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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes was… exhausting.  This book gets a 3.93 star rating on Goodreads, which is very good for a book that people do not talk about ceaselessly and have intense fandoms for.  There was a lot of promise here, but I cannot in good conscience agree with the masses that this is an almost 4-star book. I’ll start with the good:  the worldbuilding was really cool.  If not for the worldbuilding, I would have DNF’d this novel early on.  In Snow Like Ashes, Sara Raasch has built an interesting, magical world.  The closest comparison I can come to this type […]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I expected a lot from The Fifth Season.  Not so much from this book, but from anything written by N.K. Jeminsin.  I have heard a lot about this author and the depth of her worlds.  I wanted a deep fantasy tale with characters that tempt you into their stories.  I wanted a book that teased me never to put it down.  The Fifth Season met my expectations. There is some discourse about the actual genre of The Fifth Season.  I’m going against the grain to say this feels more like science fiction than fantasy to me.  First of all, it’s dystopia, which fits snugly […]

Posted October 4, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

The Eyes of the Dragon feels like a story that belongs in the ancient histories of Midworld. That is to say… if you’ve read the Dark Tower series, King’s voice is familiar here.  He uses terms like “baronies” which I’ve never heard in other fantasy novels.  There is a Roland (our Roland Deschain’s namesake in his own world, perhaps?  Or a coincidence?) and there is a wicked court magician named “Flagg”.  And, of course, we know Flagg from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Of course, this is a different world and a different time, but there’s always that feel […]

Posted September 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

So nobody really talks about it anymore, and I don’t know any friends who have read these tales to their children, but Beatrix Potter is such a classic.  These short tidbits, written over a hundred years ago, are so familiar today.  It was such strange nostalgia going back not just to childhood favorites, but to stories I remember having read to me, and the memory of illustrated collections we used to have. I’m going to try something a bit different here, because this is a collection of very short children’s stories.  So, rather than try to summarize the collection as […]

Posted September 28, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love Magnus Chase, and usually more than they love Percy Jackson.  All of Rick Riordan’s series are greatly acclaimed, but Magnus, in particular, gets a lot of love in my circles.  Having loved Percy Jackson and known how much my friends enjoyed The Sword of Summer, I was ready to love it too. And you know, it was fine?  Entertaining enough, and the story moved along okay, but I really don’t think it is Riordan’s best work?  I know a fair amount of Norse mythology and as usual, Rick Riordan has done his […]

Posted September 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

I’m a sucker for The Great Courses because when they’re good, they’re really good.  I absolutely loved the courses on Ancient Egypt and Myths in Human History, and I felt like I learned so much from those professors.  On the other hand, I found the course on The Vikings disappointingly dull.  This… sort of reflects my experience as a history major – some things are fascinating, others are a bit tedious, and it all depends on the professor.  Therefore, my experience with The Great Courses has been hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, I find that The Late Middle Ages was closer to a “miss” for […]

Posted September 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //