As a lifelong fan of Tolkien’s famous fantasy series, it was naturally that I was overwhelmingly excited when Peter Jackson’s LoTR: The Fellowship of the Ring movie hit theaters back on December 19, 2001.  Sure, I was a little nervous that the film wouldn’t live up to all my lofty expectations, but after a few minutes of watching I was completely won over and became a HUGE fan of the film trilogy.  (Heck, my home office became one huge Tolkien shrine for much of the 2000s with LoTR posters and memorabilia littering the walls.)  But I only say all this to set up the fact that when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit my local cinema I was expecting great things!

I vividly recall being super pumped to take my kids to see the film.  They were not around to go see LoTR in theaters and weren’t into Tolkien like I was.  (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Wreck-It-Ralph were their individual favorites in 2012, as I recall.) Probably I hoped seeing Peter Jackson’s cinematic The Hobbit in a huge theater surrounded by other fans would ignite a love for Tolkien’s worlds.

I also clearly recall no one really loved the film.  There wasn’t much excited talk by my son’s about this action scene or another, no discussions on the ride home of what was going to happen next.  They didn’t hate it, but it just didn’t hold the same sway over their imaginations as watching another superhero movie would have.  And, if I’m being honest, I was a little disappointed in the film as well; the story lacking some element to transform it from a solid, entertaining story into an unforgettable one.

We did go see the next two installments of the films, but they left all of us ever more disappointed.  No one hated The Desolation of Smaug or The Battle of the Five Armies by any means, but none of us loved them either.  No posters appeared on mine or my kids walls.  No desire to buy any memorabilia.  No requests to go to the local public library and check out a book.  Nope, they were . . . a disappointment, one which I never felt any desire to revisit until a few weeks ago.

There I was at home taking care of my sick middle school age son (Walking pneumonia for those who are wondering) for a solid week, and we were watching movies to pass the time, going through pretty much all my son’s favorites like The Maze Runner, The Legend of Tarzan, and different Marvel superhero films terribly quickly.  We even started pulling little watched or remembered stuff like the Tron films out. And then out of nowhere he suggested we watch The Hobbit films.


Have to admit I was surprised he even recalled the films; he was rather young when we watched them in the cinema.  Plus I don’t remember him caring much about them back then.  But I was desperate to keep him entertained, so I discarded any foreboding, dug around in the back of the dvd/bluray cabinet, eventually finding all three dvds sitting untouched, unopened and very dusty in the back, probably gifted to me by someone on a holiday or other.  And, soon, we were watching Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarfs setting off on a grand adventure.

As I’ve said, this was the first time in over four years that I had watched the films and the first time I’ve ever watched all three movies back-to-back-to-back.  And it made the films a bit more entertaining but also made some of the negatives a bit more annoying as well.  Overall, though, I’d still say these movies are far inferior to LoTR for some simple reasons I’ll go into below.

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For me, An Unexpected Journey was the strongest film in this trilogy.  Definitely, the return to the Shire and Rivendell, getting to revisit favorite characters like Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, and Elrond helped me instantly warm to this installment, but I also felt the narrative itself was very good, especially the new story lines like the Necromancer and Radagast the Brown, as well as some stunning visuals like the first sight of the Lonely Mountain.  Sure, some of the action sequences were a bit over-the-top, too long, and a tad bit unnecessary, but there was enough of the original fun, charming, and sweet Hobbit of Tolkien there to cover up the issues.

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The Desolation of Smaug was where things began to come off the track for me. My main issue being the new characters, whom I found terribly annoying.  Beorn?  Was he even in the movie?  Thranduil?  God, he was somber and dull.  Legolas?  Ditto.  (This was a major disappointment because I thoroughly enjoyed Legolas in LoTR.) Tauriel?  She had flashes here or there, but, overall, her whole love story with Legolas and Kili seemed horribly out of place. Bard? His plot felt like filler material. Only Smaug himself and the Necromancer lived up to expectations, delivering impressive CGI spectacles, and even with them Peter Jackson went way too far with some aspects (especially the dwarf/dragon scenes inside Erebor), making me wish the adventure would end already. But it wasn’t over quite yet.

