Throne of Jade

The second installment of the Temeraire series takes place sometime after the events of His Majesty’s Dragon and brings a beautiful story with plenty of intrigues. While the dragon was thought to be an imperial for most of the book, it was his use of the Divine Wind that helped educate Laurance that Temeraire is not an imperial but rather a celestial. The greatest of all the Chinese dragons, and so right from the beginning we are treated to a Chinese delegation led by the emperor’s brother, Prince Yongxing, who is seeking the immediate return of Lung Tien Xiang, Temeraire, but neither Laurence or Temeraire are willing to part...

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His Majesty's Dragon

The first question to ask yourself for this new historical series is, “What would the Napoleonic Wars have looked like if dragons existed?” I have loved dragons ever since I started encountering them in literature and tv shows. There is something about the fantastical creatures that are absolutely amazing and captivating. And the premise that Naomi Novik wove into this series is precisely what drew me to read His Majesty’s Dragon, the first book in the Temeraire series...

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Whispersync for Voice

Amazon has been delving into every aspect of reading since they introduced their first generation of Kindle in November of 2007. And when they looked at the reading market, they saw a considerable sector of the market they currently didn’t have control over in the form of Audible, so the online giant bought Audible in 2008. With this new market brought under their control, they quickly set about to enhance the capabilities of their Kindle portfolio. They had initially introduced Whispersync as a way to keep your place between Kindle screens so you could read on any given Kindle screen without losing your place...

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Monster Hunter Siege

With each and every installment of the Monster Hunter series, the stakes have gotten greater, and the dangers intensified. And as the stakes and risks increase the entire world keeps circling around a central being, a big bad villain coming to lay waste to the world. During the events of the series, we have met some of this being’s minions, seen the devastation those minions have caused or orchestrated. Yet during the events of those entries, he has yet to make his appearance...

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Spilled Ink at Jirani Coffeehouse

A while back I was brought into a facebook group for local authors, Spilled Ink (Virginia), unfortunately, I was not very active in the group. I did not participate in the conversations on the channel nor did I go to any of the events. That is until I went to Jirani Coffeehouse last Friday for my very first Spilled Ink event. It took me a little while to find a parking space in Manassas and then a bit more time to locate the coffeehouse, and when I did, I discovered that I missed the very beginning of the event. But based upon the images the group posted of the event all I missed was the opening and a bit of the first reading...

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Farscape Comic Books

I vividly remember seeing the series finale of Farscape, and it left me heartbroken. The ending was absolutely terrible. But then we were treated to the Peacekeeper Wars mini-series, and we were given a fantastic finish to this absolutely fantastic show. Though just like any good show the tale never honestly felt like it had completed...

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Monster Hunter Nemesis

Fresh off of Monster Hunter International’s heroic defeat of the Nightmare, Larry Correia once again shakes up the series by giving us a new perspective. But instead of picking any Monster Hunter International employees, he let Agent Franks, Frankenstein’s monster tell the story. Up to this point in the story, Frank’s history has been shrouded in mystery, but we finally get to hear the monster’s history...

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Monster Hunter Legion

What do the letters ICMHP mean to you? Before reading this book it looked like nothing but gibberish, but shortly after stating Monster Hunter Legion we are told it stands for the International Conference of Monster Hunting Professionals. The conference, the first ever, was set up to pull hunters from around the world together in an effort to make them better at their job. Once again we are treated to Owen Zastava Pitt’s point of view, which makes sense since he is such a central figure in this series. His team arrives in Las Vegas just having completed a job, and he is trying to enjoy a buffet, when his past runs into him quite literally...

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Purple Mattress

Sorry for the rant, but one of the most important things in anyone’s life is their mattress, and since we sleep for roughly a third of our lives it is crucial to have an exceptional mattress when we sleep. Now over my life, I have had a few mattresses, and the quality ranged from a standard Serta mattress to my new Purple Mattress. And without a doubt the Purple, for my sleep and my wallet the purple mattress reigns supreme. I remember the first time I saw the raw egg test on YouTube, and I was amazed, and honestly enthralled, by the almost four-minute commercial...

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Solo A Star Wars Story

I remember when I first heard that Disney was taking the entire written collection of star wars novels and making them no longer canon, I was disheartened. While I hadn’t read all of the books out there, I do remember reading many of the novels, and those stories did an absolutely fantastic job of bringing a rich history to the universe that had been crafted by just a handful of movies. From the Heir to the Empire trilogy that detailed the work of Grand Admiral Thrawn five years after the events of Return of the Jedi; which was beautifully written and despite not being canon is a fantastic read. However, the trilogy that was loosely in my mind when I went to see Han Solo movie was the Han Solo trilogy...

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