Weekly Reading Review 08/12/2018

Not too much to report this week. I haven’t finished reading anything during the week. Work is taking a toll on me and I need a recharge so after this week I will be on a much needed vacation. I’m about 65% done with The Emperor’s Blades. Not sure if I’m going to keep up with this series once I finish the first novel unless I’m wowed by it before it ends. I’m about 30% done with The Long Walk and this one I am enjoying. I was hoping we would get some background on why The Long Walk was started and to what purpose. On an up note I ordered Stephen Kings upcoming novel Elevation. It comes out October 30 just in time for Halloween. That’s just around the corner. This story is a short one just around 150 pages, but I am still looking forward to it.

On the visual front I saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets this week end and while it tanked at the box office I enjoyed it. I thought it was visually stunning. I’m also on the second episode of The Expanse not sure if I’m going to stick with this one yet. And on Castlerock I am all caught up and enjoying it very much.

Thanks for listening and as always feel free to leave a comment. Hope everyone has a great week.

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Weekly Reading Update 08/05/2018

it’s hot and muggy outside. I have to mow my lawn but I am procrastinating cause it is so hot. Most of the week has been raining and we’ve had some wicked thunderstorms. All that aside I was able to finish Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston. A very good read and I’ve managed to get a review up in less than 24 hours after reading it. (Yeah me!) Also in my effort to read everything Stephen King in order of publication I am about to start on The Long Walk. Written under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. This will be my first time reading it and as always I’m very excited to read a King novel for the first time. With The Emperor’s Blade by Brian Staveley I’m about halfway thru. And while I’m eager to see how it wraps up I’m really not feeling it. I’m going to stick with it hoping the pay off is worth it. As always I welcome any thoughts or comments. Thank you and have a great week.

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Ahsoka Review

Ahsoka

By: E. K. Johnston

Length: 400 pages

Date Read: August 2018

Series: Stand Alone Star Wars novel

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Set between the events of the Clone Wars series and Rebels this novel tells what the Togruta Ahsoka Tano was doing right after leaving the Jedi Order. The Emperor has taken control of The Republic and turned it into The Empire. Order 66 has come about and most of the Jedi have been killed. Luckily Ahsoka was not around when this happen, taking into account that her former Master Anakin Skywalker has taken the Mantle of Darth Vader and helped to execute most of the Jedi. Ahsoka spends her time hiding on back water planets taking work as a mechanic to support herself. Never letting herself get attached to anyone and leaving at the first sight of Imperial presence. At the start of the novel Ahsoka leaves the planet of Thabeska where she was working for the Fardi clan for the Outer Rim moon of Raada. What she finds there is a small farming community off the Empire’s radar. But Imperials need to eat too and someone targets Raada as the perfect place to acquire the crops needed to feed the Imperial army. Ahsoka is ready to take off for her next hiding place. But against her better judgment decides to stay and help the friends shes made fight back against the Imperial forces. Her actions alert The Sixth Brother a member of the Inquisitors whose job it is to hunt down Force sensitive beings and former Jedi. Ahsoka is forced with a choice either flee and leave the people of Raada to their fate or stand up and help but also blow her cover.

My Toughts:

A very good addition to the New Canon novels. The ending of the Clone Wars left a lot of unresolved issues with the character of Ahsoka. And while we did she what happened to her when she appeared in Rebels we were still left with a lot of blank spots. This novel helps to fill in the blanks. It’s all focused on Ahsoka. She doesnt play second fiddle to any other characters like Anakin or Obi-wan though they are mention. This is Ahsoka’s story. Luke and Leia are also mentioned as are the events of Revengeof the Sith. It’s still unknown to Ahsoka that her former Master is now Darth Vader. I loved that Bail Organa also appears and plays an important part in the story. I really enjoyed it. An excellent addition to Star Wars Canon.

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Weekly Reading Update

it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, I’ve had some personal issues going on and have not really been feeling like myself lately and did not feel like it would be fair to post if my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve still been reading not at my normal speed (which wasn’t to fast to begin with). Hopefully the updates and reviews will be more forthcoming in the future. For my current reads I’m in the middle of Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston. It’s not bad filling in the gaps between the end of The Clone Wars and Rebels. Also I’m about a third of the way into The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley. This one is pretty good it’s hard for me to describe but it has Asian legend feel to it some thing that could’ve taken place during the Ming Dynasty emperors, elite warrior and monks. It’s also the first in a three book series.

On television I’m currently watching Castlerock on Hulu. I’m enjoying it very much but watching it is a little surreal since the show is shot in Orange, Massachusetts and my work has brought me to the town a few times. I was able to see the shooting locations all done up for the show. Seeing them on the screen is a real trip. Also I’ve been watching Mr. Mercedes another Stephen King Property. This one is also very good. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. Have a good weekend.

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Sunday Reading Review 05/20/2018

It’s been a while since my last Sunday Reading Review with Mother’s Day and my daughter’s First Communion I’ve been very busy and since I call this Segment Sunday Reading Review I feel that it  can’t be written any other day of the week. I’ve contemplated with renaming it Weekly Reading Review so I can write it any day of the week, but have decided not to do it for the time being. As for updates I finished reading and reviewing Paralucidity by Stephen H. Provost. I was given a ARC by Pace Press and you can read my review on my blog. I’ve also finished reading Stephen King’s The Stand. I’ve done two mini reviews so far and plan to do a final one this week.

