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Red Sister Book Review

Red Sister Book Review

On Goodreads I gave Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 5 stars. The long and short of it is: I didn’t want to stop reading the book.

From time to time, I purchase a book for my Kindle then buy the narration through Audible (I listen while traveling to and from work). Those kinds of books are special books. When listening to Red Sister I found every excuse to stay in the car or take detours going the long way to work. That’s because Red Sister is more than special, it’s spectacular. Listening to Red Sister had me pulling into the parking lot at work like…

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The Desert Spear Book Review

The Desert Spear Book Review

Peter V. Brett did it again! He blew me away with another book. The Desert Spear, book two in The Demon Cycle, was spectacular. If you were a fan of The Warded Man, the second book in the series will have you begging, borrowing, and stealing until you get your hands on the next title. Do yourself a favor, order the box set.

I tried my best to hold back the Night. I wanted to hold off for a month before reading the next book in the Demon Cycle Series. Lord knows I tried but I couldn’t do hold out. Any quiet time during the day I pondered about The Warded Man. Knowing the book had already been published didn’t help. At any moment I could reserve the book from the library or go into a bookstore and buy it.

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The Warded Man Book Review

The Warded Man Book Review

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett is astounding. Most books I read are on the upper right hand corner of the Goodreads webpage, “Readers Also Enjoyed” section. This was one of those books. While in a book lull, I requested the book from the library and began reading it. Within a few pages I lost interest and didn’t pick it back up for a couple of years.

As the time passed, I tried reading it again. I bought a printed copy of the book, I downloaded a copy on Audible. Still, I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. After reading Elantris and wanting more magic in the form of wards I returned toThe Warded Man. I restarted the book. I read every free moment I had until I finished the book 3 days later.

Like the 3 POV’s (Arlen, Leesha & Rojer), I craved more and more. It took a lot of self control to keep from skipping to the end to find out what happened. Easy writing style without getting preachy about demons and religion. I should have read The Warded Man years ago. I’ve already recommend it to a handful of people. There is no doubt in my mind that you’ll love it too.

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Synopsis

People have surrendered dominion of the night to corelings. These demons rise from the core of the earth to burn, kill and destroy humans. People paint and carve wards to repel the corelings. The story begins with Arlen’s town being attacked. We find a community working together to survive a coreling attack. As the story continues, we find Arlen expecting more out of life.

The corelings won the war for night. Communities shut their doors, people don’t travel and no feels safe. Fear runs rampant throughout every village and city. Hundreds of years ago, people banded together to push back the corelings. They entered a new age of science and discovery. Over time they lost their way. Arlen intends to fight back and reclaim the night. With everyone fighting and working together, anything is possible.

 

The story follows three POV’s. Each character gives you a different perspective of the world. At times they all live in the country. Each are subjected to coreling attacks. Each travel to the Free Cities. However, each take a different path in getting there. Each bear their own scars and carry demons with them.

Big Ideas

  • Fear can paralyze you. Fear can cause you to act.
  • Failure to act means you have accepted your current circumstances.
  • The impact of a community working together is stronger than one individuals actions.
  • Question your circumstances.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I plan to finish reading the series. I’ve requested the second book, The Desert Spear, from my local library. In the mean time, I’ll be going for nature walks on Peter V. Brett’s website. He has a number of rabbit holes to go down like deleted chapters, novellas and fan artwork to examine. If I time everything right, I will be reading the final book in the series, The Core, on its release date, August 15, 2017.

Check out The Warded Man! You won’t regret it.

The Waking Fire Book Review

The Waking Fire Book Review

Kindles makes it easy to do author studies. Months ago I forgot I’d pre-ordered an e-book and it had been delivered. That changed when I walked through the library and stumbled into Anthony Ryan‘s latest book: The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria). If you’re into dragons the a book that chases the mythical drake should interest you.

I love, love, loved this book. From cover to cover you can expect spies, blood-blessed = superhuman powered people, drakes (dragons), and a small misfit band of characters chasing a myth. What’s not to like? 

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Why I Write about Books

Why I Write about Books

I am a late reader. It took nearly 25 years for me to become a reader. One fateful weekend, there were no captivating shows on TV and video games couldn’t quench the hunger of my imagination. While I looked On-Demand for nearly 2 hours I realized what my mother told me decades before, “Pick up a book!”

I googled topics I was interested in and eventually found The Prince of Thorns. I bought the book through Amazon and read it on my wife’s Kindle. I devoured the book and finished reading it one sitting. By the end of the weekend, I ordered my own Kindle and I haven’t had time for video games since.

Why I Read

Books take you on a journey you couldn’t otherwise go on. As a fantasy lover, I can become a deadly sword-smith. I can challenge the notions of capitalism, manifest destiny, right & wrong, and explore my moral compass.

TV and video games have never let me explore imagination in the same way. They lack the emotional detail and substance books force you to face. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to veg out and watch TV but authors make you believe characters in books are your friends. You grown up with them, you experience character’s trials and tribulations. You want what characters want and need what they need.

When I’m not busy reading fiction, I am lost in books challenging social hierarchies and the status quo. Everybody loves a hero, right? That is why we believe our vote matters. WE believe in our hearts one person can make a difference.

Why I Write about Books

I write about books because I want everyone to read books. Reading provides opportunities to challenge the way you think about your own life. The books I read motivate me to be better than I was the day before. The books encourage me to challenge the status quo, battle against the odds, or overcome inner demons while ascending to greatness. Who wouldn’t want to read about that?

Check out the category Literacy Life at the top of the page for more posts about books. You should also read the Book Review in the side bar for a list of fantasy titles. Are you reading something that forces you to think? Is there something you’ve read to make you push your comfort level? Share it with me. I’d love to read it and write about it.

Elantris Book Review

Elantris Book Review

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson delivered on all fronts.Sanderson is a premiere author in the world of fantasy. If you are new to the Cosmere, this is his first widely published novel, so this is a good starting point.

I’ve read a number of Sanderson’s books (Steelheart, Firefight, Calamity, Awaking, & Warbreaker) and I have never been disappointed. The magic, powers, and easy writing style gets every reader hooked. I was so hooked I bought the Audible version to listen in the car. Before I finished reading Elantris I bought the Kindle edition because I knew this was the kind of book I wanted to read again and again. 

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Books and Hoops is Making Progress

Books and Hoops is Making Progress

The Books and Hoops program has made tremendous progress. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in touch with an up and coming graphic artist to create a logo. An IT consultant and I have been working to build a website. Business contacts have provided feedback to build a successful program. Most importantly, I’ve been in touch with two schools to begin the Books and Hoops program.

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Looking for Book Lovers and Literacy Specialists

Looking for Book Lovers and Literacy Specialists

Book Lovers, Teachers, Literacy Specialists

Avid readers and writers, I’d love to pick your brain on anything literacy. Teachers, book lovers, literacy specialist, you all have seen nearly every kind of reluctant reader and energetic reader. I want talk about success of building a reading life, possible book titles to share with kids or anything else you think important to developing the love for reading.

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Books and Hoops Update

Books and Hoops Update

Progress has been made for the Books and Hoops program. Thank you so much to those of you who have reached out to offer insight and given me lots of support in this endeavor. Many of you have been great sound boards to bounce ideas off of. While others have generously offered resources. All assistance is greatly appreciated!


Over the past week I’ve been able to secure a target group of fourth and fifth graders in Randolph, MA for Books and Hoops. Specific details like time and date will be coming soon. The goal of Books and Basketball is to close the achievement gap by increasing reading proficiency. Books and Hoops will raise reading enthusiasm by connecting reading strategies with basketball.

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