ABC Book Challenge ✰ U and V

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with U ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with U ✰
1) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
3) Useless Magic by Florence Welch

✰ Memorable books starting with V ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty. The one book I read staring with a V was not too memorable.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with V ✰
1) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2) Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

2016 Book Challenge

1)Outlander – The Exile of Sharad Hett, by Timothy Truman, Rick Leonardi (Artist), Tom Raney (Artist), Al Rio(Artist) (January 3) 3 out of 5
2)Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit (230 pages) (January 24) 4 out of 5 Clarinets
3) Golden Son, by Pierce Brown (440 nook pages) (February 9) 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers
4) Morning Star, by Pierce Brown (540 nook pages) (February 17) 4.5 out of 5 Broken Chains
5) Dodgers by Bill Beverly (304 pages) (March 27) 1 out of 5 snores.
6) A Fine Imitation, by Amber Brock (298 pages) (April 26) 4 out of 5 murals
7) Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (391 pages) (May 16 ) 5 out of 5 pink hats
8) Star Wars: Emissaries to Malastare (Star Wars Legends Graphic Novels #37) by Timothy Truman, Tom Lyle, Robert Jones (May 29) 3 out of 5
9) The After Party, by Anton DiSclafani (384 pages) (June 3) 3 out of 5 cocktails
10) Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, by H.P. Wood (368 pages) (June 30) 4 out of 5 Boxing Kangaroos
11)Star Wars: Twilight (Star Wars Legends Graphic Novels #38) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Rick Magyar (July 12) 5 out of 5
12) The Land of Enchantment, by Leigh Stein (226 pages) (July 17) 3.5 out of 5 El Chupacabra.
13) The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni (418 pages) (July 26) 4 out of 5 Perfect Perfumes
14) Rappacini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (27 pages) (August 7) 5 out of 5 poisonous gardens
15) The One Man, by Andrew Gross (412 pages) (September 30) 5 out of 5 Rooks
16) The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe (5 pages) (October 12) 5 out of 5 bricks
17) The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe (5 pages) (October 12) 5 out of 5 heartbeats
18) Alight, by Scott Sigler (424 pages) (November 6) 4 out of 5 spears
19)The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeymi (335 pages) (December 10, 2016) 2 out of 5 ghosts

Audio Books I listened to in 2016
1. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
2. Golden Son, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
3. Morning Star, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
4. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
5. Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
6. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
7. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin, Narrated by Rosamund Pike
8. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, by Jewel, Narrated by Jewel.
9. Ahsoka, by E.K. Johnston, Narrated by Ashley Eckstein 4.5 out of 5 Rebel spies
10. Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, by James Luceno, Narrated by Jonathan Davis 3.5 out of 5 Kyber crystals

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown – non-spoiler review.


Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.

Morning Star is a great, fantastic end to the Red Rising Trilogy. Pierce said he wrote it for the fans and it shows. This is my favorite literary science-fiction trilogy. Hands down.

So much happens. It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I laughed, was nervous, touched, and sometimes sad. I could not put it down. After having a headache on a Friday and a Saturday I wanted to catch up on those lost days. So I read 100 pages on a Sunday and another 100 pages on Monday (Presidents’s Day). By Monday night my right eye was bloodshot. I finished it on February 18 and I still have a book hangover. I am going to fall behind on my Goodreads goal.

The character development was well done and the evolution of the plot was seamless. Not just from beginning to end in Morning Star, but the whole trilogy.

The action was great and heart pounding, but some of my favorite moments were the quieter ones between Darrow and his friends. So much emotion is felt. Particularly Chapter 22 and Chapter 50.

One critique was that I would have liked to see more scenes with a few minor characters from the previous novels.

I am going to elaborate more in a different post (here). I feel it is difficult to describe my feelings without spoiling the whole book. I like giving examples and quotes.
4.5 out 5 Broken Chains

SDCC 2015: Why with all the Prequel-Bashing?

Thank you! That was very well said.

Clone Corridor

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has come and gone and it has been amazing… for the most part. Clone Corridor was started in April of this year not long after the end of SWC: Anaheim and, partly, as a consequence of the attitude at SWC: Anaheim. The first post posted to this website was ‘The Risk of Ignoring the Prequels’, a post I wrote in the middle of the night while slightly mad, much like this one right now. Like everyone else I was ecstatic about the upcoming film and the newly released teaser trailer, but I was also curious as to why not a single interview about The Force Awakens could be had without unnecessary emphasis on “original” and “practical” effects and lack of CGI. Now I am in the exact same position, only a little wiser and a little sadder.

What I’ve come to think, and what I’ve been arguing for…

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