Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson Published: Tor Books (Nov 22, 2016) Original Post: Cross-posted(Jan 24, 2017)     SPOILER WARNING: Arcanum Unbounded features major spoilers for Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive, and Elantris. This review contains spoilers for Mistborn & The Stormlight Archive. This anthology is best suited for fans of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere. ~ Arcanum Unbounded is a collection of fantasy novellas by Brandon Sanderson. All of the stories are set in his Cosmere universe. Each planetary system explored is prefaced by the White Sand’s Worldhopper Khriss. This unique perspective allows Sanderson’s observations Read More …

Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3)

Death’s End by Liu Cixin (tr. Ken Liu) Published: Tor Books (Sept 20, 2016) Posted: Cross-posted (Dec 25, 2016) [Series Spoilers! See: The Three-Body Problem (Book #1) & The Dark Forest (Book #2)]     “Better leave the rest unsaid, Beauty, darkness, vehemence Let the old sea-nurses keep Their memorials of sleep And the Greek sea’s curly head Keep its calms like tears unshed Keep its calms like tears unshed.” – L.G. Durrell Death’s End is the final novel in Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. It continues the epic story set in motion by The Three-Body Problem and Read More …

The Apothecary’s Curse (10/11/2016)

The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett (Blogcritics) Published: Pyr (Oct 11, 2016) Posted: Goodreads (Sep 3, 2016)     The Apothecary’s Curse is an upcoming fantasy novel set in an alternate Victorian England and modern day Chicago. Alternating between two timelines, the novel explores humanity through the lens of its two immortal protagonists: Doctor Simon Bell and the mysterious apothecary, Gaelan Erceldoune. Over the centuries, they’ll need to work together to overcome many obstacles and unravel the secret of their affliction. The author concocts a masterful blend of the finest storytelling elements. With a tempered hand, Bell and Erceldoune’s story Read More …

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening (Issues #1-6) (Graphic Novel)

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. – Monstress synopsis, Image Comics This article combines reviews of the 6-part single issue release of the ARC Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening graphic novel. If you prefer to read each review at a time, you 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 …