Reading Roundup – 14th March 2014
Reading Roundup / March 14, 2014

This is going to be a short roundup as I’m still working my way through the behemoth that is Words of Radiance.  I won’t say too much more as I will be doing a full review shortly.  One thing I will say is, I’m REALLY noticing the lack of Whispersync for Voice on this book.  I have been experiencing it as a mixture of ebook and Audible audiobook and it is a real pain in the posterior to have to find my place each time I switch devices.  I know that’s very much a first world problem, but once you’ve grown used to the convenience of Whispersync for Voice, it’s hard to do without. Added to my library this week This week saw the release of Night Broken, the eighth book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  While I love Briggs’ world and characters, personally I felt Mercy’s story had come to a natural end two or three books ago, but I will read it anyway.  It’s certainly getting good reviews on GoodReads.  I picked it up in both Kindle and Audible formats. I only discovered very recently that Robin Hobb is releasing a new book in her Farseer universe….

Reading Roundup – 14th March 2014
Reading Roundup / March 14, 2014

This is going to be a short roundup as I’m still working my way through the behemoth that is Words of Radiance.  I won’t say too much more as I will be doing a full review shortly.  One thing I will say is, I’m REALLY noticing the lack of Whispersync for Voice on this book.  I have been experiencing it as a mixture of ebook and Audible audiobook and it is a real pain in the posterior to have to find my place each time I switch devices.  I know that’s very much a first world problem, but once you’ve grown used to the convenience of Whispersync for Voice, it’s hard to do without. Added to my library this week This week saw the release of Night Broken, the eighth book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  While I love Briggs’ world and characters, personally I felt Mercy’s story had come to a natural end two or three books ago, but I will read it anyway.  It’s certainly getting good reviews on GoodReads.  I picked it up in both Kindle and Audible formats. I only discovered very recently that Robin Hobb is releasing a new book in her Farseer universe….

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – Thoughts So Far
Book Reviews , eBook reviews / March 10, 2014

[book-info title=”Words of Radiance” author=”brandon-sanderson-2″] First of all my apologies about the incomplete Alienated review that went – briefly – live this morning.  I have been so  engrossed in Words of Radiance I didn’t get around to writing the Alienated review in time.  It will be written after Words of Radiance. So, Words of Radiance.  I am approximately 40% of the way through the 48-hour long audiobook version of Words of Radiance.  Here are my initial thoughts on this first half.  A full review will come later.  There are some spoilers ahead so I’ll add a cut to be sure.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – Thoughts So Far
Book Reviews , eBook reviews / March 10, 2014

[book-info title=”Words of Radiance” author=”brandon-sanderson-2″] First of all my apologies about the incomplete Alienated review that went – briefly – live this morning.  I have been so  engrossed in Words of Radiance I didn’t get around to writing the Alienated review in time.  It will be written after Words of Radiance. So, Words of Radiance.  I am approximately 40% of the way through the 48-hour long audiobook version of Words of Radiance.  Here are my initial thoughts on this first half.  A full review will come later.  There are some spoilers ahead so I’ll add a cut to be sure.

Reading Roundup – 7th March 2014
Book Reviews , Reading Roundup / March 7, 2014

The biggest release for me this week is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance.  This is the second in the Stormlight Archive, Sanderson’s proposed 10 book epic fantasy series.  That was my biggest issue with The Way of Kings – Sanderson has planned it to be an epic tale right from the beginning so the large scope is readily apparent.  I’ve much preferred tales which have “grown in the telling” as the saying goes.  The Wheel of Time, for example, starts off focussed on our heroes from the Two Rivers and it’s not until later on in the series that we have epic battles and world changing consequences.   That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy The Way of Kings, although in all fairness I used Tor.com’s excellent Way of Kings Reread and Where We Left Our Heroes article to catch up with it.  I am enjoying Words of Radiance which I am listening to in audiobook format rather than reading.  I do enjoy Kate Reading’s and Michael Kramer’s narration.  However, this audiobook weighs in at a hefty 48 hours and 15 minutes.  I don’t expect to read much else in the next couple of weeks, so please don’t expect many other…

Reading Roundup – 7th March 2014
Book Reviews , Reading Roundup / March 7, 2014

The biggest release for me this week is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance.  This is the second in the Stormlight Archive, Sanderson’s proposed 10 book epic fantasy series.  That was my biggest issue with The Way of Kings – Sanderson has planned it to be an epic tale right from the beginning so the large scope is readily apparent.  I’ve much preferred tales which have “grown in the telling” as the saying goes.  The Wheel of Time, for example, starts off focussed on our heroes from the Two Rivers and it’s not until later on in the series that we have epic battles and world changing consequences.   That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy The Way of Kings, although in all fairness I used Tor.com’s excellent Way of Kings Reread and Where We Left Our Heroes article to catch up with it.  I am enjoying Words of Radiance which I am listening to in audiobook format rather than reading.  I do enjoy Kate Reading’s and Michael Kramer’s narration.  However, this audiobook weighs in at a hefty 48 hours and 15 minutes.  I don’t expect to read much else in the next couple of weeks, so please don’t expect many other…

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Book Reviews , eBook reviews / March 5, 2014

Through Netgalley I was offered an advanced reader’s copy of YA time travel novel The Here and Now by Ann Brashares.  It tells the story of Prenna James, a time traveller and refugee in our time from a future in which global warming and plagues have left the world devastated.  She and her community of fellow refugees must live by strict rules for their protection and that of those native to their adopted time.  One of these includes refraining from an intimate relationship with a local.  Naturally Prenna meets a boy… In general, I found The Here and Now to be a very fun, if light, read.  The time travel refugee concept was interesting but so much more could have been done with it.  The whole concept of time paradoxes (you know, the old chestnut, you can’t travel back in time and kill your own grandfather) was ignored and the issue of Prenna’s adaptation to the new society was glossed over. What I liked The concept.  The idea of refugees escaping back in time from a devastated future was very interesting.  The list of rules by which they must live is very interesting, too – I did struggle to understand…

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Book Reviews , eBook reviews / March 5, 2014

Through Netgalley I was offered an advanced reader’s copy of YA time travel novel The Here and Now by Ann Brashares.  It tells the story of Prenna James, a time traveller and refugee in our time from a future in which global warming and plagues have left the world devastated.  She and her community of fellow refugees must live by strict rules for their protection and that of those native to their adopted time.  One of these includes refraining from an intimate relationship with a local.  Naturally Prenna meets a boy… In general, I found The Here and Now to be a very fun, if light, read.  The time travel refugee concept was interesting but so much more could have been done with it.  The whole concept of time paradoxes (you know, the old chestnut, you can’t travel back in time and kill your own grandfather) was ignored and the issue of Prenna’s adaptation to the new society was glossed over. What I liked The concept.  The idea of refugees escaping back in time from a devastated future was very interesting.  The list of rules by which they must live is very interesting, too – I did struggle to understand…