White Sand (White Sand #1) (Graphic Novel)

White Sand (White Sand #1) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Dynamite Entertainment (Jun 28, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 24, 2016)     White Sand is New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s first graphic novel. While it’s based on his unpublished first novel of the same name, it’s been re-imagined and released in a visual form. The graphic novel is written by my favorite fantasy novelist, but does past success transfer to this medium? White Sand takes place on the planet of Taldain, in the author’s Cosmere, the same “universe” as his Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series. Taldain is tidal locked, Read More …

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Aug 31, 2010) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 21, 2016) 🙂   TL;DR – This is a long review of The Way of Kings. The novel features an in-depth and heavily detailed world complete with excellent characters and strong story. The character development, political climate, and magic system are all noteworthy. The review should be relatively spoiler free. TWoK is a true masterpiece and an excellent start to an intriguing series. 5/5 and highly recommended! *** The Way of Kings is the first installment of The Stormlight Archive. Read More …

Revival

Revival by Stephen King Published: Scribner (Nov 11, 2014) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 9, 2016)     Revival is a novel by Stephen King that I’ve tried to get into off and on since its release. While the page count isn’t high at 405 pages, the novel suffers from pacing issues that kept killing the experience for me in the past. Now that I’ve read it, I’ll break down the plot, structure, themes, and provide you with some opinions of it. The story of Revival is told by a 60 year old Jamie Morton, a former rock musician-turned-engineer, as he recounts Read More …

Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu

Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love by Mercedes M. Yardley Published: Ragnarok Publications (Sep 8, 2013) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 8, 2016)     Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love is the strange story about love between two fundamentally broken creatures. While it possesses elements of both science fiction and horror, the novella is more poetry-made-prose than anything else. This novella tells the tale of Montessa and Lu. Montessa is a deeply introspective and depressed young woman, craving love but only ever receiving physical and sexual abuse at the hands of family and Read More …

Secret History (Mistborn #3.5)

Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson Published: Dragonsteel Entertainment, Ltd. (Jan 26, 2016 ) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 30, 2016)     (Secret History and this review contains spoilers of the first three Mistborn novels.) Did the survivor actually persist past death? What secrets does the Eleventh Metal hold? What is the larger state of the Cosmere Mistborn: Secret History explores those questions in the form of a novella. The best way to read Secret History is after the 2nd novel of the Wax & Wayne series, The Bands of Mourning. So, including The Eleventh Metal (a short story prologue to Read More …

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6)

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Jan 26, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 28, 2016)     The Bands of Mourning raises the bar for Wax & Wayne, taking everything Shadows of Self got right and expands upon it. It is by far the best of Wax & Wayne and well worth your time. Whereas past Wax & Wayne novels may have lacked the “epic” feel prior to the last half of Shadows of Self, Bands truly elevates Mistborn’s latest Era into the realm of epic fantasy. It contains so many different types of scenes – from Read More …

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5)

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Oct 6, 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 24, 2016)     TL;DR- Wow. If you like Mistborn, buy this now. The scope and depth of this novel will remind you of The Fallen Empire. Yet it stands on its own as being one of the best Mistborn books to date. Outstanding. *** Mistborn’s world is forged in metal. From it’s groundbreaking beginning, The Last Empire, to it’s latest incarnation starting with The Alloy of Law, the series has been about prophecy, ascendancy, growth and change. Shadows of Self exemplifies these constants, helping Read More …

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4)

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Nov 8, 2011 ) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 18, 2016)     Alloy of Law is the beginning of Mistborn Era 2 (the second set of books after the Mistborn Trilogy). While it isn’t the second trilogy’s official beginning, it’s a fun adventure filled with loveable characters in a ten of the century, late 1800s-type setting. If you love fantasy and Victorian-esque literature (or the brief expansion of the American Midwest during the mid to late 1800s), you’ll thoroughly enjoy Era 2. Just insert automobiles and magic and you’ve got some Read More …

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Apr 28, 2009) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 14, 2016)     Outstanding finale for one of the greatest fantasy series I’ve ever read. If you thought the first two Mistborn novels were good, you’ll love this. Essentially continues the story of Elend and his army as well as former members of Kelsier’s crew. There’s also some pretty epic things that have been brewing for the last two books. There’s lots of action, comedy, sad moments and amazing storytelling. Just as face paced tempered with plenty of detail and excellent writing. Essentially Read More …

