Apologies for the slackness in the past week with posts!
Anywho, I recently met Cheryse Durrant at Supanova after having meaning to read her book for a while. I bought her book The Blood She Betrayed and made it a number one priority after the previous book I was reading.
The basic outline of this story is that the mythical creatures Taloners actually exist. Not only do they exist but they are in OUR world, specifically Earth and Australia! Creepy huh? So some lady called Shakhara decides she needs to visit earth (from another world) to try and save her people. To save spoilers, that’s all I’ll say about the plot :P
What was awesome??
The pacing of this novel was fantastic for a reader like myself. There are times when I don’t mind lengthy fantasy stories with slower sections but for the time in my life when I picked this up it was perfect.
The characters developed enough to warrant an emotional attachment to them, though the author still keeps you guessing towards the end about who to trust.
There was PLENTY of action. Sure there wasn’t explosions every two pages but there was certainly enough to keep the story moving but still to the point.
Whilst I know there’s other books in the works the ending of this wasn’t the most massive cliffhanger ever (yes, for me, that’s a good thing).
It got to a point in the story where I just HAD to finish it because there was so much happening and so fast. This can be a bad thing in some cases but certainly not in this one :)
What wasn’t awesome??
I really don’t have any complaints about this one but if I was going to be picky, it’ll be about the occasional editorial error. This unfortunately happens with some smaller publishers.
Honestly there wasn’t much else to complain about. I can’t really think of much to nit pick about this one. Isn’t that AWESOME?!
Cheryse really is a lovely lady and whilst authors being lovely people doesn’t necessarily equal quality writing it definitely does in this case! I highly recommend you check out The Blood She Betrayed
Do some googling and you’ll find Cheryse online via her website and twitter. She loves communicating with her readers.
So seven episodes in to the new series Kill la Kill and it is certainly interesting. So far I’m finding it more of a mindless enjoyment. There isn’t a huge amount of depth to each episode. There’s just a bunch of pointless fighting and contests every time (or so it seems). In saying that, the main characters do have emotional strains somewhere.
Thus, I’ll continue to watch the series and see what comes of it, as I certainly do wonder how it will stretch out to 26 episodes and still be decent. I’m worried I’ll get bored if it keeps going at the rate it does. Will see how I go I suppose. So far it’s nothing to rave about, but has action in each episode to keep things going.
Decided I’m gonna add anime to my list of stuff to review because, well, why the hell not? I do watch a fair bit of it these days so I might as well give it a go :)
To start off this venture we have Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic which, in essence, uses character names from the Aladdin stories and goes from there.
“Plot Summary: In a fantastic middle-age world where slavery is very common, there are mysterious tall towers named “Dungeon” which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere fourteen years before the story line. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across with a strange young boy named Aladdin who carries a mystical flute with supernatural powers in it. Ali Baba and Aladdin agree to travel their first Dungeon together.”
(Taken from Anime News Network)
What was awesome?
Just about everything in this anime did it for me. I loved the pace, especially when you think they may be about to dwell on something. Problems were resolved quickly but not in any rushed fashion. I loved the characters. I find it difficult to pinpoint a favourite because they all had something I attached myself to. If I had to pick a favourite? I couldn’t. Whilst I’m sure some may disagree with me, I found the way the storyline developed quite original. Initially you may think “oh magic yeah sure what can they do with that really?” But actually, quite a lot! The entire season was enjoyable to watch. I attached myself to the characters and constantly wondered what would happen next. I was happy with the ending and glad when I found out there was a second season (currently airing).
What wasn’t awesome?
I thought long and hard about this. I cannot remember anything that particularly irritated me whilst watching it. I can’t flaw it! Maybe there’s teeny tiny irritating aspects in some characters but Honestly normally it is easier for me to get irritated at something. It is dead set that amazing and currently tops my list as favourite!
This anime is great. If you like fun, magic, adventure but still serious notes in anime then you’ll love this. Highly recommended!
I know I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a book review so I’m long overdue!
Recently I finished reading King Breaker which is the fourth novel and epic conclusion to Rowena Cory Daniells’ King Rolen’s Kin series. I don’t really want to outline too much plot here so I can avoid spoilers. The general gist of it goes that Byren fights to get rid of Cobalt and, well, that’s about it really (unless you want me to give away too much hah).
Now, I’ll be honest, I was expecting more than one more book to finish things up. Alas, I’m sure the industry called for just one more. So here you go, I’m going to outline a few things here and there about the book trying not to spoil too much.
What was awesome?
Though it started off giving background info this was actually quite helpful given I’d read the last novel some time ago. I felt there was more attention given to character development, particularly the likes of Piro and even Garzik (though I believe the eBook Kings Man is one to read for more on his adventures!)
Speaking of Piro, I really felt attached to her in this book as she remained strong in matter what happened to her. Although physically she needed assistance at times, she always remained headstrong and Rowena has done great in writing Piro so level-headed. I enjoyed the emotional connection I was able to have with pretty much all the characters (well, Cobalt being that exception). There were even times I half sympathised with the crazy warlords!
What wasn’t awesome?
Well, besides being disappointed that this wasn’t going to be more than one novel? I actually had a moment of genuine disappointment at the end of the book. I really felt it was a bittersweet ending and somewhat squashed in the last hundred pages or so. Again, I can’t really blame the author for this as trying to fit so much content in to one last novel must have been difficult.
The conclusion to Garzik’s story was all a bit mysterious. I can’t really say why without too many spoilers but I was half expecting him to turn up later in the novel and, well, he didn’t :(
The last line just left things potentially wide open. Without asking Rowena if this is a possibility I don’t really know but I personally felt it was.
While I did have some negative feedback I honestly have to say that I still LOVED this book. I happily rated it 4 out of 5 on goodreads however if half stars were possible it would get another half. It was full of action and had me guessing right to the very end! I do enjoy Rowena’s writing style and have enjoyed other novels of hers as well. She’s a really nice lady and a superb Australian author. If you have the chance you should check her other stuff out as well.
So I’ve been catching up on a few of my regular US TV shows lately, mainly Supernatural and Once Upon A Time.
I’ll start with Once Upon A Time…
This season is all about Peter Pan, and I mean ALL about him. It’s being dragged out like all hell back and forth between background stories and the being stuck in Neverland. Whilst the background was reasonably relevant in the first two seasons I’m finding it just slowing the entire process down. Basically now I’m watching it for the sake of watching and just to see how it pans out (HAH see what I did there?)
Right, let’s move on to Supernatural. This season (number 8 I think we’re at now) the guys are *still* working on finding a way to close the gates of hell however there seems to be a fair amount of filler cases within this, plus some bitchy old characters / demons are back :P
Supernatural is one of those shows that I get super frustrated with because it has dragged on and you think it’s gonna end but then BAM some other revelations occur (non-intended bible reference lol). But, for no other two reasons then that I love those Winchester boys and I just wanna know how it ends, I can’t stop watching!
Don’t get me started on the anime I’m pumping through, that’s a whole other kettle of fish :)
For now, peace out!
So of course by my two previous posts I had an amazing time at Supanova! I thought however, that the book purchases I made should be mentioned in their own blog post separate from other celebrity shenanigans :)
So, here goes…
Firstly I bought Jay Kristoff’s Kinslayer which is the second book in his The Lotus War series. Jay’s novels are described as mixing Japanese culture with steam punk. The first novel is called Stormdancer and you should all go out and buy it or borrow it from your library or whatever :)
Next there was a couple of Ian Irvine’s books. I’ve never bought Ian’s books before but have been meaning to as I’ve only heard good things. I bought Vengeance (book 1 in The Tainted Realm series) as well as one of his younger audience novels The Headless Highwayman as occasionally I like to read something fast and not necessarily aimed at my age group :)
Jay and Ian were signing at Booktopia with all the sponsored authors (including GRRM) so I had a small chat with them each, bought my books, had them signed and went on my merry way.
In the exhibitors marquee I found Nicholas Lochel, local Brisbane author of the young adult series The Fyrelit Tragedy. I already have Zarkora which I’ve reviewed here at Kickboxing Roosters and so I grabbed a copy of the second book while I could! Only $10 for a signed copy. This is one I’m looking forward to having already read the first.
I also came across some authors in artists alley and yes, all three local from queensland. Anyone who knows me and my blog knows I like to support local talent! Rowena Cory Daniells was there but I already have all of her books so I simply popped in to say hey! Side note: she’s a great author so do go ahead and look in to her stories! Cheryse Durrant is another local author who I finally got to meet in person (as mentioned in day one of supanova post). I bought her book The Blood She Betrayed and cannot wait to devour it!
At the same table as Cheryse and Rowena was a guy called Chris McMahon. Had I heard of Chris before? No. Do I care that I hadn’t heard of him before? No because that’s not the point. He is a local author and he writes fantasy and I’m into that so I didn’t hesitate to purchase his novels 1, 2 and 3 of The Jakirian Cycle. He is a nice guy and was genuinely happy that I bought his books and to sign. I also cannot wait to start reading these!
All in all I have a number of new novels and all in good timing since I was starting to run out of books here at home (though I do have a library membership ;)).
You guys should all support local authors where and when possible, as the quality of their work is usually super high (particularly those mentioned above).
Well Sunday was a bit more chilled for me! I attended the epic fantasy panel for a bit then bummed around for a few hours looking around buying some books etc etc before I had to line up for the Dominic Monaghan panel.
Here’s a few pics I took today before I go on my rant about Dominic’s panel ;)
Cool Dante from Devil May Cry
Model dalek the ABC were making sure didn’t get touched haha
More cool costumes!
This guy did an amazing job, he looks just like the real deal!!
My sweet temp tattoos!
Right, now about my rant of Dominic Monaghan…
His panel was really excellent! But before I start about that I really must give you all this link to view:
This bloody thing made my day and whole entire weekend!!!
I was so excited when I saw this and am humbled that he enjoyed our picture together so much :)
Dom’s panel was so enjoyable! He answered with a genuine honesty and whilst he was careful with some of them, He gave adequate responses :)
Yes, I got to ask a question, and no it wasn’t LOTR related. I asked if he had any tips for my arachnophobia since he loves spiders! His response involved suggesting that I confront them little by little. Since he has a tarantula and apparently gets it out when guests come over haha. I could tell he enjoyed answering questions about animals and that he truly is passionate about them. I can’t wait to see the episodes of Wild Things of stuff he films in Australia and New Zealand.
Overall I had a kick ass weekend and bring on next year!
I’m going to be a woman of few words this evening as I’ve had a hectic but fun day at Brissy Supanova today!
I’ll just leave you with a few pictures and some words below :)
Some mad costumes, especially the Belle! They were taking donations for juvenile diabetes :)
This guy. Stanislav Ivanevski more commonly known as Viktor Krum. Yes, apparently Viktor bulked up. A LOT. He was a pretty laid back dude and answered a bunch of questions but my favourite response of all would have had to have been when the question got asked “if you could re-write the script would you have made Viktor end up with Hermione?” He basically said yes and then mentioned that “he’d probably turn up in number seven and tell Ron to FUCK OFF!” lots of lols ensued :)
Oh hai there! Weta workshop of course like to make an appearance at Supanova these days what with all the hobbits wandering around!
This is Cheryse. She is an amazing author-type lady from Queensland who I met finally in person today and we clicked just great. She’s in artists alley selling copies of her book “The Blood She Betrayed” which I cannot wait to start reading!
My friend and I being silly at the end of the day. She’s lightning from Final Fantasy 13-2. I was just a crazy old pirate wench :P
And I just absolutely have to share my favourite moment of the day with you all….
Dominic Monaghan wearing my pirate hat and posing with one of my swords. He is an absolutely legend and he loved the photo when I went to have it signed and I quote he said “the best one of the day!” Shit you not.
My day was great.
Peace out and check in tomorrow!
Here, have some probably shitty pictures from part of my evening at Supanova! Opening ceremony was a bit of fun as usual and charity auctions out of my budget as also usual :P the panel with Jerome Flynn and Mark Addy was pleasant; they seem like really lovely dudes and the way they fed off each other was cool.
Anyway some pics from auction and what not :)
PS: more post tomorrow for Saturday! :)
For today’s blog post I thought I’d give an update on my reading Progress for 2013. At the start of the year I set the reasonable goal of reading 15 novels, because I knew I’d be distracted with work and my wedding etc. Initially I had a pretty slow start and there were a couple months I didn’t even get to pick up a book or my tablet reader. That was pretty depressing and I realised one day that I truly did miss reading, and a lot.
I jumped back on the bandwagon and smashed out some more books and felt pretty good about it. No I wasn’t reviewing everything but at least I was reading again :)
So I’ve reached that 15 book goal and gone beyond, Yay me!
I’d just like to point out that 15 books doesn’t seem like much but for me, it kinda is given how busy I can be at times. I’m also one to read quite lengthy stories being a spec fic fan.
There’ll be some reviews coming this month when I get the chance :)
Basically I’m pretty happy with my progress, especially in the latter part of this year (which isn’t over yet!)