Lets celebrate the death of 2016 by giving away something Awesome

Announcing the Blogin’ Hobgoblins January 2017 giveaway brought to you by  StickyWoodyZtudio

 

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And what better way to celebrate a new year than with a Beautiful Broken Empire themed book cover!

What does new years have to do with the Broken Empire?

Absolutely nothing!

Except that this will be my January giveaway, hence the new year part. And It is awesome just look at this thing. Made with art hand burned in to the birch wood and with leather cord for the spine and clasp.  By tightening or loosening the leather straps on the spine, you can fit just about any book into this cover. Here is emperor of thorns

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and then The complete works of Shakespeare.  Which I imagine is about the same size as The Broken Empire Omnibus. sold here

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Yes, you should be Impressed that I have Shakespeare laying around my house. But you should be even more impressed by This one of a kind item I will be giving away absolutely free!!

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And while there is only one of these to give away you can have one made for your favorite book. And I mean any book! Maybe you like Harry Potter then take a look at this one.

He can even make a 3-ring binder for your paperwork.

All orders that mention my blog will get $40.00 off. The normal price is $90.00. So hurry the  $50.00 price will only last until the 31st of January after that the price goes back to $90.00.  Order here or just Email stickywoodyz@gmail.com .  If you think you might want to order one of these book covers but are not sure what kind of design. Let me know what book or series you would like it to be themed and ill try to come up with something. Or you can  send me your Ideas  and we can work something out together. Email me at bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com

But This post is about a Giveaway isn’t it?

Yes you can win this one for free

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all you have to do is Comment bellow  on this post and you are entered. Then Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter or whatever. I would appreciate it if you followed the blog but it is not necessary. If you don’t want to mess around with the blog You can also like my  Face Book Page to see my reviews and keep up with the latest giveaways.

But don’t forget to comment on this post before you leave.

The drawing will go from now until January 31st around 2:00 pm my time 4:00 pm Eastern.

If you have any questions please  Contact The Hobgoblin

Good luck and Thanks again to  StickyWoodyZtudio for creating this wonderful book cover to giveaway to one of my awesome visitors.

 

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Playing in a tiny bit of snow with my not so tiny Goblins

OK first off this is my Oldest son, My daughter, and My adopted son in law? Um they are not married yet but they have been together like forever and I love the kid like hes one of my own, even if I feel like a Dwarf around him. Then check out the Goat shirt. I need one of those to send to Peter Newman. Then if you where to see the book being opened it is a signed copy of Paternus by the one and only Dyrk Ashton. Oh and I gave them some sharp and pointy things. The throwing axe was fun. My daughter was not amused….

 

 

Hob’s REVIEW of The Last Sacrifice (Tides of War) by James A. Moore

The Last Sacrifice (Tides of War)

by James A. Moore

Jan 3, 2017

length 320 pages

I received a free E-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes how I rate this book.

The start with the Facts of the book. just the Facts ma’am. I received an ARC that was not the final version so I won’t take off points for the Typos. However I do hope they get fixed before the final release January 3rd of 2017. There was hardly any errors in the first half of the book. Then around the halfway point I started seeing a few,  just little things like smile when it should be smiled. But as the end drew near I started seeing more and more.  Now the cover, well the cover  is fricken awesome. It really captures what the book is about even though you won’t understand that until  you are in to the book a bit.

Now we talk about the story. Well it was, as we say in a Facebook group I am in, “It was GDAF” or Grimdark as fuck!  So in a word “GREAT”.

Thanks for coming. See you later! Hope you enjoyed the review…….

For your enjoyment, here is an Undying Goblin lets call him Dowru-Hobs  and he just wants a hug.

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Okay Okay I was just kidding. I am a Dad. I have to tell a certain amount of bad jokes a day. If I don’t hit my quota I could lose my Dad Card and you wouldn’t want that on your head now would you?

No, really it was a great book.  Even though we never really get to know the characters all that well, you can’t help but feel for some of them. That’s because James…er the Gods in the story are mean and petty. James  really is a nice guy, he even wished me a happy birthday while I was writing this review.  It literally just popped up on my screen now. Thanks James! Not very Grimdark of you though…… No we will never be happy with anything you do…….  Where was I before I was so rudely interrupted? oh hey interrupting isn’t very nice so I guess it was Grim if not very dark, to wish me a happy birthday. But what is Mark Lawrence’s excuse?

What? No I am not bragging! I had a perfectly good reason to tell you all that i got birthday wishes from some of my favorite authors. It’s not like I went out of my way to say Richard Knaak and Peter Newman . and many others wished me a happy birthday geez!….Let’s get back to the review….

