We Have A winner

The giveaway for Red Sister is over and I cant believe how many entered. We ended with 32 entries. I will be posting about a new contest later tonight so keep your eyes open for that.

  1. Anindita@A Bohemian Mind at Work
  2. youandibooks
  3. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek
  4. Andrea
  5. Ashley M
  6. J P Ashman
  7. fireraven13666
  8. Tod
  9. Becca
  10. Penny
  11. Pat Corigan
  12. MightyThorJRS
  13. Dawn
  14. Tom Smith
  15. Jon D. (Bookworms Bookclub)
  16. Books, Vertigo and Tea
  17. Ashley M
  18. Oden
  19. Dàibhidh Càidh
  20. Lynn K
  21. Juliana Spink Mills
  22. RB Watkinson
  23. Paul Watson
  24. Goran Edenro
  25. DireWolfSnow
  26. lykoszine
  27. Vlad
  28. Roy
  29. Stephen
  30. Gabriel Rodrigues
  31. Elaine Walker
  32. Apostolos

So thank you to all who played my little game. The winning name is #9 Becca!. Congrats I will send her an Email; and she has 48 hours to respond if I don’t hear from her I will pick a new name

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Interview with Author Graham Austin-King

People may not know this, but Goblins don’t get out much and we are kind of shy, But we also Hunger for knowledge so for the sake of any goblins out there who would like to feed that Hunger by learning more about the people that write these great books I review,  I will be doing some author interviews.  First up is Graham Austin-King, author of The Riven Wyrde Saga. Thank you for doing this interview I hope it will be Fulfilling for all of us…

 Q) Have you always wanted to be a writer?

A) Yes and no. I liked the idea of being a writer even when I was a child, but then I also liked the idea of being a wizard. Being an author was something other people did. Authors were special people. Apparently, since then, the entry requirements for the job have become less strict.

Q) What books or authors do you feel have influenced you either in your writing or just in everyday life?

A) I think I’ve been influenced by every book I’ve really enjoyed (or hated). I started with Lloyd Alexander and then on to Tolkien, Feist, Eddings, Weis & Hickman. My writing has definitely been influenced by the likes of Mark Lawrence and Rothfuss – writers who inject a real beauty into their prose. I think I also have been influenced by writers like Hugh Cook and Joe Abercrombie, writers who aren’t afraid to let the grit and dirt show.

Q) What is your favorite quote from your books?

A) I have many favourites but this one stuck with me today:

“He sighed in resignation as he shuffled the last length of the path, performing the final steps of the ritual only to begin again. His was the spider’s web against the hurricane, the hands holding back the tide. His was the task that would fail.” Fae – The Wild Hunt

Q) Any favorite quote by someone else?

“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.”  Terry Pratchett

Q)I love that quote I have it as the intro on my Facebook page right now. OK now the hard questions. What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?

A)My favourite part is any point when the story is really flowing. It takes me about half an hour of solid writing to get to this point. That doesn’t sound hard but there are a million distractions out there. The internet… coffee… goblins…

Q) Back in July you and I talked about some audiobook narrators you were thinking about using for your books. Back then you where trying to decide between a few female narrators but you ended with a male doing it. I loved how it worked out but why the change and how did you find Jonny.

A) I think it boils down to the fact that one of my favourite character is the Duchess Selena. She has some of the best lines in the book and I wanted someone to do her justice. I had, at this point, been of the opinion that whilst a woman can do a male voice, the men I’d heard doing female voices were terrible.

I found Jonny by posting an open audition on ACX which is a bit like the kindle self-publishing program but for audiobooks. I was lucky enough to be awarded a stipend for both books one and two of my trilogy which meant that any narrator would be paid directly by ACX for producing the books, and not have to worry about if they would sell well or not. Jonny was one of over a hundred who submitted auditions. I whittled this down to my final five and then had folks on reddit Fantasy and on Facebook vote for their favourites.

For what it’s worth, Jonny does great female voices.

Q) I have really enjoyed the first two books of the Riven Wyrde Saga I would love for you to tell us a little about the books and your main characters? Do they have any Strong Political views, OCD habits, super powers, Homicidal sentient weapons? You know the usual type of things. Or any reason why my Fearsome and Hungry  Goblin army…. UMM… That is, My readers will relate with them?

A) The Riven Wyrde Saga is a trilogy about the return of the fae to a world which has forgotten them and thinks they are nothing more than myths and fables. When the barriers that kept them locked out of the world fail, then they are loosed on an unsuspecting world.

The trilogy is an epic fantasy series told over multiple points of view. As the Bjornmen reavers abandon their tradition of coastal raids and embark on a war of conquest, the challenge becomes whether mankind can recognize the fae as the greater threat.

I have lots of favourite characters in this series. From Kloss the Bjornman reaver, to Selena, the woman sold into a political marriage who has to seize her own power. I wanted to write about relatively ordinary people having to cope with the extraordinary situations. I’ve worked hard to avoid a clash of good vs evil, but instead painted in shades of grey.

When the Bjornmen invade Anlan, although there are brutal battle scenes and some fun politics involved, there are no superpowered characters or magic… except for the fae of course.

The fae draw their power from the moon. The Lady’s Gift can make them stronger, faster, and fuel their magic in any number of ways from simple glamours to…. well you’ll see.

Suffice it to say that any goblins should steer clear.  Either that or read all the books immediately so they know how to cope with the fae. Yeah, that’s a better option. Do that

Q) I agree it is better to know the enemy so you don’t fall in to their traps. What are you working on now? Are there Goblins in it?

A)I’m writing a dark novel called ‘Faithless’. At this point I don’t know if it will be self-published or not but I’d like it be out this year. The working blurb goes like this:

The temples of the Forgefather have fallen. The clerics and defenders that could once be found across the civilised world are no more. Priests huddle in the great temple clinging to the echoes of their lost religion. But the Father has fallen silent. There are none who still hear his voice.

The mines of Aspiration lie far below the marble halls of the great temple. Slaves toil in the black, hoping to prove worthy of acceptance into the church. Wynn has been sold into this fate, traded for a handful of silver. In the depths of the mines, where none dare bring a flame, he must meet the ore tally or die. But there are other things that lurk in that darkness, and still darker places within the hearts of men.

When the souls bound to the great forge are released in a desperate attempt to seek the Father’s voice, one novice is forced to flee down into the black of the mines. The soulwraiths know only hunger, the risen know only hate. In the deepest corners of the mines Kharios must seek a light to combat the darkness which descends.

Q)Sounds pretty awesome I’ll keep my eyes open for that.

Where can my little goblins find out more about you?

A)I lurk in all the usual places. I can be found on Facebook and Twitter or on my website www.GrahamAustin-King.com

Q)Any Final words?

A)Buy my books! I like to eat.

Hey what do you know, us goblins like to eat as well it’s a good thing you came to visit we are starving!!

You can find the talented and (Burp Excuse me)  delicious! Graham Austen King’s books on Amazon and Audible. You can actually get the whole trilogy free with Kindle Unlimited as of this posting.

You can find my review of books 1 and 2 here

Hob’s Review of Riven Wyrde Saga, Books 1 & 2 by Graham Austin-King

Fae – The Wild Hunt: Riven Wyrde Saga, Book 1

Blurb

Fairies. The Fae. The stuff of bedtime stories and fables. But sometimes the fairy tales are true. Sometimes they are a warning.

For a hundred generations the Fae have been locked away from the world, in the cold, the Outside. They have faded out of sight and mind into myth and folklore, but now the barriers are weakening and they push against the tattered remnants of the wyrde as they seek a way to return.

As a new religion spreads across the world, sweeping the old ways and beliefs away before it, a warlike people look across the frozen ocean towards the shores of Anlan, hungry for new lands. War is coming, even as the wyrde of the droos is fading.

Only by realizing the truth lost in a child’s tale will the world hope to withstand the wild hunt.

Fae: The Realm of Twilight: The Riven Wyrde Saga, Book 2

The Riven Wyrde saga continues…

The Wyrde is dead and gone, its protection passed into the ether. The fae have been loosed upon the world as they begin their wild hunt, a nightmare from fables and legend made flesh. At Hesk, in the heart of the Barren Isles, Ylsriss must confront a reality she never could have imagined when her son is stolen from her by the fae. Her desperate attempts to reclaim him lead her far from this world and deep into the Realm of Twilight where a still darker truth awaits her. As the Bjornmen invaders drive their way deeper into Anlan, King Pieter refuses to act. Selena is forced to confront him directly as Devin and Obair flee Widdengate and begin a search for answers, seeking help from a woman who may be little more than a memory.

I read book 1 The Wild Hunt back before I was doing the blog, so I never did a proper review for it. So I am going to combine them, and this review will be about both books.

I have been so backed up with books the last few months that whenever something on my TBR pile comes out in Audiobook I grab it. So when the second book in this series, The Realm of Twilight hit Audible I snatched it up. After listening for about 5 min I stopped it, went back to audible and got book 1 and started on that one. Now I have done that before because I couldn’t remember what was going on or something like that. But this time there was a different reason. That reason was the narration  by Jonny McPherson was really great.  It may have been his first time as a narrator, but my readers from the UK might know of him from a TV show called Emmerdale. I used my magic to animate a lifeless goblin to give you a sample from book 2

The covers for both books are just a bit creepy and that goes well with the books. Between the two of them I can’t decide which one I like the best.

The Fae have been called by many names Fey, fay,  fae, Fairy, fairies, fair folk; Good People. Those names started because people were afraid to piss  one of them off by referring to them in a negative way. It was believed that If one of them heard you say something they didn’t like or even if you walked close to a place they gathered, they wouldn’t harm you most of the time but go after someone you loved. That would be why your infant died in his sleep or your wife had a heart attack, most bad things that happened would be attributed to the Fae. So it gets on my nerves when people think of Fairies like this

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when going by our actual folklore they would be more like this

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True in the myths they usually used a Glamour so the would look pretty but in reality they were mostly scary inside and out. So I am glad to see them portrayed more in the correct fashion in this series.Hey look Bob got dressed up as a Fairy princess!

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Book 1 starts with Devin as a small boy. His mother runs off with him after the abusive husband actually tries to hit Devin instead of her after Devin jumps on dads back while the dad is beating his mom. We never do learn if the Dad was dead or just knocked out but it does teach a good lesson. A Mother will take a lot of crap but never go after their cub or mommy bear will eat you..

it is on the road to a different city that things get…. strange. I won’t go in to how but it involves one of the Fae and Devin’s mom disappearing. He is found with not much memory and taken in by a nice couple that end up raising him in the village of  Widdengate. That’s as much as I’ll tell you about the plot  you will have to read it yourself to find out the rest.

Now what did I think about it?  Well I was surprised at the lack of fairies for most of the book. They are more of a minor subplot in this book compared to all the other things going on. Don’t take that wrong it is not too boring or too chaotic but going back to my bear analogy it is just right. And even though we don’t see many of the Fae you can tell it is definitely building up to something big.

Book 2 has more action solves a few questions and asks many more. My favorite character in the series so far is the Captain from my audio sample he is great with his dry sarcastic humor But Obair is a close second. Obair is an old man who was the last one holding on to the Wyrde, the force that kept the Fae locked away from our world. It was held by  druids spread out all over the world for a thousand years. But as tales of the Fae turned to Fairy tales the numbers decreased more and more. Now with the Wyrde gone completely the Fae can come and go during the full moon as they please. Taking human slaves back to their realm and killing any they feel like.

The battle scenes are pretty epic and overall there is some great action. There are some rather strange things happening and the author fleshes out his own folklore a bit more in some Intriguing ways.The ants nest has definitely been kicked and I can’t wait to see what happens

Final Thoughts

Both books were very enjoyable with good writing good plot and great characters.  For books with Fae in the title they were a bit light on the Fae For most of the time but that doesn’t hurt the story  at all. There is a lot going on but its not confusing and with the Audio all the main POV’s have a unique enough voice that it is easy to keep track of who is saying or doing this or that.  The whole story has been building  up to what I hope will be one hell of a conclusion. I have book 3 and am torn between wanting to find out what will happen and wanting to wait for the third book on audio. Graham told me that they have just started recording it and expects it sometime around June. Keep an eye out for a giveaway of some kind around then. I give book one 4 stars and book two 4.25 stars

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Don’t you just love fairies

Recommended Reading List

Here is a clickable list of recommended series let me know what I am missing in the comments. All the books are linked to the goodreads page for more info about them.

Author Book or Series Start with My Raiting
Alex Marshall The Crimson Empire series A Crown for Cold Silver 4.25
Anne Bishop The Black Jewels  Daughter of the Blood
Anne McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern  Dragonflight 3.75
Bernard Cornwell The Saxon Stories The Last Kingdom 5
Bernard Cornwell The Arthur Books The Winter King 4
Bernard Cornwell Grail Quest The Archer’s Tale 4.25
Blaise Corvin Delvers LLC Welcome to Ludus 4
Bradley P. Beaulieu The Song of the Shattered Sands Twelve Kings in Sharakhai 4
Brandon Sanderson The Stormlight Archive  The Way of Kings 5
Brandon Sanderson Mistborn  The Final Empire 4.75
Brandon Sanderson Mistborn – Alloy Era series The Alloy of Law 5
Brandon Sanderson Reckoners Steelheart 4.5
Brent Weeks The Night Angel Trilogy The Way of Shadows 4.5
Brent Weeks Lightbringer The Black Prism 5
Brian McClellan Powder Mage Promise of Blood 5
Brian McClellan Gods of Blood and Powder Sins of Empire 5
Brian Staveley Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne The Emperor’s Blades 4.75
Brian Staveley Skullsworn Skullsworn 4.25
C.S. Friedman The Coldfire Trilogy  Black Sun Rising 4.25
C.T. Phipps Cthulhu Armageddon Cthulhu Armageddon 4
C.T. Phipps The Supervillainy Saga The Rules of Supervillainy 4
Cassandra Clare  The Mortal Instruments  City of Bones 3.5
Cassandra Clare The Infernal Devices Clockwork Angel
Charles de Lint Newford  Dreams Underfoot
Christopher Paolini The Inheritance Cycle  Eragon 3.75
D. Rus Play to Live AlterWorld 4.5
Dan Abnett The Horus Heresy  Horus Rising 3.5
David Eddings The Belgariad Pawn of Prophecy 3
David Eddings The Malloreon  Guardians of the West 3
David Farland The Runelords  Runelords 4.25
David Hair Moontide Quartet Mage’s Blood 4.5
Davis Ashura The Castes and the OutCastes A Warrior’s Path 4
Diana Rowland White Trash Zombie My Life as a White Trash Zombie 4
Django Wexler The Shadow Campaigns The Price of Valor 4.75
Douglas Addams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 4.5
Drew Hayes Fred, the Vampire Accountant The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant 4.25
Drew Hayes Villains’ Code series Forging Hephaestus 4.75
Drew Hayes Spells, Swords, & Stealth NPCs 4.75
Dyrk Ashton Paternus Paternus 4.25
Frank Herbert, continued by Brian Herbert Dune series  Dune 3.75
Garth Nix Abhorsen series  Sabriel 3.75
George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire  A Game of Thrones 4
Glen Cook The Black Company The Black Company 4.25
Graham Austin-King  The Riven Wyrde Saga  Fae – The Wild Hunt 4.25
Guy Gavriel Kay Under Heaven series Begin with Under Heaven 4.5
Guy Gavriel Kay The Fionavar Tapestry The Summer Tree 3.5
J.P. Ashman Black Powder Wars Black Cross
J.V. Jones Sword of Shadows series A Cavern of Black Ice
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel’s Legacy series ((Phèdre’s Trilogy) Kushiel’s Dart 3
James Clemens The Banned and the Banished Wit’ch Fire 3
James Islington The Licanius Trilogy The Shadow of What Was Lost 4.75
Jay Kristoff The Lotus War Stormdancer 4.25
Jim Butcher The Dresden Files Stormfront 4.25
Jim Butcher Codex Aleria Furies of Calderon 4.75
Joanne Bertin Dragonlord series The Last Dragonlord
Joe Abercrombie Shattered Sea Half a King 4.25
Joe Abercrombie The First Law The Blade Itself 5
John Gwynne The Faithful and the Fallen Malice
Julian May Saga of the Pliocene Exile The Many-Coloured Land
Julian May Galactic Milieu Trilogy Jack the Bodiless
Justin Cronin The Passage Trilogy The Passage
Katharine Kerr Deverry series  Daggerspell
Kenny Soward GnomeSaga Rough Magick 4.5
Kevin Hearne The Iron Druid Chronicles Hounded 4.5
Kevin J. Anderson The Saga of Seven Suns  Hidden Empire
L.E. Modesitt Jr. The Saga of Recluce The Magic of Recluce 3.75
L.E. Modesitt Jr. Imager Portfolio Imager 4.25
L.E. Modesitt Jr. Corean Chronicles Legacies 3.75
Lois McMaster Bujold The Vorkosigan Saga  Shards of Honor
Luke Scull Grim Company The Grim Company 4.25
Marc Turner The Chronicle of the Exile When the Heavens Fall 5
Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance  Dragons of Autumn Twilight 3.75
Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman The Death Gate Cycle  Dragon Wing
Marie Brennan The Memoirs of Lady Trent A Natural History of Dragons 3.5
Marion Zimmer Bradley Avalon series The Mists of Avalon 3.75
Mark Lawrence The Broken Empire Prince of Thorns 4.75
Mark Lawrence The Red Queen’s War Prince of Fools 4.5
Mark Lawrence Book of the Ancestor series Red Sister 5
Matthew Woodring Stover The Acts of Caine Heroes Die 4
Mazarkis Williams Tower and Knife Trilogy The Emperor’s Knife 4.25
Melanie Rawn The Exiles  The Ruins of Ambrai
Mercedes Lackey Valdemar The Black Gryphon 3.75
Michael J. Sullivan The Riyria Revelations series  The Crown Conspiracy 4
Michael J. Sullivan The Legends of the First Empire Age of Myth 4.25
Michael Moorcock Elric  Elric of Melniboné 3.75
Michael R. Fletcher Manifest Delusions Beyond Redemption 4
Michael R. Miller The Dragon’s Blade The Reborn King 4
Miles Cameron The Traitor Son Cycle The Red Knight 4
Mitchell Hogan Sorcery Ascendant Sequence At the Sign of the Crow and Moon 3.75
Myke Cole Shadow Ops Control Point 4
N.K. Jemisin The Broken Earth The Fifth Season 4.75
Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles  The Name of the Wind 5
Peter Newman The Vagrant The Vagrant 5
Peter V. Brett  The Demon Cycle The Warded Man 4.25
Pierce Brown Red Rising Red Rising 4.5
Piers Anthony Apprentice Adept series  Split Infinity
Piers Anthony The Incarnations of Immortality  On a Pale Horse
Piers Anthony Xanth  A Spell for Chameleon
R. A. Salvatore The Legend of Drizzt serie  Homeland  3.75
R. A. Salvatore Saga of the First King The Highwayman 3.75
R. A. Salvatore The DemonWars Saga The Demon Awakens 4
Rachel Aaron The Legend of Eli Monpress The Spirit Thief 3.50
Rachel Aaron Heartstrikers Nice Dragons Finish Last 3.75
Raymond E. Feist The Riftwar Saga Magician: Apprentice 4
Raymond E. Feist The Empire Trilogy Daughter of the Empire 4.25
Richard Knaak Dragonrealm series Firedrake 3.75
Richard Knaak Black city Black City Saint 4
Robert Asprin Thieves’ World  Thieves’ World
Robert Asprin Myth Adventures  Another Fine Myth
Robert Bevan Caverns and Creatures Critical Failures 4.25
Robert Jordan The Wheel of Time The Eye of the World 5
Robin Hobb Farseer Trilogy  Assassin’s Apprentice 3.75
Roger Zelazny The Chronicles of Amber Nine Princes in Amber 4
Sara Douglass The Wayfarer Redemption  The Wayfarer Redemption
Scott Lynch Gentleman Bastard series  The Lies of Locke Lamora 5
Scott Meyer Magic 2.0 Off to Be the Wizard 5
Scott Westerfeld Leviathan Leviathan 3.75
Simon R. Green Deathstalker Deathstalker 3.5
Simon R. Green Hawk & Fisher Hawk & Fisher 3
Simon R. Green Forest Kingdom Blue Moon Rising 3.5
Stephen King The Dark Tower  The Gunslinger 4.25
Stephen R. Donaldson The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Lord Foul’s Bane 4
Stephen R. Donaldson The Gap series The Gap Into Conflict
Steven Erikson The Malazan Book of the Fallen series  Gardens of the Moon 3
Susan Ee Penryn & the End of Days Angelfall 4
Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow and Thorn  The Dragonbone Chair 3
Terry Brooks The (original) Shannara Trilogy The Sword of Shannara 3.75
Terry Brooks Magic Kingdom of Landover  Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold 3.5
Terry Goodkind The Sword of Truth  Wizard’s First Rule 2
Terry Pratchett Discworld  The Color of Magic 5
Terry Pratchett The Long Earth The Long Earth 3.75

 

When I Win You Win

I Want to thank Mark Lawrence for being such a great guy and having all the book giveaways that he does, like the Red Sister contest that just ended. I also would like to thank all of my readers that commented on my post about Mark’s latest contest. Because of you guys I won a signed copy of Red Sister!  But to celebrate my winning I am going to give you guys something.  During the time Mark’s contest was going on I received an unsigned hardcover copy of Red Sister from  Alexis at Penguin Random House that I no longer need since I have the signed one coming. So I am going to give it away to one of you guys. Everyone that commented on the post that helped me win will be automatically entered. But the rest of you can comment and share this post to be entered also. I will select one name randomly on March 31st around noon  MST.  Thanks again to Mark and all my readers and good luck!

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I will notify the winner and they will have 48 hours to contact me with an address. They can email me at bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com  or IM me at https://www.facebook.com/hob.noblin  If after that time has elapsed and they have not contacted me  I will pick a new name.

Atlas (Adding to Large Ass Stack) AKA Book Haul

New Books!
I need to thank Mark Lawrence and Alexis at

Penguin Random House for a Hardcover copy of Red Sister. It will be out April 4th and you can pre-order it Here I gave it 5 out of 5 stars in  My Review

I also received Ascension By Matthew Johnson I haven’t read it yet but it looks good thanks Matthew
Then I picked up

Fae: The Realm of Twilight: The Riven Wyrde Saga, Book 2

by: Graham Austin-King     Narrated by: Jonny McPherson

I liked the Narration so much after just a few minutes I stopped it, and even though I already have read book one I got that one from audible and am listening to it now. Great book but I read it before the blog so  I will  write up a  review soon.

Fae – The Wild Hunt: Riven Wyrde Saga, Book 1

Last week I picked up a few books from Goodwill that I have read or listened to and liked a lot, So for a buck or 2 each I couldn’t say no

Golden Son (The Red Rising Series, Book 2)

Black Sun Rising: The Coldfire Trilogy, Book One

and a book about Tesla
Last but not least two books of mine I haven’t seen in years. I found them when cleaning out my brothers Storage unit.

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I bought the Legends series when it came out way back it the 80’s. Dragonlance was my gateway drug to fantasy. The twins trilogy and the Huma and Kaz books were my favorite and I still love them.

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Back then I never  would have thought one day I would be able talk with my idols.  Authors like Tracy Hickman and Richard Knaak. It is still surreal for me when I IM back and forth with authors like Richard and Tracy. Even with newer authors like Mark Lawrence, Brian Staveley, and J.P. Ashman. So thank you to all the authors out there that take the time to be accessible to the fans like me.

Handy Hobs How to make a Helpful Hat Holder

 

Hello This will be a Hip post using Homoeoptotonian H words. Sorry but my Hat Holder brought about a hwyl in me! If you don’t know the meaning of something in this post I Have definitions below so you don’t think I am full of Hooey.

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In an effort to get rid of some of the useless crap cluttering my shelves and Hindering my organization.

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I came up with this neat little Sword in the Stone Hat Holder. Its not just for Hats However, you could hang a Helmet  or even a Hauberk from the Hilt If your Hardware  is Heavy enough. But I Hate to tell you this little Hog-Goblin, but that is not a Hat

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I don’t know the Horometry it will take you., but it took me just Half of a Half Hour (15 min) to complete this project, not including time for the  paint to dry. ( It doesn’t take an Horologist to know paint dries slower if you Hover over it)

What you will need to Have to  Hand.

  1. The Handle Half of a wooden sword
  2. A Heavy piece of Styrofoam
  3. Black or a dark Hyacinthine paint
  4. some “stone” spray paint (Hold your nose it stinks Horribly )
  5. One H bracket……
  6. Just kidding you need a L bracket or a Hinge
  7. Handful of screws Sorry Hobnails won’t work

 

The wooden sword I got free from a Spirit Halloween store. I was building a Haunted house for my kids school with Hardly any budget at all. I just went in and asked the manager if they Had any broken items that we could Have to use as props for the Haunted House. I got the sword and a Whole ( it sounds like it starts with H) lot more. It was a lot of Hard work but I think it turned out great and it made the kids Happy.

