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Sanderson brings big fantasy in a small package

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson; an Amazon 4.6 stars rating and 4.31 stars on Goodreads.

Some Thoughts on The Emperor’s Soul:

51BUzDTrzeL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU15_Sanderson brings his unique brand of magic to a novella that tries to help his readers appreciate the components and complexity of the human soul; perhaps the most complex design in all creation, and certainly the least understood.  Through the eyes of a Forger, Sanderson blends setting and plot to illustrate endless facets of the human dimension in every character she encounters.  He leads us to discover that within each of us lies a cast of characters, some repressed, and others awaiting a choice or defining moment that steers our course and reshapes who we are and might become.

Sanderson fans will love this work and beg for more.  The quality of the characters, plot, and unique setting elements frame this story in much the same way his bestselling Mistborn Trilogy introduced fantasy readers to something fun, fresh, and fast.  You can feel design elements from some of his other works, putting the Sanderson stamp on this excellent, fast-pace novella.  I pray he develops this into the series it begs to become.  A no-questions 5-stars for this pithy gem!

Get your copy of The Emperor’s Soul today.

Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)

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Waiting on Wednesday #8 – Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Title:  Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty‘s Favorite Uncle

Authors:  Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach

Language: English

Publisher: Howard Books

Format: Hardcover/Ebook

Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013

Summary from Barnes and Noble:

You know him from the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty—now you can enjoy Uncle Si’s tall tales, crazy exploits, and quirky one-liners in one raucous collection!

Si shares stories of the more than twenty-five marriage proposals he’s received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he’s since quit smoking). And in many of these never-before-heard tales, Si openly talks about his wife and two children—who are never seen and rarely mentioned on the show. 

Here’s Why: 

He’s one of the most colorful characters in the instant cult-favorite cable TV show, Duck Dynasty.  I’ve watched enough episodes to find plenty of gems among the nuggets of experience Uncle Si shares with all who listen, and those who don’t.  I expect this to be a funny, good-hearted read, and a great book to break up some of the heavy reading I am normally doing for school.

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Waiting on Wednesday #6 – The White Princess

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

  The White Princess (Cousins’ War)

Authors:  Philippa Gregory

Language: English

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Hardcover/Ebook

Expected Release Date: July 23, 2013

Summary from Simon & Schuster:

Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times best­selling author and “the queen of royal fiction” (USA Today), presents the latest Cousins’ War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Here’s Why: 

Historical fiction often provides some of the most incredible backdrop for excellent fantasy.  Beyond that, who doesn’t like to look back and fill in the blanks?  So when you get the opportunity to answer “what if” then find the best author in that genre and go for it…Gregory may very well be that author, writing about a time that still captivates our imagination.

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Waiting on Wednesday #5 – Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

  Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

Authors:  Terry Brooks

Language: English

Publisher: Del Rey

Format: Hardcover/Ebook

Expected Release Date: July 16, 2013

Summary from Amazon:

For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from its demon-haunted past, protected by magic-enhanced borders from the dark dimension known as the Forbidding and the profound evil imprisoned there. But now the unthinkable is happening: The ancient wards securing the barrier between order and mayhem have begun to erode—and generations of bloodthirsty, monstrous creatures, fueled by a rage thousands of years in the making, are poised to spill forth, seeking revenge for what was done to them.

Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to close the breach and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding in their prison. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation’s diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store.

Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford—desperate to save his imprisoned brother—seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world . . . no matter the odds or the consequences.

Here’s Why: 

Terry Brooks is a grandmaster in fantasy and his original Shannara trilogy introduced me to a genre I have loved ever since.  I am always eager to try his latest contributions to one of the hallmark franchises in high fantasy.  It’s a must read and the advance reviews are solid.

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Waiting on Wednesday #4 – The Men Who Lost America

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

  The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire

Authors:  Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy

Language: English

Publisher: Yale University Press

Format: Hardcover/Ebook

Expected Release Date: July 24, 2013

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a different argument. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, historian Andrew O’Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory.

In interlinked biographical chapters, the author follows the course of the war from the perspectives of King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, military leaders including General Burgoyne, the Earl of Sandwich, and others who, for the most part, led ably and even brilliantly. Victories were frequent, and in fact the British conquered every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War. Yet roiling political complexities at home, combined with the fervency of the fighting Americans, proved fatal to the British war effort. The book concludes with a penetrating assessment of the years after Yorktown, when the British achieved victories against the French and Spanish, thereby keeping intact what remained of the British Empire.

Here’s Why: 

Maybe it’s the minor in history or the heavy pro-American slant I eagerly studied in military history that drive me to see things from another perspective.  I began to discover that completely different view while serving with British officers during my various NATO missions.  So it’s refreshing to see an academic opinion on the matter, and one presented with a more entertaining flow than you’d see in a college text.  While I have a penchant for fiction, I’m dedicated to lifelong learning so it’s great to be able to enjoy the process – and this seems to be the best of both worlds.

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