Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Geekcultured 2015 Giveaway!

High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined.
When a little girl clad in gothic Lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra “Magical” from her corpselike lips, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos.
Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl? To make matters worse, the magical girl’s victims reanimate and join her killer rampage as minions. Is there no way out of school for hapless Kii Kogami? And even if he escapes, what will be left of the world outside?-Seven Seas Entertainment 

Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.
The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive? on Slayers by C.J. Hill 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Review of Philistine by Steven Shrewsbury

The Philistines, a mysterious warrior people known now for mainly one man: Goliath. The giant. 

Goliath. A name grander than even the man himself. You've heard of his infamous end at the hands of a shepherd as written in a famous book, but what of the life of the man himself? What book tells his tale? 

A warrior among warriors, a son of a god, a living legend. Goliath, the warrior champion of the Philistines. On the battlefield, he runs like a horse, wields killing instruments no normal man may heft, and revels in the fear his presence evokes. Off the field, his will is immutable, his trust invaluable, and his appetites unbearable. Goliath. This man knows no challenge. 

But such a reputation will not discourage all men. Scheming rulers and generals, prophetic priests and powerful cults, dauntless warriors looking to make their own legend. Monsters. Gods. For one seemingly unkillable, at the very least, these things can ruin an otherwise pleasant day. 

Along with his shield bearer, Abimelech, and soldiers more in awe than they are useful, Goliath will set out on missions for kings, face foul magic users, and walk in the shadows of mysterious halls. History tells us Goliath died at the hands of an Israelite. Goliath may have something to say about that.
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Recommended: Yes.

                                About Philistine
Recommended Ages: 17 and Up
Paperback: 488 pgs.
Published: January 21st 2014 by Seventh Star Press
 For This Review:  *Paperback Book Copy Provided by Publisher for Review Purposes*

My Music Playlist while reading Philistine

ハカイヨノユメ by Ling Tosite Sigure
Tremolo + A by Ling Tosite Sigure
seacret cm by Ling Tosite Sigure
Dramatic Slow Motion by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

Musician Biography
About Ling Tosite Sigure and TK: A rock band from Japan. The music style of the band is pretty hard to measure. Nonetheless, the rock, the band produces deserves acolytes in the Rock genre. TK of the band Ling Tosite Sigure, on the other hand, produces solo music without the band that has its own style. Still quite different than that of the band's. The only problem is, it is hard to pin down. Almost like a mashup of genres with Rock at its core, all with this unbelievable lovely delicate singing/restrained screamo. 

What to say, what to say about Philistine? Well. Let it be known that I really admire Steven Shrewsbury's writing style. A style I first came across in reading Thrall and later Overkill. One thing. Philistine is set up as something not like anything seen in those two books. It's a book that is more like an Epic. Epic Fantasy. Due to that, the very first thing you have to conquer is the amount of time it will take to complete a book such as this. Yet, eh, that for me is not the problem. To me big books or tomes do not prove daunting. The only thing is quickly enough I became aware this was not going to be like any other Steven Shrewsbury book I had ever read. 

The story pace to me proved rather slow and not in a good way. Primarily because the introduction of Goliath, our main character, was sort of like an introduction of meeting Gorias La Gaul from Thrall and Overkill. Needless to say, the characterization for Goliath was much too close to that of Gorias, for my liking. If that wasn't bad enough some of the universe's history and present cultures could be a bit confusing. Names thrown around like Ba'al Zebul, Sanrevelle, and Beth-horon proved vastly confusing to me. I'm sure this would not be an issue if I knew more of this type of mythology. 

Yet, for readers who might not be remotely interested in mythology I'm sure they would be even more lost than me.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The new book review format

  • Book story overview
  • About the book + my music playlist while reading (my thoughts on the book)
  • About the Author
That should be the basic setup. As I write I will work the playlist mention into my review. Once I introduce the playlist I'll, of course, work a small bio into the music playlist on the musicians. 

Other than that, good news, I'm well into page 438 out of 488 pages of Philistine by Steven Shrewsbury. And I'm still wondering why I cannot get my mind to concentrate enough to hurry up and finish the book. Reading? What can you do? 


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