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In Tribute of the Man Who Loved To Read (Yes, This Is Another “Bowie” Post)

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I hope you all knew how much the man loved his books.

In case you forgot (or — SHOCKINGLY — didn’t know), here’s a list of his Top 100 Must Read Books:

  1. Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
  2. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
  3. Room At The Top by John Braine
  4. On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
  5. Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
  6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  7. City Of Night by John Rechy
  8. The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  9. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  10. Iliad by Homer
  11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  12. Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
  13. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
  14. Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell
  15. Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
  16. Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall
  17. David Bomberg by Richard Cork
  18. Blast by Wyndham Lewis
  19. Passing by Nella Larson
  20. Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto
  21. The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
  22. In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner
  23. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
  24. The Divided Self by R. D. Laing
  25. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  26. Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman
  27. The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf
  28. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
  29. Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
  30. The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  31. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  32. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  33. Herzog by Saul Bellow
  34. Puckoon by Spike Milligan
  35. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  36. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  37. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
  38. Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
  39. The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot
  40. McTeague by Frank Norris
  41. Money by Martin Amis
  42. The Outsider by Colin Wilson
  43. Strange People by Frank Edwards
  44. English Journey by J.B. Priestley
  45. A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  46. The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West
  47. 1984 by George Orwell
  48. The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White
  49. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn
  50. Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
  51. Beano (comic, ’50s)
  52. Raw (comic, ’80s)
  53. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  54. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick
  55. Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage
  56. Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley
  57. The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete
  58. Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky
  59. The Street by Ann Petry
  60. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
  61. Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.
  62. A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn
  63. The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
  64. Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
  65. The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
  66. The Bridge by Hart Crane
  67. All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd
  68. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  69. Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
  70. The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
  71. Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders
  72. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
  73. Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey
  74. Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich
  75. Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
  76. The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford
  77. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  78. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  79. Teenage by Jon Savage
  80. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  81. The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
  82. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  83. Viz (comic, early ’80s)
  84. Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
  85. Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
  86. The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
  87. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
  88. Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont
  89. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  90. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler
  91. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  92. Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi
  93. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  94. The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
  95. Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  96. A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
  97. The Insult by Rupert Thomson
  98. In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan
  99. A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes
  100. Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

 

So my question to all of you is: what do you think? It’s an impressive list, if I do say so myself. I’ve read a few of the titles on there, but a good many I’ve never even heard of. Sounds promising, don’t you think? Definitely something to get the brain going (and the wallet weeping, aha~)

If I didn’t know I’d go mad, I would have said I’d try to a portion of these this year… But I know that won’t happen. Maybe one or two, but a quarter? Or all? HA! Yeah, right.

You can find the GoodReads List here:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/43962.David_Bowie_s_Top_100_Must_Read_Books

 

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[Book Review] The Long Journey Home by Cassandra Pierce

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The Long Journey Home

Cassandra Pierce

What rating would you give it?
2/2.5 of 5 Stars (at best… :/)

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
For eighteen years, Wren has lived isolation with his guardians, Grum and Krulch, in the heart of a deep, peaceful forest. His life is tranquil except for the doubts that torment him: why does he look so different from his parents, and how did two male ogres manage to birth a small, pale creature like Wren?

Everything changes when he accidentally wanders too far from home and comes upon an entire village of people who look like him. One in particular, a scribe’s apprentice named Valerus, is simply the most beautiful being Wren has ever seen.

His elation soon turns to fear when the people of the village tell Wren he is one of their own and must remain with them—abandoning the ogres who raised him. Though he would love to stay with Valerus and build a new life, he doesn’t want to do it at the expense of the life that made him. But if he wants to enjoy a promising future, he’ll have to find a way to unravel his mysterious past.

What did you think of the book?

