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Review
4 Stars
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune - Frank Herbert

This is not the first time I've read Dune, but I haven't read any of the other books in the series. One interesting thing is that the author, Frank Herbert was a speechwriter in the '50s, so you see the behind the scene workings in the running of governments of the Dune universe.  Herbert won a Hugo award and the first Nebula award with Dune.

 

Dune is about a boy named Paul that is a son of Duke Leto Atreides, starting when the Duke is sent from his world of comfort to the barren desert world Arrakis, known for its melange, or spice, a drug that is coveted by the entire known kingdom of planets overseen by the Emperor Shaddam.  The spice is what makes the governments run and is what the Spacing Guild's navigators to safely route faster-than-light travel between planets.  It is said that "he that controls the spice controls the universe" and that is the aim of Duke Atreides.

 

With Herbert's political knowledge he writes a book about deceit, upheaval, sinister plots, and deal makings, sort of a futuristic "Game of Thrones".  Dune follows young Paul as a fifteen-year-old son of a Duke to an exiled Duke believed to be dead, to a Freman tribe member and then his rise to the fight for the throne.

 

I really liked this book.  Sometimes it gets a little long-winded but all in all, it is a good story that has held its greatness over time, with one movie, one mini-series, and a movie in planning stages if not yet already started filming.  If you love science fiction then this is a must read, but I imagine since it is almost 55 years old most science fiction readers have read it since it's been said this is the best selling science fiction novel in history.

 

I rate this a 4 of 5 stars.

 

Dune by Frank Herbert

Book 1 in Dune Saga & the Dune Franchise

Here are the winners of the 2019 Nebula Awards: Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars took home the top honor

The Verge has the winners of the 2019 Nebula Award winners up.  I've only Read Rebecca Roanhorse Trail of Lightning that made the list.  Anybody read the others?

 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18624664/nebula-awards-2019-winners-novels-books-novellas-kowal-calculating-stars-science-fiction-fantasy

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George R.R. Martin Hits Back at Rumors Saying He's Already Finished Writing A Song of Ice and Fire

EDIT:  Looks like Irresponsible Reader with her follow-up post from Martin's blog set the record straight and I posted a nasty rumor.  Thanks for setting it straight.

 

If It's On The Internet . . .

 

Just found this on one of the sites I like to look at a couple of time a week.  It seems George R.R. Martin has already written books 6 & 7.  

 

It seems the actor that plays Ser Barristan Selmy, Ian McElhinney said in an interview:

George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books. George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey. But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.

 

I've read where a lot of people are put off because of how long it's been since book 5, but will you read books 6 & 7 when they come out?

 

I will.

 

https://io9.gizmodo.com/george-r-r-martin-hits-back-at-rumors-saying-hes-alrea-1834749482

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George R.R. Martin Hits Back at Rumors Saying He's Already Finished Writing A Song of Ice and Fire

EDIT:  Looks like Irresponsible Reader with her follow-up post from Martin's blog set the record straight and I posted a nasty rumor.  Thanks for setting it straight.

 

If It's On The Internet . . .

 

Just found this on one of the sites I like to look at a couple of time a week.  It seems George R.R. Martin has already written books 6 & 7.  

 

It seems the actor that plays Ser Barristan Selmy, Ian McElhinney said in an interview:

George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed. So if all goes well, in another month or two we might get Books 6 and 7, and I’m intrigued to know how Barristan, for instance, ends up going through those final two books. George, I talked to him during Season 1 and he did say to me that Barristan had a very interesting journey. But unfortunately I didn’t get to play all of that, so we’ll have to wait and see.

 

I've read where a lot of people are put off because of how long it's been since book 5, but will you read books 6 & 7 when they come out?

 

I will.

 

https://io9.gizmodo.com/george-r-r-martin-hits-back-at-rumors-saying-hes-alrea-1834749482

Review
4.5 Stars
Storm of Locust by Rebecca Roanhorse
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I just finished Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse and had to start and finish Storm of Locust.  That's the nice thing about finding a great book a year after it's been released and the second in the series has already hit the shelves.  I didn't take time to write a review that's how bad I wanted to read this book.  Between Rebecca Roanhorse's storytelling and Tanis Parenteau's performance as the narrator on the audiobook, it becomes a book you can't put down.

