Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Snakewood by Adrian Selby

SnakewoodSnakewood by Adrian Selby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, I am a bit torn, first of all, Snakewood has a extremely cool idea for a fantasy world, and then wrap it in one of the most difficult, obtuse ways to tell your story, in another words..not good.

I read reviews for this before hand, so I knew that it jumped perspectives and viewpoints so IF you go into the book with that in mind, it takes a bit of the edge off, but if you DON'T, you will drop it quick. That is a shame because there is hints of cool all throughout and I am intrigued once you get past the author trying to be all "fancypants" with his storytelling.

If you like the grimdark fantasy and willing to suffer a little bit, check this out, the story pacing is all over the damn place and there is NOT a likeable character in the bunch, there is a very interesting concept behind the world and honestly me being a world building freak, my three stars are almost solely based on it.

So dear readers, I leave the choice up to you, take a chance or not.

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Javelin Rain by Myke Cole

Javelin RainJavelin Rain by Myke Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all, The Shadow Ops books are automatic buys for me, and if you follow my ranting reviews you should have already read this series, and I will not spoil any of you slow arses who haven't yet. (so there)

Myke Cole's world and storytelling gets tighter, better and more bad ass with each book and how the HELL that's possible is beyond me. It is the perfect storm, the balance between strong well developed fantasy and sheer fist pumping badassness (that's not a word, I'm on a roll I don't care) Even though it is the middle book in this current trilogy it really doesn't in my opinion suffer from middle book syndrome, matter of fact, I think it is among if not his current best book.

Yes, I am a unabashed fan, and not objective at all, but if you want a terrific read for the upcoming summer months, go buy all the Shadow Ops books, give this man MONEY! He has stories to tell, and wargame stuff to buy. A strong 27 out of 5 stars from me! (common core math)

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