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The conclusion comes in The Battle of the Five Armies; a story filled with overdone action scenes with far too much cgi, fights which last far past the point they were cool anymore, and filler material galore.  Sure, there were touching moments like Bilbo’s emotional struggle to deal with Thorin’s growing gold lust and their final farewell, but from the dragon’s too brief appearance to a battle which was way over-the-top, the film mostly jettisoned the emotional aspects of Tolkien’s simple story for a huge adrenaline rush, thereby losing most of the simple charm of the book.  All of which means it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say my favorite part of this whole film is the last few minutes which is basically a set up for LoTR: The Fellowship of the Ring.

So how would I sum up my new feelings about these movies?  A lost opportunity.

At least for me, this film trilogy started off on the right foot, sticking with the source material, adding some cool new plots and characters, and delivering a movie which looked and felt like The Hobbit.  If only Peter Jackson and company had kept that same pattern going, not added unnecessary cgi filled fight scenes, and endless action but focused on the characters, their relationships, and the emotional nature of this children’s tale I feel like The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies could have rivaled The Two Towers and The Return of the King in my heart.  As it stands, these movies are fine for killing some time trying to entertain a sick, bored pre-teen but not something I’m very likely to revisit anytime soon — though I do dearly love the beginning of An Unexpected Journey where Bilbo finds his home invaded by dwarfs.


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It has been a while since I’ve posted: little over three months I believe.  Lots of reasons for that absence, but no real reason to bore everyone with them.  But I’m back now.  And I’m going to pick back up by reading some great books (I hope!) to escape dreary reality.  I’m starting it all up this week with two very different offerings.


labyrinth of scions & sorceryA Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by
Curtis Craddock

Genre: Fantasy — Steampunkesque

Series: The Risen Kingdoms #2

Publisher: Tor Books (January 22, 2019)

Author Information: FacebookTwitter

Length: 416 pages

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery is the masterful sequel to Curtis Craddock’s critically-acclaimed high fantasy An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, which continues the engrossing tale of courtly intrigue and breathtaking magic, and starring our fiercely intelligent heroine Isabelle des Zephyrs with her loyal musketeer Jean-Claude.

Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden magic within her, unveiling a centuries-long conspiracy, and stopping a war between rival nations, she has gained a newfound respect amongst the cutthroat court.

All that is quickly taken away when Isabelle is unfairly convicted of breaking the treaty she helped write and has her political rank and status taken away. Now bereft, she nevertheless finds herself drawn into mystery when her faithful musketeer Jean-Claude uncovers a series of gruesome murders by someone calling themselves the Harvest King.

As panic swells, the capital descends into chaos, when the emperor is usurped from the throne by a rival noble. Betrayed by their allies and hunted by assassins, Isabelle and Jean-Claude alone must thwart the coup, but not before it changes l’Empire forever.ors.

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exodus shadowExodus by Cliff Graham

Genre: Bible Based War Stories

Series: Shadow of the Mountain #1

Publisher: Bethany House (May 5, 2015)

Length: 303 pages

Author Information: Twitter

Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga

Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God’s chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.

For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God’s people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events…

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Well, the last week has been a bit of a stressful time around my area.  Most of you have heard of Hurricane Michael.  Well, let’s just say it impacted my area very greatly.  Even though I’m almost 300 miles from where Michael came ashore, it was still a hurricane when it arrived at my home and had winds of up to 75 miles an hours with gusts greater than that.


Yes, it did feel like it was blowing just that hard.

Truly, it was quite the sight to see with huge trees ripped up like weeds, privacy fences blown across yards, power lines down sparking, and the wind roaring like a freight train on your front lawn.  Then when the eye of the hurricane passed directly over my town (Yeah, I can now brag I’ve been in the eye of the hurricane, baby!) the relative silence was damn ominous.  Really scary stuff.

Thankfully, my home only suffered minimal damage with some tress blown down, a privacy fence missing, and four days of no electricity in the majority of my town.  People in other areas had (and still have) it so much worse, so I am thankful to have gotten through it with as little harm as we did.

