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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 47
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum



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In this 47th episode, I review Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." I read this book by listening to the great audiobook narrated by Anne Hathaway. She made the book really fun and had incredible character voices. It was a wonderful experience listening to the book. Also, this episode is a bit different as I spend most of my review plugging the story into the 3 Act Story Structure to show how well the story was laid out. Have a listen to hear why it was great. 

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series Book 1)

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Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.com
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Affiliate Link)
Written by L. Frank Baum
Narrated by Anne Hathaway


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Void Wraith by Chris Fox | Book Review

This book reads like a breeze and yet it's chalked full of awesome stuff! Political intrigue, amazing action scenes, really cool alien races, space battles, a super creepy mysterious antagonist, and so much more. I really enjoyed getting to spend more time with the characters from the first couple books and meeting new ones. Nolan gains new skills in this book and it was awesome getting to see him grow  and use them. Dryker proves a formidable military leader in this book and my respect for him grew a lot from the last book. Annie a human from the prequel novel comes back to help in a big way in this story and I really enjoyed getting to know her more. She's a kick in the pants. Fizgig the amazing Tigris was as awesome as ever and I really enjoyed seeing her a lot in this novel. There were tons of other awesome characters too, like a bionic soldier. He was awesome in the firefight scenes. 

This book had amazing mission style action scenes where the characters had to go into battle to recover items. These scenes were intense and awesome, but they were also used well to build up the characters. I really enjoyed getting to see the character Annie again in this book, especially in combat situations. Her dialog and actions cracked me up and gave me respect for her. I wouldn't want to be on the other end of her weapon.

All of the characters in this book were great. From the amazing Tigris cat aliens, to well rendered tough characters like the military veteran Annie. Chris Fox really pulled it off on this novel.

There was an awesome claw to claw fight scene between two of the Tigris main characters. I loved getting to see more into the culture of this cat race of aliens. It was also cool seeing more of the Primo alien race. As the story unfolds you get to see humans, Tigris, and Primo all interacting in ways that go against how they've related to each other throughout all of history up to this point—and that was really cool.

The last act of the story was done really well. The tension just kept building. The characters kept finding themselves in situations where it seemed like there was no way for them to succeed in the battle let alone the war. The climax of the story was fantastic. An amazing fight that took a lot of brawn and brains. I'm not going to spoil it by saying everyone made it out alive or who won, but man was it an amazingly fun scene to read! Chris Fox is a talented author, and the stuff he came up with also shows just how creative he is. This story rocked.

In conclusion, this was a very satisfying novel that made me laugh a lot. It had tons of amazing action and character interaction that made for one heck of a read. I flew through this book. I'm sad I finished it because I wanted it to keep going. The ending was a great conclusion to the story that built up and it sets up the third book nicely. I'm hungry to read it. Luckily I know how productive the author has been—writing the first 2.5 books in the series—so I know we won't have that long to wait. I can't wait for the next one! The stakes are high! It should prove to be another amazing ride!

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Void Wraith (The Void Wraith Trilogy Book 2)

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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles | Book Review

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I really enjoyed this book. It was so cool for so many reasons and a really fun story as well. First off the book takes place in ancient Hawaii. You get to met a couple of princes. Ailani and his brother Nahoa. They are constantly at odds with each other. They were very much their own awesome fleshed out characters. I loved the protagonist Ailani and loved to hate his jerk brother Nahoa. From the Amazon Page description these brothers: " trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise." 

It's a wild adventure from there. You get to meet tons of awesome characters. Some of them are animals a select few characters can speak to with magic. Some of them are powerful magicians. Others are nice village people and love interests. All of them were interesting and added to the story in great ways.

I really liked the way the king of the main island described, the father of the brother's , was written. It was cool to see the way he led his people compared to the way another king led his people with avarice. There was always a lot at stake for the characters and their kingdoms and that tension just got raised more and more as the story progressed.

The magic in this YA Hawaiian fantasy story was really cool. There was light magic, and shadow magic, and another kind that was used while trying to balance the two. The way it worked was really intriguing and fun to read about. There were magical items that helped the characters too and their origins and powers were really entertaining to discover.

There were a lot of really intense action scenes in this book too. I would have been scared out of my mind if I had to attempt what the characters do in this book. They made for great really exciting scenes. There were many great fight scenes and also a lot of fun adventure scenes where the characters were in danger from the land, the sea, or the creatures around them.

There were also a few really cool scenes describing surfing, rock climbing, and sailing that I really enjoyed. The author does a great job describing the cool things the characters do and the beautiful and scary places they do them. I highly recommend this book for old dudes like me and I think pre-teen and teen readers would really love this one too.

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The Kingdom of Oceana (Volume 1)

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http://kingdomofoceana.com/

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 46
The Firm by John Grisham



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In this 46th episode, I review Jon Grisham's "The Firm." It's the first book I've read by him and I usually like to start with an author's first novel. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't think this book was amazing but I was very impressed with the writing and I like the book a lot. The characters were great, and so was "The Firm" itself as a character. Listen to hear more.

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The Firm: A Novel

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Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.com
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The Firm (Affiliate Link)
Written by John Grisham
Narrated by Scott Brick


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