Although this isn’t considered a YA book, I’d definitely classify it as one. It wasn’t a bad read, it just wasn’t all that good, either. I think there were too many vague urges trying to find purchase for it to be a cohesive tale. I was torn reading it, because there were moments I liked… but far too many I didn’t. :/

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

To be… confused. I think this story fell short on its grand notion. Two daddies? Check. Displaced teen? Check. Warring worlds? Check. What any of this has to do with one another to make a story that actually has meaning and depth outside of what I already mentioned? Yeah… big, fat red X there.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

I doubt it. I just… ughh… I can’t even explain WHY it was so irritating a read. I think it stands to reason that it fell short on so many levels it’s just not worth bothering other people about.

Facepalm

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 42
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, M/M Relationships,
YA, Fairy Tales, Romance, Prejudice, Orges,
Insta-love, Family, Isolation,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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[Book Review] Losing Ground by Sasha L. Miller

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Losing Ground

Sasha L. Miller

What rating would you give it?
3.75/4 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
Carter Bellwood’s family has Earth-claimed the Bellwood territory for generations and they’ve always had an excess of Earth energy to back it up. Until Carter, whose energy is barely a fraction of that his mother has. But he’s the only Earth wizard in his generation and set to inherit the territory—if there’s anything left of it. The territory is being ravaged by a disease that kills all plant life it comes into contact with. They can’t cure it, can barely contain it, can only watch as their territory turns into a barren landscape.

Then a new Earth wizard shows up. Tai is everything Carter is not when it comes to the strength of his magic, and more importantly he knows how to cure the disease. But he’s also terrified and clearly on the run from something, and Carter’s not sure Tai’s help is worth the risk of him trying to stake his own claim on the territory—or the risk that whatever he’s running from finds him…

What did you think of the book?

I honest to goodness enjoyed this story.

I found the world-building satisfying enough, although I would have liked more of it.

The pacing was good, a little slow at times, but still okay. I actually didn’t find this story boring like some readers did. It was actually kind of refreshing actually to see a real “slice of life” kinda story revolving around earth elementals that didn’t involve them fighting monsters or being warrior elves or being super badass or anything like that. Just… regular folk who take care of their territories, people, and land.

There was just enough intrigue about who Tai was and his mysterious power tho keep the story from getting truly boring or dragged out. (Although I do wish had been explained as to WHY…)

Plus the friendship and relationship between Tai and Carter was worth it. Much more believable than some of these insta-love situations M/M books are so often guilty of.

So yeah. That’s my take on it. Definitely one I’ll revisit at a later date to see how I still feel about it. For now? I’m loving it.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

One of the main characters gets hit by a car, but y’know. No big deal.  (His words, not mine! xD)

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

Yeah, I’d say so. But I’d warn that if you don’t like books that don’t have action driving them or if you get bored easily, this might not be the book for you. The biggest issue with this book for me (besides the anti-climate ending) was that there were more than enough slow moments. I know that’s a deal-breaker for many readers, so just be aware.

Otherwise, enjoy! 🙂

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Les Than Three Press
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 140
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, M/M Romance,
Bisexual/Gay Sexualities, Magic, Elemental
Powers, Wizard, Diseased Lands
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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[Book Review] The Dragon’s Curse by Victoria Zagar


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The Dragon’s Curse

Victoria Zagar

What rating would you give it?
3 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
War is brewing between the Greenlands and the Summer Kingdom, despite the efforts of Lord Aidan and Prince Varion, who have been meeting in secret in an attempt to maintain peace. When war proves inevitable, Aidan offers Varion asylum, loathe to see the man he’s come to care about become his enemy.

But Varion refuses, sacrificing safety and his own desires to stay in the Summer Kingdom in order to protect his little brother from their ruthless father. The two men instead declare a blood oath to always protect each other, an oath that will see them through war, transformation, and a deadly curse…

What did you think of the book?

I liked it. I mean there were moments when I just couldn’t, but it was still a satisfying read. It started out soooooooo strong and promising, even as it began to taper off at the end and eventually fizzled out with that ending. But all in all, I enjoyed it while it lasted.

World-building was acceptable, though I would have preferred to see more of it better visualized.

