Month: December 2014

Dec 28
Smaug Unleashing the Dragon by Daniel Falconer

Smaug Unleashing the Dragon by Daniel Falconer

“Smaug was covered in tiny gems, something straight out of the books, but it was done very carefully because we didn’t want him to look like a Christmas tree!” “We calculated that the sheer volume of gold visible in one of the shots was equivalent to the total United States national debt!”   I won this book in a raffle, and was extremely excited that I was able to choose it! Every page has at least one, usually more, full-color illustrations of Smaug. From early design concepts, all the way to fully realized shots that made it into the movie…. Read more »

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Dec 27
Book Covers

Book Covers

This is not the post I had thought I’d be making on my birthday, but it also kind of fits. We all know the old “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But I’m sure we have also all done it at least once. Last week, I went on a book buying spree (a little one!) because I finally got a full-time RL job again. Picked up a few books in series that I love, and then… This one cover caught my eye. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author (and silly me, didn’t get on my… Read more »

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Dec 26
Fantasy Creature Friday – Pixies!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Pixies!

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through. Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after… Read more »

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Dec 25
Kiss The Dead (Anita Blake #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Kiss The Dead (Anita Blake #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

This is one of those series that’s kind of like a train wreck. You don’t really want to keep reading it, but at the same time, you can’t really help yourself. The series was GOOD in the beginning, I adored the characters and the plot, even the crime-scene stuff was good. And then somewhere around book 7-8? All this sex started being added for what seemed silly reasons. The series turned into a smut-fest. But I still really had some characters I loved, and I had to know what was going on with them. So I started picking up the… Read more »

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Dec 22

Changing Up My Posting Schedule

Just a quick heads up. I’ve been posting book reviews on tuesday, thursday, and sunday. And discussion posts on friday and saturday. But I was just hired full-time at a RL job, started the 19th. And I’m not sure how much reading time I’ll be able to get in for the next few weeks as I try to memorize a 2in thick binder of job duties. So I am cutting the tuesday book review until I get a better hold on my job. If I manage to get more non-work reading done than I thought, I’ll bring it back sooner…. Read more »

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Dec 21
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill (review)

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill (review)

I won this ARC in a giveaway, and I really enjoyed it! The opening pages were cute and caught my attention. I really liked Ned and Sister Witch, and the Queen. I liked Aine at first as well, but after Aine and Ned meet I stopped liking her. She was much too cold and mean, especially compared to how she had seemed in her own chapters previously. This book changes point of view, mostly between Ned and Aine, but you also get chapters with Sister Witch, the Bandit King, and the Magic Stones point of views. I felt sorry for… Read more »

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Dec 20

Gift Books – How Do You Handle Them?

As it’s nearly Christmas, and currently Hanukkah, I got to thinking about all the books I will be getting this year. Hopefully will be getting that is! Every year when my family asks me what I want for Christmas, I link them to my Amazon Wishlists. I have one strictly for books, and one for everything else. I figure the book one should be easy, there’s over 200 titles on it, and a mix of older books and new out this year. And every year, when I open up my presents I find books! Only… they’re almost never books that… Read more »

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Dec 19
Fantasy Creature Friday – Wereleopards!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Wereleopards!

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through. Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after… Read more »

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Dec 18
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

“There’s a difference between needs and wants, and we have everything we need.” The point of view shifts between 2 different families, and a teacher who teaches the son of one of the families. Mostly, the point of view shifts are done in a way that made sense. There were a few times where I wasn’t sure who I was reading about for a paragraph or two, and then it cleared up. I really enjoyed reading about Maggie and her family. I hoped for a Christmas miracle for her and her family, but the miracle ended up happening for Robert… Read more »

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Dec 16
Smoke And Shadows (book 1) by Tanya Huff (review)

Smoke And Shadows (book 1) by Tanya Huff (review)

“A vampire, a wizard, and a production assistant go into a bar…” This is the first in a spin off trilogy from the Blood series. Henry Fitzroy is a major character in the Blood books, but only a secondary character in this one. I really like Tony, he’s funny and stubborn and takes the whole ‘having to save the world’ plot with minimal whinyness. He’s also gay, for those who prefer not to read that sort of thing. His love interest is a straight boy, an actor in the TV show he works for. He used to be involved with… Read more »

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