Archive for the Books Category

Twilight – Spoiler Free

Posted in Books, Games, Health with tags , , , on January 29, 2009 by abraxus

So while I have been ‘convalescing’ I have of course been bored out of my mind as I am unable to sit at the PC for more than a few mintues at a time. Thankfully I expected this and so I bought a series of books by Stephanie Meyer. This is the ‘Twilight‘ Series which inspired the recent feature movie. In the last few days I have read all four of the books currently available.

It’s not a horrible series despite what others I know have had to say about it. This woman took the Vampire mythos and spun an interesting tale with it even if it is a bit derivative here and there. Of course given the insane number of things I have read and absorbed about Vampires I have a very ‘Been there done that’ attitude towards the subject matter. Still, it was an engaging story that kept me turning all 12oo or so cumulative pages of it.

It’s not the next greatest piece of literature to ever come out but for those of you that are occasional readers this story could well keep you absorbed for many days and nights. It has my recommendation.

Also I can see why they have such an enormous Fandom going for this series. There are all manner of subtle hints and paths not taken by the main story that a creative mind caught up in the world could well write for quite some time.

Also consuming some of my time is a Wii Game called ‘Endless Ocean‘ it’s actually quite entertaining, if you own a Wii I recommend it as well.

Tomorrow I think I might watch the currently available episodes of Stargate: Atlantis. Not being able to walk without resembling a penguin and suffering much pain limits my options when it comes to entertainment.

Warhammer 40k

Posted in Books, Games on January 1, 2009 by abraxus

I have no idea why..but I have become somewhat enthralled with the world behind the game for Warhammer’s 40k Line of products. I am not entirely certain why just yet but I am in the process of reading some of the OmniBus editions of the written work so perhaps that will shed some light on it for me.

One thing I enjoy about stumbling on a new Author or World that is already well established is that I can read HUGE amounts of material on the subject without having to wait the interminable amounts of time that usually come with being up to date on the subject matter.  While I do love the anticipation of a new book coming out in a favoured series (yep, the U again..don’t go there) I have an equal love for being able to walk into a BookStore and come out with two months of solid reading material in under 5 minutes.

Book Ends

Posted in Books, Noteworthy with tags , , , on February 5, 2008 by abraxus

About 6 months ago I was in need of something fun to read so off I went to my local Book Store aptly named “Lots-a-books”. I have much love for that store. A little over 10 years ago when my family got sent up here (my Father was Military at the time) I had literally nothing to do because we were stuck in a Hotel room for almost 6 weeks due to our PMQ being fixed up. There was nothing much on TV, I did not know a living soul in town and it was Summer Holidays so I had no chance to meet other kids my age at school. Not knowing where anything was did not help matters either.

Thankfully my Mother is also an avid reader and was in much the same boat so we would walk downtown to see what was there quite often. That’s when we found Lots-a-books nestled in it’s little spot on Main Street. In our old town of Alsask there wasn’t even a bookstore so I was ecstatic that I would have access to a bookstore that wasn’t a two hour drive away. As it turned out the tiny little building was actually the towns very first Bank way back in the day. It still even had the old Vault with its massive steel door though it now held a children’s reading section.

I explored the place as only a bored to death teenager could and quickly found my own personal mecca in the form of the Science Fiction/Fantasy area. Those are some of the fondest days of my life, I even remember the very first book I ever bought in that store. Robotech #1. In the end I had an awesome summer eventually reading the entire series of Robotech in our six week hotel stay before we finally got into our house on the Base. In fact I was such a fixture of the little store that when I did not come in the next weekend (due to being about a 15 minute drive away instead of just down the road) they actually phoned my Father at work to see if I was alright.

To this day I still have the entire Robotech Series on my bookshelf.

Now that I have digressed you into a sleepy haze dear readers let me get to the meat of this entry.

Gail Z. Martin

It’s safe to say that I read ALOT of Fantasy books, being an avid player of Dungeons and Dragons for over 18 years now, so I have seen my fair share of “Cookie cutter” fantasy settings. It’s hard to be original these days in a specific setting so a really good Author, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, draws you in with the setting and the characters.

It’s been a long long time since an author had me so eager to read that I actually hid myself away for the chance to pick up the book again and Mrs. Martin has done that and more. Very rarely do I actually seek out an Author to gush about how much I enjoyed their work. Gail however has turned out to be easily approachable and immensely friendly in every aspect.

I won’t take up any more of your time but if you are any sort of fan of High Fantasy and lovingly crafted characters I highly recommend Chronicles of the Necromancer and it’s Sequel which has just arrived in stores (though not MY store yet…blasted cold weather has wrought havoc with shipping to my tiny town).