Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sword of Destiny

Sword of Destiny

Cover of book Sword of Destiny
Authors: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher (#2)
Categories: Fiction » Fantasy

I lucked across this on Scribd. I enjoyed it, though admittedly not as much as the first. Some of the magic seemed to have gone. If the first book was about how Geralt’s destiny became locked with Yennefer’s, this one is most certainly about how his destiny is locked with Ciri’s. I enjoyed learning more of the Witcher lore.

Again- this novel is told in series of short stories. I think it was much more disjointed then the first, but I also suspect some of it has to do with the translator. The version I read of this was not translated by the same person as the version I read of The Last Wish.

There were times when it became confusing whether Geralt was having a flashback or possibly a hallucination, and then all at once you were back in the present. Additionally, I wish I had a timeline for this book in relation to the last book. Or just a timeline in general. There’s a brief reference to The Little Mermaid in this story, but otherwise most of the classic fairy tale references had disappeared, and I sort of missed them. This was a book with purpose.

All the classic Witcher elements are there. The signs, potions, elixirs and general monster fighting. This was a journey of self discovery for Geralt, and it lagged at times. Mostly I had trouble putting it down though, and enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to the next book (Blood of Elves I think?). I believe it is supposed to be a full length novel.

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Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves

Cover of book Blood of Elves
Authors: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher (#3)
Categories: Fiction » Fantasy

This was book 3 out of the Witcher series – what really attracted me to the book and continued to keep me interested is the fact that there is no “boring moment” and the story line continues to excite me as a reader with more events and surprises that continue to come up.
I haven’t played the video game perhaps i will play it once I am done with the entire series.
I would personally recommend this book to everyone who is looking for something interesting thats far from reality and full of surprises with a good story line.
personally one of my favorite series
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This one has considerably longer patches of missing action and more political intrigue. But the relationships between Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri definitely make up for it and make it a pleasure to read. Theres a fair bit of foreshadowing and the feeling of impending doom in the story and I’m anxious to see what it will all build up to.

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Cover of book The Dark Tower
Authors: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower (#7)
Categories: Fiction » Horror

Glad that I made it right through this series and as a whole it’s been well worth reading and I feel a real sense of achievement at having got to the end !
Not up there with Stephen King’s best (which for me are The Stand and 22.11.63) but close behind those. Did enjoy this particular book but felt a bit let down by the endings of some of the key characters and what happened at the very end (although SK does warn that you can just stop early and leave it to your imagination as to what happens to Roland, so maybe I should have done that – fairly impossible after reading thousands of pages of it though !). It was a great story overall but I did feel that the author was almost pushing the boundaries to see what he could get away with at some points, especially when he has himself as a character and real life events in his life as part of what happens. The “baddies” in this book (Mordred and the Crimson King) were also a bit of a damp squib in the end after getting such a big build-up throughout the series. I’ll finish there as don’t want to give away any more spoilers !

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The Gunslinger

 

The Gunslinger

Cover of book The Gunslinger
Authors: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower (#1)
Categories: Fiction » Horror

The Gunslinger is unlike anything I have ever read. Upon reading The Gunslinger, I really did not know what The Dark Tower series was about, and the first installment to The Dark Tower series really gives you an idea of who the Gunslinger is, how he sets out on this journey, and finally, what his mission is.

I really enjoyed several parts in this book. I’ve seen a lot of negative criticism about The Gunslinger, and quite honestly, I’m the type to give a book a chance and not let anyone else’s feelings about a novel sway my judgment. I’m glad I read it, and now…I think its safe to say, I’m officially a Constant Reader. 🙂

The biggest, and really only criticism I have is, some of the scenes (and I won’t describe them because its 2 a.m., I just finished reading it, and I probably should go to bed now, and I don’t want to spoil anything for a future reader) aren’t clear. I’m a visual person when I read, and I like to imagine the story in my head. There were a few parts where I couldn’t really understand what was going on, and couldn’t get a visual in my head. I had to either re-read the passage, or I would just move on. Oh well…maybe I’m the only one who had that happen?

Now for praise! I’m a Texan, and I’m not a big western fan, but I do occasionally like movies or old westerns on television. Maybe it has to do with me being a Texan…maybe not. The Gunslinger brings you into a world, unlike anything I’ve witnessed in my life, and it was an interesting journey. This novel sets up the framework for The Gunslinger’s long journey ahead. The very end has you wanting to read the next installment right way, The Drawing of the Three.

I really like The Gunslinger, by the way. He reminds me of Clint Eastwood, or at least, that is who I picture Roland aka The Gunslinger being. Heh, heh…maybe that’s just me again? He’s an interesting character, and I am highly anticipating continuing on his journey to the Dark Tower with him. 🙂

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The Drawing of the Three

The Drawing of the Three

Authors: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower (#2)
Categories: Fiction » Horror

So very different than the first entry in the series, but in no way is that a bad thing. I’ll admit, the writing is indeed much improved (though I still loved the revised edition of The Gunslinger) and most of the story takes place in our world, in New York. Generally, this plot direction would be completely and totally unappealing to me but with Stephen King at the helm, it’s uniquely compelling. I feel like such an idiot for not having giving Stephen King the rightful reading time that he clearly deserves but better late than never. Now, I feel an obligation to read his classics: The Stand, It, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, and so many more it boggles the mind. Great read, very excited for The Wasteland
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Incredibly involving, very-well written, still confusing as hell but a much more rounded and, overall, better story than ‘The Gunslinger’. I adore the atmosphere of these novels and the setting and characters are all so weird it seems to give the story an almost Samuel Beckett Absurdist feel. This is certainly one of the most unique and imaginative stories I’ve come across. I will be writing a full review for Fantasy Faction that will be published here afterwards.

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Stock Trading for Beginners

Stock Trading for Beginners

Cover of book Stock Trading for Beginners
Authors: Mona Roderick
Categories: Nonfiction

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