Monday, December 26, 2011

World War Z

World War Z by Max Brooks, son of Mel brooks, is a fictional account of a Zombie outbreak across the world in the near future.  The book is presented in a series of first person interviews with survivors from the Zombie apocalypse.  The characters interviewed in the book come from all walks of life and give the story a deep sense of realism despite some of the outrageous events that take place in the book.  Once you start this book you won't want to put it down.  Give this a chance, you won't regret it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I'm back

Hey guys been gone for about a year now, had alot of life changes so I pretty much just gave up on the blogger thing to get things in order.  Well I'm back now and hope to get back to posting.  So I hope you checjk back from time to time.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kindle 3

Hey guys back in August Amazon released their newest model of their e-reader, the Kindle 3.  I was fortunate enough to get one of these shortly after their release and I just thought I'd tell you guys just how much I've been loving it.
This thing has just been amazing.  I have literally no complaints about it after two months.  The screen is great - easy to read and no glare in the sun.  The battery life is unbelievable - I just charged my kindle for the first time last week.  And best of all, owning my kindle grants me access to so many free books through the Kindle store - most of the books I've gotten for free from the Kindle store I never would have read, but have ended up enjoying.

If you've been thinking about getting an e-reader, or upgrading yours you should really check out the kindle 3; easily worth the $139.

p.s. Been kinda busy lately so I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like to, but I am fortunate enough to have Wednesday off from work so will try to sit down and read through Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (though I tend to have bad luck when I plan things on my days off <.<)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A.D. 999

As promised back in my preview of Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, I plan on reviewing a few of Christie Golden's books before the release.  The first of which I thought I would cover is, what Golden believes, to be her best work: A.D. 999.
After looking at this picture you're probably thinking to yourself, "Hey, I thought you were reviewing Golden's works!"  Well the truth is, Jardrien Bell is one of Golden's pen names used to attract a different audience to her writing.

A.D. 999 is an apocalyptic fantasy in which the prophecy foretold in the book of Revelations has come to fruition.  Satan's plans to dominate the Earth are at hand in the novel and it falls to two unlikely heroes, a crippled monk and a midwife, to save humanity.  These heroes, however, have been blessed by God with abilities that could be enough to save the world from its encroaching doom.

This is an excellent read; weaving the plot with both medieval history and bible prophecies makes for a very authentic world and engages the reader.  Golden does an absolutely wonderful job of making you care for the characters and will leave you wanting more.  The book has gained high critical acclaim over the years and even won the Colorado Author's League Top Hat Award for best genre novel in 1999.

tl;dr: A must read, go check it out.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tides of Darkness

Tides of Darkness, by Aaron Rosenberg, follows the events of the second war.  Basically a novelized version of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, this books shift perspective from the two sides of the conflict.

The Orcish Horde, now led by Orgrim Doomhammer, seeks to seize all of Azeroth in hopes of returning its people to a life of honor and prosperity.  The native inhabitants of Azeroth, however, will not roll over without a fight.  After the fall of Stormwind, Anduin Lothar, former champion of Stormwind, seeks the aid Lorderon and the other human nations - out of necessity, the human nations forge an alliance for the very survival of their race.

As the two forces vie for dominance, other native races become engaged in the conflict. After receiving aid from the Horde, Vol'jin, leader of the Darkspear trolls, allies himself with the Doomhammer, lending their might to the already imposing force.  Meanwhile, the dwarves and elves soon ally themselves with the human alliance as it soon becomes apparent that their survival hinges on the defeat of the Horde.

Tides of Darkness follows the events of The Last Guardian and Rise of the Horde, if you're interested in this book I suggest you check out those first, both of which are great reads and will add to your enjoyment of the story.  This is a fairly quick read, and worth the time if you're a fan of the Warcraft universe.  If not, however, I doubt you'll find it too compelling. Rosenberg does a good job of setting the events of Warcraft II to literature, but it feels as if he was aiming for younger audience with the book, which consequently, alienated me a bit from the story.

tl;dr decent book, check out if you love Warcraft - if not, pass.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Blog

Hey guys if you haven't already noticed I just thought I'd let you know that I've started a new blog here.  This blog has steadily been turning into a book blog so I've decided to focus it on books and reading and have a separate blog for...well, everything else.  Hope you check it out.

Also, been busy reading an awesome new book and should have a review up soon.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

Chances are you've already heard of The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, and for good reason too.  Written by Steig Larsson, this is one of the best books I've ever come across.

The book follows Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who has fallen on hard times after being framed for libel, as he sets out on a mission to solve a forty year old cold-case of a missing girl.  With the aid of a young, misunderstood genius, who holds a few authority issues: Lisbeth Salander, Blomkvist turns over stone after stone seeking answers in this fast-paced thriller where nothing is as it seems.

I'm usually not a fan of thriller books, but I absolutely loved this thriller.  Breaking the cliches and often tired plot lines of most books in this genre, Larsson defines just what a great book can be.  This is the first book in a three part series by Larsson; and while I haven't read the others yet (plan on doing so soon^^), if they're anywhere close to as good as this book, they'll be well worth a read.

tl;dr Awesome book, check it out.