I’m telling all this to explain my absence from the blog last week.  Needless to say, the first part of the week was spent preparing for the hurricane, and the later part of the week was spent dealing with the aftermath.  Hopefully, things will slowly return to normal, so don’t think I’ve left for good.  I’m still here and trying to find some moments to read, and this week’s book arrived unexpectedly in the mail today.

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D&D Art & Arcana by Michael WitwerKyle NewmanJon Peterson, & Sam Witwer

Genre: RPG

Series: Visual History

Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 23, 2018)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 448 pages

An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity.

Dungeons and Dragons is the most iconic and pervasive gaming franchise in the world. It is a seminal RPG (role-playing game) and the inspiration for video games like World of Warcraft and Zelda, fantasy art, and countless other facets of “geek culture.” This officially licensed illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the game, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. It features more than 700 pieces of artwork–from each edition of the game’s core books, supplements, and modules; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; classic advertisements and merchandise; and never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with the game. The superstar author team gained unparalleled access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. This is the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled, making this the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.

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Welcome to the Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in the literary universe.  If you want to join us next week, check out next week’s predetermined theme, choose a book, compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog

This week’s theme is:

“He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’!

Another week, another struggle for me.  No SFF titles which I could recall were noir, so I feel back on another genre which I’m not very familiar with.

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A tie!  Mainly because I didn’t want to pick between these three covers since I liked all of them.

So, do you agree with my picks?  Disagree?  Love all the covers?  Hate them all?  Let us know!

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Welcome to Top Three Thursday! This is a weekly feature I’ve decided to host from this day forward.  A day where I can post a short list on different topics I’ve been thinking about. This week I’m borrowing an old Tough Traveling Thursday topic I missed out on years: FAVORITE CITY OF WIZARDS!

City of Wizards is normally a good thing, since only good wizards seem to live together.  This city will be on a hill in someplace that is hidden/hard to get to….

White_Tower_of_Hoeth_Banner (1)3. White Tower of Hoeth – Warhammer

The White Tower is visible tens of miles away, a sharp white needle of marble thrusting up into the sky. Its approaches are guarded by rings of illusion and mazes of spells, which mean only those people whom the Loremasters want to approach the Tower may find the true path towards it. It is said that those who seeks wisdom and learning will find it at the Tower, but those who seek power for its own sake will become lost in Hoeth’s spell-mazes for the rest of their days.”

Purchase Tyrion & Teclis (Warhammer) at Amazon

Dune_Bene_Gesserit_Concept2. Dune – Bene Gesseritt Chapterhouse

The home base for the witches of the Dune universe was a place of training, intrigue, and experimentation in all the mysterious ways of the power behind the scenes.  These predominate female group of beings honing their unique abilities, weaving a spell of control down through the ages as they manipulated the fate of the galaxy from their hidden chapterhouse!

Purchase Dune at Amazon 

unremembered1.  The Unremembered

Recityv is not the usual city of wizards that we all think of, but that is exactly why it is so memorable and cool.  Basically, the city holds the ancient Descant Cathedral where the Song of Suffering is sung to keep the veil strong against the nightmares held captive inside the Bourne. It is also where the Lieholan are trained in the use of their power to create with song.  So this “city of wizards” is the only place where this particular and powerful brand of magic is taught and used.

Purchase The Unremembered at Amazon



Quo is the magic city of the wizards in this world.  It is encircled by illusions, spells, and wards innumerable; all the knowledge and lore of the wizards of the entire world stored here in this ocean side paradise where everyone is accepted and peace and unity is the status quo.  The remaining fragments of knowledge about how humanity survived the first rising of the dark millennium ago and drove the demons back locked in its libraries.

Purchase The Darwath Series at Amazon 


The center of Aes Sedai power is a huge, rich, powerful place where these female wizards if you will have plotted and controlled the world for untold centuries.  Sure, they might have had the best interest of everyone in mind most of the time, but these “witches” and their general behavior always bothered me.  Bothered me the same way any small group who accumulates power and forces everyone else to bow down to them does.

