Thursday, March 31, 2016

Booktube SFF Babbles

Awards Reading Progress

This is a post that I  have been doing for the entirety of the Booktube SFF Awards, and todays post was to update you all on my progress in reading the shortlist!


Books I Have Read: 
  1. Illuminae By: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
    1. I loved this book! It was a fun and fast paced adventure with many new and exciting digital typography effects that I have never seen before. I am hoping that this one will win the YA category right now.
    2. My Review of Illuminae
  2. Carry On By:Rainbow Rowell
    1. I enjoyed this book, I really thought that the author handled the topics of sexuality well and she had a fun take on all the usual fantasy tropes!
    2. Carry On Review
  3. Binti By: Nnedi Okorafor
    1. I thought this novella was a fun space romp with some new cultures that I would have loved to hear more about. However I do not know if this novella was for me in the end... I enjoyed it yes but it left me almost confused and angered that we did not have a whole book about the main characters events at Oomza University.
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic By: VE Schwab 
    1. This book was fun and fast paced with a hint of amazing coats! I thouroughly loved this book when I read it last year and can remember almost everything that hapened even to this day, which says something because I do not often remember all the details of a book!
    2. A Darker Shade of Magic Review
  5. Shadows of Self By: Brandon Sanderson
    1. This book I completed the day the readalongs started! I love Sanderson's writing and characters he is phenomenal so obviously I loved this book. However I did feel this one was more of a perfect book than the first book in the series was, The Alloy of Law. This tied up loose ends and brought in some unique plot lines tying everything back to the original Mistborn Trilogy, that made this book even better!
    2. Shadows of Self Review (Spoilers may be present)
  6. Descenders Vol. 1 By: Jeff Lemire 
    1. This was mindblowing! the artwork had me spellbound and intrigued from the start and the plot was a fun and quirky romp through space trying to find this companion robot, I cannot wait for volume two to be released!
    2. Review to come!...

My Plans for the rest of the readalongs:
  • The Fifth Season By NK Jemisin 
    • This is my current read, I hope to have this done by the end of next week.
  • Uprooted By Naomi Novik 
    • I intend to star this when I finish The Fifth Season and plow though it! 
  • All the short works I am saving for around the time I have finals and I know I will not be able to focus on longer novels. 
  • The graphic works to be honest I will read Nimona soon, and the first two volumes of the Wicked and the Divine, however I am skeptical about reading Saga because I would have to read volumes 1-5 and I dont know if I will have time. I am trying my hardest to get through everything! 
So that was my babbling thoughts about what I have left to read for Booktube SFF, hope you all are reading some amazing books and I'll be back tomorrow with another regularly scheduled bookish post, perhaps a review of Descenders Volume one! 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Buying

Book Buying Tips



As many of you may have seen if you have followed my blog for any length of time that I am awful at restraint for buying books, I honesty most days will have an order in mind or on the way to me in the post. But because I buy so many I have a few tips and tricks so you don't break the bank while buying all the books :).

Physical Store Tips:                                                                                                                                (The Telegraph Photo credit)
  • When going into a shop, have a list in mind, browsing will just make you pick up many that you have not heard of and will not read for a while.
  • Don't be afraid if they have a used section to try and find some of your books their for a fraction of the price, if you love the book you can always purchase a nice hardcover edition.
    • I did this with the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which I am enjoying a lot however I seem to be lacking the dedication that it takes to continue reading it... 
  • Hunt around the store to see if they have the same book in more than one spot, often they will have certain books as staff picks and they wil be discounted because they are "Staff Picks".
  • Join their reader club if they have it there, they will usually hold a rewards program where for every time you spend $100 you will get a $10 coupon for that day. 
    • I use this all the time, because when I go to the shops my girlfriend usually tags along so we can easily get to the $100 in a day, sad but true. Then one of us gets to use the coupon for the day it works out very well for us.
  • Make friends with the staff there, they most of the time will help you regardless but being friendly towards them definitely helps when you ask them if they have a book in but not on the showroom floor.
    • This has worked for me on multiple occasions it has been how I got some books that were not scheduled to be released yet :)
Online Retailers Tips:
  • Shop around, look at many different sites before you decide which one you are going to buy from often times one will have a significantly lower price.
  • Make sure you know the edition of the book that you want, because you can easily be torn between using The Bookdepository or Amazon but the defining facter should be where can I find the correct edition.
  • Sign up for their email lists, and create a folder in your inbox where they wont clutter everything else. Most often than not the retailer will send coupons or sale notices which you do not want to miss!
  • Look at Thriftbooks, or the Amazon marketplace if you do not mind slightly used books, these sites sell books for a fraction of the cost!
  • Another HUGE tip I have is to know generally what you want when you log in  to browse and purchase books online, because it can add up very quickly on you.
Online Retailers: 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Review 3-28-16