Characters, save for the brother Tiernon, were all quite likeable, and I was seriously rooting for a good many (especially two very old dads). That being said, that damned kid though made me wanna vomit. I can understand where he’s coming from with his decisions in life, especially since it was driven by fear of their father, but damn. A true survivalist would have taken the offer from Varion and left with him a long freaking time ago. Tiernon’s ultimate decisions just made him an unforgivable little shit.

Lastly, I will end by saying one thing though:

“MAGNIFICENT SCALED COCK”

Yeah…. the answer is NO. A RESOUNDING, EMPATHIC NO.

Me and this book could have done without that, thank you very much.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Sexual situations (eventually) and some general violence, but nothing really out of the ordinary or trigger worthy.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

 

Uhh… I’m torn. Though I liked how it began, I can’t really say I’d definitely recommend it to someone who asks. It fell short in too many areas, only just getting the “like” status for the characters – which I really DID like quite a bit.

So… toss-up?

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Les Than Three Press
Publication Date: June 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 86
Genre & Themes: DRAGONS!!!, Fantasy,
M/M Romance, Bisexual/Gay Sexualities,
Magic, Politics, War, Paranormal, Betrayal,
Terrible Dad Of The Year Award, Greatest Dad
Of The Year Award, Family, Vows, Promises,
Goddesses,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
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2015 LGBT Reading Challenge

[Book Review] Satellite Sam (Vol.3) by Matt Fraction

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Satellite Sam Vol. 3

(Satellite Sam, #3)

Matt Fraction

What rating would you give it?
1 of 5 Stars OR just simply DNL

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
The popular star of a children’s show during Golden Age of Television dies, sending waves of scandal and shock through the community of men and women inventing an entire medium on the fly in this blistering finale to this twisted tale of sex, death, and live TV. Collects Satellite Sam #11-15.

What did you think of the book?

…what a weird fucking book. An unintelligible mess.

I can’t even say there WAS anything about it that I liked. The art wasn’t really to my liking. The story – though gritty like I like it – was actually pretty chaotic or just plain flat (and boring). There was too much weird sex and wank-off angles that really weren’t necessary, especially since this was in no way a humorous tale (as some ecchi manga generally are).

I just… I don’t even know why I picked this up in the first place. I know it had everything to do with that cover, which intrigued and lured me in. BIG mistake that I certainly won’t be repeating again.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Lots of weird sex and overtly sexual scenes (for really no reason whatsoever), and random acts of violence as well.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

Not particularly. In fact I might even go so far as to say avoid it at all costs. It was just… bad.

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Image Comics
Publication Date: August 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 144
Genre & Themes: Graphic Novel, Comics, Sex,
Politics, Secrets, Historical Fiction, Mystery,
Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Violence, Noir
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
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Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
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2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge

[Book Review] Americosis Vol. I by Haydn Wilks

Americosis Vol. 1

(Americosis, #1)

Haydn Wilks

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
A naked man arrives in New Mexico claiming to have traveled through time.
He says that he’s America’s savior.

A bizarre sexually-transmitted infection in New York takes control of people’s bodies and burns them out in an incessant drive to infect others.

And a Presidential candidate is conversing with angels.
His aides think he’s crazy.
The electorate might not agree with them.

It could all be madness. It might be the apocalypse.

Americosis.

An epic genre-bending mash-up of sci-fi, horror, thriller & dark comedy.

VOLUME 1
This short novella introduces the series. It’ll leave you begging for more…

What did you think of the book?

This book was weird as fuck, and yet… I just couldn’t put it down! When I got to the end, I was just in shock because: how the hell could it end like that?!?! I still have questions that need answers! Like what the hell is going on with the presidential candidate and who is this Savior? And just… EVERYTHING! I won’t lie, I am thoroughly intrigued and demand more immediately!

Americosis is a fast-paced short that keeps you engaged and intrigued ’til the very bitter not-end. The description is exceptionally accurate: this is a book of madness and violence and crazy things happening one after the other, all leading up to… something. It’s an introduction to what will undoubtedly be a fantastic tale of a world on the edge of falling apart — and no one knows it yet.