 

Rebecca Roanhorse's use of her Navajo life, re-imagined after an Armageddon scale major catastrophe of what is called Big Water wipes out the world.  All that is left in our protagonist's life is the land of her people, which is east and south, to the west of Big Denver to Burque (Albuquerque) which is south and west, and to the north is the Exalted Mormon Kingdom in the Salt Lake City area which would be north.  To the east is the tops of the Appalachians and then further east is the Swiss Alps.  Nothing else exists in this universe (as of this book).  Rebecca uses the Diyin Dineʼé (Navajo Gods) and clan powers that comes back when the sixth world is created (or brought back) after the catastrophe in her stories, bringing a fresh subject into the fantasy and science fiction genres that makes this series so good.

 

So go out and grab a copy of Trail of Lightning if you haven't read it and then start Swarm of Locust. You won't be disappointed.

Review
5 Stars
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I've seen this book and the second book of the Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse reviewed here at BookLikes and I put it not only on my TBR list but to the front of the class and read probably one of the best books I've read this year.  Rebecca is an excellent writer and a better storyteller.  That's probably why she is a Hugo & Campbell award winner.  Her audiobooks are brilliantly performed by Tanis Parenteau, and she does this series justice!  Rebecca does a great job of writing science fiction, fantasy, and her Navajo heritage.

 

Our antihero is Maggie, a monster killer, trained by Neizghání who's Mother was a god and is known as a slayer of monsters.  Neizghání shows up in Maggie's life after she finds that she has a clan power, something that is rare in this post-armageddon life. The book starts up a couple of years after Neizghání abandons Maggie.  Now people come to Maggie and rely on her to kill monsters.  Maggie's first adventure in the book is to track down a missing little girl that turns out to have been taken by a monster.

 

That's all you'll get from me. a poorly written review but hopefully you will believe me when I tell you this book and series is worth your time.  It will be one of the series that will fill in for Hearne's Iron Druid series now that it is finished and also Jim Butcher's Dresden Files since he's probably decided to enjoy life for a while.  Rebeca Roanhorse's Sixth World series is that good.

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience

This week I read the Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse.  I've seen reviews here at BookLikes from her two books and nothing but high praise on these reviews.  I think they are two of the best books I've read this year.

 

If anybody is interested, the short story that earned her the 2017 Hugo Award for The Best Short Story is here, an article in Apex Magazine, which I am not familiar with.

 

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience

 

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience

 

You can also hear Lavar Burton read the story here.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Raonhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I just read the first chapter and this is really a good book.  I'm doing the audiobook and Tanis Parenteau is doing a great job telling the story. I know a lot of you have read this and that is why I'm reading it, because of your reviews.

 

So thanks for all the fish reviews!

Review
3.5 Stars
God Touched by John Conroe
God Touched - John Conroe

After reading the two books in the series of 'Tales of Pell' narrated by Luke Daniels, I was really not enjoying the book.  After about 40% in it start coming in to be a good read.  I'm doing the audiobook at the same time just like the aforementioned series, but James Patrick Cronin's rendition of God Touched took me a while to get into it.  I don't want to say Luke is better or compare the two because these are two-way different types of books.  I bet Cronin could do his multiple characters in crazy voices just like Daniels, so I got over it.

 

God Touched was released back in 2010 and has been successful in Conroe's Demon Accord series.  The main protagonist is Christian Gordon, who has been a demon hunter for the last few years of his young life.  Now he has just passed his probational period with the NYPD and learns there are other supernatural things in life, like vampires, werewolves, werebears, wereweazils, and were-anything-carnivorous to go along with Demons.

 

Not much reason to really give a detailed review or throw spoilers in.  Like I said earlier it was released in 2009 and reviewed probably over 1000 times.

