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Erik J. Brown: All That's Left in the World (2022, Blackstone Audio, Incorporated) 4 stars

Review of "All That's Left in the World" on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Nope. I can't. If you love the word "smile" you're in for a treat, because this author uses it at least once a paragraph. And I can't stand it enough to finish. The ideas and characters aren't worth the anguish of stabbing myself in the eyes with rusty nails just to continue reading "smile, smiling, smiled, smiles" SHUT UP. Get a thesaurus for God's sake, and a better editor.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) (2005) 4 stars

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel …

Review of 'The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Let's be real, I'm never finishing this series and I just need to accept that. I love the lore and the world. I love the stories. But I HATE the prose. I'll stick to the extended versions of the films, thank you.

Howard Zinn, H. Zinn: A Peoples History Of The United States 1492 To Present (Harper Perennial) 4 stars

Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History …

Review of 'A Peoples History Of The United States 1492 To Present' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Had to DNF this. It's not that the material is bad or not interesting. I think maybe the writing is just too....disengaging for me, and the subject matter is a little too broad. Not a bad book. Just not for me.

Erastes: Junction X (Paperback, 2011, Cheyenne Publishing) 3 stars

Review of 'Junction X' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A true tragedy. Don't expect a happy ending because you won't get one. I keep thinking about how this book is about the stupidity of men. Because if Ed had any emotional intelligence, any sense of intelligence, he could have used his words, made plans and actually had a future with him and Alex together. But his stupidity costed lives.

C. S. Pacat: Dark Rise (2021, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

Review of 'Dark Rise' on 'Goodreads'

1 star


It's really weird how the balance of starting us in the middle of the action vs the slow buildup in an origin story is SO delicate. You get one element wrong and the whole thing just feels off. If you do a slow buildup then it can take too long to get going. But if you throw us right into the action you can easily gloss over details that the reader really should have been there for.

Will's story is the perfect example of this. It wouldn't have been boring to give us bits of his life on the run with his mother, what happened when she died, the servants who were confidants. But they don't give us this information until right in the middle of things and having characters try to "explain" the story to people who were there when it happened?

So the story simultaneously is trying …