Enter into a richly spun world where the powers are flipped.
Anne Bishop introduces readers to a rich and lavishly built hierarchical system in this first novel of the Black Jewels Trilogy. The unique caste system makes this book interesting; rank and power make all the difference in determining how the characters interact. The book begins by introducing us to the main characters Saetan, Daemon, and Lucivar. The Realms have been awaiting the next woman in power called Witch, the highest ranked Queen. Shes born from the different dreamers and not all the dreamers have been human. The book is written from an omniscient POV; there are many characters with various agendas. Some are just trying to survive, some are trying to make a difference, and some are trying to conquer. This book can be intense and controversial. The author doesnt shy away from illustrating that abuse happens. You either love the book or hate it. I re-read this series every year.
Okay fellow booklovers, listen up because this book is an incredible, wild ride from start to finish! From giant, metal dragons, to an amazing and unconventional love story, this book is a roller coaster of emotion with new levels of family dysfunction that I didn't even know were possible. Havemercy will throw you every plot twist imaginable and if you have a thing for Science Fiction novels, I highly suggest this gem right here!
Fighting against a deadline and 6 necromancers on Halloween night.
Find the word of Kemmler, she said. Finding lost items is a simple enough request for Chicagos resident Wizard Harry Dresden. However, this isnt a request; this is blackmail. Mavera, a black court vampire, has incriminating photos of Karrin Murphy, head of Chicagos police force Special Investigations department. The request must be filled by the following night or the photos of Chicagos finest will be released to the public. Dresden will require the aid of his shaggy gray-haired mountain of a dog, Mouse, and the polka-loving Medical examiner Dr. Waldo Butters. To make matters worse, six of Kemmlers disciples are in town and each claim they are the true heir to the knowledge. Unfortunately, Halloween is upon us, the one night of the year when the spirit world can cross into our world. But why does that matter you ask? Each of Kemmlers disciples is a necromancer with skills and powers to rival Harry. Will Harry Dresden survive to fulfill this simple request? Youll have to pick up a copy of Jim Butchers book Dead Beat to find out.
This book introduces you to characters you will never forget. Fredrik Backman is a master of making you cry, laugh, and cry again - on the same page. Even if you don't like hockey at all, and can't stand sports, this book will make you care. It can be terribly hard and heavy to read sometimes, but that's why it's great. Don't forget to have the sequel, Us Against You, ready when you finish this book. You won't want to wait a second to dive back into this world.
So much happens in this title, and you really start to realize what the whole series is about. After reading this, the first two simply feel like a long set up for when the series really picks up. An Ember in the Ashes introduced us to a cruel and corrupt world ruled by the Martials, A Torch Against the Night then shows us the more spiritual and mystical part of Sabaa Tahirs world, but A Reaper At the Gates finally gives us the fear of the pieces to finally reveal to us what the series is all about. I have to admit, I wasnt expecting the series to go in the direction it did. When I read AEITA I thought it was going to be a simpler story of a revolution against a corrupt Empire under the leadership of Laia and the help of Elias, but then ATATN fame out and took a much different path than what I expected. The magic and the mysticism became much more prominent, and for some reason, it made me start to like the series a little less. Id say that ARATG changes that and makes me fall in love with these books all over again. One thing thats stayed constant is the fact that I think the Commandant is easily one of the top villains Ive read or watched in my life, somehow she gets worse and worse in each book. Sabaa Tahir writes a world in such a beautiful way and does such a great job of creating complex and interesting characters, and Id feel her writing has matured so well as the series has gone on. It somehow has gotten even more serious and dark, but I can tell its gotten better from when the 1st book came out. Its a shame that more people wont read this series because its YA/Teen, but seriously, its a great series despite that, and it doesnt even read like a teen book; the only thing that makes it fall under the category is the fact that the main characters are teenagers. Overall, what an amazing book, I was until 5 am to finish it, now I seriously cant wait for the next title to release!