Except maybe The Savior.

You never know. He could actually be who he says he is.

I was getting such 12 Monkeys vibe from that guy. I just hope it lives up to all the hype I’m throwing at it.

I am thoroughly disturbed and intrigued and wanting more of Americosis! This is one title I’ll be putting on my watchlist for when the next book comes out!

Lastly – this is to any potential readers – I suggest reading this in one shot instead of over several days. As an example, I started reading this yesterday during my lunch break, but couldn’t finish it then. Here I picked it up two hours ago and had to just reread everything again because I was SO FRIGGIN LOST. The good thing though, is that it’s a quick read. So just give yourself time to get through it in a single go! :3

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

There is some strong religious and political talk in this book. The opinions of which might irritate some (as they did me, at first). There is also strong language (use of the g-damn word), violence (gorey, too!), and sexual situations.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

 

Was that even a legitimate question?

Of COURSE I recommend this weird sh—

GO GET A COPY NOW!

 

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Dead Bird Press
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 61
Genre & Themes: Dystopian, Thriller, Horror,
Novelette, Science Fiction, Short, Time Travel,
Supernatural, Fantasy, Mystery, Politics,
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Theory Talk,
Religion vs. Science
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Publisher upon request
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52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
Ethereal 2015105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge

[Book Review] Masks and Mirrors (The Weir Chronicles, #2)

Masks and Mirrors

(The Weir Chronicles, #2)

Sue Duff

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Ian Black’s commitment to safeguarding Earth has come at a price. His career as an illusionist is at a standstill and attending to the planet’s needs has distanced him from his best friend, his guardians, and the woman he loves. When presented with an opportunity to perform, Ian seizes the chance. But moments before he takes the stage, Ian encounters the mysterious Jaered and a rebel force fighting to protect Earth alongside the Weir.

Jaered is determined to stop a malevolent Weir from releasing a drug capable of wiping out the last vestiges of their race and plunging Earth into self-destruction. But when Jaered is willing to sacrifice an innocent child to obtain the drug for himself, Ian risks everything to uncover the secrets of the rebel forces and their true intentions for Earth’s survival.

What did you think of the book?

What an explosive adventure! And that ending! ASDFGHJKLLJJGFCJFUFUFYDTVJVFD HOLY CRAP! That ending was a serious eye-opener!

This coming from a first-time reader to the series, I am definitely hooked! My biggest concern while reading this was that I wouldn’t understand what was going on (after all, I was missing the events of a whole book!), but thankfully that didn’t seem to be the case. The story definitely seems to pick up right where the previous one ended, but that’s still okay, because the story read as though you walked into a crime scene, not knowing what happened, but your job is to figure it out as you go along.(Which was fantastic, by the way!!!!)

My number one question while reading this was, “Who the HELL is EVE???” And wouldn’tcha know it? My question gets revealed [HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER]on the VERY LAST FRIGGIN PAGE OF THE BOOK! [/END SPOILER] (How could you do that to me, Sue?? Hooooow?????) I don’t know if I’m upset or just simply mindblown from the revelation.

Note on the semantics of the book: writing, characters, plot, world-building, delivery, and finer stylistic elements all soooo well done. I was thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. ❤ ❤ ❤ I love when para-worlds, alternate dimensions, and all that jazz come together in a believable and seamless way. Really makes my day — and this book delivers on every note. I can only imagine how good the first book must be to get a sequel like this!

I’m going to try my hardest to get my hands on the first book and be on the lookout for the upcoming 3rd book in 2016!

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

I’d highly recommend this book, even if I haven’t read any others in the series, to just about anyone who loves a good Sci-fi esque, fantasy, dystopian-esque, secret-war-going-on-behind-the-human’s-backs-and-right-under-their-noses sort of book.

