Magic the Gathering

Sorry for the rant. But I was looking around my office, and I see a fair amount of my Magic the Gathering collection. Looking at the collection in my office makes me think of a time when I was back when I was in high school gathering around my collection searching for just the right card trying to build the best deck I can. Though as high school went on, I eventually put my collection aside and went on to other things. Years after putting my collection aside a good friend of mine got pulled back into the game, and he started telling me about all the ways the game has changed and adapted since we last played. Despite my friend trying to pull me back into the game, I didn’t have the time or money for it...

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The Assassins of Altis

I was very intregued by the first two installments of The Pillars of Reality series, with them Jack Campbell has painted a wonderful tapestry of the world of Dematr. He has woven the lives of Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain into the very tapestry of the world each giving strength to each other and to the world at large...

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Review

Can Reading too Much be as Bad as Not Reading at All?

A while back I began my rather lengthy and unplanned sabbatical, from blogging. Well to be honest from writing and reading. Originally I thought just needed a small mental break, after all, I had just broken my mind, or at least cracked it slightly...

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The Hidden Masters of Marandur

The Hidden Masters of Marandur is the sequel to The Dragons of Dorcastle and I was eager to finally be able to return to the world that Jack Campbell created. In the first book he crafted a world, yet barely scratched its history, that was engaging and pulled me into the story...

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Review

Oathbringer, The Stormlight Archives book 3

I remember when I was first introduced to Brandon Sanderson’s work, I was wondering around a Barns & Nobel, and I saw one of his books from the Mistborn trilogy. And I was hooked on his writing from the first word. He has always been very good at building a word and filling it with wonderful characters...

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Review

The Lightning Thief

Growing up I was always a fan of Greek mythology; and, since Roman mythology is essentially a variation of Greek, I loved it too. It was not the surviving myths (stories) that addicted me to the subject. It had been the concept of gods and demigods that seared the topic into my mind. During my college days, I took a course in Greek Mythology...

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Review

The Importance of Reading

What is it about reading that is so important? Growing up, I never thought twice about my choice to sit in front of a television and just watch whatever was on. The cartoons and shows were exciting and as an easily impressed youngster the “storylines” they presented captured my fleeting attention and did not make me think too hard. It was a perfect way to be entertained, at least my younger self-thought so...

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Thought

The Dragons of Dorcastle

One of the most enjoyable ways I’ve found to relax is to read or listen to books depending on the situation. Unfortunately a while ago I was unable to do as much reading as I’ve wanted to. But that particular hectic time of my life had ebbed so when it passed I threw myself back into the wonderful habit that I want to deepen every day...

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Review

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians

What is the first thing that pops into you mind when you hear the word librarians? I’m sure it is close to someone who works in an antiquated building full of books. They offer aid to people who are in search of a specific book and are quick to collect the fines when you’re late returning on of their books. But either of those ideas is so very far from evil...

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Recommendation

Gone but never Forgotten

It’s been almost a year and a half since my last post. And it’s been a crazy time for me, a lot has been going on in my life recently. But now that it’s calming down a little I’m back and with my return I’m bringing my first published novel with me, Dead Man’s Hand...

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News

Elantris

My first exposure to Brandon Sanderson’s writing was his Mistborn trilogy. Which was so well written and such a unique story that I searched out his writing. During this search I came across his first published work, Elantris, and I immediately added it to my library. The book may have sat on my digital bookshelf for a while before I read it, but that was only because I had so much other reading to do...

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Recommendation

Farscape, Peacekeeper Wars

Could I have discussed The Peacekeeper Wars mini-series with Farscape? Probably. They feature the same characters with the same past but there is a more foreboding atmosphere to the special that did not exist in the main show. This two hour special most likely would have formed the basis for the shows fifth season had it not been canceled...

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The Rithmatist

There are very few authors that spur me to purchase their books on the day they are released. One author, well at this point the only author that I will do this for, is Brandon Sanderson. Whenever I see one of his novels, novellas or short stories I immediately have a strong desire to place my hard earned money into his pocket. He is a phenomenal author; in every story of his that I have read he manages to place me into the worlds he creates...

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Review

The Washington Redskins

Sorry for the rant. But what is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the words ‘The Washington Redskins’? I would think that, for most people, it would be the professional football team that plays in Landover, Maryland, while calling Washington DC their home. But after reading over a dozen articles that say the name is racist, I began to wonder if that was the only thing that pops into people’s minds...

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Rant

What makes a good Narrator?

When it comes to audio books, I have only one destination, audible.com. They have an incredible collection of books to choose from. And since they are an Amazon company there are some very nice tie-ins with their Kindle platform. However, when it comes to the book’s narrator these tie-ins are not all that relevant. More than likely people who do not routinely listen to audio books will assume that a fantastic book will make a fantastic audio performance...

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