‘Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 43/200

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Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/11/2018

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Description:

An all-new 40,000-word Stormlight Archive novella, “Edgedancer,” will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. A must read for fans of the series.

The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are:

“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
“White Sand” (excerpt; Taldain)
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn)

These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor’s Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel “White Sand.”

Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the Stormlight Archive novella “Edgedancer,” which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere.

Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Novella, Cosmere, Anthology

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‘Mistborn: Secret History’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 42/200

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Mistborne: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/10/2018

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Description:

Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy. Building upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy, this novella offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the fate of a certain reader-favorite character. Ten years in the making, Mistborn: Secret History might answer a few of your questions.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Novella, Cosmere

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‘Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 41/200

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A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/10/2018

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Holmes is hired by the King of Bohemia to recover blackmail evidence, held by the woman whom the king once promised to marry, but who he abandoned for a woman of noble birth.

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Detective Fiction, Short Story, Sherlock Holmes, Classic

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‘A Souffle of Suspicion’ Book and Recipe Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 48/200

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A Souffle of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber

eBook Edition

Finished on 3/21/2018

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Description:

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.

Fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke will want a succulent second serving of A Soufflé of Suspicion, Daryl Wood Gerber’s appetizing second French Bistro mystery.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Culinary, Food, Culinary Mystery

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‘The Great Wide World Over There’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 38/200

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The Great Wide World Over There by Ray Bradbury

LeVar Burton Reads Edition, Episode 20

Finished on 3/10/2018

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A visitor’s arrival delivers both wonder and heartache to a rural community. This story appears in Ray Bradbury’s collection THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN.

Genres: Fiction, Americana, Short Story

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‘The Straits of Galahesh’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 37/200

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The Straits of Galahesh By Bradley Beaulieu

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/9/2018

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Description:

West of the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya lies the Empire of Yrstanla, the Motherland. The Empire has lived at peace with Anuskaya for generations, but with political turmoil brewing and the wasting disease still rampant, opportunists from the mainland have begun to set their sights on the Grand Duchy, seeking to expand their empire.

Five years have passed since Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, was tasked with finding Nasim, the child prodigy behind a deadly summoning that led to a grand clash between the armies of man and elder elemental spirits. Today, that boy has grown into a young man driven to understand his past – and the darkness from which Nikandr awakened him. Nikandr’s lover, Atiana, has become a Matra, casting her spirit forth to explore, influence, and protect the Grand Duchy. But when the Al-Aqim, long thought lost to the past, return to the islands and threaten to bring about indaraqiram – a change that means certain destruction for both the Landed and the Landless – bitter enemies must become allies and stand against their horrific plans.

Can the Grand Duchy be saved? The answer lies hidden within the Straits of Galahesh…

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Military Fantasy

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‘Shattered Pillars’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 36/200

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Shattered Pillars By Elizabeth Bear

Hardback Edition

Finished on 3/7/2018

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The Shattered Pillars is the second book of Bear’s The Eternal Skytrilogy and the sequel to Range of Ghosts. Set in a world drawn from our own great Asian Steppes, this saga of magic, politics and war sets Re-Temur, the exiled heir to the great Khagan and his friend Sarmarkar, a Wizard of Tsarepheth, against dark forces determined to conquer all the great Empires along the Celedon Road.

Elizabeth Bear is an astonishing writer, whose prose draws you into strange and wonderful worlds, and makes you care deeply about the people and the stories she tells. The world of The Eternal Sky is broadly and deeply created—her award-nominated novella, “Bone and Jewel Creatures” is also set there.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Asian Inspired Fantasy

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‘The Paper Menagerie’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 35/200

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The Paper Menagerie By Ken Liu

LaVar Burton Reads Edition, Episode 11

Finished on 3/5/2018

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Description:

A young man recalls his youth. His mother, a mail-order bride, feels isolated from everyone but her family. When her son is inconsolable one day, she must rely upon her knowledge from a past life – she makes an origami animal to serve as a toy. The boy was so delighted that she kept making them for him, even as he grew up in the world outside the house.

Ken Liu’s incredible story “Paper Menagerie” just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF’s major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award. Find out what all the excitement is about, and discover one of science fiction’s fastest rising stars

Genres: Short Story, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Immigrant Experience

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‘The Riddle-Master of Hed’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 32/200

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The Riddle-Master of Hed By Patricia McKillip

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/1/2018

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Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum. But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One’s Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles; the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.

Genres: Fantasy, YA, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Literati, Quest Fantasy, Classic

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