The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1) by Guy Gavriel Kay

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I am so mad at myself right now. Guy Gavriel Kay is an author that many people in my life have recommended I read. I always put it off because I always had other books to read that seemed more interesting and so this book kept being pushed back farther and farther. That was such a mistake.

I think you can probably tell how this review is going, but just to clarify: I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. On the surface it doesn’t seem that interesting. It involves Five men and women find themselves flung into a magical land and (of course) they all have a role to play in the upcoming drama and conflict. On the surface this seems so cliche and boring. It is far from that. The writing is fantastic. Guy Gavriel Kay pulled me into each of the characters lives and inner conflicts so easily that I was concerned and sad and apprehensive as the overarching plot started to pull them all in and change their lives. Kay’s writing is basically magical. The story starts out slow but soon enough it crystallizes into something hauntingly beautiful.

Beware though, this is a FANTASY story with all the tropes and trappings that this kind of story usually entails. This is a very Tolkien style story, with a band of people from different areas and cultures working together to defeat ultimate evil. Perhaps when the book was first published in 1984 this sort of thing wasn’t totally played out. It is Kay’s writing that elevates it from Tolkien rip-off to a beautiful story of an adventure.

This is only the first book in the series (of three) and I am so excited to read further.

I actually finished this book a while ago but couldn’t find the words to articulate how much i liked this book. Just saying, ” It’s amazing, go read it!” doesn’t really do it justice.  but:

It’s amazing, go read it!

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Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson (with Neil Strauss)

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Hey this blog still exists! Damn you life always getting in the way of reading books. When my schedule cleared up and I started to thing about what I should read next everything in my TBR pile looked uninteresting. So I decided to look at books I bought years ago but hadn’t read yet. This is what popped up. It was…..something.

Well, this is certainly a Marilyn Manson book about Marilyn Manson. I had purchased this book ages ago but forgot about it. After sorting through things to give away to Goodwill/charity I found it again and decided to read it. It was certainly an experience.

The book is written 1st person by Marilyn Manson (with Neil Strauss) and it is basically exactly what you would think a memoir by Marilyn Manson would be like. This is basically the story of his early days, both growing up and the start of the band. I found it reasonably interesting and pretty entertaining.

It’s always hard to decide what is really and fiction in any memoir written by a celebrity, and Marilyn Manson is no exception. I would say it’s even harder in this case. So much of his stage persona is tied up in being the most outrageous with the “shocking” childhood. Is any of this true? Well, most of these tales I’ve actually heard repeated in various interviews over the years. The backstage stories told after the band achieved some measure of success seem plausible, if overblown and full of hyperbole. Which seems just about right for a book about Marilyn Manson.

Overall, this book is entertaining and interesting but probably only really for fans of Marilyn Manson (the person or the band).

A Latent Dark by Martin Kee

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Hey, I have a Book Blog! Long story short, my computer died and I only just now saved up enough to buy a new one. But, new reviews are forthcoming! Until then, here is an older review I wrote a couple of months ago for the book A Latent Dark by Martin Kee! I bought it as part of a Storybundle. There have been a LOT of these popping up after the success of the Humble Bundle and other videogame bundles (although Humble Bundle has a book bundle now too!). Basically, you pay a flat amount and get a whole bunch of awesome books (e-books) together in a bundle.

In fact the I just bought this amazing bundle of books in the new Humble Bundle for Subterranean Press.  It is full of awesome books, and I am always in favor of more books! [Edit: I forgot to mention that a lot of the proceeds for these bundles go to awesome charities! Win/Win!]

I really liked this book. It was a very quick read, but maybe I should have taken longer to read more carefully.

The story follows Skyla a 12 year old girl who is much different than others. She can read other peoples shadows, see their “sins”. After her mother is killed by an insane church official, Skyla goes on the run searching for her aunt.

I really like the world this book sets up, and the plot was pretty good too. However, I felt like the end of the book was quite rushed. Everything happened very quickly with some crazy coincidences to get all the characters into one place and then out of danger. I felt that Skyla turned into a bit of a superhero with no build up.

My issues with the end could have definitely been caused but my reading it too fast, so I might have to do a slower re-read but it just seemed way too convenient of an ending.

Despite my issues with the plot, i think I would still recommend this book to others. It has great world building, and intriguing characters.

Reviews?

Hello! This is my blog for book reviews. I’m mostly creating it so I can work on my writing and to see if I can be mostly consistent with regular postings. I haven’t been very good at this in the past but I hope I can stay more consistent this time!

Since this is a blog for reviews of the books I have read, nothing will be posted until I have finished the book (obviously). I’ll probably start out by post some of my shorter reviews that I have on places like Goodreads.com.

 

If anyone but me reads this, feel free to leave comments and constructive criticism.