 

If you like Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Demons, were-whatevers, and other things supernatural with a light dash of romantics then you should enjoy this.

 

3-1/2 stars, really worth reading.

 

God Touched by John Conroe

The Demon Accords series, book 1

No Country For Old Gnomes by Delilah S Dawson and Kevin Hearne
No Country for Old Gnomes - Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

There's a big difference in this book and the first book.  No Country for Old Gnomes is more of a fantasy than humor, where the first book was more humorous.  Dawson and Hearne must have one heck of an editor, intertwining the writings of two very good writers into a magnificent story.  Put the great writing along with Luke Daniels voice acting and you get a very great product.  Please don't get me wrong, this book is really a fun book to read, the imagination of these two writers and where they get their ideas are second to none.  

 

The main characters are 2 gnomes (one acting as his twin brother), a halfling, an ovitaur (think a satyr, but more sheep-y), a dwarf, and a gryphon.  Just like the first book they must start a quest, with this quest being to save the gnomes from extinction.

 

Be warned tho, the dwarf swears a lot, like "Oh, my angry asparagus!", "Oh, piglet pants!" and other really bad swearing.

 

Dawson and Hearne gave us a really fun book to read.  Hearne says the first is not required to be read first but it is one of the funniest fantasy books you'll ever read, so read them both, in order.

 

I rate this 4 stars and highly recommend it.

 

No Country For Old Gnomes by Delilah S Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Book 2 in the Tales of Pell series.

Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
No Country for Old Gnomes - Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

This is the 2nd book of the "Tales Of Pell" series.  The first book was a very humorous story that was written about a fantasy quest.  "No Country for Old Gnomes" is more of a fantasy that is filled with humor.  Smartly written and a very good read/listen, it doesn't have as much humor as the 1st in the series, but it still has lots of funny moments.

 

Each chapter starts with a book quote:

There once was a little mermaid named Ariel, and she fell in love with a human prince. Or, more specifically, his duodenum, eaten raw with a side of kelp. I didn’t mention that part in the fairy tale, did I? Bad for tourism, and I hate getting sued.”

—HANS CHRISTIAN DANDRUFFSPOON OF THE TOODLEOO DANDRUFFSPOONS, in All Stories Are Lies, Child: A Self-Exposé

 

Check Out the Sparkling New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Your Way in May

Another list I found on Gizmodo and thought I would share.  https://io9.gizmodo.com/check-out-the-sparkling-new-sci-fi-and-fantasy-books-co-1833977402 

 

I just don't understand why Adam Savage is on here.

 

Enjoy!

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah Dawson
Kill the Farm Boy - Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson

If you want a fun fantasy to read, then this is it.  If you want the full power of the book then listen to the audiobook.  Luke Daniels is the greatest.  He did all the urban fantasy Iron Druid series, which is completed and Luke Daniels did the audiobooks on these, using his voice to do the cast of dozens.  If you listened to any of these, you'll pick up Oberon in Kill the Farm Boy.  What is Kill the Farm Boy about?  This was in the acknowledgments of the book.

Unlike perhaps all other humans in history, we are thankful for airport barbecue. Not because the barbecue was good but because the joint inside the Dallas–Fort Worth airport was strangely open at 10 a.m. in February 2016 and we could sit down and chat for an hour before we had to catch our flights home. It was during that discussion that we thought it was high time someone killed the farm boy. And by that we meant it was time to make fun of white male power fantasies, the formula for which almost always involves some kid in a rural area rising to power in the empire after he loses his parents, usually because somebody comes along and tells him not to worry, he’s special. (For the record, we do not have anything against farmers of any gender.)

The book main characters are a poo boy farm boy, a talking goat, a woman cursed to be half rabbit, a terrifying warrior in a chain mail bikini, a sand witch, and a Dark Lord and his rogue (both afraid of chickens).  Each has their own quest but join to create a mighty party and a single quest.