Illuminae
By: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman 
Review

Plot: "This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit." (Goodreads)
  • I felt the plot was fast paced and entertaining.
  • It brought up some unique questions we may have to answer someday, like what to do if an AI becomes sentient and evil? 
  • The plot was fun, however if you have read much Science Fiction I think you may see a fair few tropes being used in this, I will say that it is lacking aliens though.

Tag Line: Have you ever wondered what the Walking dead would be like in space, with a sentient AI? 
    • If you have then this book is for you!

General: 
  • I was skeptical in the beginning if I was going to enjoy this or even connect with the characters based on the format, although I found that I became very attached by the end of the novel.
  • This was a very fast read, in plot and especially in the storytelling. Because this was entirely files and conversations when I was able to site down with it I flew through it!
  • The typography seen in this book is impressive, I would show you but they happen on the most spoiler filled pages so you should pick it up just for that :)

Writing: 
  • Because this book was written in the style that it was I felt that the writing was less important tha a traditional novel.
    • That is not to say the writing was bad, however there was little bursts of descriptive prose and the rest was reading the accounts and files.
    • I will say that these two can both write characters incredibly well!
  • Again the designs created by the texts, while sometimes a bit weird to read in public made the book all the better.
Characters:
  • I will not be going into detail on any characters since I feel this book is so heavily character based.
  • I will say that I especially connected with Ez and Kady though, they to me felt like that could be real people that one may meet on the streets.
  • The AI AIDAN, damn what an evil piece of technology!  nothing more to be said without spoilers

Rating: 5/5 
  • This was a uniquely written book, with a great set of characters and an entertaining plot. Entertainment value is worth this rating, not because anything profound or ground breaking occurred. 
Happy Reading!
I will be back on Wednesday with a fun general bookish post, I'll talk to you all then!
Leave a comment bellow telling me your favorite Sci-Fi reads, after this one I am craving more :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

How I Rate Books

How I Rate Books:

Rating books as I am sure you know I tend to give relatively high ratings to all the books I read and I want to clarify why I give such high ratings on my books I read. 

Rating System:
  • 5 Stars: 
    • This book was absolutely amazing! I love everything about it! In some cases there are minute issues I had with the book, but they were not enough to remove a star from the rating.
  • 4 Stars: 
    • This book has some great plot points and characters, although something was off and I had to give it one less star. I tend to give this rating if I found it to have a slower pace for no reason, or if the characters were not as fleshed out as I would like.
  • 3 Stars: 
    • This is very rare for me to give a book this rating, as you all will know. I usually reserve this for books where the plot was intriguing, but the characters may have been a little underdeveloped and nothing really enticed me to continue reading onward in the story. 
  • 2 Stars: 
    • This would be a book that was meh, okay but nothing I would recommend to a friend or an avid reader. Enter these books at your own risk; I found the book to be flat and underwhelming.
  • 1 Star: 
    • If I am ever rash enough to put this as a rating, you better run for the hills because I will usually post a full blown rant on why I hated the book.

 I made this post in response to a comment I got from a great friend, that I should be more critical to my reading tastes and how I rate books, because it is not the best for a reviewer to have varied opinions. I agree with this idea that I can be more critical of my books, but I would love to discuss why I read and how I rate the books that I read. 

Why I Read: 
  • For fun 
    • I read to escape and have fun diving into a good book and exploring the worlds that the author can weave. 
  • I read to broaden my views.
    • Though I mainly read fantasy and science fiction, I read to broaden my views on many topics in society. I feel like if you read deeper into the books you can find much more meaning within them, I also read some classics and literary works though I hardly review them. 
  • I read for the stories!
    • The stories I find expose me to many things that I am unable to experience in the live and real world, my friend Jenna has a song that my blog is named after and it explains my love for reading exactly.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Booktube SFF Babbles 3-24

Favorite Fantasy Authors!
Booktube SFF Babbles 3-24-16


This lovely section of the Booktube SFF Awards season was created by my good friend Paul from A Common Touch Of Fantasy on Youtube! Each week for the duration of the awards show we will be going to have a discussion post to pull all the readers together and then get a great conversation going. Here is my contribution to this weeks topic, our favorite fantasy authors/ books!


