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David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

David Day’s “Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary”

This week, I am reviewing a book that is more on the informative side of reading, though it is certainly fictional in nature: David Day’s Guide to Tolkien’s World: A Bestiary. I received this book as a gift from family, and let me just say, it is an incredible collection of information on some of [...]

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

Wesley Chu’s “Time Salvager”

There’s one problem that plagues the sci-fi genre more than just about any other genre: most of it has been done before. In a genre dedicated to the flaunting of imagination, there is a startling amount of sameness among many books, with plots so interchangeable that the nuances are quickly forgotten once the read is [...]

Thomas Bulfinch’s “Bulfinch’s Mythologies”

Thomas Bulfinch’s “Bulfinch’s Mythologies”

You may have noticed that sometimes I like to review specific books, like a collection of an author’s works, rather than the individual pieces; this is one of those times. For Christmas, I had the good fortune to get a copy of Bulfinch’s Mythologies, a collection of The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, [...]

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel”

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel”

This week I am finally reviewing a book from a pair of local authors that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time: Richard and Barbara Osborn’s On Her Majesty’s Berlin Mission: an Ian Black Novel. This is the third Ian Black novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I can definitely say [...]

Piper Kerman’s “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”

Piper Kerman’s “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”

Like many people, I have recently been watching Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black in full-on marathon mode in preparation of the new season. Once I learned the show was based on a book I had to pick it up. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison is a memoir by [...]

Robert Conroy’s “1945″

Robert Conroy’s “1945″

This week I’m reviewing a book that was an impulse buy in my latest visit to the book store: Robert Conroy’s 1945. It’s no secret that I love historical fictions (with the added caveat that it is good historical fiction), so when I saw 1945 sitting on the shelf in the “sci-fi” section, I had [...]

Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

This week I’m reviewing a book that has made a pretty big splash over the last year: Ernest Cline’s Armada. The book is an interesting blend of genres following Zack Lightman, a high school senior on the cusp of graduation. Zach’s spent his life engaging in escapism of all sorts, throwing himself into video games, [...]

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission”

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission”

This week I’m excited to review a prequel of some local authors. You may remember my review of Richard and Barbara Osborn’s The Red Moon Affair (if not, you should really check it out). Their newest book, On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission is a prequel of sorts to that novel, following Ian Black in his [...]

Matthew Reilly’s ‘Seven Deadly Wonders’

Matthew Reilly’s ‘Seven Deadly Wonders’

I have been asked multiple times over the past few weeks to recommend a book or series that teens could really sink their teeth into, since so many teen-oriented books are tragically shallow. I have mentioned this series before, but I thought I should do a review specifically for this instance. The book in question [...]

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

Lewis Black’s “Nothing’s Sacred”

I have a fairly high standard for comedy, especially when dealing with books, so I wasn’t too sure what I would get when I picked up Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred. I have seen much of Black’s blend of comedy and socio-political commentary on television, but does his skillset translate well to book form? Yes, yes [...]

Greg Egan’s “Diaspora”

Greg Egan’s “Diaspora”

This week I want to review a fiction book that makes you sit down and really think about some of life’s grander questions: Greg Egan’s Diaspora. Diaspora is a book that follows three separate civilizations, each of which were directly created by humans. The Fleshers, as the first species is commonly known, is a coalition [...]

Matthew Reilly’s “Area 7″

Matthew Reilly’s “Area 7″

This week I went back and revisited some of my favorite authors’ earlier works. Matthew Reilly’s Area 7, is a high-octane action thriller following Reilly’s Shane Schofield, and is the second novel following Ice Station (which I reviewed several months ago) to feature Schofield. Area 7 is the most secure and secret military instillation in [...]

Miyamoto & Aonuma’s “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia”

Miyamoto & Aonuma’s “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia”

With the recent E3 information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking the gaming world by storm, I figured this was a good time to pick up a book I’ve wanted for a few years now. Let me start off by saying that this is going to be a niche review: this time I [...]

David Wong’s “John Dies at the End”

David Wong’s “John Dies at the End”

I finally got my hand on another cult-classic this week, and without further ado, it is time to review David Wong’s John Dies at the End. How can I describe this book? Well, the title will speak for itself. The story is influenced by many previous horror novels, and the method of storytelling is no [...]

David Hair’s “Mage’s Blood”

David Hair’s “Mage’s Blood”

This week I am reviewing a book I picked up on an impulse buy, and I consider it one of the best purchases I have made this year. David Hair’s Mage’s Blood is the first book of the Moontide Quartet series. Obviously, this means that the series has four parts and is vast in scope. [...]

Belle Blackburn’s “The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice” (The Doctor’s Daughter Book 2)

Belle Blackburn’s “The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice” (The Doctor’s Daughter Book 2)

I always love getting to review books by local authors, so I’m glad I’ve finally gotten a chance to review another by Knoxville author Belle Blackburn: The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice. A sequel to The Doctor’s Daughter: Journey to Justice, the novel again follows our heroine Kate, who is at an interesting crossroad in her [...]

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