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Autumn Adventures

My retreat from the post-Amazon-apocalypse-GoodReads. My shelves and my reviews, I hope, will find a safe haven here.

 

I like to read epic fantasy (the bigger, thicker and longer, the better) and science fiction (perfer space operas).  I also enjoy the occasional biography or history non-fiction.

 

Out in the real world, I'm an IT professional in the Legal industry.  Tech doesn't scare me or phase me.

Currently reading

Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
Luke Daniels, Kevin Hearne
Progress: 94 %
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

I related to and enjoyed many of the characters, especially Kaladin (heroic surgeon/spearman/slave/savior – this book focuses most on this character), Szeth (reluctant assassin), Dalinar (noble war leader tortured by visions during highstorms) and Wit (lives up to his name). Strangely, for the first time while reading a novel by Sanderson, I didn’t connect well with the female characters: Josnah (a heretic and devoted researcher/scholar) and Shallan (Josnah’s ward/student with a secret scarred past and a secret ulterior motive).

 

Sanderson excels at action sequences, vividly portraying amazing feats of magic, thrilling fight scenes and stunning battle sequences. At times, I forgot I was reading, becoming completely absorbed in what looked and felt like a spectacular cinematic experience. Hollywood screenwriters and directors could definitely learn something from Brandon Sanderson.

 

Visit my original blog post here for the rest of my review. 

 

GR Status Updates:

 

09/04/2010 page 1   0.0% 2 comments
09/04/2010 page 35   3.0% "Starting Part One 'Above Silence'" 13 comments
09/04/2010 page 61   6.0% "Starting third chapter 'City of Bells'" 6 comments
09/04/2010 page 73   7.0% "Starting Chapter 4 'The Shattered Plains'" 4 comments
09/04/2010 page 83   8.0% "Starting Chapter 5 'Heretic'" 3 comments
09/04/2010 page 95   9.0% "Starting Chapter 6 'Bridge Four'" 2 comments
09/04/2010 page 112   11.0% "Starting Chapter 7 'Anything Reasonable'" 2 comments
09/05/2010 page 145   14.0% "Starting Chapter 9 'Damnation'" 4 comments
09/05/2010 page 164   16.0% "Finished Part One"
09/06/2010 page 171   17.0% "In search of ... Hoid"
09/06/2010 page 181   18.0% "Starting Part Two 'The Illuminating Storms'" 2 comments
09/06/2010 page 201   20.0% "Finished Chapter 12 'Unity'" 2 comments
09/06/2010 page 210   21.0% "Finished Chapter 13 'Ten Heartbeats'" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 220   22.0% "Finished Chapter 14 'Payday'" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 224   22.0% "A tenant of Vorinism" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 227   23.0% "Dalinor remembers Gavilar's death quote from the ancient text entitled The Way of Kings" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 238   24.0% "Another reference to textbook The Way of Kings aka the Codes" 2 comments
09/06/2010 page 241   24.0% "Finished Chapter 14 'Decoy'" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 244   24.0% "Alethi Codes of War" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 257   26.0% "Finished Chapter 16 'Cocoons'" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 273   27.0% "Finished Chapter 17 'A Bloody, Red Sunset'" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 278   28.0% "Fourth copy edit mistake I've found in the first 300 pages. All have involved two letter prepositions." 2 comments
09/06/2010 page 282   28.0% "A Calling and a Glory" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 284   28.0% "The War of Loss aka Hierocracy" 4 comments
09/06/2010 page 292   29.0% "Another description of the Way of Kings" 2 comments
09/06/2010 page 308   31.0% "Finished Chapters 18 'Highprince of War' and Chapter 19 'Starfalls'" 3 comments
09/06/2010 page 316   31.0% "Trust and Power" 1 comment
09/06/2010 page 351   35.0% "Starting Chapter 24 'The Gallery of Maps'" 1 comment
09/07/2010 page 360   36.0% "Starting Chapter 25 'The Butcher'" 1 comment
09/08/2010 page 377   37.0% "Found another copy edit mishap with a missing two-letter proposition." 4 comments
09/08/2010 page 386   38.0% "Starting Chapter 27 'Chasm Duty'" 1 comment
09/08/2010 page 406   40.0% "Starting Chapter 28 'Decision'"
09/10/2010 page 428   43.0% "Finished Part Two"
09/10/2010 page 451   45.0% "Finished second set of Interlude short stories"
09/11/2010 page 469   47.0% "Redundant 'close' or am I just not reading this right: 'A true scholar must not close her mind close on any topic, no matter how certain she may feel.'" 3 comments
09/11/2010 page 496   49.0% "Finished three chapters from Kaladin's PoV."
09/11/2010 page 512   51.0% "Finished Chapter 33 'Cymatics'" 2 comments
09/11/2010 page 524   52.0% "Finished Chapters 34 & 35 'Stormwall' and 'A Light by Which to See'" 6 comments
09/11/2010 page 600   60.0% "Finished 'Beggars and Barmaids' chapter." 1 comment
09/11/2010 page 626   62.0% "Kaladin's regrets haunt him." 1 comment
09/12/2010 page 645   64.0% "Shallan becomes more desperate and possibly delusional."
09/12/2010 page 663   66.0% "Kaladin meets Adolin."
09/12/2010 page 671   67.0% "Kaladin hears Cenn's death reading." 4 comments
09/12/2010 page 676   67.0% "Starting Chapter 48 'Strawberry'" 2 comments
09/12/2010 page 687   68.0% "Starting Chapter 49 'To Care'" 1 comment
09/12/2010 page 696   69.0% "Starting Chapter 50 'Backbreaker Powder'"
09/12/2010 page 704   70.0% "Finished Part Three" 1 comment
09/12/2010 page 721   72.0% "Finished third Interludes" 1 comment
09/12/2010 page 730   72.0% "Another copy edit mishap" 1 comment
09/12/2010 page 751   75.0% "Aha! Hoid again!" 2 comments
09/12/2010 page 763   76.0% "Starting Chapter 55 'An Emerald Broam'"
09/12/2010 page 777   77.0% "Starting Chapter 56 'That Storming Book'"
09/12/2010 page 789   78.0% "Starting Chapter 57 'Wandersail'" 1 comment
09/13/2010 page 811   81.0% "Starting Chapter 58 'Journey'"
09/13/2010 page 857   85.0% "Starting Chapter 61 'Right for Wrong'"
09/13/2010 page 878   87.0% "Starting Chapter 63 'Fear'"
09/14/2010 page 926   92.0% "Finished Chapter 67 'Words'" 3 comments
09/14/2010 page 945   94.0% "Starting Chapter 69 'Justice'"
09/14/2010 page 962   96.0% "Finished Part Four (no Interludes before Part Five)."
09/14/2010 page 1007   100.0% 1 comment
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