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I don’t Happen to remember where I got the Styrofoam  I Had painted 2 matching pieces of the Foam black for something else  But only used Half of what I Had.when I Had Hung one up with my real swords.  You can get the other things at Home depot or any Hardware store for a few bucks.

 

  1. Paint the Styrofoam with the black paint. Or you can use any dark color you Happen to Have Handy.
  2. If your sword Happens to be whole you will need to cut it in Half.
  3. Line up the L Bracket at the tip of the Half sword and mark the Holes. Then drill them out with a bit Half the size of your screws.
  4. Once the paint on the foam Has Hardened spray it with the stone spray paint. I use a Helpful spray paint can clip on Handle for better control of over-spray.
  5. I may have Habromania but this part makes me Happy. You get to Stab the foam …. in the Heart? Well anywhere you want as long as there is a Hole.
  6. Once you have committed a Styrofoam Homicide Slide the sword in until you see the Holes you drilled in step 3.
  7. We need to find a stud to Hang your Hobs Handy Hat Holder™ as it will be too Heavy to Hang from the drywall. Once we Have the Location, line up, mark. then drill the pilot Holes and use the screws to Hold the Bracket to the wall .
  8. Now we align the Holes in the sword with the other Half of the L bracket and put the screws in.

9.. Now test it to see if it will Hold up with a bit of weight on the Haft.

  1. We need to Handle the Styrofoam carefully as we slowly slide the “Heavy stone” down the sword away from the Hilt until it Hides the Hardware.

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There you Have it! You made your own Hobs Handy Hat Holder™, and you read my Hortatory writing practice using  my Horrisonant Homotaxic Hephaestic Help. I Hope I didn’t use any Heterophemy in the post, I also Hope you learned some Heretofore unknown words without becoming Hypnagogic. Or worse become so angry that you thought of committing hospiticide. But I am sure your honorificabilitudinity is to high to try that.

Did you Have as much fun reading this as I Had writing it? I Hope so!

 

habergeon sleeveless mail coat
habromania insanity featuring cheerful delusions
halecret light half-suit of plate armour
hallux big toe
haqueton stuffed jacket worn under mail
hauberk long chain mail coat
heaume massive helmet covering head and shoulders
hephaestic of, like or pertaining to iron-working and blacksmiths
heretofore until now
heterism variation
heteropathy excessive sensitivity
heterophemy accidental use of word different from that meant
heteroscian dweller of a temperate zone
heterosis use of one form of a noun or pronoun in place of another for rhetorical effect
homoeoptoton use of series of words sharing the same inflections
hwyl emotional state capable of arousing intense eloquence
 

homeomerous

composed of similar parts
homiletical of, like or pertaining to homilies
homotaxic arranged in a similar manner
homuncule little artificial person
honorificabilitudinity honourableness
hooey nonsense; humbug
horrisonant dreadful-sounding
hortatory giving exhortation or advice
hortensial of, like or pertaining to gardens
hospitate to greet; to welcome
hospiticide killer of one’s guest or host
 

horology

 

 

science of time measurement A Horologist

horometry time measurement
hyacinthine of a blue or purple color
hyphaeresis omission of sound or letter from a word
hypnagogic sleep-inducing; pertaining to drowsiness or sleep
hypnoetic of, like or pertaining to unconscious logical thought
hypophrenia weakness of mental facilities
hypostasis basis; foundation; essence
hypostrophe return to primary argument after digression
hypostyle pillar

Hob’s Review of Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

Sins of Empire

The Blurb

A new epic fantasy series from highly acclaimed fantasy author Brian McClellan, set in the same world as the Powder Mage trilogy.

A world on the cusp of a new age…

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word….

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task that falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

The past haunts us all….

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

 

I have been a fan of Brian McClellen’s books Since the first one came out in 2013. Promise of Blood was the title and it was one of my favorite covers that year. In fact all three books of the Powder Mage trilogy possess cool sounding titles and completely awesome cover art.  Sins of Empire continues that tradition as far as the title goes but sadly I was not impressed with the cover this time around. Don’t take that wrong, it is a good cover just not poster worthy like the signed ones on my wall. Actually it was one of Brian’s covers that gave me the Idea of making posters to have signed for my audiobooks.

