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2Feb/150

Reading Diary: No Fortunate Son, The Providence of Fire, A Memory Of Light

Time to post some thoughts on my reading the last couple of weeks!

-No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor
This is the 7th Pike Logan book, and if you've followed this blog for awhile, you'll know this is my favorite thriller series. The author is publishing new books in the series every 6 months, which is awesome. However, this is only the second book of the seven that I've given something less than 5 stars on Goodreads. I continue to like how the characters are growing and changing as the series progresses. The reason I knocked off a star is that I don't feel the different storylines really came together. There was a certain plotline involving London that jut felt like an add-on. It didn't get enough "screen time" to pull me in and get my emotionally invested in the outcome. The kidnapping plotline---excellent. The associate plotlines--a little murky. Still, it is a Pike Logan book, so I had fun and still love the series. The story for book 8 sounds like a return to form.

-The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley
Most of the reviews I've seen online are pretty excited about this one. I'm a little over halfway through and I can see why. I really liked the first book, and I agree that the second one is even better. I won't say much more than this for now, but I'm eager to see how this one ends (especially since the online reviews talk about the how great the last quarter of the book is).

-A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
I'm about 350 pages into this one and liking it. In fact, I like it so much that I wonder why I'm not spending more time reading it. I'm not sure if it is because I don't want it to end. Or if it is because I've spent 2-3 years on it now, and I'm just a bit burned out on it...even though the last couple of books have been really, really good. I'll continue to read a little here and there, and I imagine that once I get closer to the end, I'll focus on it until I finish.

26Jan/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of January 27, 2015

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases. I normally do this post on Tuesdays, but am doing on Monday this week. So some/many of the books listed here won't be on sale until Tuesday Jan 27.

-The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick
-Gemini Cell: A Shadow Ops Novel (Shadow Ops series Book 4) by Myke Cole
-The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files) by Lisa Shearin
-The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven series Book 1) by Sam Sykes (the Kindle edition has been out awhile, and still costs just $1.99. The physical book comes out this week).
-Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout (sequel to California Bones)
-King of the Grey (City of Shadows Book 1) by Richard A. Knaak

16Jan/15Off

Reading Diary: January 16, 2015

Its been awhile since I've posted some thoughts on what I've been reading.

-Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I tried reading this back in December, and got almost halfway into it before giving up. I really thought it was something I would like, even though its YA. But everything was so dramatic...I felt like a was reading an MTV drama or something. I gave up, and will take the books (I had bought book 2, too) to my used book store.

-Blood Will Follow by Snorri Kristjansson
I read the first book in this series last year and thought it was pretty good (Swords of Good Men). I like siege books, so Swords was a good fit for me. Blood Will Follow is a completely different book. There is much less a focus on battles, and more focus on characters traveling. At least, that was the focus before I gave up about halfway through. I didn't care for the changes in 2 of the main characters. The whole tone was darker and more grim. No sense of joy or happiness. While that does fit the story being told, it wasn't something I was getting enjoyment from. I guess these 2 books are heading to the used bookstore, too.

-Towers of Midnight by Jordan & Sanderson
Yeah! Finally finished this one and I'm able to move on to the last book. Overall, I liked it a lot. I'm a bit bored of Perrin and the wolf dream stuff, but otherwise no complaints. Lots of stuff happens, and we are getting set for the Last Battle. Time to see how it all ends now.

16Jan/15Off

E-Book Deal: Malice by John Gwynne ($2.99)

Malice by John Gwynne is one of the Kindle Daily Deals today, so the sale price os $2.99 is only good today. You can find it here. The book was a slow start for me when I read it last year, but it gradually got better and I ended up enjoying it. Also, you can add the audible edition for an additional $2.99 today.

14Jan/15Off

New Fantasy Releases: Week of January 13, 2015

A day late, but here is this week's list of new fantasy releases...

-Deathblade by C.L. Werner
-The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 2) by Brian Staveley (while the Kindle price is steep at the moment, $14.99, you can add the audiobook for just $4.49 more. Not a bad total price for both editions)
-The Way Into Magic: Book Two of The Great Way by Harry Connolly
-The Dagger's Path (The Forsaken Lands) by Glenda Larke