If you're reading this, chances are that you've been waiting with less and less patience over the last *ahem* few YEARS for Jim Butcher to put out the 16th book in his bestselling Dresden Files series and you're looking for something to tide you over until then. Well, you can stop reading this and buy the book right now, because this will definitely help sate your addiction for now. Or don't stop, this is kind of a review, after all. Butcher has written quite a few short stories over the course of his career, but a lot of them have been spread over numerous anthologies and omnibuses, so having so many gathered here is pretty nice. Plus, he's got a few in here that we haven't read yet. We go on some adventures with River Shoulders, Justine, Marcone, Molly, Luccio, and Harry himself. Butcher's sense of humor is in full effect in these stories and they're great fun to read. It's wonderful to be back in Harry's world, even if the stories are all really short. If you're a fan of the series, definitely pick this one up!
There are always exceptions. They are what make you exceptional.
The Story of Diva and Flea is a sweet chapter book about a small dog and a large cat who come from very different backgrounds but become fast friends nonetheless. Diva, the dog, and her human act as guardian of a small apartment building in Paris, France. She yelps and runs away from anything strange or unexpected, and she never leaves the courtyard of the apartment building. She is extremely happy. Flea, the cat, is a flaneur who roams Paris looking for adventure and new places and people and food. He is extremely happy. They meet, become friends, and each finds joy in the other one's lifestyle. I read this out loud to my mom, and I ended up softly crying at the end because of how lovely and remarkable a story it is. I highly recommend for all ages.
For years, Marvel built a cottage industry with their mutants meeting their own dark futures. But the best version of the said plot actually came in this series, written by Peter David and drawn by the legendary George Perez. The tale takes Hulk - currently a composite being with Banner's mind and Hulk's strength - decades into the future where the world is a Mad Max-style wasteland ruled over by a maniacal ruler named The Maestro. The Hulk is the only being in the history of the world with a chance at stopping The Maestro's diabolic rule. Why? Because The Maestro is the Hulk himself! Things only get wilder from there in one of the best story arcs ever seen with the Hulk.
It's hard to find a book that is actually scary. This delivers a chill with an old-school feeling of a low budget film watched in secret in your childhood. It has a sort of nightmarish fervor to it that is largely due to its very simple idea. The writing invokes a desperate melancholy that is, as far as I've read, unique to Malerman. If you like horror, do yourself a favor and pick up this book!
This is a rollicking, funny story that pokes fun at the traditional male power trip that tends to define fantasy fiction. Normally I'm not one for funny books, but this delivered on every clich plot point that's ever made me cringe. It also features a surprising, but welcome LGBTQ relationship, which I thought was adorable. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Just as fun to read as the podcast is to listen to.
Dungeons and dragons, three hilarious brothers and their father, and comic books, what more can I ask for? This is the graphic novel adaptation of the first chunk of the adventure zone podcast and it is just as fun to read as the podcast is to listen to. The adventurers begin their long and winding journey on the hunt for a lost mine and battle some gerblins on the way. with a little help from their dungeon master they are going to pass (or not), all of the skill checks and have a great adventure!
Written beautifully and peppered with gorgeous illustrations
It was an absolute adventure to read this, it all starts with bluebear waking up in a walnut shell in the churning ocean. He goes on to sail with miniature pirates, become a famed actor of a deserted island, create the best pizza in zamonia, and defeat the dreaded zamonium, captain of the dreaded molech sailing ship and much much more. The fun never ends and it's written beautifully and peppered with gorgeous illustrations that bring the story to life.
Heart-wrenching coming of age tale & tribute to a music icon
Michael Imperioli, famous for his portrayal as Christopher Moltisanti in "The Sopranos", makes his literary debut with the coming of age tale "The Perfume Burned His Eyes". It centers on teenage Matthew as he makes the adjustment of moving with his troubled mother from his hard-knock neighborhood in Queens to the lavish high rises of Manhattan, in the early 70s. Along the way, he falls in love with an eccentric classmate and finds an unlikely mentor in (a fictionalized) Lou Reed. A vivid rendering of 70s NYC becomes the setting for Matthew's difficult passage into adulthood. An equal tribute to the pains of adolescence and Lou Reed himself, "The Perfume Burned His Eyes" is a breathtaking testament to the struggles of growing up and the power of mentors in life, however unorthodox they may be.
