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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – average rating 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4.54 on Goodreads
The Gist – We pick back up with Rothfuss’ main character, Kvothe as he embarks on a significant phase of his life that kicks off a journey to join the Maer’s court where intrigue and adventure present a few harrowing moments. Kvothe gets himself entwined with the fae, bandits, and neurotic aristocrats. There is of course plenty of Deena and her mysterious patron, taking our hero through the emotional gambit. Read the rest of this entry »
The Circle by Dave Eggers; an Amazon 3.5 stars rating and 3.49 stars on Goodreads.
Dave Eggers frames a modern-era tech giant bent on ushering in a global utopia. A Google-like megacorporation, the Circle markets its series of technological innovations to the public as a means improve individual security by providing transparency to fight crime and corruption. Mae is the main character; a vehicle Eggers uses to demonstrate how power brokers capitalize on human fear and narcissism to advance organizational interests.
This Orwellian tale frames a powerful company as the catalyst engaged in an all-too realistic extinction of basic individual freedoms and liberties. Eggers’ ability to drive his plot by revealing his main character combines a creative approach to character development and tempo. I was beginning to grow a little concerned about some of the supporting characters lack of depth but when you consider the points he makes through Mae it’s easy to understand the illustration by not delving too deeply. The arguments Eggers raises on our growing narcissism illustrated by our willingness to give over personal liberty and privacy in exchange for manufactured complements and self-worth are playing out in large degree right before our very eyes. His novel is timely considering WikiLeaks, the NSA scandal, and ballooning mistrust of our highest institutions of power, in which technology, surveillance and secrecy all play pivotal roles.
This a 4.3 star story for me; an entertaining story for a fiction–suspense reader and a valuable experience for a current affairs-Orwellian fan.
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Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This review is based on an advanced proof; the finished novel is scheduled for release on September 24, 2013.
Some Thoughts on Steelheart:
The earth as we know it changes forever when the great Calamity imbues some people with the very super powers we’ve grown accustomed to in our fictional heroes, and penchant for cruelty far surpassing the worst comic-book villains. Known as Epics, these transformed super-powered beings destroy governmental institutions and each other to divide control every region of the earth and nearly all its inhabitants. Steelheart rises to the top of the Epics, in power and ruthlessness, claiming dominion over what used to be Chicago and beyond. All fear Steelheart and believe him to be invincible to any attack, except the Reckoners, who believe they may have a clue to Steelheart’s weakness. Read the rest of this entry »
My Take on The Wrong Sword:
Mendelssohn creates a witty tale outside the pages of myth in his depiction of the legendary Excalibur, King Arthur of Camelot’s famous sword. Set in Europe in the time of the Plantagenet family rein, a crafty thief is forced to use his guile and intellect to find Excalibur and deliver it to an unsavory contender for the British throne but when he finally pulls the famous sword from its resting place, he finds the sword has its own ideas about who should wield it. Read the rest of this entry »
Choices and Chances offers three distinct short stories that have everything to do with the pebble in the pond theory; the ripple-effect a single choice can have on the totality of our lives and those around us. The Streak’s main character plays a very active role in his situation, while the protagonist in The Traffickers chose an environment where others held the strings. In The Law of Unintended Consequences, you’re left having that internal debate to assign blame or determine cause and effect like some kind of prosecuting attorney. Read the rest of this entry »