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: CrossWinds Publishing
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 274
Genre & Themes: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Dystopian,
Secret War Going On Behind Your Back N Right
Under Your Nose, Dysfunctional Families,
Magical Chastity,
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided through Roger Charlie services in
exchange for an honest review.
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[Book TBBReview] In Despair (Princes of the Blood, Book 3)

In Despair

(Princes of the Blood, Book 3)

Megan Derr

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from GoodReads)
Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.

Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé’s triumph is met with anger and rejection …

What did you think of the book?

Note of point, I originally sorta skimmed In Despair on 1/22/15, but didn’t actually pick up the book to read until later. 🙂

Now, onto the review!

I gotta say, this wasn’t what I was expecting. AT ALL.

Thankfully, that means it was FANTASTIC and HIGHLY ENTERTAINING and WHOLLY PRECIOUS all rolled up in one.

I think, this one might just be my favour–second favourite in the series. XD I don’t know if I can ever like it better than the first book, which absolutely captured my imagination and made me fall in love with the wonder of this world, its characters, its customs, and its obvious build-up of potential storytelling that only grew and grew with each and every book. As I mentioned before in my review of With Pride, I truly love the aspect of moving backwards in time as you read each novel of this series, how with each book it builds on the last even as you descend further and further back in the original cast of characters’ lives. This story tells of the fateful events that led to Telme and Korin becoming the serious power-couple they are, as the youngest EVER Commander of the Legion and High Priest of the Sacred Three. I always wanted to know how they came to be who they were, ever since the first book when it was so obvious there was a story to be told there. I couldn’t have been happier with the results this book provided.

Now, lemme first start by saying — what little shits you both were! XDDD

god i hate you

oh my GOD you are both SO annoying but I can’t help but love you even more anyway ❤

What I really, REALLY did not understand, or perhaps didn’t grasp from the first novel, was that they were betrothed and – at least in Telme’s case – Blooded so young. (Telme wasn’t so bad since he was at least 17, but damn! Korin was only 15!) Furthermore, I didn’t realize they were such… oh, what’s the word? oh yes – BRATS for pretty much the duration of their ENTIRE younger lives. XD Hell – in fact, they never grew out of it (which I LOVE, by the way! XD) and continued to be as infuriating as they grew older. They just got a lot better at hiding it in front of others. XD I was really happy to be able to see them in a light that showed… that they were normal, average teenagers too. (Well, as normal and average as one could be given their circumstances.) They fought each other. They got emotional. They were both the most adorable crybabies, completely warranted for crying at the horrifying, COMPLETELY UNWARRANTED, fucked up, unbelievable events that literally turned their lives upside-down in a matter of days. And then kept their lives IN DESPAIR (aha? Aha? See what I did there? ;D ;D ) for longer than I think MY OWN sanity would have allowed before I tore the whole kingdom down and showed them what it means to be a half-demon.

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Which only shows that Telme is seriously a better person than me. I wouldn’t have endured that crap for as long as he did. And Korin, too – although he needed to stop whining so much throughout the book. That’s probably my only quip. That, and the abrupt… uh… sorta ending because I would have really liked to see what happened after they walked into that hall [highlight for spoiler] after they defeated the Incubus and went to check to see if people still hated their guts or not[/end spoiler]. I also think the book would have been better had Korin’s side of the story been seen as much as Telme’s… Y’know. So we could get the chance to sympathize a little more with his troubles and worries, instead of just hearing him complain about it or only seeing it from Telme’s occasional glimpses into the disrespectful actions of the Priests and the rest of the Legion towards him. Those mere glimpses seemed overshadowed by the utter ridiculousness of Telme’s situation, and I think if we had followed Korin around in some chapters instead of Telme, seen how bad it was for him as well, I (at least) would have had a bit more sympathy for him. As it was, I often found myself groaning whenever I heard Korin once again go off in a rage, and only sometimes caught myself to remember that he had it just as bad, if not worse in the long run.

