June (also May) Book Haul(s)

I really can’t seem to help it when it comes to books.

This contains a few books I bought in May as well.

J. R. R. Tolkien in Beren and Lúthien, 201732708664

“Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year.

Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.

In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father’s own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.”

My family is obsessed with Tolkien.  My aunt wrote her college thesis on Tolkien’s poetry and my mom reads the Lord of the Rings trilogy at least twice a year (she’s basically an expert and can answer any question about the series).  I was raised on Tolkien (and C. S. Lewis) so these books and their authors hold a special place in my heart.

As soon as I found out that the story of Beren and Lúthien was coming out I knew that I had to get it for my mom (Barnes and Nobel yo).  This is the first time the story has been told directly and I cannot wait to read it when my mom has finished.

V. E. Schwab in A Darker Shade of Magic, 201522055262

“Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.”

Found this one Barnes and Nobel while i was browsing around.  I thought it looked like fun, and here we are.  This is the first book in a series.

Kerby Rosanes in Mythomorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge, 2017

31247639I mean, it’s a colouring book.  ‘Nuff said.

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Ronlyn Domingue in Keeper of Tales Trilogy Book One: The Mapmaker’s War, 2013

15802506“This will be the map of your heart, old woman. 

In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a young woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprentice/ship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. They claim to protect a mythic treasure, one connected to the creation of the world. When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is targeted as a threat. Attempting to warn them of imminent danger, Aoife is exiled for treason and finds refuge among the very people who had been declared her enemy. With them, she begins a new life surrounded by kindness, equality, and cooperation. But within herself, Aoife has no peace. She cannot share the grief she feels for the home and children she left behind. She cannot bear the warrior scars of the man she comes to love. And when she gives birth to their gifted daughter, Aoife cannot avoid what the child forces her to confront about her past and its truth. On this most important of journeys, there is no map to guide her. In this tale, her autobiography; Aoife reveals her pain and joy, and ultimately her transformation.”

Picked this up at B&N.

Guy Gavriel Kay in The Fionavar Tapestry Book One: The Summer Tree, 1984 and The Fionavar Tapestry Book Three: The Darkest Road, 1986104086.jpg

“Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes.

Guy Gavriel Kay’s classic epic fantasy plays out on a truly grand scale, and has already been delighting fans of imaginative fiction for twenty years.”

I found this (and the third book) at a bargain bookstore and thought the story sounded interesting.  Also, very affordable x33

Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman in Dragonships of Vindras Book Three: Rage of the Dragon, 201212160923

I got this book for a dollar at the bargain bookstore.  A DOLLAR, SON!  I don’t own the first two, but this is Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman we are talking about and I’ll read just about anything they write.  I am also in the process of reading the first book in the series, Bones of the Dragon, which I will eventually review whenever I finish reading it (it’s so overdue at the library).  I wont be putting the story summary because it gives away some things from the previous two books.  No spoilers here!  I am really looking forward to continuing this series.

Kevin J. Anderson in The Key to Creation, 2011

9302745So this book here.  Wow.  I also grabbed this one for a dollar and it is also the third in a series.  I read the first book, The Edge of the World, ages ago.  It is this massive, gorgeous world whose characters have interwoven stories and there was even an album that went along with the story.  Again, I wont be posting the summary because I don’t want to give away anything from the previous books.  Now that I’ve found this one, I will have to re-read The Edge of the World meaning there will probably be a review of this series in the future.  This find has reminded me of Terra Incognita, and I am itching to read these books.

 

I also picked up the second volumes of The Dark Tower and The Girl from the Other Side.  I have yet to actually read the first volumes, but that will happen eventually, probably.  One day.

Anyway, these are the books that have joined my collection during the months of May and June.  Hopefully I get around to reading some of these soon.  I’ve got quite the list to work through!

Thanks for being here!

-Hatchet x33

[Synopses and book covers from Goodreads.com | Featured Image from Pexels.com]

 

 

‘Music’: Too Many Zooz

So this is pretty neat.

I was going to come up with a clever intro, but have this video instead:

You are freakin’ welcome son.

Too Many Zooz is brass house from NYC, who gained fame when a video of one of their subway performances went viral.  They’ve got David “King of Sludge” Parks on drums, Lou Pellegrino on baritone sax, and Matt Doe on trumpet.

Seriously, this band is incredible.  The grove these guys get into is incredible.  These are some seriously talented musicians.  Their first album Subway Gawdz was released in June of last year.  They are currently playing shows in California and will be in New York in June.

They also did a Ted Talk, so that’s pretty cool. 

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“New Music”: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes in Modern Ruin

School is over and I am getting into the swing of summer.  Time to load the trebuchet.

For fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes is an English punk rock band formed in 2015 and are signed to International Death Cult.  Their second album Modern Ruin peaked at number 7 on the UK charts.  The group consists of frontman Frank Carter, Dean Richardson on guitar, Tom ‘Tank’ Barclay on bass, Gareth Grover on drums, and Thomas Mitchener who also produced the album on guitars and synth.

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnakes-modern-ruinCarter was previously of English punk group Gallows (which I listened to back in the day), and English-American rock group Pure Love.  FCATR’s first album Blossom saw a return to the style of Gallows, something that had been departed from with Pure Love.  Modern Ruin see’s another departure from the aggressive vocals of Gallows to a more singable album that still moves at breakneck speed.

