Genre: Adventure

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Before I go into details, I do want to say that I think Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books I’m going to have to re-read in hard copy.  While the audiobook narration wasn’t strictly bad on this one, the voices didn’t really fit the characters in my head, and it wasn’t working for me the way I thought it could. I really enjoy this obscure little subgenre of “humorous fantasy books written by western European authors”.  Derek Landy’s style falls comfortably in with Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Addams, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett.  Also Christopher Moore (American).  Skulduggery Pleasant was a […]

Posted July 3, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really, really dislike the feeling of: “Oh thank goodness, this is over” when I’m reading a book, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that was the way I felt after completing this trilogy.  For a series so renowned and beloved, The Lord of the Rings is incredibly boring… and honestly?  The Return of the King is the worst culprit of them all. Why? The Return of the King has the greatest potential for excitement, but the least delivery of the trilogy.  There are so many cool things that are happening here, but the parts I found I […]

Posted May 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Pirate Queen:  The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

So on the one hand, I appreciate the existence of this book because Grace O’Malley is super cool and her story isn’t widely shared. On the other hand, I’m still not 100% on board with how it was done here. There’s not a whole lot of definitive fact out there about Grace – and this is my historian showing through.  It’s not like we have her letters or a private journal or anything like that to lean on.  Rather, Grace is one of those figures who has become renown through stories and legends  There are some very basic facts we […]

Posted May 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein

What to say about a timeless fantasy? I actually reviewed The Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years ago, so I want to keep this brief and concise. My review in 2017 covered a lot of my technical concerns, so if you’d like to read more of a breakdown of the book, I’d suggest heading to that review.  As the technicals are covered, much of this review is going to be reactionary. As I mentioned in a recent post, Lord of the Rings is a classic.  Anyone who loves fantasy should read it – doubly so if you enjoy epic fantasy. […]

Posted April 28, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

First off, I’m really glad I didn’t go into this expecting Artemis Fowl, because if I had, I would have been disappointed.  I’ve actually read a decent amount of Colfer’s work, so I’m familiar with the different types of stories he has but out.  Artemis is the best, but he is always entertaining.  And that’s still true here:  The Reluctant Assassin is entertaining. The story follows unlikely pair Riley and Chevie, one a waif from Victorian England, the other an American teen who is the product of a decommissioned FBI taskforce.  When Riley falls through a time tunnel, the pair […]

Posted April 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

It’s positively tragic that I haven’t reviewed Alice in Wonderland before now. I think it’s because Alice is a classic.  It’s not like some of the heavier classics I read – like Inferno or Gone With the Wind – that feel antiquated and need some introduction.  The beauty of children’s classics is their true timelessness.  Even period ones like The Secret Garden and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh snuggle their way into our hearts effortlessly. Alice in Wonderland is like that.  I’ve never met a person unfamiliar with Alice, even if not everyone will love her. And what do I say about this […]

Posted March 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //