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Today's Question:

Q: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

 "Aztec" by Gray Jennings had me running to the dictionary and feeling like a grade school kid instead of a college student. An excellent and lengthy read featuring fun words like "promptitude"  and "adjuration" and "salacious" . But learning new words has always been one of my favorite parts or reading.

So get reading:

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Let's Read It: "Heaven's Fate"

"Scheming Empress, Legendary Swords, A prince, sounds like an epic adventure..." 

Teaser: Protagonist, Thame Elliot is an expert in a magic based martial art called “Rietsu”.  He is on a journey to avenge the untimely death of his father and rebuild a mystical sword, known as the “Sword of Tundra”. He is constantly troubled by the meddlesome ways of his aunt, Empress Autumn, whose grand design will place their nation on the path to a devastating war. Thame will have to resist the manipulative ways of both his aunt and his spiritual guide, who habitually impedes his pathway to the greater good. Faced with the ever constant quandaries and the looming threat of his spiritual twin, bent on his assassination, will young Thame become the hero he is meant to be?

Did I like it? : It has a wide array of characters, with decent pacing and doesn't tend to drag between plot points. The novel has a complete concept and encompasses the proper scale of a fantasy world. The story is meant to be grand and that is exactly how it feels. The dialogue between characters is generally engaging and adds to the development of the plot.

This book has a lot of merits however at times the author’s  writing style tends to make the story feel disjointed and leads exponential detail that is not always necessary. Though the story is based in a fantasy world, the use of modern terms can sometimes be slightly confusing. Some of the terminology makes the fantasy too ambiguous to place.

  However, as an introduction to the fantasy genre I think readers would enjoy this book. For readers that aren’t regulars of the genre, fantasy worlds can seem cumbersome and over bearing.  What I liked best about this book is that it was enjoyable for me to read as a non fantasy aficionado ( I do dabble in it though).  It is an epic classic type grand story. Overall I liked this book, and with a little polish, I think this author can be a real contender in the fantasy genre.

Caveats:  None

Who’s It For:

  • ·         New fantasy readers
  • ·         Casual readers
  • ·         All ages
  • ·         Heavy fantasy readers

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 

Let's Read It: "Disemblance"

“There are three worlds that we live in, fantasy, reality, and actuality, murder crosses between all three…”

 Teaser: Jason and Isaac Tanner are brothers, they don’t always get along, but there is one thing they can agree on. Their father is not the murderer known as the “Comfort Killer”.  The child of technological mastermind, Jason spends most of his young life living in the holographic world his father created. When their father is murdered, Jason, Isaac and their spunky next door neighbor Boston, are thrust into dire situation of life and death. Someone was trying to frame their father for murder and Jason is the next target. ..

Why You’ll Love It/Did I like it?:  I’m not an advent science fiction reader, but suspense thriller is one  of my absolute favorite genres. As introduction to either of these genres “Dissemblance” is an excellent addition. The novel is well written. The pace is a bit slow in the beginning, however this necessary to set up the intricate details of the scenario and gives the reader a chance to understand the respective characters.  When the story does pick up the pace it transforms into a real thriller. At times I had difficulty discerning whether Jason was in the real world or in the holographic reality. At some points it seems the like the main character is simply losing his mind, but that is truly part of the fun.  The author makes good use of dialogue, and gives the characters their voices rather than constantly narrating the story and I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Like most thrillers the novel has plot twists and turns, all of which work well. I liked that the author did not try to overwork the story with twists. Overall, I liked and enjoyed this novel.

Caveats: None

Who’s it for:

·         Casual readers
·         Advent readers
·         All ages
·         Suspense lovers
·         Science fictions readers

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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Today's Question:  What book did not live up to its hype

This is going to be a weird answer but I don't know. I don't read fad books, unless of course I was reading it before it become popular. That's right no "Twilight", "Game of Thrones", "Hunger Games".... I read the first two Harry Potters as a child and never went back. 

Perhaps you guys could suggest some hyped books that were actually decent. I don't read young adult so don't bother with those. 

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