Monthly summary – June ’16

At first glance, it might not feel like much, but I’m happy with that. After all, we’ve started vacation season, so rest is something we all could use.

So what did I accomplish in June?

  • Finished 10 books: 1 graphic novel, 1 short story, 2 audiobooks and 6 novels, together 2244 pages
  • My posting schedule got a bit crazy and irregular, and I’m afraid this might continue
  • I’ve started reading Witcher series again… due to way too many hours spent playing Witcher 3 (which is amazing!)

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This book broke me!

A bit of a warning – this review was written on a whim when I was still in shock after finishing the book… I’m guessing it will at least be fun to publish it like this. I’ve only added two proper gifs :D.

Kings or PawnsKings or Pawns (Steps of Power #1)  by J.J. Sherwood

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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book broke me!
Smashed my heart, took my hopes, mixed them with mud and threw into the sewers…

I don’t know what to do with myself now
I’m just gonna lie down for a while (a few days should do) and think of nothing
And don’t even tell me to go to work tomorrow, I’m in no condition to do so. I bet my doctor would sign up the sick leave, right? If not I’ll make her read the book and she’ll sign one for herself too! Continue reading “This book broke me!”

Top 5 Wednesday – Settings You Want to See More Of

imgresOooh, this is a good topic. Do you realize that most fantasy books are set in quite a similar world? Oh yes, there might be different monsters, names, views, but most of the time you’ve got the feel of old-time Europe. Why is that? Is it because that’s what we’re used to? Maybe the time had come to add some variety to the settings, culture, religions in our “fantasy” books. After all changing a name won’t get you far.

Today I’m choosing five setting that I’d wish to see more of, not by a certain book I’ve read, but rather by places and times inspired by our world that I find interesting. I wish to read fantasy or maybe science fiction novels with these types of settings. And why fantasy and sci-fi? Because I like these more :D. I might’ve read some contemporary reads and liked them, but I’ll always be faithful to fantasy. This is my genre of choice.

And if you know a book that fits some of these settings – let me know! I’d love to check it out :).

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fantasy island

Oceania, or pretty much any set of islands that is not Caribbean ;). Well, they might be similar I guess but you get my drift – plenty of islands, not that many people, maybe even a whole planet that’s just filled with islands and no bigger continents? Floating cities created over water. And pirates? Yes sure, but not a must. Usually, when you think about this type of setting you also get a story about pirates, but do they have to go together? Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday – Settings You Want to See More Of”

A curious sci-fi noir mystery

Transient CityTransient City by Al Onia

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Curious… I’ve just re-read the book blurb and it seems far more exciting than the story I’ve read. It promises you some inner struggle for the main character, something I found lacking. Anyway, I didn’t start it well. The book is enjoyable and it has some good moments.

Yes, the beginning is rather slow but all the sci-fi part is interesting and rather well crafted. Author made it easy to imagine the world in which our characters are trying to survive. It did remind me a bit of “The Heartland Trilogy” with all the flying cities and boats and cruelty of the world around. But that’s about all the similarities you’ll get. You won’t stay on Earth on this book. The mining colony you’ll visit is a rough world not only because of the environment but also the cities, the people, the constant changes. It’s because of one of these changes – a city transfer of few people and their living compartments – Victor has to switch his job from being a Witness to slowly becoming a detective. Continue reading “A curious sci-fi noir mystery”