18 January, 2016

Review - Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson [and Update]

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

So I've been quiet of late and there are a number of reasons for that. First, I tend to be lazy in general, so that's not gonna help anything. Second, we just had a baby in November, which was preceded by buying and moving into a new house in October and followed by a change of jobs (really firms, same job) in December. I'm worn out to say the least.

I've found, and this is usually around 2-4 a.m. holding a screaming child who is so tired she refuses to sleep (which of course makes perfect sense), that I can't really handle a really complicated novel at the moment. I need something light, fast, and 100% fun. I've found a couple that hit the nail on that head and Steelheart is one of those.

Steelheart was a blast from the very first page. It's hard to draw someone in that quickly and Sanderson does it here. That opening scene is great and the whole concept behind superpowers being used solely for evil is just brilliant. The Reckoners has a great start and I can't wait to keep reading to see how this pans out. I'm already so invested in these characters, I don't even really know how that happened.

4 out of 5 Stars (highly recommended)

P.s. Yes, I'm leaving you with this short, crappy review. But no fear, there will be more short, crappy reviews to come (as if "crappy" only describes these types of reviews).

21 October, 2015

Giveaway Winner - The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson (creator of Game of Throne's Dothraki language)

I'm sorry my posts have been so sporadic of late. I had 4 hearings scheduled this week alone coupled with your usual client emergencies and the pile of work my boss gives me. I'm barely hanging on here.

However, I do owe a giveaway winner for our latest giveaway. Plus, expect another giveaway coming up soon.

This looks like such a great book, I'm glad someone will get their hands on it shortly. From the creator of the Dothraki language from the hit HBO television series, Game of Thrones, David J. Peterson takes us into what it takes to invent a language.

Our winner of a single copy of The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson is:

Bridget from Milford, OH

Thanks to all who participated, I've emailed the winner. As I mentioned, there will be another giveaway later this week.

30 September, 2015

Giveaway - The Art of Language Invention: From Horselords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind Worldbuilding by David J. Peterson (Creator of the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones)

I've got a great giveaway for one copy of David J. Peterson's new book, The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building. As you well know, and not just because of the title to this post, Peterson is the genius behind the Dothraki language in the Game of Thrones television show. 

As the publicity rep explains:
In THE ART OF LANGUAGE INVENTION, master language creator David J. Peterson lays out a creative, highly accessible guide to language construction for science-fiction and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. A perfect entry point into an art form as old as civilization, THE ART OF LANGUAGE INVENTION is a wild linguistic adventure that will have readers ready to rub shoulders with horse lords and dark elves and perhaps inspire them to create their own languages.
Here's how to enter:
1) Send an email with your name and physical address to onlythebestsff@[replace this]gmail.com.
2) Please provide the following in the subject line: "hetay artay ofay anguageay inventionay"
3) This is US only. *ducks rotten fruit*
4) Snark always helps your chances of winning future giveaways. As if you even can...
5) Remember, only one person wins, I wish I had more!

16 September, 2015

(audiobook) Review - Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton

I finally took the plunge and Jurassic Park far exceeded all my expectations. I also learned I had pretty low expectations, but I had a great time with this classic that spurred one of my favorite movies as a kid. BTW, anyone else root for the dinosaurs? It makes the movie way less scary, let me tell you.

Here's my review on SFFAudio.com and here's a snippet:

So this book was published in 1990 and this book had maybe a total of 15 to 20 people at risk, not counting the rest of the world that could potentially be at risk by dinosaurs escaping. We’re talking people you’re honestly worried about dying or not throughout the book.
Jump to 2015, Jurassic World, and we’ve got an entire park open with thousands and thousands of people at risk. Does that say something about how our society’s penchant for destruction?