Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Reading Goal

My goal for 2014 is to read 15 books. I set a lower goal this year because I was unable to meet my goal last year. I can adjust my goal at a later time if necessary.

I have also made it a goal to review every book I read this year. So far I have not been very good about posting reviews but I plan to change that.
Rise of the Red Dragon (Chi, #1)Rise of the Red Dragon by A.C. Quinn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was unable to finish reading this one. Although, I feel that the story has potential I find it difficult to follow.

The author seems to have a good grasp of the use of descriptive language; however, that apparent mastery is overshadowed by the lack of clear transitions between the changes of character perspectives.

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1,000,000 pages in a lifetime (2014)

Lifetime total: 21,106 out of 1,000,000
2014 total: 532

1. Replica by Jenna Black (365 pages)
2. A Hero's Promise by Rosanna M. White (40 pages)
3. 1984 - A BookHacker Summary (33 pages)
4. The Cruel Path by David J. Normoyle (64 pages)
5. Chi: Rise of the Red Dragon by A. C. Quinn (abandoned after 30 pages)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Feyland: The First Adventure (Feyland .5)Feyland: The First Adventure by Anthea Sharp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Jennet Carter decides to hack into her father's sim-game (Feyland) she has no idea that she would actually be opening a gateway to the Realm of Faerie. Moving through each level, encountering its levels and completing its quests becomes ever more treacherous as the final battle approaches. As Jennet faces off against the Dark Queen of Fearie, she begins to realize that there may be more at stake than the outcome of a game.

The author, Anthea Sharp, does an extraordinary job making high-tech gaming and magic collide as the story begins to unfold. The characters are well written and the relationship, between Jennet and her father, is believable.

I enjoyed this brief introduction and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After spending three years in prison, all Shadow wanted was to get back into the arms of his loving wife. However, sometimes fate can be cruel. Just days before he is scheduled to be released, Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in a car accident. Suddenly his world begins to crumble and become a much colder place.

On his way home for the funeral, Shadow meets Wednesday. When the stranger offers him a job, having nothing to lose, Shadow accepts. Little does he know that his life will never be the same.

It doesn't take long before Shadow realizes just how dangerous his new job is. While working for Wednesday, Shadow embarks on a road trip unlike any other. He encounters many unique and interesting people, all of which have their own stories to tell and know more about him then he does about himself.

As an epic storms brews, Shadow has many lessons to learn. The past doesn't always die and everyone, including his late wife has secrets. The stakes are high as he finds himself pulled into a battle, a conflict, as old as humanity itself. Hidden away from the everyday world, a great war is fought over the very soil on which they stand. The soil of America is the prize.

American Gods will take the reader on an exhilarating journey across America and through myths, some long forgotten, that may challenge their perspectives long after they turn the final page.

The author, Neil Gaiman, does a remarkable job making his story and characters come to life. I often found myself on the edge of my seat, being drawn into the story. The plot was well thought out and kept me guessing as each new twist was introduced.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and say that for fans of myth and legend, this is a must read.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Accidental Sorcerer (Rogue Agent, #1)The Accidental Sorcerer by K.E. Mills
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Professor Gerald Dunwoody is a Third Grade Wizard. Just not a very good one. After blowing up a staff factory and losing his job, Gerald is desperate to prove that he can be a competent wizard. Now it's off the New Ottosland, as the new Court Wizard to King Lional.

Along with his companion, a talking bird that wasn't always a bird, Gerald soon discovers that King Lional is not what he appears to be. With a princess in trouble and a kingdom to save, Gerald suspects that he may be out of his depths. Armed only with a power he doesn't fully understand, Gerald finds himself in the fight of his life. How it ends is anyone's guess...

The Author, K. E. Mills, does a terrific job giving her characters personality and depth. As the story unfolds I find myself being drawn into its world and becoming invested in its outcome and the well being of its hero.

Well-written with just the right amount of humor. This book was fun to read and difficult to put down. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series and well as other books written by this author.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys snarky humor.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Pattern RecognitionPattern Recognition by William Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cayce Pollard, a cool hunter paid to predict the hottest trends, is in London where she has been hired to evaluate the redesign of a famous corporate logo. Upon completion of this project she is offered another assignment: to track down the maker of the obscure video clips that have taken the internet by storm and created a worldwide underground subculture.

While in pursuit of this mysterious maker, traveling from London to Tokyo to Moscow, she finds herself thrust into the seedy underbelly of the marketing world of which she's observed for so long. Along the way she finds herself facing questions surrounding her father, who disappeared in Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Just as Alice descended into Wonderland, the lines between what was real to Cayce and what could only be perceived begin to blur.

The author, William Gibson, truly has a gift. His characters are believable, if not directly relate-able. He is able to set the scene without overuse of description.

I found the idea of the footage very intriguing. I found the sensitivity of the main character, Cayce, to be rather amusing while still being believable.

Overall, I found this story to be well-written and intriguing without going beyond the realm of possibility.

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