Authors:
  • Brandon Sanderson
    • You all saw this one coming :) I love his writing and all of his world building, and characters! He has an easy style with some great plot lines!
  • Leigh Bardugo 
    • She wrote the Grisha Trilogy, and Six Of Crows. These books hold some amazing world building with a great world resembling Russia! I personally am fascinated with Russia and their culture and her writing captures the nuances of Russia to my liking! She built the world to be vivid and inviting for someone from the eastern world I am enthralled by everything she writes.
  • Sarah J Maas 
    • Her Throne of Glass series has me hooked! I still have to continue with the series but the books have me engaged all the way through once I start them :) She writes for the YA audience which adds extra speed to the already fast moving and addictive plot!
  • Allison Goodman
    • Eon & Eona are two of the more evocative stories I have read in the fantasy genre! She combines the eastern worlds of China and Asia. I loved the myths and legends she created in these books!
Books:
  • The Graveyard Book 
    • By: Neil Gaiman  This novel holds a special in my heart because I used a quote from this book in my Senior yearbook page last year. I absolutely adore this book even though this time the old stereotypes of paranormal do not ruin this book as they often do in other books.
  • The Wolf Gift 
    • By: Ann Rice This book is amazing! This book holds a thick layer of myth and gorgeous settings in California. This book also probably holds my very favorite house every seen in a book. 
  • The Name of the Wind
    • By: Patrick Rothfuss This book holds a unique and imaginative world. I love all of the characters and powers leaden in this world! I need to get into the sequel very soon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Descender Volume 1

Descender Vol. 1 
By: Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen (illustrator)
Review


Plot: 
        This graphic novel follows a companion robot named Tim-21 and the people trying to capture him to gain access to the unique technology that he holds within. The story starts with UGC members going to search for him, finding him and then fleeing as fast as possible before the scrappers get them. But who will win this technological race? 

Art: 
  • This art is all done in watercolor with very vibrant and unique color pallets.
  • I love the style in this, it is so whimsical and beautiful.
  • The quality of the art alone should get us to pick this up!
  • There are pages where the illustrator uses thematic colors such as pinks and reds, or oranges and greens to send the felling of a place to you. This atmospheric way she paints adds so much to the story!
  • Sample Pages: Photos taken by me!




General Thoughts:
  • I really enjoyed the fast paced and well thought out sci-fi plot!
  • Even after just one volume I could feel myself being pulled in and rooting for characters to win, and that takes talent to do with a graphic novel in my book.
  • This took me no time at all to read, it is e=immersive and very engaging once you meet Tim-21, up until that point you will just be awe stricken with how gorgeous the artwork is throughout!
Cons: 
  • I felt that this should have been longer in a single volume, but that is just because I am impatient for the next volume to release.
  • They aren't all released at this point in time :( .
Hopes for future volumes: 
  • I would love to see more in depth what is going on in the scrapper world, and back on the UGC home planet.
  • I am curious as to where the other bots are and who has access to them, because that could give them a hand in any technological advances they plan to make in the next few years.
  • I want to see more of the dynamic on the ship traveling as well, I feel like these characters could be the funniest thing to watch when they are all forced into a small location.
Rating: 5/5 stars
  • I know sometimes I can be liberal with my star ratings, POST COMING SOON about that. But this was genuinely one of my favorite graphic novels right up there with Rat Queens, although this art style wins by a long shot!
Happy Reading!
Please let me know in the comments what some of your favorite graphic novel series are, I am on a search for more :)


Monday, March 21, 2016

Allegiant Movie Rant!

Allegiant Movie RANT!
Be warned, SPOILERS below for the book and movie!

Movie: 
  • The movie omitted large scenes from the book and changed the ending entirely!
    • Things omitted:
      • Tris's death 
      • The stone statue with water dripping on it in the "outer world" 
      • The character Uriah
      • Peter's mind being wiped and his hilarious escapade!
    • Changes made: 
      • Tris and David meet the council of the bureau in Providence RI!
      • Four is more anst filled!
      • General small changes that just dig under my skin.... 
My Thoughts: 
  • My view of this movie:
    • This movie would be fine on its own, although as a companionto the book it is sub par.
    • This franchise I personally feel is just pulling in the money from loyal book lovers.
    • I am unaware  if this franchise bought the rights outright or if they have input from Veronica Roth. 
      • If they bought the rights out then I can see some changes, though this much of a dramatic change you need to tell people it, I can only say that the only similarrity is the characters names. 
      • This movie just makes me mad that they changed so much throughout the story and tried to create a new story.
All in all this movie will be good if you are not a stickler for movies following their books, if you are a stickler it is going to be almost painful to watch...