This story is told in third person, and for the smallish size of the book, there are a lot of different POVs. That’s why we never really got to know anyone that well. But I have to admit the starting POV was done really well. I almost felt a few tears welling up and I didn’t even know what the hell was going on yet.  When I figured it out I was really upset. I remember thinking what a fucked up world these people live in.  And it is a Grimdark setting . I am not going to go into the plot but I will say you would not want to live in this place.

Final thoughts

It wasn’t that short of a book but it did feel that way because there was a lot of action. A lot of POVs but done well so it wasn’t confusing.  The ending came abruptly and without coming to much of a conclusion. But the way the ending summed up what everyone was doing and where they were at  was a nice touch, and that made up for the lack of a firm resolution  As it is I can’t wait for the next book and this one isn’t even out yet. Definitely a wild ride and I can’t wait to ride it again. I give The Last Sacrifice 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Hob’s review of The Malice by Peter Newman

Look its a goblin riding a demon goat while Juggling bombs! I made it just for you.      Merry  Christmas.

hob-and-goatI know what you are thinking….. Well I have no clue what you are thinking but I am sure that while you are thinking it you look like this.

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The Malice

By (author)  Peter Newman

 

 

  • Format Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions 159 x 227 x 43mm | 698g
  • Publication date 19 May 2016
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Imprint HarperVoyager

 

 

 

 

First off this book was a pain to get. I guess it is not available in the USA yet. I would have liked to get the Audiobook as I listened to the first book but again not available in USA.  Amazon has the HB for sale by a 3rd party for $75.00 and no thanks I wanted it but not that bad.  So I went to the source Peter Newman himself and asked what was up. He pointed me to the book depository where I found a HB copy for $15.00 with free shipping. I love that site now by the way.  The cover is great, the art really captures the story without actually giving anything away.

 

The story starts some years after the first book, and like in The Vagrant there is a baby at the start of the book. but this time we see it born into the cruel world. It is spurned by its mother and taken in by someone who will care for the poor Kid. I meant to use a capital K in kid. Because that’s the name of the son of a Goat. I meant to use a capital G in goat because that’s the name of ….well you know about Goat.

It was no surprise that Goat was a bad mother. It was kind of a surprise she ever found herself in a motherly way in the first place though. But the now young woman Vesper stepped up to be a mom to Kid.  Vesper is just as precocious as ever and is chosen by the sword Gamma to go on an adventure because it was being ignored by the Vagrant.

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My daughter has actually called me Smelly goat for the last 10 years since onetime at the zoo a goat ate part of my shorts. And I insisted on leaving the zoo. Totally not related I call her Smelly Cow she wouldn’t want me to tell you why…..

OK where was I? …oh yeah

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Vesper and Kid go on an adventure. You all should know by now I don’t like to just tell the plot I tell how i felt while reading the book.

So how did I feel?  Book one had some pretty big shoes to fill but The Malice did a good job filling them. I don’t know how the author made me like a mute character like the Vagrant without ever actually being in his head., but he did. And at the start of the book I felt that would be missing and make the book much the worse for it. But the sword Gamma eventually filled that role quite nicely. The kid was not the Goat but did a good job of comic relief. I actually liked the cast more this time around, even though it took me most of the book to come to that conclusion.

Final thoughts

It was hard to get so I am taking some points off for that. but that is the only reason it is not getting 5 stars. It is a much different book than the Vagrant But again I found myself really loving these characters for their flaws as much as for their strengths. A fun read with tension and loss but also humor and self sacrifice. Also I loved how the kid was Narcoleptic! As someone who suffers from Narcolepsy myself I thought it was hilarious. I give The Malice 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

HAPPY Saturnalia

Well it’s the 25th of December did you all have fun making your human sacrifice to destroy the forces of evil? What you didn’t do it? Well then how can I give away free audiobooks? Oh well 3 winners have been chosen anyway and they should have something in the E-mail already.

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Congratulations to the winners and to the others you still have time to make a sacrifice to the gods, Maybe you will win next time if you make it a good one! Thanks for playing everyone! And a big thanks to C.T. Phipps for providing the audiobooks and well, writing them in the first place may your soul never be devoured be the Old Ones.

