Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 21/200
Deadhouse Gates By Steven Erikson
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
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
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
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 18/200
The MAX Muscle Plan By Brad Schoenfeld
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
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 17/200
City of Blades By Robert Jackson Bennett
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,
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
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
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