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I am an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. On average I read and re-read 2 or 3 books a week, perhaps more. Not every book I read is going to get a review. I tend to reserve reviews for good to great books and crimes against literature.

Created by: Brandon Sanderson
Roypoi's Review:

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book in a trilogy and is probably the first fantasy novel in a long time with a unique and interesting magic system. The magic users of Sanderson's world ingest metals that their bodies then utilize to perform magical effects. It is common for people to have only one ability and one metal, but there are the rare people who can burn all of the known metals, and they are known as Mistborn.

Off Armageddon Reef (Safehold Book 1)

Author: David Weber

I loved this book and the sequels. Humanity is sequestered on a planet by a cadre of crazy, megalomaniac officers. Their goal was to eliminate "technological" advancement and thereby keep the last known human population from detection and annihilation by the Gbabba, an extremely xenophobic race that was on the verge of defeating the defenses over Earth and wiping out humanity once and for all.

Hundreds of years later an android containing the memories of a young lieutenant awakens to discover what had been done and with the sole mission of restoring technology in a civilization in which technological advancements are viewed with suspicion and under the auspices of a Church of God Awaiting, could be deemed demonic in origin, or at the very least sinful.

This book is how the android creates the persona of "Merlin Athrawes" and goes forth to start preparing the way for an industrial revolution, but it's so much more than that as well. Merlin makes friends, experiences a few awkward moments, and even makes some hard choices.

Tor Books David Weber

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Off Armageddon Reef

Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One

I avoided this series because the blurbs about it made it sound uninteresting. It's actually pretty good. Not nearly as good as Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. Nobody kicks as much magical butt as Harry Dresden, but the Iron Druid does a fair job of tilting with windmills and coming out ahead, if barely.

You'll like this series if you like urban fantasy, modern/contemporary fantasy, and books of that nature.

Del Rey Kevin Hearne

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Hounded (Iron Druid #1) [Kindle Edition]

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, Book 14)

It is November 20th and it is another 7 days before the next book in the Dresden Files is released, Cold Days! Harry Dresden was murdered at the end of the book - two books prior to this next one. The last book, Ghost Story, was a great book but slower than the others, where Harry Dresden, Wizard of the High Council, was a ghost, and as a private investigator in life, so he was in death, tasked by the angels to solve his own murder. Several twists later and we are left hanging in suspense to see how he comes back from the dead to fight evil and... Oh, no, that's right - he's the new Winter Knight, champion of the amoral and decidedly evil Queen Mab of the Unseelie Winter Court.

Harry Dresden is screwed... maybe even actually screwed. Who knows? Well, we don't yet - because the book hasn't been released yet!!! Some lucky bastard paid over $3,000 for an advanced reader copy in an auction for charity, which is crazy right? I would've paid twice that if I had was as rich as Bruce Wayne and just as batty. Who does that and then keeps the contents a secret? Come on... drop us a hint!!!

Okay, never mind - I can wait seven more days. I'll just have to satisfy myself with the free chapters released on Jim Butcher's web site.

I probably should've mentioned the free chapters first right? ;-)

Roc Jim Butcher

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Cold Days, A Novel in the Dresden Files

Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio

The start of a new series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. It is not unlike his other works in this genre - with a magic system that requires a lot of thought, philosophy, and self-awareness in the part of our protagonist who is often deprived of the necessary knowledge to do what he must do.

If you liked Modesitt's works in the Recluce series, you'll like this new series and world that he has created. It is engaging and the characters and writing are up to his usual standards of excellence. A must have for people who also enjoyed The Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan), The Sword of Truth/Shannara series (Terry Brooks), and the Alera series (Jim Butcher).

I highly recommend.

Tor Books L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Imager: The First Book of the Imager Portfolio [Kindle Edition]

Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations box set Book 2)

This second installment in the adventures of Sullivan's two unfortunate and reluctant heroes is as good as the first. The big reveals don't stop coming either. We start to see more of the big conspiracy and meet a few interesting fellows along the way. The story continues to weave little details into the telling that become significant later, and minutiae from the first novel are now haunting our characters.

This is still an excellent read and continue to endorse and recommend this series with the second novel, Rise of Empire.

Orbit Michael J. Sullivan

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Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations) [Kindle Edition]

Kindle Fire (1st Generation)

I played around with a friend's Kindle Fire. It is definitely an Android device and inherits the flexibility of the Android OS.

As a reader it is pretty good. It has a bright screen and is light enough to hold and read for significant stretches of time. As a tablet it isn't bad. It isn't as nice as my iPad, but if I needed a smaller tablet for portability, the Kindle Fire would be the front runner.

