So, things have been rather quiet around here the last month. The biggest reason for that is because I started having weird anxiety attacks in the middle of the night (something I've never really dealt with before). I would wake up at 2-3a, feeling the adrenaline (or whatever) just pouring from my head down through the rest of my body. Naturally, that freaked me out a bit and ended up affecting my days, too. The crazy thing about anxiety (at least for me), is all the side-effects that come with it: weird pains, light headedness, queasy stomach, you think your heart is pounding out of your chest, etc. This then convinces you that something bad must be wrong, and leads to more anxiety, and the circle goes on...
The dr gave me some medication to try (Buspar), but I'm not a fan of drugs. So I ended up trying just about every natural remedy you can think of. It has taken about a month, but I feel mostly back to my normal self now. I'm drinking 2 cups of Tart cherry juice per day, cutting back on the sugar and caffeine, and having some peanut butter before I go to bed. Turns out that waking up at 3a feeling anxious is fairly common, and is usually (not always) due to your blood sugar crashing. I won't bore you with more details, but if anyone is interested in all the natural stuff I tried (what worked, what didnt)...let me know and I'll dedicate to separate post to discuss the topic.
With the above going on for 4-5 weeks, I just didn't feel much like reading. And what I did read, I didn't retain very well. But I do want to mention what I read....
-The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 2) by Brian Staveley
All I can think to say of this one is: awesome! It pushes my upper limit (which isn't high) for grimness/graphic violence, but the story is so freaking good that I don't care. Definitely one of the best series going right now, and in the last few years, too. Super highly recommended. On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 7
-The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan
I'm about 45% through this one and am enjoying it. For some reason though, I'm not 100% into it. Not sure why. I think the writing, story and characters are very good. But I'm more of a classic fantasy guy, so I think there is a limit to how much I can enjoy gunpowder fantasy. Likely will end up a 4.5 (out of 5) book and series for me.
-Anxiety: Panicking about Panic: A powerful, self-help guide for those suffering from an Anxiety or Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks, Panic Attack Book) by Joshua Fletcher
If you deal with anxiety or panic attacks, I can't recommend this book enough. I loved how it listed all the side-effects of anxiety, and explained where those side-effects come from. It really felt like the book was written specifically for my situation, and all the thoughts that were running through my head. I think this book is the biggest reason I was able to stop the 'circle of anxiety' and get my thoughts back to a more rational state. I believe the Kindle sample is fairly long, so give it a shot.
Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases...
-Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega Book 4) by Patricia Briggs
-Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex) by R.A. Salvatore
-Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop
-Madness in Solidar: The Ninth Book of the Imager Portfolio by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
-Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four by Seanan McGuire
-The Fall of Altdorf (The End Times) by Chris Wraight
-Infinity Bell: A House Immortal Novel by Devon Monk
-Archaon: Everchosen (Warhammer the End Times) by Rob Sanders
-Bathed in Blood (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer
-The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
-Half the World (Shattered Sea Book 2) by Joe Abercrombie
-The Wide World's End (A Tournament of Shadows) by James Enge (concludes the trilogy)
-Fortune's Blight (The Shattered Kingdoms) by Evie Manieri
-Lucky Break (Chicagoland Vampires Series) by Chloe Neill
-Twilight of the Celts Book One: The Last Dragon (Celtic Books) by M.K. Hume
-The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (woohoo! concludes the Powder Mage Trilogy)
-The Last Quarrel: Episode 2 by Duncan Lay
-An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 Book 3) by Scott Meyer (this series has such good reviews on Amazon...I really feel the need to try it out. Especially since i am a computer programmer myself)
-Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade (Warhammer the End Times) by CL Werner
-Deadly Spells (Prospero's War Book 3) by Jaye Wells
-The Glittering World by Robert Levy
-The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott
-The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel by Viola Carr
-Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson (I received an arc for this one and could use a funny read at the moment, so I might read a few pages of this tonight)
-Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes
-Righteous Fury by Marcus Heitz (I havent read the Dwarves series yet, but went ahead and bought this one when I saw it in the store last week).
-The Demon Cycle 3-Book Bundle: The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett (this is a Kindle only bundle and includes a preview of the 4th book)
-The Queen's Necklace by Teresa Edgerton (older book, now in ebook format)
Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases...
-Black Dog Blues (The Kai Gracen Series Book 1) by Rhys Ford
-The Return of Nagash (The End Times) by Josh Reynolds
-Master of Plagues: A Nicolas Lenoir Novel by E.L. Tettensor
-The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshal Ryan Maresca
-The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Six by Robert Jordan & Chuck Dixon