3.18.17 Book Haul and Other Stuff!

Spring break is almost over, I’ve accomplished nothing, and books are the reason why I will never have enough money for a tattoo.

Barnes and Noble is one of my happy places, a relaxing journey through endless rows of possibilities (provided I stay away from the Teen Fiction section).  Today I was lucky enough to be serenaded by Tina Guo’s cello re-imagining of all your favourite themes while I browsed.

Patrick Rothfus in The Name of the Wind, 2007

The Name of the Wind

“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”

This book came recommended by a B&N employee listing that our hero uses ‘music, magic, and muscle’.  I’ve read Song of the Beast by Carol Berg which uses music as a vehicle for the story (which is fantastic btw), and I’m a bit of a musician myself so it immediately caught my eye.

Nagabe in The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, 2016the girl from hte other side

“In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.”

What immediately struck me about this book was how gorgeous the art is.  It reminds me of Mateusz Skutnik’s Morfołaki, featuring beautifully atmospheric black and white art.  I am definitely looking forward to digging into this little beauty.  The subtitle Siúil, a Rún comes from an Irish folk song, and translates roughly to ‘Go, my love’.

Stephen King in The Gunslinger, 1982               The Gunslinger

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).”

I’ve never read a Stephen King book, and while I know he has written things other than horror, but I didn’t realize that Stephen King writes books other than horror.  Unless of course this turns out to be a western-horror, which I would be okay with.  My only real exposure to SK is the film The Shinning which I watched recently while suffering from a head cold.  I grabbed this based on the title, which made me think of Trigun and everyone’s favourite pacifist.

Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett in F*ck Love, 2017F.ck Love

“From the brilliant New York Times bestselling authors of the “refreshingly blunt” (Harper’s Bazaar) F*ck Feelings—this seriously irreverent roadmap reveals the essentials to look for when you’re done being suckered by the promise of true love and want help seeking a real, lasting relationship.

Many people have opinions on the subject of romantic relationships—why they’re so hard to find, so difficult to maintain, so easily analogized to planets and pets—but the real source of trouble isn’t too complicated: it’s that we are choosing our partners based on love, excitement, lust, attraction, neediness…on feelings.

Instead of helping readers find true love (also known as “total bullshit”), Dr. Michael Bennett and his comedy-writing daughter Sarah reveal the practical, commonsense criteria for good partnerships that will allow real love to develop, even after the romance has died down or been buried completely. Finding a good partner involves losing preconceived notions about who your dream date might be, so the Bennetts helpfully appraise the pros and cons of eight traits people most commonly seek: charisma, beauty, chemistry, communication, sense of humor, family stability, intelligence, and wealth. They suggest you’ll have better luck finding a partner in a bar, online, or on a date arranged by your chiropractor if you focus on ideas like mutual attraction and respect and common interests and common goals. With helpful quizzes, case studies inspired by Dr. Bennett’s practice, and unscientific flow charts, F*ck Love is packed with enough advice and wisdom to help you avoid the relationship nightmares that led you to this book in the first place.”

Yes, yes, this title is (as admitted by the book its self)  catchy andprofane, but it caught my attention as it was intended to do and whether or not you agree with it’s language, it is a good marketing ploy.  This book just seems like a fun, satirical take on romance, while still being helpful.  It was just so eye catching I couldn’t not pick it up.

Other stuff that has happened includes these journals I made from old notebooks.  I used yarn to hold them together , but turns out my mom has nice hemp cord, so I’m re-tying them.  Not quite sure what I’ll use these for, but they are so pretty now x33.20170317_163956 (1)

Also, my dad looked like Tom Hanks 23 years ago (what both of them looked like 23 years ago).

Whelp, I will eventually have some more posts, I’ve been listening to exorbitant amounts of music thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored) and I have an exorbitant amount of books I haven’t read yet.  Sooooo yah.

Thanks for being here! ❤

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

‘Book Haul’: 7/16

Sup Bitmunchers!

I have just returned from vacation and, since I have the day off, am working on getting back on track with this blogging thing.  Today is a sort of update on where we stand, Tuesday will be a music post (haven’t had one of those in ages) and Saturday will be the return of Horus Rising (I promise!  It got really boring again, and I’ve been having trouble staying motivated).

Enough of that.  As is the tradition of vacation, one buys a bunch of stuff.  Here is some stuff.  Also, I cut up the fabric I used for the last set of pictures xp.