So, if you already have an iPad and want an eReader with tablet capabilities that is smaller than the iPad, then the Fire might be what you need. But if you already have a tablet or an iPad, then chances are the Fire will probably be redundant.

Amazon $199.00

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Kindle Fire

Heroes R Us: A Superhero novel

I've been reading a lot of books in the Super Hero genre lately and it has been interesting to discover new authors, new stories... but alas, so very few new plots...

Heroes R Us is a fresh look at a super hero who catches no breaks trying to help people. He is alternatively praised and vilified in public and his powers don't give up enough advantage over the system to became a comic book style super hero. Poor, not endowed with super genius, and neither invincible, omniscient, or particularly powerful, his moderate super powers give him only enough advantage to take down the run of the mill bad guys, and that seems to land him in hot water when it turns out that public corruption actually sponsors and supports a lot of the petty criminals in his city.

This is the story of a hero who aside from some super speed, strength, and night vision, is not that different from the average geek. It is a story about standing up against incredible odds.

There is no supervillain in this story. Humanity is villainous enough, it seems, without having to invent evil for this super hero to fight.

Mainak Dhar

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Heroes R Us: A Superhero novel

The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition)

This movie is easily one of my top 10 favorite movies. It is smart. It is funny. There are multiple layers of humor in this movie. The obvious jokes are pretty good, but there are a lot of secondary and tertiary meanings to much of the dialog.

The story is your basic damsel in distress fantasy with a hero that overcomes severe odds for the sake of true love. What sets this movie apart from others in its genre and what makes it a timeless addition to my video library is the witty humor and dialog. It is a light comedy in most respects. I highly recommend this movie for young adults, teenagers, and for those of us over 30 and under 40, it will transport you back to the days of our youth... and make you laugh again.

MGM (Video & DVD) Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, Adrian Biddle, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jeffrey Stott, Norman Lear, Steve Nicolaides, William Goldman $4.08

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The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition) (1987)

Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two

Hexed brings Atticus back in a much more complex and Dresden-esque plot. Readers of the Iron Druid series will be pleased at the more mature writing style and character development in this sequel. It is obvious that the series is growing older and better, just like the rest of us...

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

I still recommend this book for younger readers, especially those that enjoy the Dresden series by Jim Butcher. It is far less appealing to the glitter-vamp crowd of urban fantasy readers, but I've think fans of the glitter-vamp genre are all demented anyway.

Del Rey Kevin Hearne

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Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two) [Kindle Edition]

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations box set Book 1)

I had my reservations about buying this book, but the raving reviews by readers overcame my hesitancy to try a new author.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I went and bought the second book in the series immediately upon finishing this book. It is an excellent read with a lot of witty and funny dialog. Sarcastic humor is the norm and the author worked hard to develop his characters and bring them to life for the reader.

All the books in this series were completed prior to publishing - making it possible for the author to weave the smallest plot details into the earlier episodes for revelation and discovery later on. The excellence of this book cannot be overstated.

Most absolutely highly recommended for all age groups, but especially to the teenage and young adult age groups, where the seemingly uncomplicated storyline should appeal. But don't let the appearance of the lack of complexity fool you into thinking this book is only for the younger crowds, because it isn't. The attention to detail and well written prose make it a pleasure to read for all age groups.

Orbit Michael J. Sullivan

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Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) [Kindle Edition]

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

This book was a surprisingly good read with an honest, down on his luck, high tech super villain. He finds himself as the last guy on Earth with free will after the planet has been taken over by mind control bugs run amok, when a world domination scheme went awry. In the attempt to restore things back to normal he finds the hero within himself. This is the story of a man who somehow redeems himself to himself, and changes the world.

I highly recommend this book for people who like books in the superhero genre. Go for it. Buy it. Enjoy it.

I did.

Jim Bernheimer / EJB Jim Bernheimer, Fiona Hsieh

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Confessions of a D-List Supervillain [Kindle Edition]

Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations box set Book 3)

The end of the last book had our reluctant heroes barely escaping an unfortunate misadventure. In this third book in the trilogy long dormant secrets are revealed, the big conspiracy is further exposed, and our heroes find themselves confronted with truths they'd rather not face... again.

As with the other books in this series the third book is a good read. You will probably find yourself following some of the other characters with more anxiety than before as they develop and get into their own scrapes and troubles.

Probably not as "edge of the seat" as the first two books but thoroughly enjoyable.

Orbit Michael J. Sullivan

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Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations) [Kindle Edition]

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, Book 14)

Author: Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

The Wheel turns and Ages come and Ages go, and I have been reading this series since book 3 was in hard cover. I waited anxiously as every successive book was published and have reread all of the books until the bindings started to come undone. Thankfully I have an iPad and now my books don't have bindings to worry about.