A YA novel with more twists and turns than Stephen King
Ed Kennedy is a 20 something-year-old cab driver, just coasting through life. Until he stops a bank robbery. Now he's marked as a hero and someone is giving him more do good missions. But who's behind the missions and why have they picked Ed? This is my favorite book. I have read it at least 10 times and each time I find something new. It starts out as a normal story about a young man living his life, then it's turned upside down with the arrival of each mission. The story is engaging, uplifting and sometimes scary, and people of all ages will find something to love in Ed's journey. And everyone will love the coffee-loving dog, The Doorman.
Swati Avasthi has succeeded in doing what many before have failed to do - she has written a novel about the aftermath of domestic abuse that actually gets it right. Rather than falling into the horrible after-school special territory or fabricating a phony happy ending, Avasthi looks head-on at the reality of a boy becoming a man in the shadow of an abusive father. She unflinchingly and unapologetically dives into the emotions, through relatable and lovable characters.
Alright, so I missed the launch special in May, but when PBS's "The Great American Read: The Book of Books" graced our shelves, I had to give it a look-see: pictures of first editions, you say? What *do* those look like...and then twenty minutes later, I found myself looking up illustrated editions of Moby Dick because if I'm committing to months at sea, I may as well choose a worthy vessel (loving Rockwell Kent btw). "The Book of Books" is an excellent companion for the series: overviews of historical context, biographies of the authors, and lots of glossy, detailed pictures of first and special editions. The vote for the favorite of the 100 contenders is beside the point; this book entices you to love every one of them. And many have been loved by so many for so long, the possibilities are endless for your preferred reading experience. And so, I join Ishmael on his adventure...
Mind-blowing psycho-history for curious Westworld fans!
Name-checked in Westworld Season 1 as the basis for robot self-awareness, Julian Jaynes' book poses a wild and radical theory of human development: That, up until the era of the Iliad, humanity was not what we now consider conscious. Rather, the subconscious thought processes that served as a precursor to our own interior voices manifested as seemingly-divine instructions, compelling humans to organize and civilize. This theory has wide-reaching and radical implications for every field from linguistics to comparative religion. This book is an utterly fascinating page-turner, destined to turn the reader's mind inside out.
The Lost Books of the Bible has many books that are not in the canon. These books are great for any study on the canon or creation of the canon. While this book does not include the Didache, it does include more apocryphal books than are usually found in a comparable book. I have recommended this book to others that are studying apocryphal books, as well as, others who are curious about what people of the 3rd-5th century CE might have been reading as their bible.
This first volume of the Prince of Nothing series introduces our heroes - a humble sorcerer-spy and the savvy, world-curious harlot who becomes the love of his life. We meet the ultra-conditioned monk from an ancient order and the murderous plainsman who is immediately wise to his tricks. I can only marvel at R. Scott Bakker's vivid and descriptive prose. He has a knack for illustrating landscapes - both inner and outer - throughout this sprawling and epic tale of holy war. The cosmology is darker than you would expect, as is his assessment of the human soul. He sent me to the dictionary more times than I care to admit. The Darkness That Comes Before is not for everyone... but if you could use a wicked fantasy trilogy to tide you over in anticipation of the next George R.R. Martin novel, you could do much, much worse.
by McNamara, Michelle/ Flynn, Gillian (INT)/ Oswalt, Patton (AFT)
A great read for any true crime buff
I have been a true crime fan since I can remember. From the books, newspapers, and magazines at my local library, to the documentary tv shows like Snapped and 20/20, to the hours pouring over true crime forums online, I have spent a lot of time learning about crimes and the people who commit them. This book was absolutely fascinating. A book so filled with the true crime obsession I was so familiar with. A person, like me, just interested enough to go out and try to find something new. Michelle McNamara is a voice for all of us who have spent hours trying to solve the seemingly unsolvable. Beyond that, it is a great read. The story flows beautifully between actual events of the Golden State Killer and McNamara's research. If you are a true crime buff like I am, I simply cannot recommend this book enough.