Happy Reading!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Time and Place Book Tag!

Time and Place Tag!
This book tag was created by Jen from Jen Campbell on youtube, to encourage us as book loves to look and see what books hold special memories or mean special things to us because of where we read them. Jen's video will be linked at the bottom of the post!


Question: 
  • Pick out ten books from your shelves and tell us about what is special about when and where you read this book, maybe a little about the plot.
Answers: I have only chosen eight because they are my most memorable.
  • The Wolf Gift By: Anne Rice
    • I read this one summer about two years ago, when my girlfriend and I first got together. Her family travels to Michigan each summer to see family, and I had the brilliant plan to have a single book that we read a part of everyday to talk about. This book was the first book we ever did that with, I think it made us closer for that,too. I also remember I was at Scout camp reading by flashlight at night and sending her messages even though no technology was allowed at the camp.
  • Let's Get Lost By: Adi Alsaid 
    • This book is special to me because it is the first book that I had direct contact with the author via email! I read this book and instantaneously sought out Adi and began talking to him about a lot, reading his book, where his tour stops would be, and just getting to know him. Finally one day he agreed to do an interview vial E-mail for the blog! Later his second book released and I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the publisher to read! This book started a great author relationship.
  • This one Summer By: Mariko Tamaki and Jillean Tomaki
    • This is one of the few graphic novels that I have read and loved! It also happens to be the book that I read in part of the first ever BookTubeathon! This was my first foray into graphic works, and I picked it up in the strand when I went with my high school class, ahh the miracles that happened in that bookshop!
  • The Graveyard Book By: Neil Gaiman
    • This book I read only two years ago, but this story had such an impact on me that I used one of the last lines as my senior page in the yearbook quote. This is a haunting and harrowing tale of the fine line of life and death, as well as some of the most touching friendships ever to be written on the page! "Face your life, Its pain, its pleasure, Leave no path untaken."(Gaiman 306) That quote in context had me sobbing and steadfastly motivated to get up and follow my dreams no matter how hard life gets. 
  • Station Eleven By: Emily St. John Mendel
    • This book holds a hugely special space in my heart, even though I despised it the first time I read it. This was the last book I read before shipping off to college; the last book I read as a "child". Though I was very rushed with reading this book, I feel like I deserve to give it another chance and savor it. I was so frantic when I read it I do not think I gave it the proper chances it deserves.
  • Look Me In The Eyes By: John Elder Robison 
    • This was my Universities common book for convocation, I listened to this man speak about Asperger's and what it is like to grow up wth the disease, he is an amazing man! Not to mention he signed my book and I quote, "To a Fine Fellow Geek!"  I felt so happy that he recognized me as a geek because to be honest no matter how much I try to hide it, i cannot. 
  • The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet By: Becky Chambers 
    • This book though it is short was the book I read for the majority of first semester at UNI because I was still trying to figure out how to balance all of my activities and the blog. It also happened to be one of my favorites that I finished this year!
  • Dune By: Frank Herbert
    • This one I have not read yet, although my best friend on Booktube, Kaitlin from Kitty G sent this book to me as a secret santa exchange this past Christmas! It means a lot to me to know that I can have such great friends who I have never actually met, even though it feels like I have known her for a lifetime.


Happy reading all!
I'll be back Monday with another post...


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Booktube SFF Babbles

Booktuber Recommendations!
As you all know, I am a big Youtube viewer and I have so many amazing channels to recommend to you guys to go and check out! All of these people are great people and have given me the inspiration to begin the blog!