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Aug 21, 2007) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 2, 2016)     This is the second book in the Mistborn series and it’s absolutely amazing. The same well written and carefully constructed story you’d expect from a follow-up to The Last Empire and yet even more to love. This novel continues with the court intrigue in the first novel and expands it to political and military spheres this time around. It also has a hell of a lot of twists and turns along the way. All of the suspenseful threats and perils Read More …

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

The Final Empireby Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Jul 17, 2006) Posted: Goodreads (Jan 1, 2016)     TL;DR — Mistborn: The Last Empire is the start of an amazing and unique series that revitalizes epic fantasy. If you like similar novels but long for a well written story with intense pacing, Mistborn cannot be beat. Cut away the unresolved endings and meaningless story deviations in other similar works, Sanderson delivers an unparalleled saga that’s sure to amaze. *** I’ve read and reviewed my fair share of fantasy novels over the years, and yet I can’t recommend any of them Read More …

The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn #0.5)

The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson Published: Crafty Games (Apr 11, 2012) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 22, 2016)     The Eleventh Metal is a short story designed as a prequel to the Mistborn Adventure Game, an RPG of that series. Fans of the series will want to read the story out of love for the main character Kelsier. As other reviewers have noted, the story isn’t essential, the details of it are scattered throughout the actual novels. But I found the story to be a fun read. The writing is as excellent as novels in the series. What I liked Read More …

Seveneves

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson Published: William Morrow & Company (May 19, 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Jun 3, 2016)     Seveneves is split in two parts. One tells the story of the world ending and humanity’s last efforts to preserve the human race. The second is epic story of returning to one’s home thousands of years later. While I’m a huge fan of Neal Stephenson (Anathem, Reamde, Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, to name a few), Seveneves wasn’t easy for me to get through. The first half of the novel was terrific and I enjoyed the characters and their story. I Read More …

The Emperor’s Soul (Elantris #2)

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tachyon Publications (Oct 11, 2012) Posted: Goodreads (June 15, 2016)     The Emperor’s Soul is a novella about a Forger named Shai that is forced to create a masterpiece, the mind and soul of an Emperor in a vegetative state. But it explores larger issues and is so much more than a shortened novel. Blend this interesting plot with some great fantasy storytelling and you have a good read. Sanderson makes regular conversations between characters intense, witty and fun. The magic mechanics for crafting things – objects, even persons, created using finely Read More …

Elantris (Elantris #1)

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Fantasy (May 30, 2006) Posted: Goodreads (Jul 7, 2016)     Synopsis Elantris is a fantastic fantasy novel set in the author’s Cosmere universe. The story focuses on a soon to be wed prince and his sudden unraveling at the hands of a mystical transformation. Whereas once the Shaod created ascended, God-like beings, it now leaves those it touches as living dead. The prince, Raoden, never gets to meet his wife-to-be, Sarene. Instead he’s cast into the country’s once great capital: the walled city of Elantris. A place that was once so full of Read More …

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1)

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson Published: Berkley Publishing (Feb 2015) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 14, 2014)   “The medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan “We have no future because our present is too volatile… We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – Hubertus Bigend, Pattern Recognition * Pattern Recognition is the story of an eccentric trend spotter, Cayce Pollard, and her mission to find the latest viral videos clips attracting a cult-like appeal. William Gibson masterfully blends concise and powerful storytelling with present-day reality in a strangely compelling tale that’ll hook you within Read More …

Anathem

Anathem by Neal Stephenson Published: William Morrow & Company (Sept 15, 2008) Posted: Goodreads (Oct 15, 2014)   Anathem is a work of speculative fiction set on a world not too dissimilar from our own. The planet – Arbre – is essentially divided between two types of people: Saecular and Avout. The Saecular are comprised of the world’s governments and every-day citizens while the Avout live a life of solitude in physically isolated places called Maths. Avout life is typically broken up by level of devotion to science, math, debate and rational thought. Religion is not worthy of debate: all Read More …