Purchase The Eye of the World at Amazon


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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme which lets readers share their excitement for books coming out soon, and this week the story I’m eagerly awaiting is . . .

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gates of the deadGates of the Dead by James A. Moore

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Tides of War #3

Publisher: Angry Robot (January 1, 2019)

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Length: 400 pages

Brogan McTyre started a war with the gods, and he’s going to end it. Raging gods have laid waste to the Five Kingdoms. Only Torema remains, swollen with millions of refugees. Their last hope lies in fleeing by sea, but as storms tear at the coast, even King Opar can’t muster enough ships for them all. Brogan and his warriors must fight the He-Kisshi to reach the Gateway, the sole portal for gods to enter the mortal world – and the only place where they can be killed. But the forces of creation have been unleashed, and they’ll destroy the world to reshape it.

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where a new top ten list hits the web every week!

The topic this time out is: AUTHORS I’D LOVE TO MEET!

God, this is a difficult question.  Really wish I’d been asked this before the introduction of social media.  Back in those days I had a LONG list of authors whom I wanted to meet.  These days not so much.  (If interested you can read my post Authors Need to Shut Up from 2013 when I first began feeling this way.)  But there are still a handful I can name though.


tiger and del17. Jennifer Roberson

From her Chronicles of the Cheysuli to The Novels of Tiger and Del, most of my teen years and college years were spent reading Jennifer Roberson’s fantasy offerings.  And I’d love to meet someone who gave me so many hours of joy back in the day.

Purchase The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume I at Amazon

magician6. Raymond E. Feist

What made Feist’s stories so memorable for me was that I empathized a lot with Pug.  He had potential, but he also had many obstacles in his path to reach adulthood.  Call it a case of me coming-of-age and Pug coming-of-age at the same time, if you will, and so the author who helped me through that difficult time is someone I’d like to meet.

Purchase Magician: Apprentice at Amazon

ELRIC OF MELNIBONE5. Michael Moorcock

Sword and sorcery weirdness that captured my imagination, kept me spellbound for hours, and which still stays with me to this day.  Moorcock might have had limitations as a writer, but he was just what I was looking for when I found my first copy of his books.

Purchase Elric of Melnibone at Amazon

lord foul's bane4. Stephen R. Donaldson

Unlike so many others I still find the Thomas Covenant books to be good reading.  Doesn’t mean I like the main character, but I do believe the author crafted a compelling journey for him.  I’ve also enjoyed most of his other fantasy offers. But it really comes down to the admiration which grew for this author when I was a teen long ago.

Purchase Lord Foul’s Bane at Amazon

the time of the dark3. Barbara Hambly

As a lifelong fan of her Darwath series and a faithful follower of her writing back in my younger years, I’ve always found most anything that Hambly writes fine entertainment.  Sure, I’ve had issues with a few books here and there, but I’d still love to meet the creator of my second favorite wizard in fantasy.

Purchase The Darwath Series at Amazon 

Chronicles of the Black Company2. Glen Cook

One of my favorite fantasy authors ever is someone I’d actually be hesitant to meet, because I’d hate to have a bad experience then see my admiration for his writing wane.  That is probably a pessimistic thought, but I’m a realist, so while I want to meet Cook I doubt I’d ever get up the courage to do so.

Purchase The Black Company at Amazon


Someone who I have no misgivings about meeting is Walt Simonson who appears to be one of the nicest professionals to ever work in the comics industry.  Wonderful artist.  Great writer.  And a person who amazes me to this day with  his great stories.

Purchase Thor by Walt Simonson Omnibus at Amazon


the unremembered7. Peter Orullian

This multi-talented author is just a great guy.  He is always positive online.  He interacts with his fans.  Spends time plugging both his writing and music careers.  And let me tell you the guy can sing.  Amazing rock vocalist.  Plus his fantasy writing isn’t bad either.

Purchase The Unremembered at Amazon

promise of blood6. Brian McClellan

As a new favorite author of mine, Brian McClellan has become synonymous with great stories inhabited by memorable characters in an amazing creative world.  If he keeps up this pace of readable fantasy, I see this author soon at the very top of my favorite authors list.

