Jul 102020
 
Book Review: Spark of the Resistance

Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland My rating: I’m going to take this opportunity to speak on the Young Adult genre before I dive into this review. Granted, this book is actually classified as “Children’s Middle Grade” but I’m going to juxtapose the Young Adult genre to make my point. I am hardly a “young adult”; in fact I probably haven’t been one in 15 (or more) years. Regardless, I won’t turn down a good Young Adult novel, I’ve read quite a few. The genre doesn’t necessarily define the audience. That being said, this is the first time I’ve read a “Middle Grade” children’s [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 252020
 
Book Review: The Swarm

The Swarm by Orson Scott Card My rating: (Click here to view on Goodreads) Ask anyone that knows my taste in books and they will tell you that I love the Ender’s Game Series. It even made my Top 5 Books list. So when I heard about these series of books that are essentially prequels to Ender’s Game, I was immediately interested. Honestly I wasn’t even aware there were books about the first Formic War until I began reading this book. Now I guess my list has grown bigger (since there are still books in the “Enderverse” that I haven’t read yet). The Swarm is [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 012020
 
Book Review: Proven Guilty (Dresden Files Book 8)

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher My rating: (Click here to go to Goodreads.) The previous Dresden book (Dead Beat) was so good that it’s difficult to follow up a book like that. Personally I thought Proven Guilty struggled with that a little bit, but it doesn’t lack in it’s usual Harry Dresden charm. There is a lot of character development in this book and perhaps that is it’s ultimate purpose. The story of this book felt a little underwhelming. In fact when someone asked me what this book was about I struggled to remember. Granted that’s not saying much because 1) I don’t have a [… Click to Continue …]

Mar 202020
 
Book Review: Odd Girl Out (Quadrail Book #3)

Odd Girl Out by Timothy Zahn My rating: (Goodreads link) Odd Girl Out is the third book in the Quadrail series. I feel like these books are getting better as I go along. Frank seems to channel a bit more of his inner “Harry Dresden” and I’m enjoying it. This book is the half way point in the Quadrail series. Unfortunately I do not have books 4 and 5. If the right deal comes along I will pick them up but my list of books is so long right now that I should be reading what I already own. Short Synopsis/Biggs’ Review A mysterious woman [… Click to Continue …]

Mar 032020
 
Book Review - Thrawn: Treason

Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn My rating: (Click here to go to Goodreads instead) The man that brought us the original Thrawn Trilogy brings us a new trilogy, set before Star Wars: A New Hope. In fact these books predate Rogue One. Each book in the series describe a moment in Thrawn’s rise to power. The first book, Thrawn, talks about how the Empire first discovers this mysterious, and alien being. The second book, Thrawn: Alliances, takes place several years later in which he must work closely with Darth Vader to locate a disturbance in the Force on behalf of the Emperor. This book follows [… Click to Continue …]

Feb 102020
 
Book Review: Dead Beat (Dresden Files Book 7)

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher My rating: (Click here to go to Goodreads.) I haven’t been posting reviews for the Dresden books I’ve been reading. Its not from lack of enjoyment, I’m definitely hooked on Harry Dresden. It helps that these books take place in Chicago, my favorite city. The books have been around since April 2000 (in fact the 16th book comes out this July). I just assumed everyone has already read or heard about these books so writing a review seemed superfluous. However I’m committed to writing more book reviews this year so here goes. Biggs’ Review I can see why this book [… Click to Continue …]