The players

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Robert Junker

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J P Ashman

Kristen

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Christian

Travis titus

Darlene Kreutzkamp

Mike Duke

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Hobs review of Black Martlet by J.P. Ashman

Black Martlet (Black Powder Wars short stories #1)

This will probably be my shortest review ever but it was a short story. It took me longer to make the graphics then to read it but it was one hell of a great short story. The way J.P. introduced the characters and setting was so well done I felt humor, sorrow, and pride even though the whole thing was just a few pages long . Well done my friend well done. Now I have to rearrange my ATLAS to bring Black Cross (Black Powder Wars, #1) up to the top! 5 out of 5 stars for this short and sweet little book
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A Surprise ATLAS POST

 

I was expecting one  book in the mail anytime in the next week or so.I was surprised It arrived all the way from the Netherlands so quickly. But then Femke had to Surprise me again with a second book and Candy canes!! Thanks Femke once again you are awesome

The books are

Sentinel (Ashen Court)

 

And the One the Only

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

I already have this one in Audiobook but I am happy to have a paper copy. Now if we could get some authors down to Arizona for a signing I would be set

I should mention I started listening to

The Winds of Khalakovo (The Lays of Anuskaya)

by Bradley P. Beaulieu last night I don’t remember how it got on to my Audible but I “never look a gift book in the spine” as no one has ever said. Except for me, just now. You where here when it happened you know I said it.

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ATLAS =

ALL TOO LARGE A STACK

ATLAS POST =

ADDING TO LARGE ASS STACK     PROBABLY OUGHT to STOP THIS

The first ATLAS POST

In Greek Mythology there was a god named Atlas. He was the heavy lifter of the ancient world. Keeping the sky from falling to earth by holding it up on his shoulders, Often shown like this.atlas.  That is until Heracles saved him by building the two great Pillars to hold the sky away from the earth, I think I have found one of those pillars!!  It used to be called my  To Be Read pile. Yes even though I have read 275 books around 100,000 pages in 2016 my TBR pile is higher than ever. So I am changing the name of my TBR to  A.T.L.A.S

“Why does it mean?”

Well just like the pillars that saved Atlas my TBR pile is really tall.  But that’s not why I am calling it ATLAS. No  ATLAS is an acronym for

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ALL TOO LARGE A STACK

And I never cared for the term Book haul so they will now be called an ATLAS POST.

“What the hell is that supposed to stand for?”

Believe it or not I am glad you asked that question Bob

  ATLAS POST is an Acronym for

   ADDING TO LARGE ASS STACK     PROBABLY OUGHT to STOP THIS

So lets go forthwith  straightaway, and without adding any additional ado,

I give you my first   ATLAS POST.

I need to thank the nice folks over at TOR Books and Wendell the man under the cloak at BookWraiths for my copy of Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. It is beautiful!

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Then I need to thank Bob Skull, my writing partner (the crazy voice in my head) for the wonderful Birthday present! He got me Lucky number #1313 of the already sold out limited Dragonsteel edition of Mistborn: The Final Empire. It is 672 gilded pages of  perfection . Printed in 2-color offset black and red inks with a satin-ribbon bookmark. It has two-color foiling on its beautiful leather cover .With tons of never-before seen artwork and a new 2-page map of the Final Empire. I am in love with this book!

Thanks Bob! Sorry I yell at you all the time.

I also have a bunch of e-books that I should mention so they don’t get lost in the confusion of my life.

  1. Every-Kingdom-Divided-Stephen-Kozeniewski
  2. Exile – Martin Owton
  3. Oblivions Forge Simon Williams
  4. Ours+Is+the+Storm
  5. Desperate Times – The 49ers3
  6. The Hall of the Diamond Queen – Anthony Ryan
  7. A Matter of Belief – Matthew Ward
  8. The Tribute – Matthew Ward
  9. It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise
  10. SNAFU_-Survival-of-the-Fittest-Various
  11. The Heresy Within – Rob J. Hayes
  12. Valley of Embers The Landkist saga
  13. A Gathering of Ravens Scott Oden (reading now)
  14. Family War, A – Stewart Hotston
  15. People’s War, A – Stewart Hotston
  16. Neverland’s Library – Various

Well that’s my ATLAS for the next month or so. If you have asked me to review a book and I didn’t list it above I am either reading it, done with it and working on a review or have lost it in the shuffle of things. So to help me and you get things done and organized shoot me a email and let me know your book is missing.

And here are more pictures of Bob, my pretty book, and some swords.

Hob’s Review of Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Audiobook

Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

UNABRIDGED

As usual lets start with the technical side of the review. I listened to the Audiobook narrated by Jonathan Davis. You might not recognize the name but you have probably listened to at least one Audiobook read by him. He has done most of the  Star-wars books including The truly fantastic  William Shakespeare’s Star Wars  By Ian Doescher . He has also done books like The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1 By Glen Cook  and The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1 by Gene Wolfe. Just as in those books he did a great job here. Although I would assume a guy born in England and living in the Colony of Boston just before the Revolutionary war would have had a British accent. But other than that it was great. The cover is ok nothing special  It did not grab me. It actually was the reason it stayed on my TBR pile for so long. I don’t like to judge a book by its cover but they sure can make me want to listen/read to them Sooner rather than something else…It was a decent length at a bit over 13 hours.

