Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 10/200
‘Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography’ By Sherwin B. Nuland
Finished on 12/12/2017
Description: How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears little resemblance to the truth.
Genres: Nonfiction, Biography, Science, History, Medicine, Great Courses
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 9/200
Captain’s Fury By Jim Butcher
Finished on 12/11/2017
Description: After two years of bitter conflict with the hordes of invading Canim, Tavi of Calderon, now Captain of the First Aleran Legion, realizes that a peril far greater than the Canim exists-the mysterious threat that drove the savage Canim to flee their homeland. Now, Tavi must find a way to overcome the centuries-old animosities between Aleran and Cane if an alliance is to be forged against their mutual enemy. And he must lead his legion in defiance of the law, against friend and foe–or no one will have a chance of survival . . .
Genres: High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Codex Alera
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 8/200
The Hope of Elantris By Brandon Sanderson
Free eBook Edition
Finished on 12/6/2017
Description: The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores for about seven or eight months, but I actually hadn’t written anything new on the story or world since 2000, when I’d finished the first draft of the original book. This story was originally posted for sale on Amazon.com; once the contract with them ran out, I posted it on my website.
There were always a few holes in the manuscript where I decided not to include viewpoints or sections of explanation in the name of streamlining, particularly at the end. In the back of my mind, I knew what happened. This story talks about one of those holes; it is meant to be read after you’ve finished the novel and takes place during the events of the climax. In the annotation, I’ve written a further explanation of why I wrote this piece. Some of you may find it interesting to read this ahead of time; I put it in the annotation, however, as I know others would rather enjoy the story without bias beforehand, then read my thoughts afterward.
Either way, if you haven’t read the novel Elantris, this contains major spoilers. Might I suggest reading the book first? This story won’t work at all for you if you haven’t.
As always, thanks for reading!
Genres: Short Story, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Cosmere
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 7/200
How the Stock Market Works By Ramon P. DeGennaro
Finished on 12/4/2017
Description: This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed. Far better, he counsels, to own a well-diversified portfolio of individual stocks or stock funds, which tend to grow as the economy grows. He offers detailed guidance on how to pursue this course.
Genres: Economics, Finance, Business, Nonfiction
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 6/200
A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis By Melvin Powers
Finished on 12/2/2017
Description: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts – the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
Genres: Psychology, Self Help, Hypnosis
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 24/200
Champagne for One By Rex Stout
Finished on 1/10/2018
Description: Faith Usher talked about taking her own life and even kept cyanide in her purse. So when she died from a lethal champagne cocktail in the middle of a high society dinner party, everyone called it suicide—including the police. But Nero Wolfe isn’t convinced—and neither is Archie. Especially when Wolfe is warned by four men against taking the case. Deception, blackmail, and a killer who may have pulled off the perfect crime…it’ s a challenge Nero Wolfe can’t resist.
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Detective, Noir-lite, Nero Wolfe
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 5/200
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld By Patricia A. McKillip
Finished on 12/1/2017
Description: Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain. Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry. Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her. And when Coren–the man who brought this child–returns, Sybel’s world is again turned upside down.
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance, New Adult, World Fantasy Award, Fairy Tale
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 4/200
The Emperor’s Soul By Brandon Sanderson
Finished on 11/27/2017
Description: A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead.
Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.
Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Novella
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 3/200
Jade City By Fonda Lee
Finished on 11/26/2017
Description: FAMILY IS DUTY. MAGIC IS POWER. HONOR IS EVERYTHING.
Magical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for—is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.
Now the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.
When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone—even foreigners—wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones—from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets—and of Kekon itself.
Jade City begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood.
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Asian Fantasy, Grimdark, Crime Fiction
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 2/200
Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Finished on 11/25/2017
Description: When the Countess of Morcar’s priceless blue carbuncle is stolen, a reformed thief is charged with the crime.
Genres: Mystery, Classic, Short Story, Sherlock Holmes