And The Nominees are...
  • Kaitlin From KittyG: She has been one of the nicest people on booktube, she reads so much. She loves to read Fantasy and has recently been getting into the literary genre and short fiction! You all should check her out, she is so nice, funny and welcomes everyone into the community!
  • James Chatham From James Chatham: He is one of the best people to watch if you want to see horror reviews, and the occasional musical video. He is upfront and realistic in  his reviews, telling you his thoughts how they are with little sugar coating. Awesome reviewer and in general if you ever can talk to him he is a very interesting person indeed.
  • Chelsea From TheReadingOutlaw: Chelsea is another one of those people who helped to bring me into the blogging world and was so incredibly welcoming while I was figuring stuff out. She reads a wide range of books including YA, Sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction/ classics. She is the one stop shop for all things bookish! Her rainbow bookshelf tour is also very impressive. 
  • Paul From ACommonTouchOfFantasy: He is an amazing person who reads a ton of fantasy as you might guess, although he is slowly broadening his reach into many other genres! If you want chances to see liveshows, he has a ton up and is constantly doing new and fun things, never a dull moment on his channel.
  • Rachel From Kalanadi: Rachel reads a lot of backlist fantasy with a smattering of literary fiction and sci-fi, she is one to keep on your subscription feed because she has so many unique books to recommend! Her dry humor also cracks me up! She is a funny, quirky and amazing booktuber, check her channel out.
  • Thomas From SFF180: If you have not seen his Mailbag Monday videos yet, you are missing out! He gets tons of books from publishers and features them on his channel, you can count on him informing you on new releases. His channel has some killer reviews as well as some amazing Booktube SFF Awards show videos!
  • Shannon From Leaning Lights: She is so amazing, always willing to talk to you on Twitter or in the comments of her videos! She reads a variety of things, mainly YA and some graphic novels with a sprinkling of fantasy throughout. She makes great videos on a regular basis, which are excellent quality, showing off her bright and happy personality.
  • Reagan From Peruse Project: She introduced me to Booktube in general, she reads almost everything you can imagine except horror. She got me into the Mistborn Trilogy because she was raving about it so much! She is loud and proud of everything she reads, a must see!
  • Luisina From MyReadingGlasses: She is one of my friends on Voxer she is from South America and has an amazing taste for books! She reads fantasy, classics, and some YA she makes videos occasionally but when she does they are definitely fun!
  • Brock From Let's Read: This man is the spreadsheet King of Booktube, he creates this massive and extensive file for everyone to download and track their reading progress on, it has Goodreads beat by a mile! He has some excellent and fun videos up about readathons, and quite a few reviews and tags, all around he deserves way more subscribers than he has!

These people are amazing at everything they do on their channels, and are in need of more love, go check them out! 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ClarkesWorld issue 92

Short Fiction Reviews
From ClarkesWorld Issue 92!

I have been working my way through this issue for a few months now on and off. I have not completed this issue yet, for the shear reason I am reading some good novels and need to focus on one story at a time. But never fear, I am here with a review for three of the short fiction pieces included in this issue!


The Meeker and The All Seeing Eye
By: Mathew Kressel 

General connections: 
  • This short piece gave me the feeling of unease from the beginning.
    • This short work opens with a crew on a ship finding a Human which they will rarely see in their orbits around the galaxies. Due to her unique species the crew, Meeker and the All Seeing Eye want to know about her past life. 
      • With this context I found the short story to be similar as to what a historian may do if they were given the chance to interrogate a historical figure. 
        • This interrogation was not dangerous to the crew, however their techniques seem to have caused great distress on the woman (Beth). While it may not be possible to do with a life interview with a past inhabitant of earth, I feel that the interview may end in a similar catastrophe as this did. 
        • Historians have been doing similar tasks for hundreds of years, just including documents from the past which if you ask me is safer than personal contact.
    • This brings in the topic of humanities insaciable appetite for knowledge, which can and has lead us on dangerous paths in the past.
          • This hunger for knowledge has been seen on many horrifying levels in history, although Dr. Mengele in the Holocaust is the example coming to me now. 
          • Mengele did experiments on those who were persecuted in order to find the limits of the human body, which are still useful today in knowing for example the pressure which a human can survive in etc... While ethically these are an abomination, I feel that they are tied into our  unquenchable desires to know as much as possible.
      • This is seen when the Eye states "'My sole purpose is knowledge,' said the Eye. ' I seek to know all things'"(Kressel). 
        • I was paralleling this line with my life, as a Biology major in university I have come to realize that this is exactly what I will be pursuing in the future. We as humans seek to comprehend the surrounding world on every level we can, now I cannot say if this is the right thing to do. However it is happening now and we all should be aware of our investigation techniques and their global impacts.
Writing:
  • I found this story to have a very fast pacing, due to the heave amounts of dialog present in the story.
  • The writing is approachable for many audiences, it has few difficult phrases or words that would slow the reading process.
    • This would be a great jumping off point for someone who wants to start sci-fi stories, as it is so fast and comprehensible.
  • There are some flaws in this story in its writing style:
    • The dialog style tends to lack in enough back story to evoke emotions and connections between the reader and the characters.
    • The world also seems slightly open and undeveloped as well due to the length and transcript like style.
Plot: 
  • This story leaves you desiring more. 
    • I was constantly asking myself where this was going, and why I cared.
    • I also found the ending to be such an open ending that it did not give me many answers to my questions. This can be both good and bad, it could mean he will write more about these characters, or it may be that he just wanted to provoke a conversation which he did well.
  • I would like to have seen some kind of backstory or larger picture surrounding what was so important about this woman's story and what they are doing harvesting the stars. 
  • In general this was fun, but I see some areas where it is hiding information that would bring more depth to the story.
    • This lack of transparency with all aspects of the world he as made frustrates me as I am a character driven reader and like to understand as much as possible in a situation.
  • I would be delighted to see more of this world and characters in the future!
Characters:
  1. I was drawn into the two main characters, trying to understand their motives behind their mission, but some depth was lacking.
    1. They are almost like cardboard cut-outs since we get barely any description on them or their mission.
All in all even though I felt that there is something to be desired, I loved the thoughts about human nature and life and death. Each of these topics have stayed with me for a few months, giving me more ideas each time I see this story.

