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REVIEW: THE HERO OF AGES (MISTBORN#3)

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When the world ends... Vin and her friends try to piece together all the clues left by The Lord Ruler before Ruin destroys the world.   Note that while there will be no major spoilers for  THE HERO OF AGES , spoilers from the prior two books,  THE FINAL EMPIRE  and THE WELL OF ASCENTION, will be discussed. HOW I RATED IT  5/5  Big stories like this one really all come down to how they stick the landing. In spite of some slower pacing in the second act, this is one finale that absolutely delivers on all the promise of the books leading up to it. WORLD/SETTING  The world of  MISTBORN  is once again one of the most iconic and engrossing elements of this installment as it was in the previous books. The state of this fictional world is far more dire than it ever has been before though. While THE WELL OF ASCENTION dealt with the fallout of The Lord Ruler's death, THE HERO OF AGES shows it the the brink of destruction. We also get to see far more of it this time around with different c

The Voidwalker Novellas Resume!

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After a long time away from both this blog and writing in general, I am finally trying to get back in touch with my creative and bookish side. As a part of that, I have been hard at work wrapping up a project I started back in 2015 known as THE VOIDWALKER NOVELLAS which is a series of eight episodic novellas that follow a character named Bryan through a dark fantasy thriller.  The first two entries into the series were released back in 2016, but I didn't market them at all or even seek out any reviews since I had to step away from the project almost immediately after those titles launched. Now, years later the rest of the books will be launching every Wednesday until June 1, when the eight and final novella releases on Kindle.  Dark Horizon : on sale now In celebration of this launch, the first two novellas free all day on 2/27/22. Definitely check those out and maybe give them a download while they are up for grabs.  The Manor of My Dreams: free for today only   (expired) Paradi

REVIEW: BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

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Don't call him Batman... A graphic Novel adaptation of the DC ICONS novel by the same name, BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER takes a younger Bruce Wayne and tosses him into a world of maniacs and criminals long before he is ready to don a cape and cowl.  HOW I RATED IT  5/5  Though perhaps a bit slower paced than most Batman fans might expect, the new take on this classic character matched with a strong story structure and simple, yet strong visuals make for a unique read that's suitable for casual readers as well as hardcore fans.  CHARACTERS The obvious place to start here is with Bruce Wayne, who has just turned 18 when the story begins. His age isn't the only thing that sets him apart from the character most are familiar with though. Aside from the obligatory flashback to his parents' murders and some occasional moping, this a far more charming and optimistic version of Mr. Wayne than I think has ever been done before. He's still smart and resourc

REVIEW: THE WELL OF ASCENSION (MISTBORN BOOK 2)

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When "God" has been killed... After the conclusion of the first entry in this trilogy, Vin and her friends have to figure out how to bring order to a world that they've thrown into chaos. Note that while there will be no major spoilers for THE WELL OF ASCENSION , elements of THE FINAL EMPIRE 's ending will be discussed. HOW I RATED IT  4/5  Though things start off pretty slow due to a lot of information about the rules of this world and it's magic systems being rehashed, there's still an engaging tale to be told, especially after the first fourth of the book. WORLD/SETTING  The world of  MISTBORN  is again noteworthy enough to be mentioned first. While a lot of elements that made it great carry over from the first book, what makes it feel so special all over again is how much the landscape has changed now that the Lord Ruler has been killed. It's interesting to see how the world tries to put itself back together now that the man that they ca

REVIEW: RADICAL FOCUS

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A tale of young heroes and their OKRs... There are plenty of books out there that boast being able to help you solve all your business-y problems, but few that actually deliver anything meaningful or at least tangibly actionable - many too entrenched in theory rather than practice. RADICAL FOCUS manages to find a place among those few while also handling the subject in a delightfully surprising way that some may just even describe as radical !  HOW I RATED IT  5/5  Not only is this book clearly written from actual experience, but it also leaves things broad enough for you to have an open mental dialog with the text that helps relate back to how you might be able to use the material AND manages to cover the it all in a fun and engaging manner.  CONTENT / SUBJECT MATTER The book mainly advertises that it is about OKRs which stands for Objectives and Key Results. The idea is that using these can help you better understand how your team and product are doing by settin

UPDATE: TRYING OUT SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

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Lately I've been giving a couple of "bookish" subscription boxes a chance. These are a fun way to get a random, surprise assortment of items that can be a nice little treat at the right price point and delivery cadence.  These are the two different services that I've tried out:  MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS CULTURE CARTON

BOX REVIEW: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS

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Mutants and Marvels... While not really a "bookish" box service, I do enjoy putting Funko's products on a bookshelf as dorky decoration.  WHAT'S INSIDE? Marvel Collector Corps  boxes are produced by Funko so the main attraction with these is always the exclusive Funko Pop figure (those adorable figures of licensed characters with huge heads). The boxes are nice enough on the outside - each fitting their designated theme. For anyone that's been following this service for a while though, it may be worthwhile to note that there's nothing on the inside of them. Older un-boxing and review videos showcase some nice comic artwork on the inner lining of prior boxes, but it seems they've moved away from that based on the two that I've received. It's possible that this is because no one was really paying attention to it - I can't say that I felt like I was missing out. CLASSIC X-MEN The January box I received had a theme of "Classic X-me