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Book Haul + A Giveaway

October Was a great month for books, at least it was for me. So of course I am going to spread the love a bit and have a giveaway! But before we get to that let me show you what I was lucky enough to get my  grubby little goblin hands on.

 

  1. The Midnight Dunes (The Landkist Saga #3) by Steven Kelliher

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Steven sent over an E-ARC of the third book in his Landkist saga. I don’t know if his time as a UFC fighter helped but the battle scenes in this series are written very well. Go pick up a copy of Valley of Embers if you haven’t already got it.

 

  1. Black Guild (Black Powder Wars, #2) by JP. Ashman

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My Cactus loving goblin buddy sent me the digital ARC for his eagerly awaited second installment in his fantastic flintlock fantasy series the Black Powder Wars.  Check out the new cover Pen Astridge aka The Mighty Pen just finished for book one.

  1. The Infernal Battalion (The Shadow Campaigns #5) by Django Wexler

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I have to thank the publisher (Ace)  for this one.  I admit I already finished this a few days ago. This has been a great series from the start and to be honest this is the best one yet! One of the most satisfying series ends that I have read in years.

by Adrian Collins, Mark Alder, R. Scott Bakker, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Michael R. Fletcher, T. Frohock , Alex Marshall, Peter Orullian, Jeff Salyards, Courtney Schafer, Shawn Speakman ,Brian Staveley, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marc Turner, Matthew Ward, Kaaron Warren, Mazarkis Williams, Deborah A. Wolf, Janny Wurts, E.V. Morrigan

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I backed this as a Kickstarter last year and received my beautiful hardcover copy a few weeks ago. Then last week I got a magical mystery paperback in the mail. Neither  I nor Adrian know why I got it but since I don’t need 2 of them…. Yup you guessed correctly this is the giveaway!

Open to all. Just comment below to enter . While not necessary to share this post it is appreciated! You don’t need to have a wordpress.com account to comment but it will ask for an email. I don’t care if you give a made up email but if you are the randomly selected winner you will have 24 hours to respond to the notice I send you. After that I will randomly select someone else. The contest will end and the winner will be chosen Friday the first of December.

Good Luck!

Hob’s review of Writers of the Future Vol 32

Writers of the Future Vol 32by David Farland (Goodreads Author) (Editor), L. Ron Hubbard, Tim Powers, Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author), Jon Lasser (Goodreads Author), Matt Dovey (Goodreads Author)

I was really excited when I got this from Netgally I like the series a lot and love how it supports and promotes new writers.  I always look forward to the writing about writing more then the stories. But I am crazy  and like to know about how the stories came to be.  In this edition the Writing Advice was by Brandon Sanderson. He has been my favorite author for the last few years. I wanted to read that part real quick so I skipped to it. I soon came to these lines..20161109_212544

I swear I spent 10 minutes just reading those two lines over again and again trying to figure out what he was trying to say. How is a new writer at the cusp of the fine distinction between cooks and Chefs?

I just didn’t get it. So I finally just went to the next page and it started with “Grand journey- a journey we have all taken.” So then I finally figured it out. The line should have said “the cusp of a Grand Journey“, But where do cooks and chefs come in to the picture you ask?  Once again, my friend, you ask the perfect question! Well it turns out they come into the picture about 2 pages later.

So after I finished that piece I turned back to the beginning (I just metaphorically turned it, it is a E-reader so literally turning it just makes it hard to read.)  Anyhow I made it back to the beginning of the book and saw more and more problems with things .

Extra spaces in words, random words or author names in the middle of paragraphs and words like “IN” on a page by itself but each letter on different lines.

 

By now you must be calling me an Idiot for not realizing it was a formatting issue and re downloading it.  First of all this is a safe place, so no name calling! Second I did re-download it three or four times. Always the same problem.

I was about to give up on it, That’s when I noticed I was now able to Download a Pdf. version. ( I had tried that first so I could see the art better but it was locked then.) After skimming through the Pdf. I am happy to say it looked fine. I soon breezed through the rest of the book.

Now as for the book itself, I liked it, for the most part. Reviewing an anthology can be hard. Some stories I liked more then others. One  I just didn’t like and one I didn’t finish.

But for an anthology of new writers It was good. The art in it was fantastic. And the How to drive a writer crazy in 10 steps was my favorite part of the book. I think I will try a few of the Ideas. I am going to rate this 3 stars out of five.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgally.com in exchange for my honest review.

Hobs review of Explorations: Through the Wormhole

Explorations: Through the Wormhole

by Ralph Kern (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Richard Fox (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Shellie Horst (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Charlie Pulsipher (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Rosie Oliver (Contributor), Thaddeus White (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Chris Guillory (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Josh Hayes (Goodreads Author) (Contributor) , Jo Zebedee (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Stephen Palmer (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Jacob Cooper (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Stephen Moss (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), P.P. Corcoran (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), P.J. Strebor (Contributor)
I was Lucky enough to receive a ARC of Explorations through the wormhole in return for a honest review. First off I love the idea of traveling through wormholes. it really makes your imagination come up with strange ideas, as it did for these authors. A few of the stories where kind of predictable. But for the most part they went in strange ways I would never have thought of.
They were all well written and I definitely will be looking for other books by some of the authors in this anthology. My only complaint would be that the authors where not given enough room. I know it is a anthology of short stories, but that could just be me wanting to read more of that world. I give it 4 out of 5 stars with the only downside being it is too short. I recommend you check it out it is a great read.