Guys.  I’m only slightly obsessed with this album.  Modern Ruin is full of hard-hitting riffs that are catchy as heck paired with catchy as heck choruses.  Carter’s vocals are heavily ‘verbed, adding an interesting, dream-like feel to the tracks.

There is a fantastic series on FCATR’s YouTube where Carter gives a short commentary for each track on Modern Ruin.  I would give all of them a watch, it is a very cool look into the album and the life of a performer.

Favourite tracks include Bluebelle, Lullaby, Snake Eyes, Vampires, Wild Flowers, God is My Friend, and Modern Ruin.

Album Playlist: 

Album Commentary:

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Photos taken from FCATR Facebook

‘Coming Soon’: Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age

AHHHHH, my second favourite music duo is releasing their second album this June, QotSA are getting back in it with a follow up to …Like Clockwork, Balance and Composure are releasing a single for Record Store Day…I’m pretty excited about it, k?

Royal Blood are a UK duo of drums, bass, vocals.  The most important part of any live mix.  I loved their debut album in 2014, and I am giddy over this.  Check out the teaser below and the official video for the single ‘Lights Out’.

(The official video for ‘Lights Out’ is a strange milk bath rave.  So, I mean, if you want nightmares tonight…watch it?  You have been warned.)

Queens of the Stone Age.  Man.  I wasn’t sure about them the first time I listened to …Like Clockwork, but the riffs drive hard and the overall dryness to the records draw you in.  Lullabies to Paralyze is probably my favourite album of theirs, and it made me check out …Like Clockwork again.  We don’t have much info on the new album, but I’m hoping for a summer release.

You’ll be hearing from me when these bad boys drop.  See ya soon!

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‘New Music’: AS IT IS in okay.

Since it actually feels like summer, here’s a summery album that was released in January.

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this album, but I’m currently listening to it, and I figured I might as well.

If you want to be reminded of the 2000’s infatuation with pop punk, then AS IT IS is the band for you!  AII is pop punk from the UK.  Frontman Patty Walters is joined by guitarists Benjamin Biss and Andy Westhead, bassist Alistair Testo, and drummer Patrick Foley.

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to listen to this album, but it wasn’t pop punk.  In fact, I think I forgot that pop punk still exists.  This serves as a reminder that genre’s don’t cease to exist when I stop listening to them (I will never be rid of country music, will I?).  Their Spotify description compared them to early Taking Back Sunday which I find only slightly hilarious.

The tracks are appropriately catchy, reminding me of those awkward middle school years I try to forget about.  Pop music is called infectious for a reason; this album would be perfect as the background for a summer pool party.  In fact, if they don’t release a music video featuring such an event, I will be disappointed.  The album really brings to mind The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Boys Like Girls, and the like which I only listen to when I have to entertain the 11-15 age-range.

Why is Patty pointing so aggressively?  Why are they all so happy?  Why did they steal the dance theme from Back to the Future?  Why is he headbanging to a light pop riff?  These are the questions my friends.

Despite nostalgia, the title okay. pretty much sums up my feelings about the album.  It’s not bad, but it’s not something I am going to listen to probably ever again.  Sorry lads.

(Below you can find all the social media links)

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‘New Music’: Cloud Nothings in Life Without Sound

I found these guys while exploring Wikipedia’s list of new music for 2017.  I had been disapointed in the lack of new music I listened to in 2016 and now I have a spreadsheet with most of the new releases for this year (through February, it’s a lot of stuff, and I didn’t even bother with the rap or country and I’ll never be able listen to it all and March is almost over and, and, *cue overwhelmed flailing).  Thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored but call me?), I’ve been able to listen to a good amount of new music, including this album.

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Cloud Nothings is an American indie-rock band from Cleveland Ohio formed by vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi in 2009.  Filling out the roster is Jayson Gerycz on drums, TJ Duke on bass, and Chris Brown on guitar.  The group has released 5 studio albums, Life Without Sound being the most recent release.

“Up to the Surface” is a great intro track, setting you up for the mood, laid back but full of energy.  The vocals are dark in colour and with the surrounding instrumentation the whole album has a warm feel to it.

My favourite tracks include “Up to the Surface”, “Things Are Right With You”, “Darkened Rings”, “Modern Act”, and “Sight Unseen”.

If you’ve ever heard of (and like) Eyeshine or Ellengarden, I’d highly recommend Cloud Nothings (and also those other two).  These three bands would make a great summery playlist for those sunny days that aren’t quite warm enough (like it has been off and on this March.  Stop teasing me, I just want to be outside).

Check these guys out on Spotify and at the links below.

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‘Coming Soon’: Joep Beving and Eyeshine

There are (at least) two albums I am very much looking forward to that will be released in April: Joep Beving’s sophomore album Prehension (April 7th), and Eyeshine’s final album Gone Tomorrow (April 1st).

Beving is a classical pianist, weaving gorgeous, haunting tunes.  Eyeshine is alternative rock with a hint of grunge featuring power anthems and upbeat music.  I reviewed the album Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust back in 2015.  I will be reviewing both albums when they drop.  See ya soon!

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Eyeshine | Website | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram |