Red Sister Art Contest

Reblogging and it wont let me email you my submissions. Ill post them there.

This is pretty self explanatory Jorg in  a forest of Thorns.

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This one is A goblinized version of a young Jorg with more thorns in the Background.

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And this one is a Thorns version of a M.C. Escher painting or something.

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that thorn guy

This post is to announce a fan art contest with entries featuring characters from any Mark Lawrence novels. The three best entries will receive anAdvance Reading Copy of Mark Lawrence’s highly anticipated new novel:

RED SISTER

 provided as prize for this competition byACE Books

A random winner will also receive a signed (or dedicated) Mark Lawrence novel, which they can choose from a wide selection, including foreign editions where available.

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To enter the competition create an original piece of two-dimensional art (Painting, Drawing, Photography, Digital Art, etc) and email it to us by clicking HERE.

We are looking to receive entries featuring original elements conceived and created by you, the artist. Please make sure that your entry doesn’t violate any copyright laws and doesn’t include any copyrighted material, trademarks or logos owned by another party. Your entry mustn’t be a copy of a photo/artwork that you…

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There can be only one!

Well my friends, the time has come to give away a one of a kind item. I really wish I could just keep it, but I will order one for myself at StickyWoodyZtudio. If you are one of the 20 people that didn’t win you can get one there as well. You can also have it made with what ever you want on it. You don’t have to be limited to the design I came up with for the giveaway.

But there is one person that will have to settle for my design and that is Andrea D. I will send them an E-mail telling them they won. If there is no reply with in 24 hours A new winner will be selected.

Thank you to all of you that entered and those that just read and liked the post. I don’t know why of the 200+ people that read the post only 21 entered but I am still glad you came.  Once again thanks to Clayton at StickyWoodyZtudio for making and giving this book cover to me for this giveaway. capture

Want to win the next giveaway? Just follow my blog so you hear about as soon as I post! I can tell you it will be The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King  By Michael R. Miller Narrated By Dave Cruse but I don’t have the post up yet.  Then in march I think I will be doing Black City Demon by Richard Knaak. If you have a book coming out this year and would like to do a giveaway to let people hear about it let me know. goblin2s

Hob’s review of The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade, #1)

The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade, #1)
by Michael R. Miller

I had been hearing of this book for far too long before I actually got myself a copy. Then I put it on my old Kindle it wouldn’t open as a kindle book. It would only open like a text document and then the  formatting was messed up. This had nothing to do with the book  I am sure the Kindle had had many other problems. I just wanted to thank the author for getting me to finally buy a new Kindle fire HD. I love my new baby. it’s so perty . But scatterbrained me had moved it into so many different folders trying to get it to work I kind of lost it along the way and it didn’t get uploaded to the new one. So after around 3 months I wondered why it hadn’t come to the top of my ATLAS®™  and I fixed the problem.

While getting the links I put down at the bottom of the review I noticed that the Audiobook just came out a few days ago, and was surprised I hadn’t heard that it was coming out beforehand.  I want to be clear that I didn’t actually listen to the Audiobook but I did listen to the sample because it was narrated by someone I hadn’t heard of before named Dave Cruse.  So I can’t guaranty how well the whole book was done, but  although the voice is a bit unusual I did enjoy the sample. But just click THIS SPOT NO NOT THERE RIGHT HERE then the sample button and try it for yourself.  As for the version I did have once I had the new kindle I didn’t have any problems with it. As a matter of fact I believe I only saw one small error through the whole book, so I would say it was extremely well polished  for a Self Published debut book. And while the cover is fairly simple in design,  you have to admit it’s pretty damn awesome.

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Ok now for the story. Its a Epic fantasy tail with humans, fairies, and Dragons.  You also got Wizards and a Paladin. And they are all fighting the big bad evil overlord,  Trum… er I mean Rectar. For such a standard concept  I have to admit I enjoyed it quite a bit. The interplay between the characters was very well done. I kept thinking to myself  “no way this is his first book, the prose is too good.” Also the setting was pretty cool. And there were some good surprises. One I totally should have seen coming and one I did from the very  beginning  but the reveal was perfectly executed in a way that those who had figured it out would still get the warm fuzzies. And talk about warm fuzzies Damn that last paragraph by Darnuir could be the definition of warm fuzzy in the dictionary.

We also get POVs from the bad guys that show them in a new and unexpected light. I am not saying poor demons really just want hugs and keep getting killed for it or anything but there is depth to them that is not fully explored and very intriguing

But there are a few  things that I wasn’t too crazy about. Mostly  notably there are a few really big world building holes that were not answered. I feel those kind of things should be covered in book one of a series.  Like how did the dragons become human looking. They mention the transformation and there is one part with Blane and Darnuir that it could have been explained but it wasn’t. I am sure there is a reason for this and when I read book 2 i’ll probably feel like an idiot, but that’s how i like it. Wait, that didn’t come out right. I think? Oh well  I am sure you know what I mean. I hope so anyway because I sure as hell don’t.  I also don’t get why there are no Dragon/human/fairy Kids running around.  We know it is possible because of one mention of one that had been killed long ago. But that’s it and you put people that  cam make offspring together for a few hundred years, even if most don’t get along, you will get kids eventually. In fact they are usually the ones the books focus on.

Final thoughts

It is a pretty standard epic fantasy as far as the basic plot, But enough twists of the norm to set it apart. Add in to that good dialog and a few tricky surprises and I can’t wait to get to book 2. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Good VS. Evil fantasy. But I also would recommend it to those that prefer the more Grimdark, morally gray type of stories. So, What I am trying to say I guess is that I recommend it to everyone. I give it ….. Wait I should probably announce my new ranking system. Nothing about how I rate has changed just what I call it  I am changing Stars to Little Goblins©. Mostly just so I get to chop up one once in awhile.  But not on this one because it receives 4 whole Little Goblins© out of 5.

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Atlas Post (ADDING TO LARGE ASS STACK PROBABLY OUGHT to STOP THIS)

 

Well it has been a busy month for me already and it is only half over. 2 of the books that should be on this list I have already finished. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper. Both earned 5 stars from me so off to a great start for the year.  I have received 5 emails in the past 2 days by authors asking me to read their books. I am not going to mention names because I haven’t looked through them all. But a few sound really cool. I will post more about them next month.

When I separated from my wife last year she did the worst thing ever and threw some of my books away. Only 2 boxes but a lot of my Wheel of Time books. Last week  I found these at Goodwill

So my Wheel of Time Collection is almost complete again.

 

I also received a few E-ARCs that I am excited to get to.

I am sure I have mentioned that I like to meet authors and get things signed. But I wanted to show you a few pages out of my Autograph book.

The reason I am showing you this is because I got a new one. It is right out of Skyrim, and I think its pretty damn cool.

And now the Coolest things I have got all year. I mean within the last 365 days when I say that. I got some downright awesome Doodles.

J.P.’s is above and beyond what I expected, but the amount of time Laura must have spent staring at one of my graphics I can only imagine. I love them both. So I made a new cover combining both of your books.

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And here is Laura’s goblin running away with Mr.Ashman’s Cacti.

The poor cacti looks Terrified…….

 

Hob’s Review of Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper and a giveaway

Circle of Reign

I first came across Jacob Cooper back in August of 2015. I had a job that I could listen to books most of the day, so I went through audio books fast.  For that reason I was searching Audible one morning before I went to work for something new, I only had 2 requirements. First that it was read by someone I liked already. And second that it was long. When I  search for a new book I usually do a search of my favorite narrators first. I searched Luke Daniels  and didn’t see anything new. Then Michael Kramer and what do you know, I saw Circle of Reign a bit over 20 hours long. I was in a hurry so i didn’t even read the description, I just started downloading it to my phone and left for work.

I know what you’re saying right now. You are saying “How the hell can he remember doing a search for a book over a year ago?” Well I have a pretty good memory when it comes to what happens in books. But not names, if I ever meet you in person save us both some awkwardness and tell me your name at least 10 times over the next hour or two. I am almost as bad with book titles and even worse with Song titles.  But if we had met at a book store and we walked down the aisles I can point to every book I have read and give a synopses of what it’s about.  That is a lot of books, but let’s get back to the one I am reviewing, whatever it’s called.

I usually start my reviews with the Physical aspects of a book. But we need to go about this one differently.  See  this book Is not  the same one I downloaded over a year ago. Well that’s not actually true. Since I first listened to it till now it has undergone a lot of changes. No I don’t mean like puberty. Jacob was approached by a guy you might have heard of named  David Farland and if you don’t recognize him from his Runelords Series, you might know some of the people he taught while a English professor  like Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Stephanie Meyer. (You shouldn’t hold that last one against him.) David had read CoR and enjoyed it but thought this self published first time author could make it even better with some coaching. So together they cut about 35,000 words and then added  around 70,000. The result is not really a new book but I will admit a better one.

Now let’s get to the Physical part. The cover is pretty cool and shows a part out of the book well. But it is not very eye catching. I listened to the audio book again excellently narrated by Kramer.  And while the first version was a nice long AB this version is even longer at  24 hours 37 min. But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can pick the eBook up free on Kindle Unlimited and one of my lucky readers will get a free audible download code. More about this at the end.

Now a bit about the book itself.  The story takes place in a rather Grimdark world,  where the land seems to be dying. The country is called Senthara, and it is one of the last bastions of humanity. But on occasion people looking for farmable land  come with their whole civilizations but that is the plot for the prequel  Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War.   Also free as of now on Kindle Unlimited.

One of the things I love the most about this book is the action POVs. Like in the graphic below there are 3 people 2 fighting and one watching.  Well you as the reader are not bound to one POV you are bound to the action. During this fight you will see out of each one’s eyes and here their thoughts. It is so cinematic you can’t help but picture a movie in your head as you read. If you click the preview button at the bottom then click part one you can read this scene.

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The blade on the right was actually made from a description in the books by Fallen Oak Forge. Here is a better picture.

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I wouldn’t actually classify this series as Grimdark, but it is a near thing. The only reason  holding it back is no one really knows how screwed they are. The main character is Reign A Wood dweller of the Western Provence known as Arlethia.

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What is a Wood dweller?  Well they are not long lived like elves but they do have the ability to sense vibrations of anything moving close to them through the tree roots and are blessed with an almost super hero level speed . We see that right from the start in the battle I pictured above.

Do yourself a favor and read the preview Here

 

 Final Thoughts

A few things didn’t really fit smoothly for me but they will probably be resolved in book two. There is quite a bit of in world language used that did get a bit confusing at times but not enough I didn’t know what they were talking about. I loved the original and rated it 4.5 stars. This one was even better and it gets a full 5 stars out of 5. Keep reading to find out more about the giveaway.

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Win a free Audiobook version of Circle of Reign!

Jacob is a sucker for poetry. But only likes the kind that begin with Roses are red . So the best Roses are red poem of at least 30 words but no more than 100,000 wins. I am joking of course many of you know about my aversion to poetry. But I bet you didn’t know I am a published poet. Yes, sadly that is true but I don’t even remember the name of the book. ( I mentioned I am bad with names) And while the first 2  results of a Google search of Trevor Sherman poetry  will be links to something I wrote thankfully it’s not actual poetry.  No for a chance to win a free Audiobook just comment below. While you are at it you should comment on my other giveaway here. But don’t forget to comment below first! Good luck And if you lose you can always buy the book at the links below. One winner will be chosen Randomly from the comments below on this post. The drawing will take place on January 27 around 4 pm eastern. Any questions feel free to contact me 

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ISBN-13:

9780692246733

Publisher:

Jacob Cooper

Publication date:

12/27/2016

Series:

Dying Lands Chronicle , #1

Pages:

798

I NEED YOUR HELP

Usually when I listen to an Audiobook, I have something else to do. Like working, Hiking, or cleaning. But Last night I was just kicking back in bed and my head hurt a bit, so I didn’t want to read. But …well you know that’s a lie, I wanted to read…. So I put on a AB and then started messing around in Photoshop. This is when we come to the crux of the problem I need your help with. I made a a few  new Blog graphics to switch out for this one.

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So let me know what one you like best of the Images bellow. Or I can just roll Some Dice and pick one

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Hob’s Review of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

 

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor)

by Mark Lawrence

 

  • Publication date Apr 2017
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • ImprintHarperVoyager
  • Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
  • ISBN100008152306
  • ISBN139780008152307

 

Wow where to start? I am kinda at a loss for words. That might be because it is 7:15 am and I was reading for the last 6 hours straight and I am exhausted. But I think it’s more likely that my brain just can’t contain all of the awesome that I read in that 6 hour stretch.

Well I guess I will start like I always do with the Tactile and visual parts of the review.  I love the cover It is a great visual description of the book without giving anything away. Plus it’s just some damn good art. It could have been improved a bit, but I went a head and fixed it.

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There were 5 or 6 Grammatical things I noticed. But all small things like bought her hand down instead of brought and in in instead of it in. I did have an ARC not the Final version of the book. I am just mentioning it so that in the unlikely event they haven’t been fixed already they will be before its published, I am not taking any points off.

“I have been too young to know, and I have been too old to care. It’s in that oh so narrow slice between that memories are made. So enjoy it.” – Sister Pan

I love Marks writing because on a almost subconscious level there is a meter or tempo to it. It’s not like a rhyming poem or anything, and it’s really hard to put a finger on what “it” is. I think “it” is the sentence structure its self. He writes like a great Orator speaks. The cadence of the words pulling you in to his stories  almost hypnotically. It has taken me reading 7 books by Mr. Lawrence to actually come to that conclusion.  I am probably wrong and its just a compulsion spell.. And while I am not accusing him of witchcraft or sorcery, per se. His prose has definitely cast its spell on me.

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You would not believe the amount of times that I have read a series by an author then read their new series, and it felt like…. well like the same books almost. At the very least, many authors fall in to old speech patterns using new mouths.  I have actually thought about this way too much in the past, and I came up with an explanation for it. The characters from the old books are in the FBI’s (Fictional Body Importation) Protagonist Protection Program.  (Rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it?) Their names have been changed for their own safety and they have been moved to a new world to start over. But just like Steve Martin in My Blue Heaven they soon get up to their old tricks again.

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In Mark’s first two trilogies he managed to make the protagonists so completely different from each other I was amazed. And Yes he did it again with Red Sister. I know I know, the protagonist in this book starts out as a 7 or 8 year old girl and yes it takes place on a completely different world. So it sounds like it would be easy to make them unique. But even the Narrative flow in Red Sister was different from the Broken Empire books. While still having the Orator’s Tempo I talked about before. It really did amaze me.

“But be warned, young Nona: a book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the one that opened the front one.” – Sister Kettle

Ok Like I just mentioned, Red Sister takes place on a completely new world. New to us that is. Its actually so old it is dying, really in fact it is the Sun that is dying. Causing the slow formation of a Ice Planet like Hoth from  StarWars. The only glacier free area of the planet is a 50 mile wide strip that goes all the way around the planet. I Picture it just like Beggar’s Canyon back home.  Only wider obviously.

And the only Reason that 50 miles is still open is because of a moon…… “That’s no moon kid” That’s a focus lens! Every night it gathers the light from the dying sun focusing it in to a single beam that sweeps over the area with enough heat to keep the glacier from closing in on them. If that’s not bad enough, the “moon” is in a decaying orbit and will soon return to the planet and then the ice will close on the people like a giant trash compactor.. “C-3PO come in C-3PO where are you C-3PO OH where could he be?” Sorry can you tell I went and saw Rogue One again today?

Final Thoughts

It is not only a great story, but beautifully written as well. I loved the ending but at the same time I wish I hadn’t gotten to it yet. It was by no means a small book but I read it in three sittings, and that only made me want more.

Mark Lawrence has been the author of my choices for book of the year for the last 2 years in a row. Red Sister was the first book I finished this year but it is possible he might get my vote a third time. Red Sister gets a Outstanding recommendation from this goblin with 5 stars out of 5

P.S. if you’re a Mark Lawrence fan don’t forget to enter my free drawing to win a Broken Empire themed book cover! A $90.00 value for free! Just go to my blog post  here and make a comment and you will be entered.

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The Grim Tidings Podcast

Rob and Phil bring us up to date on what’s up with the podcast, including upcoming guests, news about their new website, and a look back at their  favorite episodes of 2016, a special preview of Grimdark Magazine issue #10, and list a few of the most anticipated grimdark / fantasy novels of 2017. They also announce the winner for best novel of the year as voted by the members of Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers (the GDAF award) Hint It is the one I voted as best Grimdark  Book of 2016 in The Fist Ever Goblin Awards Then most importantly they talk about me!!

Yes, a new feature on this awesome podcast will be the Blog of the week. And they made a great start to it by naming The Blogin’ Hobgoblin as the first one! I love this podcast and have for a while now. If you haven’t listened to it yet you need to check it out The Grim Tidings Podcast