Rating: 3/5 stars

A Gift in Time
By: Maggie Clark

General Connection: 
  • I viewed this short story as a look into how humanity values out items.
    • The whole short piece revolves around a man who works as a forger for a pawn shop, creating replicas of valuable items for his boss to sell and make a profit from. This works because the man Mouse is dilligent and very willing to help his boss in order to earn the meager pay he gets. 
      • The aspect of an objects worth is seen through out this story as each new artifact comes into the lives of these characters. Each item is given a monetary value and in some instances a personal value by which the item is valued at. 
      • These ideas of worth got my mind jogging about what exactly makes the items, books in particular, that I own worth so much to me? 
        • I feel that this question can be summed up in one word. Sentiment. If I enjoy a book and its characters, they become like family to me which means that I am attached to not only them but the physical book that I "met" them in. Call me crazy but I love my characters and the books that I first read them in hold special places on my bookshelf.
      • But on a grander scale, this story brought the idea to my attention about why money has value to us? It is something that affords us the opportunities in life that we so desperately want, like a house with a HUGE library, and land to hike on; the value of money allows us these joys which in turn makes humanity obsess over the amount that we acquire. Though in spending as much time acquiring money as the Boss in this story does we will not have time to enjoy the "fruits of our labor" which is important, and we must take time to do that every now and then.
  • That got deep quickly, I am going to stop there. But this short story had some intriguing concepts in it about value and worth that if headed we can see more into why we place values on certain items.
Writing: 
  • This author's style just did not sit well with me. 
    • I cannot place it on anything in particular, however the way it flowed just left me jared and confused in some places. Although in a short story any confusion can hinder the whole story.
  • This pacing is slow and meandering through a mediocre plot. Generally I enjoy the slow pacing, however I must me invested into the story and with this it was not working for me.
Plot: 
  • I feel that this book holds some unique aspects in it, including the general ideas it handles dealing with monetary value. 
  • Again with this story I feel that the plot is just a meandering timeline in this mans life, if that is something you are interested in I would check it out. Although personally it was not for me. 
  • I found myself to be confused about the characters and what they exactly were, are they mice or a human named Mouse? I still am unsure.
Rating: 2/5 stars

Migratory Patterns of Underground Birds
By: E. Catherine Tobler

General Comment:
  • Out of all the pieces in this issue, this one stood out to me the most because of its style, and ambiguity. I know earlier I was talking about how I dislike ambiguity, however if it is done right it adds a sense of urgency to the story. 
    • It is this sense of urgency I will be commenting on from this short story.
      • As someone with a bit of anxiety when it comes to school work and doing the best  possibly can, I can tell you that I have felt these same unnerving and immense curiosities before. This emotion though I felt it from a different scenario I was able to connect with this character in a way that many authors leave out for me. 
      • I am speaking of this feeling, as a form of dread. The major times I feel it include before exams and right after I turn in and recieve a graded paper. Though this narrator is someone who is looking for people she has lost in this "appocalypse" type event, I feel as though I am in her shoes throughout this story!
    • Nerves are something that are often seen as controllable and unnecessary, though I feel that this emotion of dread and stress can add an atmosphere to a story or film that is hard to match. I am barely scratching the surface of this topic I enjoyed how the author played with our emotions going through this story.

