnotes. The idea is that Same Greenspan, the creator of 11points.com, has developed 11 point lists on a variety of situations in the dating/sex world. From worst date ideas, to be places to have sex in public, to 11 things to make sure you do after a break up, this book has it all covered. I don't necessarily have the want to give most of what he is saying credit, I doubt faking an orgasm is ever a good idea, and I don't tend to date guys that you find date books written about, but this book isn't grounded in scientific study, it is what seems to work for him and his friends in particular situations with particular personalities. ...more
This book offers a lot of insight into the typical male. It begs the question, "Are All Guys Assholes" and even though this book illustrates that 99%This book offers a lot of insight into the typical male. It begs the question, "Are All Guys Assholes" and even though this book illustrates that 99% or so of men want relationships, the answer to the question seems to be.for the most part, yes they are.
It does highlight what the reasons are for certain situations and of course the findings are open to interpretation but I digress, I am glad I don't date men that seem to be in this situation. What is expressly pointed out in this book is that men are as vastly different from each other as women are and that we can't stereotype them all generically.
It isn't so much of a dating book as it is an analysis of male behavior when it comes to women and sex. The big tips I took away are not to clingy text/wait for a call and to always express your wants/desires to the man. ...more
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! ThisThis review is originally posted at The Fiction Pixie.
As a lore supplement, this book is great. As a book telling a story, this book is amazing! This book offered a unique experience for someone who has played the game, and would be a great story for someone who hasn't.
This book takes us on the full journey of the life of Prince Arthas Menethil. Destined to be the Lich King, the evil ruler of the Undead that plague the world, Arthas was not always so heartless and cold. In fact, the depth of this character is remarkable in his complexity. Arthas was (perhaps is) capable of love; profound and ever present love.
Our story starts with a boy who loves his father. Shortly into our story we see a boy who can develop and harness friendships that could span kingdoms. Beyond that the story grows into a young boy in the throws of his first and eternal love. Then our tale darkens to a young man, nearing the throne and expressing a deep love of his people; deep enough this love will cost him everything. But darker yet, our grown prince continues to twist within himself and develops a love of power, a power he now wields over his valued army of the dead.
In such a short span of a book, Christie Golden has absolutely painted a remarkable image of young Arthas Menethil. Power reading this book is the only way to satisfy your need to know more about this young prince. With her intensive research, her easy writing style, and the attention to detail Christie Golden has won my heart and respect.
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy who can shoulder the burdens of betrayals and tragedy as well as feel the elation of love. Without making this seem like a sappy love story (as it clearly is not) I walk away from my favorite parts of this book with the lesson that love can transcend good and evil; through the taint of power, love can survive....more
The first struggle that I faced when starting this book was that it was as if the show had been ripped right off the pages of the book and it wasn't tThe first struggle that I faced when starting this book was that it was as if the show had been ripped right off the pages of the book and it wasn't thrilling enough for a re-read. But I continued to read it and note the things about the show that I loved were present with different events and a different ending. As an adult reader, I thought the adult sex scenes were a little short and too much time was spent building them for them to be as brief as they were. The voice that Charlaine Harris conveys (i.e. Sookie's southern grammar and voice) is absolutely phenomenal, it was a well written first person POV that clearly conveys the setting of Bon Temps, Louisiana. As for unraveling the mystery, more clues and suspense other than Jason-finger-pointing would have made me feel more interactive with the book.