Monthly Archives: February 2016

Comic Book Review: I Hate Fairyland #2 (I Hate Fairyland #2) by Skottie Young

I Hate Fairyland #2 (I Hate Fairyland #2) by Skottie Young (story,art), Jean-Francois Beaulieu (art)

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: November 18, 2015

Edition: Paperback, 30 pages

Genre: Comic, Humor

Rating: 4/5 Rating


Seriously, this is hilarious!
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The Time Traveler’s Almanac: Where or When by Steven Utley

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Where or When by Steven Utley

Section: Reactionaries and Revolutionares

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 3/5 Rating


I must have missed something…

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Book Review: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Backlist Burndown is a monthly meme hosted by Lisa from Tenacious Reader where you put aside at least one book from your blacklist every month to read, and then post a review of it on the last Friday of that month.     0


 

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication Date: April 5, 2014 (first published August 21, 2007)

Edition: Paperback, 784 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 5/5


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Author Spotlight: Yorath the Wolf (The Rulers of Hylor #2) by Cherry Wilder

About the Book:

Yorath, the son of a royal prince, was born with a deformity that marks him for death. The court physician saves him by convincing his family that he died shortly after birth and takes him to a distant forest where he thrives, unaware of his birthright and the dark prophecy that looms over him. But as he grows to manhood, Yorath can’t avoid being drawn into the violent conflict that plagues the land. Becoming a soldier, he rises through the ranks until he becomes a reluctant combatant in the struggle for the throne.

Even as Yorath wields the power of a kingmaker, the ways of the court are as much anathema to him as the brutality of war. If he is ever to escape the violence and machinations he so despises, he has but one choice: He must confront his heritage or lose the land he has come to love and the peace he cherishes.

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The Time Traveler’s Almanac: Under Siege by George R.R. Martin

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Under Siege by George R.R. Martin

Section: Reactionaries and Revolutionares

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 3.5/5 Rating

Excellent concept of time-travel

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Top 12 Reads of 2015! 4 Star Books

Throughout the month of January (more like February now, I guess) first few months of the 2016 year, I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from the best books I read that were published in 2015, to my top 5 and 4 stars reads of 2015, to the best short fiction of 2015, and to my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top 12 Reads of 2015! 4 Star Boks


 12. Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

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About the Book:

From the author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience. 

Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike-strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents-and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous, and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward, altering victims’ personalities. An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones; some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain’s secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.

My Rating: 4/5

Why You Should Read It: Besides neuroscience is awesome! And this books is packed full of fun stories about the progression of our knowledge of the brain.

Review coming soon!

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Author Interview: Justyna Plichta-Jendzio

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Today I am interviewing Justyna Plichta-Jendzio, author of the high/dark fantasy anthology, Damned Children of Naor.

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DJ: Hey Justyna! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Justyna Plichta-Jendzio: I’m Polish, 42 y.o, married, one son. I was born in communist times, when certain types of literature was hard to get as it was not welcomed by the authorities. All art was to raise society to become role model citizens, hence literature like sf or fantasy was regarded as unusefull. Yet in the ’80’s regime in Poland wasn’t very strict and lot’s of foreign literature, moovies appeared on Polish market. It was then when I saw “Never ending story”(I queued for 6 hours to get a ticket), “Labirinth” and read “Lord of the Rings”. To buy the book I pre-ordered it 2 weeks before I was delivered in limited amount to a small store, which specialized in sff literature. An then I fall in love with this kind of literature. Earlier Icould read only miths and legends of ancient cultures. Which also fascinated me, yet was not so tempting as advantures I have discovered later. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Bernadette Allen

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Today I am interviewing Bernadette Allen, author of the new dystopian, science fiction novel, Sovereign Social Protocol.

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DJ: Hey Bernadette! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Bernadette Allen: I am a mom of 3  teens, all of whom homeschool I travel quite a bit, or whenever I have a chance. I grew up in the Washington DC area, but now live in the greater Atlanta area with my 3 kids and 3 golden retrievers.

DJ: What is Sovereign Social Protocol about?

BA: Sovereign Social Protocol follows Aaron, a 22yo who is about to graduate college. But, he seems to be a bit bored with the status quo.  He joins the government, more to change it than to help it, but finds a bigger surprise than even the SSP could imagine. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaurs Lords #1) by Victor Milan

The Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaurs Lords #1) by Victor Milan

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: July 28, 2015 (first published 2014)

Edition: Hardcover, 448 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 2/5


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Author Spotlight & Excerpt: All Roads Lead to Terror by Richard Schiver

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Summary:

The horrors of the past meet the brutality of the present.

Four boys strengthen the bonds of their friendship, while taking their first hesitant steps into adulthood, as they face the brutality of an old, new world. They will be tested at every step in their journey, as they travel through a blasted land where the only hope is for a swift death followed by an endless sleep. Survival lay in the firepower they carried, coupled with their willingness to use it, and their ability to trust each other with their own lives.

The world has become a wild place filled with wild things, and into this new reality each of them had been born. Coming of age at the end of days, where savagery was the norm, and man’s inhumanity to man was on daily display. Where the only law was the firepower one carried and the only hope was for a swift death followed by an endless sleep.

Meat was born at the height of the Zombie apocalypse, upon his birth his mother took one look at him and pronounced him meat. He grew up in a reality where they were all nothing more than walking bags of meat, so in his mind the name fit perfectly. Continue reading

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