Dragons Weep – Ursula K. Le Guin 1929-2018.

MacKENZIE's Dragon's Nest

“My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice.” 

… Searoad

There are writers who touch us, who teach us, who look at the world in eye-opening ways. Writers who not only reflect the world we live in but also dare to shape it into something the rest of us mere mortals had not even imagined. And when they are gone, and their voices silenced, there is a hole in the world; we are all the poorer for their passing.

For me, Ursula Le Guin was such a writer. 

The Lathe of Heaven; Left Hand of Darkness; Tales of Earthsea; The Dispossessed…In Fantasy and Science Fiction, novels, short stories…

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My Review of Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Review:

Marabel and the Book of Fate - Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it’s harder than she first thought.

 

This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who’s trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy’s has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.

 

Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

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My Review of Bronze by B.B. Shepherd

Review:

The Glister Journals: Bronze - B. B. Shepherd

Bronze by B.B. Shepherd is the first book in The Glister Journals. Allison is a high school student that has endured avoidance among her peers.

 

When I read the blurb, I had a different story in my mind. It turns out that I was wrong. This story revolves around the feelings Allison has for a local boy, David. I was hoping for more interactions with horses and a bit of excitement. The story is written beautifully, and the characters are well fleshed out, but with over 600 pages, this story became rather hard for me to finish as Allison’s feelings were overdone and repetitive. I think this story would be better suited for a younger audience than myself.

 

I received a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Winter Prize Draw – 6 ebook bundle to be won

Winter Prize Draw – 6 ebook bundle to be won

WILLIAM MEIKLE

Now that the birthday giveaway is done, I’ve taken it down off the website, and added a new one that will run from now until 28th Feb.

In this one you get a chance to win a six ebook bundle containing the following:

  • THE HOLE
  • NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO
  • THE EXILED
  • CLOCKWORK DOLLS
  • PENTACLE
  • THE JOB

ENTER HERE

It’s a simple wee form on the site, sign up for my newsletter (or tell me the email addy you’ve used to sign up there) and then tweet as many or as few times as you want (the more times, the more chance you have of winning), or follow me on Amazon, or follow the rss feed of this blog. All activities get you points, and points mean prizes!

I’m having fun with these giveaways. It gives me a wee distraction from the writing, and also keeps content rotating on the web…

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Book Haul/Spotlight: Red Nails and The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard

Book Haul/Spotlight: Red Nails and The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard

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I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found this copy on a Instagram/Facebook page I follow. Collectible Science Fiction were great to work with, fair prices, and it didn’t take forever to get my books. They have great Vintage paperbacks, you should go check them out.

 Collectible Science Fiction

https://www.instagram.com/collectiblesciencefiction/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/CollectibleScienceFiction/

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Red Nails…

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My Review of Wayward Spirits by Brian Rathbone

Review:

Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to The Dawning of Power (Godsland Series: Prequel) - Chris Snelgrove, Brian Rathbone

Wayward Spirits by Brian Rathbone is a prelude to The Dawning of Power series. Benjin and Wendel embark on a quest to Godsland after being told by a mysterious stranger that the world was in danger and needed a hero.

 

This short story started out good, but missed the mark. We meet Benjin and Wendel and we follow on their quest, but then the story stops. I thought it would be picked up in the first book, Call of the Herald, so I purchased the book to find out about Benjin and Wendel’s journey. Sadly, Call of the Herald did not give me any insight into what these characters went through on their journey.

 

You can read my review of Call of the Herald here:

 

http://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-call-of-herald.html

 

Purchased from Amazon.

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My Review of Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone

Call of the Herald - Brian Rathbone

Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone is the first book in The Dawning of Power series. Catrin, a farm girl, learns that she has powers but also realizes that she doesn’t know what to do them.

 

I bought this book because I had read the prequel, Wayward Spirits, but quickly realized that the only thing from the prequel in this book was Catrin’s father Wendel and her Uncle Benjin. It is about twenty years later than the prequel, and never answered any questions about what happened to Benjin and Wendel on their journey. I felt as though I was cheated out of a whole story. Beyond that, the story was very slow paced and there was no character development. There were a lot of mundane details of things that weren’t relevant to the story, such as how to shoe a horse and other details of living on a farm.

 

Purchased from Amazon.

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The Fylking: Omnibus Edition

F.T. McKinstry

Fylking Omnibus

War has the ears of wolves. High fantasy woven with Norse mythology, swords and sorcery.

In the worlds of their dominion they are called Fylking, lovers of strife, song and steel, an immortal race of warriors akin to the Otherworld. Their empires span the heavens; their deities, ruled by the elusive Raven God, embody the forces of war, wisdom, passion and nature. This series tells the exploits of the Fylking and their mortal observers — warriors, royals, seers, lovers, warlocks and mercenaries — generations upon generations coexisting in uneasy peace with the Gods of War.

This omnibus edition includes both books in the series, Outpost and The Wolf Lords, at a discounted price. The Fylking also has a glossary and a link to a high resolution map.

“The tone is excellent, reminiscent of some of the earliest examples of grim Norse fantasy.” – G.R. Matthews, Fantasy Faction

746 pages
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Book Haul/Spotlight – The Sowers of the Thunder by Robert E. Howard

Book Haul/Spotlight – The Sowers of the Thunder by Robert E. Howard

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I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found this book at my favorite local used book store. My all time favorite author is Robert E. Howard. Can’t wait to read these historical fiction stories. Excited to add this to my collection.

Today we have:

The Sowers of the Thunder

by Robert E. Howard – Donald M. Grant Publishers, 1973…

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My Review of A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski

Review:

A Tide of Shadows (The Chronicles of Llars) (Volume 1) - Tom Bielawski

A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski is the first book in the Chronicles of Llars series. Carym of Hyrum finds he has powers that he didn’t know he had, and embarks on a journey with his friend, Zach.

 

A Tide of Shadows has the good vs evil trope, which I love, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into this story. There were many details given, but not the details I wanted.

 

These details may be included in future books, however, I didn’t care for the flow of the story enough to read future books. With that being said, I felt it a decent enough read for passing the time.

 

Purchased on Amazon.

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