 

The book takes place in a way underused setting and time period  for Alternate History/Fantasy books. The American Colonies pre-Revolutionary war. Actually just before the war. Samuel Adams is an important figure in the book and the book pretty much starts during the Riots caused by the Stamp act which lead eventually to the Boston Tea Party and the War.

Thieftaker is in a parallel world. Although I only noticed 2 differences, so very close to ours.. The main difference is that magic is a real thing but kept in the shadows because things like the Salem Witch trials had still happened.

We see through the eyes of Ethan Kaille a magic user of no small powers he earns his living as a Thief Catcher. He kind of felt like he was created from the end game screen of Sid Meier’s Pirates!  maxresdefault

He was a British sailor and engaged when something happened and he was charged with mutiny and somehow outed as a wizard but  instead of death he was sent to work on a sugar plantation for many years where he gained a limp. When he came back his Fiancée had married had children and been widowed. She still wanted nothing to do with him though because he is a witch. If you ever played Pirates you will understand my point.

Don’t get me wrong I liked the book it was well written but that part was just so generic to me. It might be better if /when it is explained in the rest of the series.  

OK the second thing that was not like our world was when they talk about both a man and woman being hanged.  The Richardson’s had been found guilty of  “miss treating their children” and hung. I was pretty sure there wasn’t such a thing as child abuse  then. So I did a bit of disturbing research and scanned through about 100 cases from 1700-1792 involving child deaths only 2 went to trial in both the suspect was black or Indian and the child was a illegitimate half white newborn. like the case bellow.

  • Rutland Sup. Ct. files, v. 2: 587
  • Accused:                     Dinah              
  • Race: b
  • Gender: f
  • Age: adult    “negro girl”     
  • Occupation: fugitive slave
  • Town: from New York State              
  • 587: INFANTICIDE — Dinah, 1784:  d.:  2/21/1784:  on body of negro child in Arlington, VT.  Found near house of Elnathan Merwin Jr.  CORONER JURY VERDICT:  murder.  In case of FREEMAN v. DINAH.
  • SUSPECT(s): Dinah
  • VICTIM(s): her newborn illeg. child
  • Weapon: [physical]
  • Circumstances: near the house of Elnathan Merwin, Jr.
  • Inquest: d. 2/21.  Verdict:  murder.
  • Indictment: yes, murder
  • Term: 2/1784
  • Court proceedings: pNG

Yet in cases like the next one the person was released and actually became more  prominent after beating his half black Illegitimate 7 year old son to death with a stick

 

  • Class: probable
  • Crime: HOM MANSL
  • Rela: HHLD CHILD [SERVANT by MASTER]
  • Motive: ABUSE
  • SUSPECT(s): [Elnathan] Strong
  • VICTIM(s): a young boy (his servant)
  • Weapon: wooden rods [club]
  • Circumstances: beat the child with wooden rods for refusing to follow orders.  2.5 hours later.
  • Inquest: verdict: 
  • Indictment: no
  • Term:
  • Court proceedings: none
  • 1784, Feb. Arlington, BEN

 

Yeah I wasted a lot of time reading what ass holes our founders were not that I needed to be reminded.  But anyway lets get back to the review.  So other then the back-story that felt like a bunch of bad things that might happen to a person had been written on strips of paper and then randomly selected out of a hat, it was a very interesting read. A lot of real history thrown in to a real place and magic was added.

The magic system itself was interesting but pretty much based on what Charlatans of the 18th and 19th centuries spoke of.. Using a spirit guide or ghost, basically to help focus energies to do mostly Illusions and small things. But it did require some type of sacrifice like using part of the life of a tree or grass. But what was most common was the castors own blood. Towards the end it did get really cool to see how many simple things where combined to make more powerful spells.

But I have to mention the real hero of the book. Trevor Pell the priest that discovers he has magical talent. He saves  Ethan’s life 4 or 5 times and he has a cool name to boot. I think he should leave the priest hood and become an apprentice or something. But we will have to wait and see.

Final Thoughts

A standard plot was helped tremendously by the interactions of the characters. Some of the motives (especially the bad guy’s) felt strained as to the whys of it. But then when I sat back to actually think about it and the politics of the time it made a bit more sense. Its not YA but I would have been ok letting my kids read it way back when they were 12 or 13 years old. All in all a little bit better than average read but with much potential for the rest of the series. All topped off with good narration  I am going to give Thieftaker 3.75 stars out of 5