Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: The Walk

The WalkThe Walk by Lee Goldberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It was short compared to what I normally read, but it packed a lot into it. While I don't think he'll win any awards for post-apocalyptic realism, it was an enjoyable read with a good ending.

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Still around, still writing.

I suppose I should post up here every now and again to say that I'm still alive, still working, still writing.  Life's been crazy the last few months. I finished up my Grandpa novel in January, wrote and quadruple-edited a couple short stores in February that I needed to submit for a contest (which I didn't win btw). Then I pretty much passed out for a month. I nearly didn't write in the month of March. Life was crazy, work shifted me to a new on-call schedule that pretty much had me working 70 hour weeks for three weeks in the month. I had just enough breathing room to kind of keep up with a little short story work, but March is basically a wash.
April hasn't been that much easier. The first couple weeks of April have been very busy, but the last week I finally managed to not be on-call, patching, or otherwise working night and day so I've been back at the laptop poking away at my 1000 words per day as best I can.
I'm currently outlining another book, which I'm feeling pretty good about.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: Wizard's First Rule

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this book rather than reading and I have to say the acting is top notch. The story and it's lush description pull you into this well thought-out world and drop you at the end thirsty for more. I can't wait for the second. Goodkind definitely has his own philosophy and does nothing to hide his viewpoints in this story. That being said I wasn't put Joffre by it in the least and thought it added a richness to the story and made the bad guys very bad and the good guys very good.

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Review: Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me

Nascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught MeNascence: 17 Stories That Failed and What They Taught Me by Tobias S. Buckell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tobias introduced this book as either a brilliant idea or self-aggrandizing. I think it is both. It gives him the ability to show some the work that made him an author today, and we get the chance to see the mistakes he made while writing them. If you are an aspiring author, fan of sci-fi, or just a fan of Tobias's work, you should find something to love in here.

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Review: Anthem

AnthemAnthem by Ayn Rand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first foray into Ayn Rand. So far not disappointed.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Review: Patriots

PatriotsPatriots by James Rawles

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So I just finished "Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley.

SPOILER! The evil government liberals did it!

You'll only survive if you're military trained, you should always start conversations with strangers by discussing the make and model of your gun and what modifications you did to it, the French and Germans are evil, oh and everyone will convert to Christianity by the end of the Second Civil War. It's inevitable.

The stilted writing and hackneyed plot reads like a primer for what gear to buy to survive when the entire government collapses and you happen to already have a pre-built bunker-house in remote Idaho.

Aside from those gripes, I found the story interesting. I enjoyed the guerrilla warfare to take back the country, and I found the amendments to the constitution quite intriguing.

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