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I listened to the audiobook for Sins of Empire read by Christian Rodska   He has done all of the Powder mage books and does a great job with the different male voices but not so good with the females. His unusual gravelly voice fits perfectly for these books though. You should check out this animated sample  I made of Promise of Blood to see what I mean

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OK now let’s talk specifically about Sins of Empire. It starts 10 years after the original trilogy ends and takes place on a different continent that we have only heard mentioned before as the place Taniel Two-shot had helped fight for Fatrastan independence from the Kez.

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I was happy to see some of the characters I know and love from previous books return like Vlora, Olem, and others. But there are also some great new ones we meet, my favorite of which is Mad Ben Styke. Believe me you will like him too.

I had high expectations for Sins of Empire after the great story told in the first three books. I am glad to say I was not disappointed. In fact this new trilogy looks to be even more epic in scale, and that is saying something.

As far as plot goes won’t spoil anything but I will say I loved how this book had more than one main plot. I know that sounds like a recipe for a confusing disaster of a novel. but the way it was done it was more like it was the first two books of a series instead of just one.

 Vlora and Olem have turned the Riflejacks into a Mercenary company. They have been working for the Fatrastan government putting down small revolts on the boarders of this young nation and soon after we meet up with them they are called back to the capital city of Landfall by the lady chancellor.

Landfall is a pretty interesting place. It is the capital of a new nation but it is literally built on the foundations of the past. I won’t go into why they are called back but that is how the book starts,

Final Thoughts

This is a great audiobook that was like getting two books for the price of one. Not only for its long length of over 19 hours but plot as well. I missed some old Characters but the new ones more than made up for it. You could pick this up without having read the first trilogy but I would have to ask you why you haven’t read them already. I rate Sins of Empire 4.75 out of 5 stars

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Hob’s Review of Use The Force: A Jedi’s Guide to the Law of Attraction by Joshua P Warren

Use The Force: A Jedi’s Guide to the Law of Attraction

by Joshua P Warren

 

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

I agreed to take a look at this book based solely on the name. So I obviously liked the title. The cover could use some help though.It is just letters on a Hyperspace background.

While not quite what I was expecting it was still interesting. So what was I expecting?  Hmm well I figured by the end of the book I would be able to pull my Light saber out of the Ice while hanging upside-down in a cave obviously.

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I am sad to say I would still be Wampa Chow™ in the unlikely but still possible event of my capture by a giant ice monster.

But I still need to remember that a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice Bob.

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“I am  not the skull you are looking for…”

Even with you wearing the Vader helmet It still doesn’t work Bob. Sorry.

 

OK where was I? Oh yeah this book has some pretty cool ideas at its core, but it soon got a bit to new age-y for me  I kept saying to myself “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” Yes i sometimes refer to myself as kid. But not when I am actually talking to people, only when I am talking to myself. Its not like I am crazy or anything…. Geez.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

Ok Bob I get it The Force is strong with you. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth… BOB. The most feared skull in the universe.

The other thing I didn’t really like was the statistical info dumps. While yes they were of interesting facts too much time was spent explaining what they were all about.

“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.”

Thanks Bob but never tell me the odds I don’t like a lot of statistics either.

Final Thoughts

It was basically a Star Wars themed course on positive thinking and how that can effect everything around you. I agree with that part of it, although I feel I didn’t need  the advice.

 

If you are the type to read self help books I think this one could be a good choice. I like what it is trying to show I am just not in need of it. The thing that really gets to me though is that  however hard I think about something I need, I will never be able to make it come to me. And that is just depressing when you stop to think about it. I give Use The Force: A Jedi’s Guide to the Law of Attraction  by Joshua P Warren 3.25 stars for me but you can check it out yourself for free with Kindle Unlimited at this link.Kindle Edition3 and 1 q

 

 

“I’ve been waiting for you, Hobi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”

OH give it a rest BOB!

“The hate is swelling in you now.  Take your Jedi weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant.

For god’s sake Bob shut up!

“Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!”

 

I give up Bob you win…….

“Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.”

I think I need to go now and cry because I still can’t force push  things, like skulls, away from me with a thought..