I started reading Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and I’m 22% in.It’s mostly world building up to this point but it is well done and very interesting.

Also I saw a trailer for the new FOX series The Passage, it looked very interesting then I saw it is based on a book series. I checked it out and the first book was only $1.99.

I’ve put it on the top of my TBR list.Of all the books I’ve read this has got to be the most depressing first chapter I’ve ever read. I’ve heard both good things and bad about this book and would love to hear what your thoughts are on it.

So stay tuned for The Stand Review coming later this week. Have a good week everyone.

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Paralucidity Review

img_5153Paralucidity

By: Stephen H. Provost

Length: 286 Pages

Date Read: May 2018

Series: Book II of The Memortality Saga

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Minerva has the power to bring people back to life just by keeping their memory alive. She was able to do it to her boyfriend Raven. Lucky Raven also has the same power, which is a good thing since after her last adventure Minerva finds herself dead. Which is something they can both live with if it means they get to spend eternity together. But with their old enemy Jules after them they cannot rest. They must remain on the run while trying to figure out what it is that Jules wants. Along with the rogue agent Carson and their friend Amber, Minerva and Raven must stay one step ahead of the forces out to get them.

My Thoughts:

Last year I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy from the publisher Pace Press. So when they contacted me and asked if I would be interested in Reviewing the second book in the series I jumped at the chance. This book had all the stuff that I enjoyed in the first one. A young girl with mysterious powers, a boy who loved her and would do anything to keep her safe. A bad ass agent with a conscious and a lot of action. Now add to that a touch of paranormal, an evil Nazi scientist, a biker gang, Witness protection program and Robin Hood and his Merry Men ( yes you heard correct). Provost added to what I loved in the first book. Continuing the story of Minerva and Raven and adding in other plot lines that I quiet frankly can’t see how they will end up tying into the story of our protagonists. If I had to give any faults to the story it was how one character named Terri was able to accept that Robin Hood was really who he said he was. I feel that any real person would need more convincing if not proof that Robin (who by the way is really named Roger and hates the name Robin) is who he said he was. But other then that I’m loving this story and can’t wait to see how it all comes together at the end.

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The Stand book II mini review

Being that The Stand is such a massive book coming in at 1,000 plus pages, and being divided into three different books within one whole book I’ve decided to do a mini review after completing each part. During Book I we learn of a superflu that somehow escapes a goverment faciltity. We witness how it spreads all over the world killing 90% of the population. We come to know a small band of surviors who are immune to the virus. Out of Arnette Texas we have Stu Redman one of the first to come into contact with the diseases the world will soon come to know as Captain Tripps. He is taken to a government facility in New England to be studied to find out why he is immune. After most of the staff die off Stu is able to escape eventually coming across an old Sociology professor named Glen Bateman. They run into Frannie Goldsmith and Harold Lauder out of Maine. Larry Underwood from New York meets up with Nadine Cross and a wild child known simply as Joe. Nick Andros a deaf mute making his way out of Shoyo Arkansas. He meets up with Tom Cullen a mentally handicap man in Oklahoma. All of these characters are making their way to Hemingford Home in Nebraska to meet Mother Abagail the 108 year old woman that all of the survivors have dreamed about.
During book II the characters reach Mother Abagail. She tells them that they must make a new home in Boulder Colorado. And for a small time things seem to be moving along. Meetings are held to get a small committee in place to start running things again. But the survivors know that just the same way Mother Abagail has drawn all the good people to her, there is an opposite force in the West in Las Vegas Neveda doing the same. Randall Flagg is calling all the bad people towards him. What are his intentions and what should the people of Boulder do if anything? Also not all the people of Boulder are good. Harold Lauder consumed with jealousy over the relationship between Stu and Frannie and feeling that he has been overlooked by everyone in Boulder has a sinister plan in the works. Along with Nadine Cross who has a much bigger role to play in the fight between good and evil, they place a bomb in Nick’s house knowing a meeting will be held there. The bomb goes off with disaterous results. Leaving the residence of Boulder lost and not knowing what their next move should be.

My Thoughts:

I believe the second book in The Stand takes up the biggest chunk of the novel. The story also slows down quiet a bit. I find the way the diseases spreads throughout the world in the first book fascinating. We don’t get that in book II. Most of the characters are established and only a few secondary characters are introduced. This book talks about the main characters making thier way to Mother Abagail and from there to Boulder where they try to create a normal society again. We dont get to see to much of the antagonists that have set up camp in Las Veagas. The only one we really follow is the Trashcan Man an arsonist and a genius when it comes to weapons and explosives. We get a lot of Harold and Nadine who start to conspire against the citizens of Boulder. That part is pretty good I figured Harold is very smart and can cause a lot of damage if he sets his mind to it. I was just hoping that the consequences would not be too pricey. I could’ve done without so many commitee meetings. Of all the characters we meet since the beginning of the book, I believe my favorite is Larry Underwood. He was the most flawed. He’s become a leader and someone that the others count on but he doesn’t see how much he’s changed. He has a great amount of conflict with his feelings for Nadine and doing what is right by Lucy. At the end of Book II a group of them decide to walk into Las Vegas to confront Flagg. Frannie gets very emotional. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a special moment between Larry and Joe. Hopefully we’ll get something between them before the story comes to its conclusion.

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