 

This was the second time I've read/listened to the book and even though the Kill the Farm Boy is not that old of a book I must have been multi-tasking when I read it the first time, just remembering small parts of the book.  The reason was to read the next in the series, No Country For Old Gnomes, which Hearne says you don't have to read Kill the Farm Boy before reading the second.

 

I rate the book 4-1/2 stars, a great read, but I rate the audiobook 5 stars.

 

Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah Dawson

1st book in the Tales of Pell series.

2019 Edgar Award Winners

The Mystery Writers of America held their awards for the best crime and mystery books and writers for 2018(?).  Heres a link if any of yall are interested, at crimereads.com.

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Kill the Farm Boy - Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson

Here in the desert, we've hit our 100 degree days that will probably go until October, so some days I can't read much.  I work outside and some days I'm asleep at 7:00 pm and back at work at 6:00 am for my 10+ hour day.  Enough whining.

 

Luke Daniels, our audiobook narrator is hilarious.  He did the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne and his vocals are amazing.  Here's one banter that he does.  I wish I could copy it and play it but I can't.  Funny stuff.


“Good morning, sir. Or is it afternoon? I don’t know what time it is,” Fia said. “Who might you be?”

 

“I’m the steward of these catacombs, known in the world as Yör.”

 

“Oh, so that’s why they call these the Catacombs of Yore.”

The smile disappeared, though the voice remained friendly and patient. “No, it’s Yör.”

 

“Isn’t that what I just said? Yore.”

 

“Yör with an umlaut over the o and no e.”

 

Fia stole a glance at Grinda, perhaps seeking guidance, but she had nothing to offer but a helpless shrug. If this was the namesake of the catacombs, he had to be hundreds of years old, and such people often developed eccentric behaviors.

 

“I’m sorry, I’m not hearing a difference,” Fia said.

 

“There’s a tremendous difference,” the man said, placing his goblet down on a small table next to the throne and taking a few steps closer before folding his thin hands together. “Try again. Yör.”

 

“Yore,” Fia said.

 

The man’s expression darkened, and his voice lost much of its initial warmth.

 

“You know, it’s quite rude not to make the effort to say someone’s name correctly. It’s a basic courtesy that should be extended to everyone.”

 

“I’m trying, sir, honestly. Please forgive me. I’ve never been able to roll my tongue or swallow my rs. I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong.”

 

“You’re not pronouncing the umlaut. You must respect the umlaut.” He pointed a bony white finger at Argabella. “You! Rabbit of unusual size. You try.”

 

“Umlaut?” she said at first, then gulped, her entire body shaking. “I mean…Yore?”

 

“Nnnno!” he roared, all civility gone, and the avuncular grumble turned to unnatural rage. “You disrespect the umlaut! I can hear you not saying it!”

 

“I tried, I swear. I’m so sorry!” Argabella cried. “We don’t have umlauts where I come from! I don’t even know why we have semicolons. Please don’t be Shoutful!”

 

The catacomb steward demanded that each of them try to say his name and grew increasingly angry as they all failed, in his judgment, to respect the umlaut. Poor Gustave, when it was his turn, dropped a steamy bevy of fright pellets and wailed, “I don’t have a uvula! I don’t even know how I can talk! Goats weren’t made for umlauts"

 

Hearne and Dawson gave Daniels a loaded script and he is hilarious.  Get the audiobook.  I like reading along with it, helps me concentrate and not be like the dog in the movie UP (2009).  SQUIRREL

 

Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 384 pages.
Kill the Farm Boy - Kevin Hearne, Delilah Dawson

This is a re-read for me since the next book in this series came out, No Country for Old Gnomes.  Kill the Farm Boy is a book that can, naturally, be read, but if you want the full experience then get ahold of the audiobook.  Luke Daniels is unleashed and hilarious in Kill the Farm Boy.  I just hope it's not too much to read these back to back.  This is one of the most comical, overacted book I've listened to but if I remember it started getting a little long before it was over. I've listened to 16% now but it's almost like reading the book again.  That's why I'm re-reading/listening to it again, I just couldn't remember much about it other than it was very funny.