‘Malazan: Deadhouse Gates’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 21/200


Deadhouse Gates By Steven Erikson

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 1/6/2018


Description: In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Malazan

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‘Penric’s Fox’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 20/200


Penric’s Fox By Lois McMaster Bujold

NetGalley Edition, given to me free for the purpose of review

Finished on 1/5/2018


Description: Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Mystery, World of the Five Gods, novella

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‘The Tea Master and the Detective’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 19/200


The Tea Master and the Detective By Aliette de Bodard

NetGalley Edition, given to me free for the purpose of review

Finished on 1/2/2018


Description: Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow’s Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow’s Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow’s Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim’s past, The Shadow’s Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau’s own murky past–and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars…

Genres: Sci Fi, Mystery,Asian-Inspired, Vietnamese- Inspired, Sherlock Holmes Inspired, High Concept Sci Fi

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‘The MAX Muscle Plan’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 18/200


The MAX Muscle Plan By Brad Schoenfeld

Paperback Edition

Finished on 12/30/2017


Description: Authored by 2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year. Features a three-phase, six-month program for the entire body, helping readers increase their lean body mass, build muscle, and dramatically transform their bodies. Instruction revolves around MAX (Mitogen Activated Xtreme training) Mitogens being the chemical substances that encourage cells to divide, a process essential to muscle growth. Includes over 100 exercises and more than 200 photos that demonstrate the exercises and ready-to-use prescriptive program guides. Program’s goal is to systematically utilize featured exercises to enhance mitogenic and other growth-oriented training responses in a way that promotes optimal muscle development. Complemented by cardio guidelines and nutritional recommendations based on the latest scientific research.

Genres: Fitness, Nonfiction

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‘City of Blades’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 17/200


City of Blades By Robert Jackson Bennett

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 12/29/2017


Description: A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions.

Now, the city’s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.

So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh — foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister — has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten.

At least, it makes the perfect cover story.

The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery. For while the city’s god is most certainly dead, something is awakening in Voortyashtan. And someone is determined to make the world tremble at the the city’s awful power again.

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Political Fantasy, Godpunk, Military Fantasy, Grimdark,

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‘White Sand’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 16/200


White Sand By Brandon Sand…erson, Rik Hoskin and Julius Gopez

Dynemite Graphic Novel, Hardback Edition

Finished on 12/29/2017


Description: A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.
On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss — a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.
White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.”

Genres: Fantasy, Desert fiction, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Cosmere, YA

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‘I, Cthulhu, or, What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This(Latitude 47° 9’S, Longitude 126°43′ W)?’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 15/200


I, Cthulhu, or, What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This(Latitude 47° 9’S, Longitude 126°43′ W)? By Neil Gaiman

Tor.com Short Story Edition

Finished on 12/26/2017


Description: Neil Gaiman’s contribution to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Lovecraft, Cthulhu Mythos

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