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Monday, July 21, 2014

Scavenger: A Sand Diver Tale by Timothy C. Ward
Book Review

This novelette felt right. It was in the world of Sand, a place I would never want to visit but came to love as I read Hugh Howey's novel Sand. Timothy does a great job of placing you right back in that world and introducing new characters to you. I liked his descriptive prose too. I noticed it right away at the beginning of the book and it set the mood and tone for the rest of the story. For the brief time you get to spend with them you learn a lot about them and he does a good job of fleshing them out. There are some very personal things you learn about the character and before a bunch of action similar to what you loved in Howey's Sand happens you'll know the motivations of the main character well. If you like Sand, and I don't know who wouldn't absolutely love that novel, then you'll like this story too. It's always fun to go back to a place you love from a book and revisit it and Timothy does a great job of bringing us back to that barren wasteland we've all come to love.

The eBook at Amazon for only 99¢!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moon Hooch | New Music That Blew Me Away

If you're not checking out NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts you're missing out on some incredible music and performances. I discovered an awesome band called Alt-J in this Tiny Desk Concert video and really liked what I was hearing because it was just so different from anything I'd heard before. The same goes for the band Moon Hooch. They are incredible. See for yourself:

You can also steam their entire album at their Bandcamp site here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

This is going to be an interesting review. I'll start out with some positives because I'm a positive guy. I just finished the book a couple days ago and I can't wait to read the next book. The way the book wrapped up was awesome and it made me yearning for the next book in The Stormlight Archive series. Everything else I've read by Brandon Sanderson, other than his YA titles, I've loved. He is one of my favorite authors. I love his podcast Writing Excuses. I met him in real life and he was funny, genuine and kind. I'm glad he's young so I'll be reading his books for a lifetime.

Okay all of that said, I gave this book 3/5 stars because the first 75% of it bored me to death. Reading the first two acts of the story was like an uphill climb. When you're reading a 1,000+ page, or 47.5 hours of audio, book - that's a lot of reading of story you don't like. I didn't care about the characters until that last act of the book. It felt like almost every scene was just characters in a room talking. Hardly anything happened. I knew going into this book that it is the first in what is planned as a long series of books so I know he had a lot of stuff to set up - but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. I have many friends who were never bored reading this book and gave it 5 stars and raved about it to me. It bored me to tears and the only reason I kept reading it was that I have loved Sanderson's other work, and that people said it was worth reading.

By the end of it I was totally on board, but until then I was switching to other books and then reading through The Way of Kings when I could stand it.

Okay so now you know why I gave the book 3/5 stars, but let me end with this. The stuff at the end of the story is some of the coolest most epic stuff I have ever read. It was amazing! I loved every minute of it and couldn't wait for more. Now that I've finished the book I'm eagerly waiting for my credit to come in for the month so I can download the next one and start listening. From an article I read I have really high hopes for the second one called Words of Radiance. Plus I'm now invested in what happens to the characters. I can't wait to read book two. I'm anticipating at least a 4/5 star rating for it.

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Have you read any of Brandon's books? Love them as much as I do? What about The Way of Kings? What was your reading experience with this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!