That being said… I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t quite expecting some of the theatrics those two pulled in their misadventures or the turn of events that transpired in the walls of Castle Guldbrandsen, but hell, was it an amazing ride!

Highly recommended!

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Ehh… not really. There’s the usual blood and gore and youngins in bad situations, but nothing too horrific or graphic that you’ll lose your stomach. Some underage sexual situations, but no actual sex in this book.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

As per usual:

Would you recommend this book?

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I think I said that already!

A P.S. for any potential readers: Although this series does NOT have to be read in order, I have the feeling that the reader would enjoy it better if read in its proper book order (books 1-2-3) and not in its time order (books 3-2-1). And if anyone wants to completely skip around, I would still suggest this book be read last. Something about… getting to meet these two in their older and, ehem, “wiser” selves first AND THEN reading about their teenage bumbling (and super-duper-holy-crap-rockin-woozers! heroics, too) makes it so much more… refreshing, I guess? It all sorta comes full circle to see that underneath those masks of professionalism are still two boys, who are still brats, but are also still so very much in love.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: July 2014
Format: ebook, RvC
Pages: 221
Genre / Themes: Medieval Fantasy, Bisexual,
Paranormal, M/M Romance, Magic, QUILTBAG /
LGBTQUIA, Shifters, Demons, Pseudo-vampires,
Coming of Age, Idiot Teenagers, Royalty,
Nobility, Misunderstanding, War, Monsters,
Arranged Marriages, Love+Hate Relationships
Age: Young Adult / Adult (I think…)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided upon request by Publisher/Author
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52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
Readathon Day 2015, 2015 LGBT Reading Challenge,
2015 Monthly Motifs & Keyword Reading Challenge,
Ethereal 2015,

[Graphic Novel Review] In Search Of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons

Elian Black’Mor , M Carine Jezequel , Hannah Elder , Jason Ullmeyer , Rodolfo M

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Gorgeous full-color paintings, accompanied by a unique story of world-wide exploration and dragon encounters! On the trail of dragons forgotten, an intrepid illustrator and reporter journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell. With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect!

What did you think of the book?

So. DRAGONS. How could you expect this book to be anything less than AWESOME?

In Search of Lost Dragons is basically a field journal, but it’s done in really creative way – which I LOVE.

It’s kinda like what you’d imagine a field scientist or creature photographer would have if they were searching for dragons instead of lions and tigers and bears.

The illustrations were stunning. I love me some black and white, pencil drawings any day. Color is all fine well and good and all, but a stellar pencil drawing, good shading technique, and lots of smudging can mean all the difference in the world. ❤

I would say however, that this book – unless available in full spread pages – NEEDS TO BE IN PRINT FORM. An ebook copy just won’t do it justice, as I found while looking at the ARC I received from NetGalley. Because the pages were broken up, it seemed disjointed and the full effect was lost. Granted, IF the pages were viewable as full two-page spreads, everything would have been JUST FINE, which is why I’m saying for the finished piece, it needs to be in print or viewable as I previously mentioned.

A great reference, inspiration book on dragons that I think any dragon lover would want to have on their shelves! I know I  certainly do~

(Gods, this book is stunning!)

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None that I can think of.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

As usual, yes. However it ended up working towards one challenge I wasn’t expecting. It fits #11 Epistolary Fiction for The Eclectic Reader. It also fits all of these:

Would you recommend this book?

I loved it, but I think unless you really like these sorts of books, for the sort of pseudo-scientific aspect of it… then… well… you might not. But if you love dragons, are an creature or concept artist, enjoy guidebooks, infobooks, and the like… then this book is DEFINITELY for you!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: Decemeber 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 224
Genre & Themes: Dragon Mythos, Fantasy, Art,
Graphic Novels, Sequential Art, Design
Full Color Paintings, DRAGONS!!
Age: Young Adult or Adult (I guess?)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (60),
52 Books in 52 Weeks, You Read How Many Books?,
2015 Monthly Motifs & Keyword Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge,
Ethereal 2015