Posts Tagged With: Best Books

Samhain | 08 – 10 | The Best, The Worst, The Overrated

The Best, The Worst, The Overrated from Lughnasadh to Samhain!

The Best:

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  • The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis: A great book on responsible and irresponsible consumerism, where it leads, and what can we do about it. Because we absolutely can, and it doesn’t mean you may not buy the thing you want but don’t need per say.
    Nonfiction | Review
  • The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles: A book that reminded me how great the adventure genre is. My next year’s goal is to find more adventure books.
    Adventure | Review
  • Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky: A book on what happens after the great evil is vanquished, the same one for which many nations united and tossed their lot into same kettle. What happens when you need to divide things back up, and go home?
    High Fantasy | Review
  • The Borgias by G.J. Meyer: A great book on a very prominent family. How did they came to be what they are, what made their name so notorious and known, and how it all went down. Reminded me of teenage years where I’d seek out information on this family on my own. Or the good old Assassin’s Creed games with Ezio.
    History | Review
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: An unbelievable net cast over a whole world, a very complex, but superbly interesting high fantasy. It’s colossal and amazing.
    High Fantasy | Review
  • American Kingpin by Nick Bilton: A very fine book on Dark Web and the most notorious market place in it, the Silkroad. And the man who created it.
    Nonfiction | Review
  • Dead Jack by James Aquilone: James Aquilone was a discovery for me, and I will sure read more of their books. Dead Jack was a great dark humor book, just the way I like my dead rotting skeleton private eyes.
    Dark Humor | Review

The Worst:

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  • The Last Hellfighter by Thomas S. Flowers: A poor retelling of Dracula. Dull and uneventful.
    Horror | Review
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: A world where vampires rule, where vampirism gift has mutated to create more mindless monsters than actual vampires, and where humans are like cattle. But cattle with hope and dreams of utopia, one ruled by co… by humans.
    Vampires | Review
  • Midnight in a Perfect World by Ambrose Ibsen: A tale of a Lovecraftian thing handing humans a recipe for a drug that makes them fall into its world, where it can build a ladder out of its prison. Humans are great mortar in the hands of the gods. Poorly executed idea.
    Horror | Review
  • The Mark by Lee Mountford: Another great poorly written tale of a… Well, that’s the best part, so I won’t spoil. But in general, the book is full of unnatural dialogues, strange shortage of logic, and very one-way plot.
    Horror | Review

The Overrated:

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  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch: It’s hard for me to accept this is an actual demon attack, where a child clearly is fighting to supress memories of actual assaults, molestation, and now, as a teenager, snorts cocaine all the time. She’s messed up, by human beings. What was the demon for even?
    Horror; Mystery | Review
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Lughnasadh | 05][07 | Best and Worst

From Beltane to Lughnasadh, the best, the worst, and the overrated!

05 – 07

The Best:

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  • Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko: A masterful book too big to describe, to review. If you’ve ever read Labyrinths of Echo by Max Fray, this is kinda like that, but even more. It’s very interesting, and very complex in the very best way.
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  • Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: I have no doubt these books will be, if they’re not yet, classics of the genre. It’s an amazing, dark detective, full of plots, characters, and a core line. It is dark though, like really dark.
    [review]
  • Heroes by Stephen Fry: You can’t go wrong with Stephen Fry. This book wittily retells the tales of heroes and how they, so to speak, cleaned the world of the ancient monsters, and made way for, well, us.
    [review]
  • The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles: Oh how I missed adventure! The swords classing in the night! Shots fired in the dark! Frantic horse rides through thick forests! A marvelous book I will so absolutely read again.
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  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer: I have no idea how Marissa Meyer is so good at writing villains, but she is, and it’s wow, it’s just wow.
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  • Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky: A.T. is now one of my favorite authors. This book reminded me how much I love the classical high fantasy. I think it might be good to battle reading slum too, if the size doesn’t intimidate you during those nasty dark days.
    [review]

The Worst:

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  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter: I’ve no clue how one can mess up such plump tale as that of Jack the Ripper, but here it is.
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  • The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry: This book made me realize I don’t like spy stories. A book mostly about nothing.
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  • The Last Hellfighter by Thomas S. Flowers: Much like Ripper, this book had a dusting of a fatty tale it merely took a dusting from, the Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But author chose the safe way. Vampires and “safe way” don’t mix well.
    [review]

The Overrated:

  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia: I expected so much. And it had so much potential. Instead it’s a dry choking hazard. But, not gonna lie, I’m kinda curious if the next one could be better.
    [review]
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The Best : 2019

I intend to write one entry on worst, and one on best during every month of the pagan calendar fest that marks, say, a start or peak or end of a season. This month we had Imbolc, so here goes what best and worst we had before February struck:

  1. “Reign of the Fallen” by Sarah Glenn March: A very unique story that will appeal to those who love stories like “Shades of Magic” by Schwab. For this too has strong, well written characters, uncompromising love without sacrifices, a whole system of strange and dangerous magic, and winds of future adventures. It was beautiful. And if that’s not enough, the fact it’s very LGBT+ supportive, with freedom of sexuality, should very much be a bonus.
    Goodreads | My Review
  2. “Armistice” by Lara Elena Donnelly: Again, a very unique story. This one got no magic, but if you like 20s, sense of war, spies, intrigues, cabaret, clouds of smoke and seductive characters of any race, gender, sexuality, then this is very much for you. Both books are a bit heavy, but both are very worth the time you’ll spend on them.
    Goodreads | My Review
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