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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Captain's Fury

Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where to start? Tavi finds out who he really is as his fury's develop further. He also learns that he's no longer safe because of his true identity, he should be used to that considering he's never been far from danger. The puppet Senator Arnos is frankly a douche and does his best to displace Tavi as the captain of the First Aleran Legion. To save lives Tavi makes difficult decisions including a Juris Macto, in turn his trusted advisor Valiar Marcus must decide who he'll truly follow. During all of this Amara, Bernard, and First Lord Sextus confront Kalare.

Quite a lot is packed into the forth book of this series. I read this one very quickly, that's what happens when you've got too much free time on a flight. The book was filled with treachery, but in the society Jim Butcher has created, that's to be expected. Again I love the writing style Butcher's been using throughout this series. I can't wait to move on to the Princep's Fury.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Endymion

Endymion (Hyperion, #3)Endymion by Dan Simmons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been almost 300 years since the end of The Fall of Hyperion. The Hegemony has collapsed and the Catholic Church has come into power during the collapses’ vacuum. The One Who Teaches is soon to appear and the Church wants her captured at all costs.

The continuation of the Hyperion Cantos in book three of the series, was pretty awesome. We learned the motivation of the Church and the truth about the cruciform. A handful of characters were introduced, Aenea (The One Who Teaches), Raul Endymion (her protector), A. Bettik (their android companion), and Father De Soya (their pursuer). The story was really good, we have a fanatical Catholic Church, artificial intelligence, Earth’s and the universes future state, the deadly Shrike, Time Tombs, and a handful of other things.

I’m looking forward to The Rise of Endymion, the fourth and last book in the series. I hope the architect that’s alluded to in this book is who I think it is. Time will tell.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Saga, Volume 2

Saga, Volume 2Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I borrowed Saga Volume 1 from my local library. I decided to buy copies of Volumes 1 and 2 while I was in a comic shop of sorts over the weekend. Volume 2 was just as good as Volume 1, it picked up essentially where Volume 1 left off.

The story is narrated by Hazel, Marco and Alana's daughter. She's only a baby in the story, but her narration is full of smart humor and sarcasm. Marco and his mother leave the ship to find their disembodied baby-sitter, while Alana and Marco's dad get to know each other. Gwendolyn, Marco's ex-fiancee meets up with The Will and Lying Cat all the while Prince Robot IV lurks in the background tracking the couple.

I'm looking forward to volume 3, I will be picking it up so soon as it’s available on Amazon.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fool Moon

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this second book of the Dresden Files series, Murphy brings Harry in to consult on a series of brutal murders. Craziness ensues when he realizes that the killings are the work of werewolves, add the FBI and mob connections and you get a roller coaster of a ride.

The book was nice and quick, I’m looking forward to see how Harry, Karrin, and Marcone’s relationships progress. It should offer a lot of entertainment in future books.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Crown of Swords

A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7)A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can officially say that I'm halfway through the Wheel of Time series. I don’t want to think about how many pages I’ve turned anymore than I want to figure how many I have yet to read.

The story continues to get more complex. Slowly questions are being answer, while others are just forming. With the amount of characters now in the series, I almost need a map to remember who they are and how they fit. It was nice to see Lan, I hope doesn't get lost in the story again. Mat’s involvement added some excited, but the ending of the book seemed rushed. Shadar Logoth is such an interesting place in the over story with such rich history that I wish we were taken there for more than a few pages.

I believe Path of Daggers is next. I’m hoping that momentum of the story starts to pick up. The many plot arcs have to merge at some point and when they do it’s going to be exciting. If not, it's going to be tedious for a while. No matter, I’ll keep reading.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cursor's Fury

Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book three in the Codex Alera series at a bit of everything: epic battles, dangerous rescues, intrigue and subterfuge. Tavi comes into his own when he's inserted into First Aleran Legion. They a new legion with unseasoned soldiers, who were not expected to see battle. The First Aleran Legion are trust into the middle of a Canim invasion, and are all that stands in their way. We also learn more about Tavi's past through Isana's dreams while she tries to heal Fade. There is a lot going on in this volume of the series.

I wish I had looked up the background of this story and where it originated from earlier. Apparently Jim Butcher was attending an online writing workshop and someone challenged him to write about two "lame" subjects: the Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon. I noticed, especially in this volume, that there are a lot of Romanic references that I picked up on after reading that. He writes about the legion, centurion, etc., and that structure seems to follow the Roman legion structure closely. I would guess that he did a lot of research to pull together and adjust the detail of Roman society and its military actions into his own world.

I'm impressed by the way Butcher writes a complex story that's stretched over six volumes, while he manages to keep it simple, intriguing, and wanting to read more. I've only read the first of the Dresden File series, but I hope he does the same their, even though they're more serialized. I'm a fan.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Fall of Hyperion

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As much as I liked Hyperion, I think I liked The Fall of Hyperion more. The majority of the story was told from two perspectives, the CEO of the Hegemony Meina Gladstone and the Joseph Severn. The CEO is essentially the President of the Universe she makes hard choices to free everyone from the unseen tyranny of the AI living amongst them. Severn, a cybrid which is an AI mind fused into a human body, shares the furthering journey of the Shrike Pilgrims from the first book through dreams. It's worth noting that Severn is a cybrid based on the DNA of the Poet John Keats who happened to write and abandon an epic poem titled Hyperion. All of the events calumniate in the end of the book where life is in disarray but there is hope.

I look forward to reading books three and four to see where this goes. Simmons' writing style has me hooked, its smart and thought provoking. I hope the last two are as good as the first two.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hyperion

Hyperion (Hyperion, #1)Hyperion by Dan Simmons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This first book of the Hyperion Cantos, caught me by surprise. Luckily, it was a good kind of surprise. A friend suggested Hyperion and I added it to my list of things to read.

The story was arranged in an interesting structure, it had around six or seven chapters which spanned near 400 pages. Each chapter told the tale of each of the final pilgrims as they travel to the Time Tombs in Hyperion. The chapters were long, but didn't seem to notice as the pages flew by.

The book ended half way through the first half of the total Cantos, I look forward to reading the rest. I hope the rest of the series is as good as this book.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

T25 Focus: Day 35

We finished the second week of T25 Focus: Beta, the seventh week in total.  The Beta cycle is completely different then Alpha and it's kept new and fresh.  There is a lot more focus on upper body with the use of weights, but don't worry the cardio will still make you sweet like you just ran several miles.

So far, I'm still loving it!

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