Audio Thursday 15th of December

Another Thursday and another week closer to Christmas :D. And surprisingly, I haven’t heard “Last Christmas” playing yet… strange. No matter, it will be going through my head now anyway.

But I was going to write a bit about my last audio finds – the books from Playster and the BBC dramas I’ll be listening to soon.

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – DNF at ~40%

a-natural-history-of-dragonsI really hoped this one will be good, or interesting or maybe exciting, but the truth is it wasn’t. The idea was great – memoirs of a woman learning about dragons, tracking them, documenting her story. But I have few issues with this book. Continue reading “Audio Thursday 15th of December”

Child’s dream of flying

sun-dragons-songSun Dragon’s Song #1 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-half-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

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I received this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads blurb:

More than anything, young Ho Yi wishes to become a Sun Dragon Rider, the courageous human guardians of the magnificent beasts that roam the sky and keep watch over the land. But confined to crutches, bullies giving him a hard time, and his parents being away at war, Yo Hi is up against almost impossible odds! Can he still keep hope alive, while suffering in his tiny village, to become the valiant hero only he feels he’s destined to become?

This is just a beginning of a story and it felt more like a prologue, a fast introduction to the world and some characters, but it all felt a bit vague and even chaotic.

What did I like?

  • Dragons that looked like these mythical Chinese ones, plus they were apparently eating some kind of crystals – a cool idea.
  • At some point there was a mentioning of a song that supposed to carry magic, I’d love to read more about it because it was very vague.
  • The setting – I like stories set in Asian-like setting, add to that a bit of magic or fantastic creatures and I’m in.

Continue reading “Child’s dream of flying”

Interview with Michael R. Miller

Michael R. MillerOh gosh, it took me a while to get this interview ready, but thanks to Michael’s patience here it is!

I know I went in a different direction you’ve expected with my questions, but I hope it wasn’t much of a bother :).

You’re from Scotland, right? (I bet you have this amazing Scottish accent…). Did the local folklore and legends influence your writing?

Amazing accent to some, incomprehensible to others! Yes, I am Scottish. I grew up on the west coast by the sea with a mountain island across the water. I was spoiled for scenery. Scotland has influenced my writing, especially the history and the landscape. Although in saying that a lot of Scotland’s history is wrapped up in myth or legend or romanticised history. I do hope one day to write some historical fiction based on some of my favourites periods. Continue reading “Interview with Michael R. Miller”

Dragons and amazing world building

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the PastBentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past (Bentwhistle the Dragon #1) by Paul Cude

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

Goodreads blurb

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Part is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past?

The book starts with a perfect introduction, which is actually a short story happening sometime in the past, when humans weren’t so advanced and when dragons tried to help them and control their own. The not-so-short chapter is a perfect mix of magic, mystery, and action. I wish the whole book was like that. Continue reading “Dragons and amazing world building”