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Divergent paths all lead to promising future

Divergent by Veronica Rothaverage rating 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.36 on Goodreads

Divergent picA Few Thoughts – If you read this book without trying to draw comparisons to other dystopian fiction you’ll really enjoy it, however, if you want more of the Hunger Games you’ll spend far too much time trying to pick it apart.  Both occupy space in the same genre, and both feature strong female lead characters…just stop there.  I really enjoyed Roth’s work with this opening act of her Divergent series because the action scenes were plentiful enough to move the plot along nicely.  She really worked on developing a few key characters and really established good depth for Tris, her main character.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sanderson lights it up again with this urban fantasy short

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson – average rating 4.3 stars on Amazon and 3.94 on Goodreads

18966322The Gist – Sanderson brings our favorite Reckoner back to electronic pages in this short bridge between his bestselling Steelheart and the upcoming Firefight.  David is working hard to convince the humans of Newcago to come out of their subterranean refuge and own the peace he and the Reckoners fought so hard to win, but he also knows other epics plot to fill power vacuum left by Steelheart’s demise.  Just when things seem to be working for the people of Newcago, Mitosis makes an appearance…actually multiple appearances around the city and he won’t underestimate David and the Reckoners in his bid for power.        Read the rest of this entry »

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Great start for the next big fantasy series

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan– average rating 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4.21 on Goodreads

15790883What have we here? – McClellan opens a new fantasy trilogy with Promise of Blood, set in a time where magic, swords, and muskets are the tools of forces bent on controlling a government for the people or against them.  None are pure in this tale of constant struggle, leaving you wondering who the real villain is and who truly serves the people’s best interests. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sky’s the limit for Wendig’s new trilogy

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig; an Amazon 3.8 stars rating and 3.81 stars on Goodreads.

What you need to know about it:

17817631This isn’t the book if you’re looking for a stand-alone fantasy/sci-fi novel, but if you’re willing to put in your time this is probably going to turn out to be a wise investment.  Admittedly, I had to restart after the first 30 pages and a few days because I was partially distracted and it just seemed very dry; dirt farm dry.  I was unfamiliar with Wendig and his style so I took a second, more deliberate crack at it and I’m glad I took the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Toss this one in the smelter

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson; an Amazon 4.5 stars rating and 4.27 stars on Goodreads.

Some Thoughts on The Alloy of Law:

imagesI have to say up front this is a brittle product compared to the original Mistborn storyline, but Sanderson takes a pretty good whack at blending a good western mystery with a remarkable fantasy world of his making.  Some thematic elements from the original series subtly tie future to the past, adding a unique level of interest for Mistborn fans.  At the base of the conflict between his new hero Wax, and the mysterious forces he’s fighting, are the very ideals that drove his original cast of characters; freedom, choice, and corruption.

This book was on my very short absolutely must read list, but it disappointed and lacked the original story’s excitement.  I enjoyed the industrial-age, turn of the century setting, with its classic lexicon and style, but I didn’t care for the pace and plot, which felt forced at many points.  The mystery aspect Mistborn fans loved in the originals fizzled a bit in this cowboy follow up.  It feels like the victim of an over-taxed author, and there are likely few with as many top-tier projects as Sanderson.  If you’re already a Mistborn fan it’s worth a read, but newbies should probably pass.  Only 3 stars because there are far more and better Sanderson works to whet your appetite for fantasy.

Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)

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