Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The day the flotilla hits your home

Happy release day to Chuck Wendig! The second novel of his Heartland Trilogy hits stores today. If you are just checking into my blog, go here for my review of Under the Empryean Sky before reading this review.

Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

This novel certainly grew in writing style. The segues from character arcs was smoother and flowed the story together in a fabulous braided vine. The "gang" from the first have been divided by circumstance, secrets, and physical distance. There is the struggle to reconnect and find the simplicity of the times before. The characters have progressed in their stories individually, inevitably progressing the dynamic of all their relationships.

I feel that the actual content of the story plot suffered in this novel. I was more impressed with the forbidden gardens and issue of genetically modified feed for the livestock of humanity from the first book. This novel spends more time in the vapid clouds of the flotilla and its wild abandon of cliche corruption for the sake of glory and glamour. Plus, there was an almost steampunk feel with all the auto-mates. We are now presented with an entirely new way the Empyrean has warped the Heartland. I will grant this, though, it was not the even came close to direction I pictured for the story. Well played Wendig.

Not all sophomore novels come out better. I may disagree with a large part of the content and how the actual story progresses, but I cannot disagree with the eloquence of the writing. I really was impressed with the maturity of Wendig's authorship. I was still completely entranced with the story and recommend this novel with anticipation for the conclusion.

There were several climaxing moments to the story where you almost think it could all be wrapped up, but there is still half a book left in front of you. And then, BAM! Book over. What a way to end a book! Seriously, great cliffhanger (is that an oxymoron?).

Pick up your copy at a local indie retailer or digital copy through Amazon where it is introductory sale of $3.99. For news and updates from Chuck Wendig on the Heartland Trilogy, visit his blog: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/

Friday, July 25, 2014

Can't wait for this new series!

One of my very dear friends has signed her first book contract for a trilogy. You may have seen my previous posts of her pitches and progress through the publishing process. Well it all finally paid off!!!

Check out her blog for the really, really good news! I seriously cannot wait to get the chance to read Sworn.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Zany week in Discworld

I needed a zany reading breather. And what better way to do that than with Terry Pratchett! It has been a decade since I first read these precious gems; it was definitely time to join the gang of Rincewind, Granny, and the Luggage again. Plus, now I have a blog to put out reviews of these idiosyncratic novels. Here we go...

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The original Discworld novel. Where it all began. Where it all tripped on the rug, and the delicate act of faceplanting made us all laugh secretly because we wouldn't want to laugh out loud at someone's misfortune until we know everyone else is laughing with us. 

I absolutely love this very first book. We are introduced with some of the best characters in literature, and not all of them are exactly human. There is magic and failed wizardy, demonic technology, cognizant luggage, and the quantum physics. These books expand the way you think about the world around you. 

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The second Discworld novel and a sequel to The Color of Magic. We wrap up the journey of Rincewind, Twoflower, and the Spell. More loveable characters are introduced and more puns are scandalously redressed.

I really feel that Pratchett captured the essence of a tourist so well in these two starting novels. He elegantly mocks and pokes fun while being serious. My brain appreciated the humor. I have been hooked by the Discworld all over again.

 Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

The third Discworld novel departs from Rincewind and takes us to the magic of witches, which is not a male magic but a woman's magic, and Granny Weatherwax. 

This novel is a wonderful poke at roles of gender and societal expectations of occupations.

What I love must is the tear down of expectations without any actual stance. Pratchett allows you to come to your own conclusions about how things should work. He points out the ridiculous with exaggeration; you determine what the result should be.

The wit behind the Discworld books is not for everyone. However, it fits my style perfectly. There is a little bit of thinking involved while being a relaxing read. They challenge our acceptance of the societal "norm" while not being preachy. Pratchett looks at syntax and semantics with a truly British eye. I'll be continuing with the Discworld and have a long list to get through indeed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Giveaway Winner Announcement!


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