“The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson

During the past month, I participated in a readalong of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings.”  It has been an incredible experience, and I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible.  To conclude the readalong, I’m going to share a spoiler-free review of the novel for anyone who hasn’t been following along. “The WayRead more

Fragile Things Groupread, Part 1

I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s short story collection “Fragile Things” as part of a group read hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The book is also a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge. Unlike other group reads that I’ve done, this time we’re not using set discussion questions.  Each week, we’ll be reading fourRead more

Way of Kings Readalong, Part V

This is the final week of discussion questions for the Way of Kings readalong.  My apologies for being significantly late getting my responses posted.  On Monday, I’m planning on posting a wrap-up review of the book that doesn’t contain any spoilers. This week’s “Way of Kings” fan art is by Dixon Leavitt.  This week’s discussionRead more

“Broetry” by Brian McGackin

Everybody needs at least one good coffee-table book.  As a grad student whose life has been impacted by the somewhat shitty economy, I found this book of poems to be hilarious. The collection, entitled “Broetry,” is written by a guy who actually has an advanced degree in poetry.  The subject matter lies along the linesRead more

“Feast of Souls” by C. S. Friedman

  One can learn much about an author by reading her blog/webpage.  While reading Friedman’s blog, I was highly impressed with what she deems the “DM Rule.”  Basically, while worldbuilding, she tries to imagine what gamers would do if they were allowed to run loose in such a world and exploit it.  I approve ofRead more

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

  I wasn’t quite sure what genre to categorize this book as, largely because it blends elements of multiple genres into a unique novel.  Is there a line between magical realism and fantasy other than the fact that magical realism tends to be written first in Spanish?  While “The House of Spirits” incorporates elements ofRead more

“Homeland” by R. A. Salvatore

  This is the first book in a series about a Drow (dark elf) named Drizzt.  Drow society is ruled by evil dominatrices with snake-headed whips who worship a creepy-ass Spider Goddess.  Drizzt is set apart from the rest of his society because he happens to possess a functional conscience.  Throughout the novel, he strugglesRead more