Writing: 
  • This story holds atmosphere at its helm and wields it with a mastery I have not seen in any other SFF short story.
  • This book immerses you into a mystical, and disturbing "dystopia" sci-fi  tale of finding those who you have lost.
  • The writing style is easy to understand and follow
  • I love the style of this story, she has some very whimsical and almost lyrical lines which are always buzz words for me in a story.
Plot:
  • The plot of this short story was peculiar and suspenseful, moving the story along very swiftly.
  • I enjoyed how the story ended on a great piece of imagery!
  • The character devotes her time to find people she has lost in this time, and finding who or what she is chasing.

All in all this story gave me chills and a sense of hope for this characters future, I would love to know more about this world or time.

Rating 3.5/5 Stars










Monday, March 14, 2016

Ramblings

Todays Ramblings
Hello everyone, I am coming to you today from my bedroom with a box filled with the parts to build a new bookcase :) I am in need of having a new bookcase, so today I decided I was going to go out and get one to construct and put my books from university away.

Goals:

  1. Have room for the books I own and the ones I buy next ;)
  2. Re-arrange my room to fit all my books and create a filming space for when I start my Youtube channel in the summer.

Discussion Questions:
  1. How many bookcases to you all have?
  2. How do you organize your shelves? 
  3. When you are UnHauling books, how do you go about choosing which ones to get rid of.
  4. what is your favorite editions of classics? 
    1. If I were to get any editions what would you recommend?

                                                                
Short story reviews will be live on Wednesday! 

Happy Reading:)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Carry On REVIEW

Carry On Review 
By: Rainbow Rowell 

At long last I have finished Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell! I am going to give you guys this review today which is a bit late from my normal publishing days, I will still have a post up for tomorrow.

Plot: "Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
 "(goodreads)

Characters:
  • This book holds some amazing characters!
  • Baz and Simon are amazing! These characters and their romance is done very well, while at times they all can be whiny and slightly angsty.
  • The women seen in this book, Agatha and Penelope have the dry and witty Brittish sense of humor that I have come to love :) 
  • This author has written characters that are so real to me, they act as someone who we all have known, even thought they have Mage abilities.
General: 
  • Fast pacing!
  • Harry Potter Nostalgia.
  • Fun and very quirky, holding messages of Gay relationships, friendship and growing up. All of these themes were handled very well.
  • Everyone read this book, it is the english countryside meets Harry Potter, and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan!
Why I read this: I read this for the Booktube SFF Awards, and I am now going to move onto the rest of the awards show books, I am very happy to have read this! If this were not on the Shortlist I may not have picked this up sadly so I am hoping all of you will get into the mood and read this!

Rating: 4/5 stars


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Booktube SFF Babbles

Booktube SFF Babbles!
3-10-16

Hello everyone, I am bending todays Booktube SFF Babble topic slightly. The topic is supposed to be top underrated fantasy novels, however because I don't read much that is not mainstream with this community I wil be telling you the top books I am ashamed to not have read. 


And the Books are...:
  1. The Lies of Lock Lamora
    1. By: Scott Lynch 
    2. I have heard so many great things about this series and have owned my copy since discovering Booktube, so I reaaly need to work on getting to this book. It sounds like the perfect heist.
  2. The Way of Kings
    1. By: Brandon Sanderson
    2. I cannot tell you why I have been putting this one off, I LOVE Sanderson's works so I should have picked this up ages ago. However I feel like the size has me daunted slightly.
  3. The Blade Itself
    1. By: Joe Abacrombie
    2. This is a prime example of grim dark fantasy and I have still yet to read it :( 
  4. The Farseer Trilogy 
    1. By: Robin Hobb 
    2. These are some of my friends on Booktubes favorite books so I once again need to get to them, however the books increasing size has delayed my reading of them.
  5. Finishing the Song Of Ice and Fire Trilogy
    1. By: George RR Martin 
    2. This book series is so well renown and I read Game Of Thrones and loved it but once again I never continued on because that one took me so precariously long to finish... I plan to get through more of the series this summer.
Just so you guys all know I am NOT DNFing these books, they all are just way too time consuming for me to read at the moment while I am at UNI so I will be making an effort this summer to catch up with these books, because i would love to read them.