A Memory of Light is the last book in the Wheel of Time cycle. Rand al'Thor thinks his destiny is to die. Prophecies abound. And that's all I have to say about that. Nothing ticks off a fellow traveler than a badly placed spoiler. I do believe death threats have been levied against thoughtless bloggers. Perhaps I've thought about throwing stones at one of them myself... pebbles really.

I may follow up by posting reviews of the first dozen books... It should help me brush up and prepare for the release of the last and final book this coming January 2013. I really can't wait.

Tor Books Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson $34.99

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A Memory of Light

Telesa - The Covenant Keeper (The Telesa Series Book 1)

I'd never heard any stories of "Telesa" before, but angry female spirits, and jealous spirits tied to streams and moving water I have heard of before. My girlfriend is reading this book right now and I thought I'd look it up to see what it was about. She's loving it and has trouble putting it down so I'm going to guess that it is a good book. I'm going to put it down on my future reading list, perhaps next time I travel.

From Amazon's web site:

Leila returns to the land of her birth in search of family and instead discovers she is heir to a fiery elemental birthright...all while navigating through the drama of a new high school with the help of her new best friend "Simone daahling" - a boy with flawless makeup and the catwalk style of Kate Moss. She is introduced to the national sport of rugby and meets an irritating boy that would be much easier to hate if he didn't have chipped emerald eyes that were always laughing at her and a glorious golden smile. (The glistening, bronzed abs and Pacific warrior tattoos didn't help either.) There's hate, love, jealousy, volcanoes and lots of delicious Samoan food in Leila's coming-of-age journey as she realizes that ancient Pacific myths of elemental spirit women Telesa, contain more truth than fiction. Secrets are revealed and things get blown up as Leila must choose between sisterhood and the boy she loves. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

There are many different kinds of love. All of them require sacrifice. Who will give everything for the one they love?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness (and humor) of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

" Tired of vampires and werewolves? TELESA has a supernatural element but a unique one... Like Air Benders and X-Men combined. Way cool. The Telesa women are an environmental terrorist group that wield their elemental powers with a fierce beauty and devastating impact..."

Jillian Dodd, Author of 'That Boy' - "How many times do you come across a book that gives you everything you want in a book? Telesa has it all. There's Leila, the girl that we can all relate to. She's smart and confident, but doesn't always know what to do. She goes to Samoa searching for a place to belong. She didn't expect to meet a boy. A certain boy, who she hates at first, who is also SMOKING hot. Daniel. Did I mention I'm in love with Daniel? With his rugby playing abs, amazing muscles, interesting tattoos, and killer smile. He can be vicious and competitive on the rugby field one minute, and sweet and chivalrous the next. Sorry, I'll stop now. This book is not just about Daniel.

This story is the epic tale of Telesa. Leila is a Telesa, but doesn't know it. As she grows to discover her birthright, her powers, her family, and herself, what will she choose? What is her destiny? And does it involve a hot rugby player?
Can't wait for book 2."

Pasifika Books Lani Wendt Young

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Telesa - The Covenant Keeper

Wearing the Cape (Wearing the Cape Series Book 1)

You might wonder if I'll ever write a bad review about a book I've posted up on this web site, and you'll just have to keep on wondering.

This book was a fun read. The characters were interesting and diverse and it was a good escape from our superhero-less world, where we have evil but no "good" to provide balance.

The prose is pretty good. The plot wasn't too complicated. The characters were fairly well developed. The flow through the book was smooth. I'd recommend this book for anybody in the 12-30 year old range who just wants a quick, easy read.

Createspace Marion G. Harmon

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Wearing the Cape [Kindle Edition]

Mistborn: The Final Empire

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book in a trilogy and is probably the first fantasy novel in a long time with a unique and interesting magic system. The magic users of Sanderson's world ingest metals that their bodies then utilize to perform magical effects. It is common for people to have only one ability and one metal, but there are the rare people who can burn all of the known metals, and they are known as Mistborn.

The premise for the story is strange. "What if the Hero of the Ages failed?" For a thousand years the world has been ruled by the Lord Ruler, the man who was thought to have been the savior of the world. The man who evidently failed in his quest and seized the power at the Well of Ascension for himself.

This story takes place a thousand years after the end of the world as it was known, and the rise of the Lord Ruler. It follows a brilliant and charismatic half-peasant named Kelsier in his quest for revenge against the Lord Ruler and the extraordinary people he gathered to his cause.

Tor Books Brandon Sanderson

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Mistborn: The Final Empire