Monday, September 16, 2013

The Black Prism (Lightbringer: Book 1)

Mulluane | Monday, September 16, 2013 | 5 Comments so far


Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace.

But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

*Blurb Source: Brent Weeks*
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Purchase ~ "The Black Prism (Lightbringer: Book 1)" ~ from Amazon
The Black Prism (Lightbringer: Book 1)
The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0316068136
| ISBN-13: 9780316068130
| Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
| Publisher: Orbit (September 1, 2011)
| Cover Artwork: Design by Lauren Panepinto
| Cover illustration by Silas Manhood
| Cover figure by Shirley Green
| Source: Personal Copy
| Rating: 5 Stars

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

The Story. This is another one of those epic adventures that defies simple explanation. It is also another one of those tales which will challenge the fine line I walk between interesting you, the potential reader, while remaining spoiler free.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What is Your Werewolf Name?

Mulluane | Sunday, September 15, 2013 | 1 Comment so far

This is both cool and fun!
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Thanks goes to Brave Luck Books for sharing this on Facebook.

So what is YOUR werewolf name?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Authors Are Welcome Here!

Mulluane | Saturday, September 14, 2013 | 1 Comment so far
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This is an old issue. I saw it back in 2009 before I took a break from blogging and I am reasonably positive I will see it again and again in the years to come. It is also one in which I absolutely refuse to take sides. What I will do however is clarify my commenting policy for the record.

Disclaimer: this policy reflects my views and my views only. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any of the current discussions.

Authors, regardless of what they have to say, have been and always will be, welcome to comment here and on Dragons, Heroes and Wizards. If they comment acting badly that is their right and the consequences are on their heads, not mine. If I respond badly, respectfully or choose to not respond at all, that is my right and any consequences are on me and me alone. Let the chips fall as they may. 

I sincerely hope a confrontation never happens but I will never, ever deny anyone - regardless of who they are - a chance to express themselves. Unless they threaten violence, which would cross even my broad stance, words are just that, words. What doesn't kill me, just makes me stronger. 

In a nutshell I feel it is the height of hypocrisy for me to express a negative opinion while denying others the right to challenge that opinion. If you (readers or authors) want to come here and rant, rant away. If you have something nice to say, please do so. If you have nothing to say, well that is your right too. Only thing I ask is that you try to restrain from using vulgar language but that is more for my reader's sensibilities than mine.

The sole exception to this rule is SPAM which has never and will never be welcome here. Sorry, I do have a few limits...

And now, with this little issue addressed, I return you to your previously scheduled blog reading...

Monday, September 2, 2013

Shoutout: The Last Neanderthal Clan

Mulluane | Monday, September 02, 2013 | Be the first to comment!

By Lisa Lareau and Charlie Boring

As the man and woman arrived at the base of the cliffs, the man stopped and rolled a large boulder, that seemed to be leaning against the cliff, to the right behind a clump of bushes. The boulder had hidden an opening to a small grotto which was about twelve yards deep and six yards wide. The opening was only about four feet wide and four feet tall. As they entered the grotto and Kardi’s eyes adjusted to the poor light, she saw that there was a small pool of water at the back of the grotto. The man had a pre-prepared fire circle near the right grotto wall. Kardi saw that any smoke from the fire would exit the grotto through a crack along the top of that wall. *Blurb source* Outskirts Press, Inc.

The Last Neanderthal Clan: Raka of the Last Neanderthal ClanThe Last Neanderthal Clan
The Last Neanderthal Clan
The Last Neanderthal Clan: Raka of the Last Neanderthal Clan
| ISBN-10: 1478705116
| ISBN-13: 9781478704713
| Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
| Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (Aug 22, 2013)
| Illustrations by Marlene Barrett
| Source: Publisher/Author
| Paperback: 455
| Rating: unrated

Note: This is not a review but simply my first impressions. I did not complete the book. However, that fact has little to do with how good or bad it is and everything to do with my own mistaken preconceptions.

Info and Impressions

About. Lisa M. Lareau and her father Charlie Boring share a lifelong interest in prehistoric civilizations. Lisa grew up listening to Charlie’s tales about cave-dwelling clans, and the characters in those stories have been developed and expanded in The Last Neanderthal Clan. Charlie and Lisa live in Virginia, but have traveled extensively in Europe, where they set their novel. They hope that you enjoy reading their novel as much as they enjoyed writing it.

My Thoughts. I am a big fan of prehistory with fond memories of Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I also devoured The People Books by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear. With those in mind I decided to take a look at The Last Neanderthal Clan.

Unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected.

I started with the preamble which was pretty awesome. I learned a few things about both Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons that I did not know. With the help of DNA research Anthropology is making huge strides towards discovering our origins. The preamble does a great job of describing what has been learned so far about prehistory in Western Europe.

Then I read the first chapter which frankly I found to be useless and slightly offensive. Personally I think it should be skipped altogether.

Chapter two starts the actual story but again, not in a way that I expected. There was alot of "telling" and no "showing". In other words, atleast to me, it read more like a textbook than a fantasy.

Now, there is nothing wrong with that if what you are looking for is something educational. Considering the backgrounds of the writers and what little I did read, this book is meticulous in its detail. While the book does follow the lives of imaginary characters, it does so in third person narrative, and in a way that is definitely science-driven instead of character-driven.

My Conclusion. What the author states in the preamble sums the book up pretty well:
"This author does not claim to be a scientist, but for the purpose of this book, the author has attempted to create a story that is true to known science, except where such truthfulness might detract from the story being told."
If you want to learn more about the late Pleistocene period, told in the form of a story depicting how Neanderthals and Cro-Magons might have lived during that time, this book has alot of scientifically based information to impart. If you are looking for another Clan of the Cavebear type story, this is not it.

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