The Shannara Chronicles Book One The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks20160716_150500

                ‘The magical Ellcrys tree is dying, loosening the spell that bars the Demons from enacting vengeance upon the land.  Now Wil Ohmsford must guard the Elven girl Amberle on a perilous quest as she carries one of the Ellcry’s seeds to a mysterious place where it can be quickened into a powerful new force.  But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost.’

                I like to think that I maintain my denial of hipster status fairly well.  I was bound and determined to never touch the Shannara Chronicles when I found out it was a somewhat popular TV show on MTV.  For some reason, finding out that the novel was originally published in the 80’s and Terry Brooks being the quite the prolific author pacified my concerns and I bought the book (avoiding the more expensive TV cover).  However, I must confess that the only reason I read Game of Thrones was because Sean Bean was on the cover and fourteen year old me was all ‘GASP!  Boromir!’

The back of the book touts The Elfstones of Shannara as ‘One of the most popular fantasy tales of all time’ which I’ve never heard of before since it was published before my birth.  Again, I must confess that I am well versed in Tolkien and Lewis despite those books also being published before my birth.  My parents just weren’t Brooks fans apparently.

One thing I immediately notice is the lack of ridiculous names which, while many a summer has been filled with tales of Tanthalas Quisif-Nan Pah and Lauralanthalasa Kanan, I am incredibly grateful for.  There is nothing wrong with creating these grand, universe appropriate names for your characters I JUST CAN’T PRONOUNCE THEM.  Also, Demons is spelled like that instead of the deamons I’ve been reading about in WH40K that don’t exist.  The premise also strikes me as similar to the premise of Sea of Monsters (Rick Riordan) but instead of finding a golden fleece they just plant a new tree.  Of course I doubt Ellcrys is a person…

More Than Mortal Sagas Isu. 1, 2, 3; Sharon Scott, Romano20160716_150430

I didn’t buy this and I know nothing about it.  One of my sisters friends bought it for her thinking it was the first three issues of Vaughan and Staples Saga.  The characters and story seem to be based on Irish folklore and mythology which I can totally get behind.  Cool stuff.  Really, that’s all I have for this.

King of Kings, Leaves’ Eyes20160716_150541

While shopping we ran into a music store and they didn’t have letlive.  I was rather put out.  I did find this, however, an album by Norwegian/German symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes.   I assumed by the art they were symphonic, so I went with it.  (IT’S AWESOME).  No regrets here.  There will be a review up this Tuesday or the next, so stay tuned!

This has been According to Hatchet, thanks for being here.

‘Book Haul’: 6/28

Sup bitmunchers!  I realize that today is our music day, but due to technical difficulties on my end, I am lacking in some resources right now, and for the forseeable future.  So what did I do today?  Yeah, I bought some books.  xp

There is a discount book store outlet where my sister works, so after dropping her off, I wandered over there and spent an hour in their fantasy section.  I found three books, so lets talk about it!

1. Heaven’s Net Is Wide, Lian Hearn

Paperback, Historical Fantasy20160628_160344

                As the story opens, the young Shigeru, heir to the clan, is eager to assert his authority and to face down treachery from within his own family and hostility from the far corners of the Three Countries.  As his youthful determination pushes the Otori inexorably toward war with the rival Tohan Clan – and their ruthless, scheming warlord, Iida Sadamu – fate appears to have some difficult lessons in store for Shigeru.

     – from the back of the book

It seems that this book is chronologically first while being canonically last.  I pick books based on cover first, description second, so I liked the cover on this one.  The story also takes place in Japan which I find super interesting.  It reminded me a bit of The Tale of Genji, but less intimidating.  One day I will read it.  I have never read anything from the Tale of the Otori series, so this will be my introduction.

2. THE DIVINER, Melanie Rawn

Hardcover, Fantasy20160628_160238

                It begins with Azzad al-Ma’aliq, lone survivor of the vicious treachery that destroyed his entire clan.  Saved by the mysterious desert healers known as the Shagara, Azzad must look beyond the haven they offer, driven by his burning need for vengeance.  For though the Shagara keep him safe from the seemingly endless stream of assassins his enemy sends after him, Azzad is convinced that the only way he will rid himself of this thread is by claiming the blood deb t owed his family.  Yet what Azzad cannot foresee is the price he and future generations will be forced to pay in their drive for revenge.

