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Half A King, Twice The Emotions

Wow. What a story. Wow. I’ve just finished Half A King by Joe Abercrombie and I am impressed. This was the first book of Abercrombie’s that I’ve read and it certainly won’t be the last.
This book is full of powerfully raw emotions. It has a better start than most author’s dream of, and it follows through on that promising start. The short chapters keep the action fast paced while still feeling whole.
Here is pain, heartbreak, sacrifice, vengeance, betrayal, heroics, and villainy. This is one good read. Well done, sir author. Well done!

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A Beautiful But Difficult Read

Hard To Be A God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

This book is a beautiful work of art. It is a deeply moving work, that causes you to ask yourself questions and consider the consequences of actions you would take if you were in the lead character’s shoes.

Although this was a very beautifully told story I had a difficult time connecting with the characters myself. This is one story I am glad I encountered, and feel that I will appreciate it more when I return to it later down the road.

HellBoy Goes To Hell

HellBoy In Hell vol 1 The Descent by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart.
I have missed Mike Mignola’s unique artwork and this graphic novel is a welcome return to it! The HellBoy franchise has been interesting from the start, and this volume is no exception to that. Filled with dread, confusion, mysteries, and hidden perils Mignola sets wheels spinning within wheels. A good creepy story with amazing art that sets the stage perfectly. Mignola’s work touches some part deep within, and he truly does so with this story. Looking forward to the next volume!

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First Contact Complete, Next Contact Needed

Having just finished reading Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells I am left with one question: When will the next book be published?

This SciFi book is a page turner that is peopled with such vibrant and lifelike characters that you find yourself drawn into the story right from the start and held into it until the end. Fluency is full of adventure, excitement, mystery, and revelations that are blended together in such an engaging style. The author teaches us something about humanity while introducing us to a broad galaxy! Here is an author worth following.

Read this book and you’ll be eagerly anticipating the next book just as I am!

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Staying Alive (On Mars)

I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir and this is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a while! The pacing is so intense, so well done that it is very difficult to set down. This is one that I recommend you get ahold of as quickly as you can and enjoy!

The story begins with an astronaut accidentally abandoned on Mars and presumed dead. From there it starts to build and leave you on the edge of your seat page after page.

This one is truly well worth your time. It’s available for Kindle right now for only three dollars. Get it from there, or a library, or a book store, but get it and enjoy!

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Horror meets SciFi meets Spy Fiction meets Mystery

So let’s talk about how good The Southern Reach Trilogy is! Jeff Vandermeer created a great combination of mystery, SciFi, spy, and horror all rolled up into one story. Each book has its own feel and strong characters telling you a part of the story. The pacing is truly well done as it leaves you both expectant and frustrated all at once! One thing about trilogies like this one is that it can be difficult to end them well. I think the author did a great job of giving you the right amount of resolution and openness that leaves you both happy and able to imagine where the story would progress to. This is one trilogy I recommend. I think you’ll really enjoy it. I know I did!

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The Most Exciting Book I’ve Read This Year

There are books that you read and move on from and never think of again. Then there are books that grab on to you and refuse to let you go. Red Rising by Pierce Brown won’t let go of me.
Red Rising has been the most exciting book I’ve read so far this year, and quite possibly will remain as such as 2014 progresses! The lead character speaks with such a strong voice that you’re drawn into his world completely and truly experience everything as he does.
Imagine toiling your life away in slave like conditions deep within a mine never to see the light of day, the only promise the future holds for you is an early death. But you work. You slave away because you and your people are the pioneers of humanity! You’re slaving away in the deep mines of Mars to help make it habitable so that humanity can escape a dying earth. Your life is miserable but you hold on because you’re fighting for the future if humanity.
Then imagine all of that is a lie. Humanity conquered Mars generations ago. Your people are slaving away not for a better future but so that your masters can enjoy their lives.
That is where Red Rising starts. From there you’ll find the book impossible to set down as it combines action, adventure, romance, philosophy, war, politics, and espionage all into what might stand as one of the most exciting books I’ve enjoyed in a long time.
Very much looking forward to the sequel as well as any other stories that Pierce Brown writes.

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