Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 14/200
‘Eric’ By Sir Terry Pratchett
Finished on 12/24/2017
Description: Discworld’s only demonology hacker, Eric, is about to make life very difficult for the rest of Ankh-Morpork’s denizens. This would-be Faust is very bad…at his work, that is. All he wants is to fulfill three little wishes:to live forever, to be master of the universe, and to have a stylin’ hot babe.
But Eric isn’t even good at getting his own way. Instead of a powerful demon, he conjures, well, Rincewind, a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric’s. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, that lovable travel accessory the Luggage has arrived, too. Accompanied by his best friends, there’s only one thing Eric wishes now — that he’d never been born!
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Discworld, Did Not Finish
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 13/200
‘Oathbringer’ By Brandon Sanderson
Finished on 12/21/2017
Description: The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Words of Radiance, from an epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.
In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Timesbestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.
Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.
Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together–and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past–even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.
Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Cosmere
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 12/200
‘This World Is Full of Monsters’ By Jeff VanderMeer
eBook Edition (free Tor.com ebook)
Finished on 12/12/2017
Description: An alien invasion comes to one man’s doorstep in the form of a story-creature, followed by death and rebirth in a transformed Earth.
Genres: Short Story, SciFi, Fantasy, Aliens, Horror
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 11/200
Gilgamesh By David Ferry
Finished on 12/12/2017
Description: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Genres: Poetry, Literature, Mythology, Ye Olde Schoole
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