Purchase Promise of Blood at Amazon

MISTBORN EU5. Brandon Sanderson

I’m fairly new to the Sanderson bandwagon, but I took my seat after enjoying my initial foray into the author’s epic fantasy The Stormlight Archive.  While the other stories I had by Sanderson read were good, these novels were great, making me look into this classy author’s online behavior.  And, yeah, he’s a legit nice guy.

Purchase The Way of Kings at Amazon

beyond redemption4. Michael R. Fletcher

Michael Fletcher is a first class madman, whose maniacal brilliance as an author has led to some disturbingly amazing tales from fantasy to cyberpunk.  Plus the guy is damn funny, entertaining, and someone I’d love to drink and beer with and tell some lies . . . I mean stories about life with.

Purchase Beyond Redemption at Amazon

prince of thorns3. Mark Lawrence

The author of probably my favorite grimdark of all time is definitely someone I’d love to meet.  My brief online interaction with Mr. Lawrence have always been pleasant; he has always been very helpful and courteous, even when I did not deserve it; and he is a writer I’m sure to be following for years to come.

Purchase Prince of Thorns at Amazon

traitors-blade-12. Sebastien de Castell

Gentleman.  This author exudes courtesy, wit, and exhibits it even when he disagrees with you on an issue.  If this isn’t enough to make one wish to actually rub elbows with him, the fact he created the modern day Three Musketeers with his Greatcoats series and has went on to wow readers with his Spellslinger books definitely does.

Purchase Traitor’s Blade (The Greatcoats) at Amazon

A GAME OF THRONES1.  George R.R. Martin

Like a multitude of people, Martin has created probably my favorite modern day fantasy series with ASOIF and collaborated on one of my favorite television series ever with A Game of Thrones.  Naturally, I’d love to meet this author, tell him how much I love his work, then give him grief about when the next book will be finished already!

Purchase A Game of Thrones at Amazon 

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mystic dragonMystic Dragon by Jason Denzel

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Mystic #2

Publisher: Tor (July 15, 2018)

Author Information: Website|Twitter

Length: 352 pages

My Rating:  2.5 stars

Mystic Dragon is the second novel of a series (the followup to Mystic), but unlike many sequels, the story doesn’t read like a sequel or require you to know much at all about the previous installment. Jason Denzel doing a great job reintroducing the old characters for new readers, presenting fans of the first book with more matured versions of the people they have previously grown fond of, and continuing to mold this world and its unique magic. And while Mystic Dragon will not go down as one of my favorite reads of 2018, I’m still glad I gave this book a try and know many fantasy fans will find it more to their liking.

Taking place close to a decade after Mystic, this story begins with Pomella AnDone having become comfortable in her position as Mystic Grandmaster Faywong’s apprentice. She has matured, grown into her power, yet is still eager to learn more, nearly obsessed in the belief that her master isn’t teaching her at the rate she deserves and needs to learn. This feeling exacerbated by the celestial event which is looming over the mystic realm of Fayün; this rare occurrence threatening to cause the physical and magical realms to merge into one. Pomella’s world in near chaos as people vanish or die; Mystics from across Moth gathering together to attempt to stop the growing cataclysm.

Cue the entrance of the dark, brilliant and powerful rival (of sorts) of Pomella: Shevia. This powerful Mystic’s past a roller coaster ride of mastery and unhealthy relationships which have molded her into a enigmatic figure who challenges Pomella in every possible way. This new relationship forcing our unlikely heroine to examine her beliefs, define the limits of what she feels her power should be used for.

Probably my favorite element of Mystic Dragon is the writing itself. Jason Denzel penning a flowing, lyrical narrative which was a pleasure to read and capably conveyed all the emotional turmoil these characters and their world suffer through during the course of the present and the past.

On the other hand, my least favorite aspect of the book is its uneven pacing. Specifically, the narrative read like two distinct stories. The first one quite interesting, fast paced, and exciting at times. The second one a more mundane, plodding, and never ending build up to a conclusion. This might not be a problem for others, but it definitely was for me personally.