                For it is not until the time of Azzad’s great-grandson Qamar that this blood feud may finally come to an end.  Qamar has both the determination of the al-Ma’aloq and the inborn magic of the Shagara, and it is he who has the ability to fulfill his ancestor’s oath to avenge the slaughter of his family.  Because of his dual heritage, Qamar feels doubly trapped by destiny, until he encounters a beautiful young woman named Solanna Grijalva and a group of renegade Shagara.  Living in exile, these Shagara have abandoned desert tradition and developed a daring and unique type of magic.

                But will Qamar finally succeed in doing what generations of al-Ma’aliq men have failed to do?  Or will he bring into being an even greater threat than the one he is determined to eradicate?

     – from the book jacket

This is arguably the book I’m most excited about reading out of these three, and the one I did the least amount of screening for.  The cover reminded me of classic Dragon Lance books, especially those written by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman.  When I picked this up I was trying to fill a sale pre-req, but ended up foregoing the sale.  Besides, this guy just looks so BA, I mean, dang son.  That sassy pose.

3. The Silvered, Tanya Huff

Hardcover, Steampunk Fantasy20160628_155929

                It began with the prophecy made by the Imperial Soothsayer, a prophecy that had Emperor Leopald’s army bent on conquering the small kingdom of Aydori.  For Aydori was ruled by the Hunt Pack – shape changers who took the form of wolves – and the Mage-pack – masters of the six disciplines: air, fire, water, earth, metals, healing.

                With its allies defeated, nothing stood between Aydori and the invading Imperials but its own troops, led by the Hunt Pack and aided by mage-craft.  What no one could have anticipated were the emperor’s new weapons – from hot air balloons, to highly destructive long-range rockets, to guns loaded with the silver bullets so deadly to the Pack.

                Even as his troops wreaked havoc on a broad front, the emperor sent a small group deep into Aydori territory to capture the six pregnant mages of the prophecy, using ancient magical devices that could nullify their powers, leaving them helpless prisoners.

                It should have been a foolproof scheme.  Captain Sean Reiter and his squad of Imperial soldiers easily captured five women of the Mage-pack, including the wife of the Pack Leader.  Yet the prophecy said they needed six mages.  So, while the majority of the squad head back to the capital with their prize, Captain Reiter and a smaller group continued the search.  And they came across Mirian Maylin.

                The daughter of a well-to-do banker and a social-climbing mother, Mirian had scored incredibly high in the testing, which won her a place at the mages’ university.  Yet after a year there all she had accomplished was to qualify at first level in five of the six disciplines when she should have been achieving mastery in one.  She hadn’t even informed her parents that she’d been told not to return for further schooling.  But when she witnessed the enemy capturing five women of the Mage-pack, Mirian had no choice but to head for the battlefront to report the kidnapping to the pack leader.

                On the way, she fell prisoner to Reiter and his men.  And it was only thanks to the intervention of the Pack Leader’s younger brother Tomas Hagen that Mirian escaped.  Tomas brought devastating news – news that sent the two of them on a desperate race to rescue the captured mages before they reached the capital.

                But even as they perused the squad, they were being perused by Captain Reiter.  While Mirian and Tomas journeyed through progressively more hostile lands, she worked relentlessly to improve her mage-craft and achieve control over her spells, leaving an all-too-obvious trail of incidents that could not be ignored.

                The Mage-pack captives themselves were doing everything they could to escape before the emperor could implement his horrific plans for them and their unborn children, but time was running out.  And even if Mirian and Tomas reached the capital before it was too late, what chance did they have against an ancient magic, the latest scientific advances, and a mad emperor’s entire army?

     – from the book jacket

While I edited the other two for length, I’ll just leave this whole thing here.  I may have been a little lax in my screening process.  The cover looked interesting, of course, and the wolf on the cover reminded me of my favourite misunderstood wolf protagonist Fell from The Sight, and Fell by David Clements-Davies (I highly recommend ALL his books, they’re amazing).  I read the first page or so and it made a good impression but I obviously did not read the jacket carefully enough, cause girl, that is just too much.  This is about werewolves vs Victorians (I’m only assuming that last part) which isn’t really my style, but hey, you gotta try new stuff, right?

Well, that’s all for today’s book haul.  I hope you all look forward to reading my reviews of these books whenever I read them and if you would like me to read one of these for my next Book Club series, let me know in the comments!

This has been According to Hatchet,

Thanks for being here x33