A Storm of Swords – George R R Martin

This was a big book with so much going on and yet I remained captivated and it was a breeze to read. I got my hands on the full book three instead of 3.1 and 3.2 which seems to be what Australian publishers opted for (the book is intimidating, and two books mean twice the profit). Before I go too much further a massive warning for spoilers here I’m discussing it all so look away if you don’t want to know. In addition I have yet to see the third and fourth seasons of the TV show, so I’d prefer those left unmentioned in the comments for now. There are just so many twists and turns, and shocks, and deaths (which were so much more powerful and shocking this time around) and everything. Just so good.

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – Waiting for the Next Book in the Series

Bookish Topic Tuesday

 Waiting for the Next Book in the Series

I want to discuss today the sense of entitlement some fans have over their favourite author, especially when it comes to a series which is yet to be completed. I discussed the fact previously that Books Belong to their Readers, and while that might be true, their authors most certainly do not belong to readers. As Neil Gaiman elegantly put it “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.” When he was replying to someone asking whether or not it was unrealistic that readers should feel let down by Martin not yet publishing the next novel in his series. I do suggest you read his full response which you can find here.

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Shadow of the Hegemon

Cover of Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Cover of Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card

This is the second of four ‘Shadow’ novels, Orson Scott Card’s spin off series to Ender’s Game (well it’s one of his spin offs, he’s got about 3 others…) and we continue to follow Bean, but also the other graduates of the Battle School as they return home for the first time in years. Not only that, but we learn how Peter became the Hegemon. And things are really exciting, we get political drama, kidnapping, war, espionage, secret online messages and more. So I enjoyed this book, and honestly I don’t mind that Card decided to create this spin off series because (so far) the books have been interesting, provided a whole new perspective, and have been enjoyable.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This was a very easy read, I finished it off in two days, in a few hours total. Of course the diminutive size of about 180 pages helps (it looks tiny compared to the copy of A Storm of Swords I have waiting beside it), but it also flowed quite well. I wasn’t expecting what I got, though I should have been considering this is Gaiman. It’s almost subtle fantasy, wrapped up in childhood reminiscence. I did really like the story, and came away feeling good, almost warm and fuzzy.

The story starts by us being introduced to a man who has left a funeral in his old home town (presumably his last surviving parent), and is supposed to be going to his sister’s for the wake. Instead he ends up heading to his old home, and then down the lane to the Hempstock Farm, where he finds Mrs Hempstock, and sits in front of their pond, and recalls a story from his childhood.

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Bookish Topic Tuesday – 2014 Reading Review

Bookish Topic Tuesday

2014 Reading Review

I was inspired today to check in and see how many books I have actually read of the ones I said I would read at the end of last year in this post. What was I inspired by? Well, I was having an update of the site (as you can see by our wonderful new theme), and came across the list, and thought, what better time to review the year than nearly 3/4 the way through! I also thought I should perhaps get a proper list up, so that will be done shortly. Overall I have read 34 books (which Goodreads believes is 2 behind schedule to reach 50 by the end of the year).

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Reticulum by Marta Salek Review

Update: you can now buy the book here!

Magic. This is a book about magic, and much more than magic. As I mentioned yesterday (with a giveaway and an interview with the author here) this is a debut novel by Australian Marta Salek. I was quite excited about the book because full disclosure I know the author, and read a snippet of it over a year ago I think while it was still being written, and I really liked it at the time. (I’ll say now that I received this book as an ebook ARC (advance review copy) in exchange for promoting/reviewing this book as part of the blog tour. My review is still my own opinion and honest, and I have not been asked or paid to say nice things about it.) Apart from that snippet I didn’t know too much more about the book, so I think it’s understandable I was excited to see the completed product.

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Reticulum by Marta Salek – Interview and Giveaway

I recently got the chance to read and review (coming tomorrow) a debut novel by Australian author Marta Salek. It is a New Adult Fantasy novel to be released in a few days (25th) by Zharmae Publishing Press. I really enjoyed the book and found it to be very imaginative. This interview and giveaway was run by Danielle at Coffee and Characters! Update: You can now buy the book here!Reticulum by Marta Salek Front Cover

Here’s a little synopsis:

Matthew’s life has one focus: magic. Pleasure, for him, is achieving the unachievable, learning that which has never been understood before. The Reticulum is a dream come true—a magic that promises him everything. With it whispering in his mind, what other companion does he need?

Andrea is determined to take on the world and her talent is such that she might just succeed. But an apprenticeship with an unscrupulous wizard shatters her self-confidence, leaving her friendless and alone.

When the two meet, they learn that isolation is not inevitable, after all. That being able to break the laws of the universe means little if there’s no one to break them for. That when you allow yourself to need, and trust, and love, you can take on anything.

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