The other criticisms I’d level against the book was Pomella’s tendency to stumble upon just the right magic to use at just the right time in just the right way as well as the numerous flashbacks used by the author. I mention the former because I really get annoyed by characters who are great — just because. And the later bothers me when the flashbacks are inserted in such a way that they interfere with the flow of the book, and I really felt they did many times in this novel.

As I mentioned earlier, I cannot say that I loved Mystic Dragon, but I did find Jason Denzel’s writing to be quite enjoyable. Honestly, the book was a fairly standard fantasy with some interesting characters (Pomella, Shevia, and Sim), quite a few flashbacks which did flesh out and deepen the story, and some good world building, especially the magic system. I can see many readers really enjoying the emotional reflection here, empathizing with the maturation of our main characters, and finding nuggets of wisdom in these individuals personal growth, as they find their way in an adult world where things are not as straightforward as they once believed. So pick this one up if you are already a fan of the series/author or just find this type of fantasy to your liking.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

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Welcome to the Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in the literary universe.  If you want to join us next week, check out next week’s predetermined theme, choose a book, compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog

This week’s theme is:

“Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes!

This theme was a bit of a struggle for me.  I did have to resort to doing some research.  But eventually I found a book which not only featured eyes but also fit the concept of this theme completely.

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So, do you agree with my picks?  Disagree?  Love all the covers?  Hate them all?  Let us know!


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Welcome to Top Three Thursday! This is a weekly feature I’ve decided to host from this day forward.  A day where I can post a short list on different topics I’ve been thinking about.  The focus this time out is: BOOKS I’M DROPPING OFF THE TBR!

Yes, you read that right.  This week I’m focus on three books which have fallen, fallen, fallen in my esteem to the point that they are about to drop off my voluminous TBR list.

Truly, this is an unusual thing to happen.  I hold onto books like a drowning person holds on to a life raft. But there are times when even I just can’t remember why I wanted to read a certain novel.

But, maybe, it isn’t too late.  Perhaps one of you readers can change my mind.  Make me want to halt my mouse before I hit the delete button and actually give a novel another try.  Give it your best shot!

furies of calderon3. Furies of Calderon – Jim Butcher

I’m almost positive I added this to the TBR list after I finished reading the first Dresden book and a Dresden graphic novel.  At that point, I was in love with Jim Butcher’s writing, so it seemed like a no-brainer to want to get into Butcher’s fantasy series.  My desire to start this series has cooled considerable however, and now I intend to delete i from my TBR list.  Should I?

Purchase Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera) at Amazon

Imager2. Imager – L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

No recollection as to why I added this book to my TBR.  I’m going to guess that I saw this novel somewhere (probably Goodreads), read the synopsis, and decided it sounded pretty cool.  My desire to read it has never really progressed farther than that initial infatuation, so I’m seriously considering jettisoning it.  Good idea or bad one?

Purchase Imager: Imager Portfolio at Amazon 

lamentation1.  Lamentation – Ken Scholes

I distinctly remember reading a back-and-forth argument on a review thread over on Goodreads several years ago.  One reader was a huge fan of this book/author, and the other person was not.  Ultimately, the fan’s arguments convinced me that this was a book I needed to try.  Not certain at all about that anymore.

Purchase Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak) at Amazon


the dwarvesThe Dwarves – Markus Heitz

This is another novel which I distinctly remember being sold on by a Goodreads’ friend.  They spoke about an amazing story which had never been written bore about dwarves and all things dwarven, promising me that if I read this I’d never look at these fierce, stunted fantasy staples the same way ever again.  Did they lie to me?

Purchase The Dwarves at Amazon

the dark glory warThe Dark Glory War – Michael A. Stackpole

All the blame (or praise) for picking this book up and adding it to my TBR sits solely upon my shoulders.  What happened was I found this and the trilogy which follows at a library book sale and bought them all.  Naturally, I got excited to have a whole series to read.  Then I put it up on the shelf and never went back to it.  Should I change that and give it a go?

Purchase The Dark Glory War at Amazon

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