Questions of the Post:
  • What are some underhyped fantasy novels you love?
  • What book are you most ashamed for not having read yet? 
  • What are you currently reading?
Answer these in the comments bellow :)
Happy Reading!
See you tomorrow at the same time for a review of Carry On!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

My Short Story Endeaver

My Short Story Endeavor!

As I am sure you all will know, the world of short stories is huge! With many different magazines publishing them, as well as short fiction anthologies, it can be intimidating to know where to start in this startlingly large genre. I began my love for the short story in a class that I am taking in University called the American Short Story, we have been reading classical literary stories for the whole semester. I have found this way to be the best possible way for me to still enjoy the depth of classics without having to commit as much time to the story. 

How I intend to read short fiction:

  1. My Uni short story class book has many stories in it for me to still complete after the course is over, so I may keep reading them and giving a brief synopsis of them and snip it review here on the blog.
  2. I have some subscriptions to ClarkesWorld magazine and Apex magazine... These I intend to pick up one issue a month and try to complete it in the month.
  3. These will be the place holders when I am not ready to move on into something larger and more time consuming.
Why I Love Short Fiction:
  • The length allows me to pick something up and read it quickly within an hour, without having to give the dramatic time commitment of starting a new novel.
  • They can diversify my reading because the content can be from a wide selection of authors in one magazine.
  • This also allows me to try out many new authors that I would not have before.
My Goals:
  1. To complete my AJ Fikry short fiction challenge by reading each short story mentioned in that book by the end of the year... Though I am a month behind I will catch up.
  2. Read the short fiction SFF magazines that I have subscribed to and give you guys a snip it review of that months issue with my favorite stories listed.
  3. To continue reading from my Literary short fiction anthology throughout the summer.


Everyone, have you read much short fiction? If you have could you leave anthology recommendations bellow in the comments? :)

Happy Reading! 
I'll see you on Friday hopefully with a review of Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell!

Monday, March 7, 2016

And the winner is....

Giveaway Winner!

For this selection process I used an online random comment generator site, and the winner of this, who will be winning the UK Mistborn Box Set and a UK copy of the Alloy of Law is.....



Paul!

Paul, in order to receive this set you just need to get me your address and I will ship the set by the beginning of next week! I want to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway! I am hoping to have more giveaways up soon with some books that I will be UnHauling to make room on my shelves for the books I have bought while I was at University.






Keep an eye on the blog, Wednesday there will be an exciting post, about my summer bookish plans :) Once again thank you to everyone who entered, you all make blogging mean as much as it does to me. 
Happy Reading, 
I'll Chat with you on Wednesday!

Friday, March 4, 2016

March TBR

March TBR!

Hey everyone! I have been lacking on the reading front for the past few months, but now this month the Booktube SFF Awards are beginning and I will be having a break from UNI on the 11-20th. So I am warning you guys I will be trying to get this stuff done this month!
All the Purple books are just books for the Booktube SFF Awards

And The Books Are...:

  • Carry On 
    • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Binti 
    • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Illuminae 
    • By: Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
  • The Fifth Season 
    • By: NK Jemison
  • Nimona (Graphic Novel)
    • By: Noel Stephenson
  • Descenders Vol. 1 
    • By: Jeff Lemire 
  • Uprooted 
    • By: Naomi Novik
  • Bands of Mourning 
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
I know what you are all thinking, "Wil you have found it hard to complete two books in a month over that past few months, how on earth do you plan on reading 8 books in one month!?" Well I would have to tell you that because I have a break this month and will be reading as much as possible during that time :)

Wish me luck!
Comment Bellow, what are you going to be reading?
Happy Reading!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Booktube SFF Babbles

Shortlist Reactions!
This is a segment of the Booktube SFF awards, where they are giving the people reading the works time to chat about the topics given on the Goodreads list. 

Short Works: 
  • I have actually not read any of these but I am so excited for the Sanderson novella!
    • Sanderson has me intrigued on all of his books but I am hearing very mixed things about this novella unfortunately.
  • I plan on trying to read these in order of the read-alongs because they are short it should only take me a few hours to read these works...
  • I am also in a short fiction course at UNI so I am happy that there are some SFF shortworks on this lists!
Novels: 
  • I have actually read two out of the four nominees! 
    • Shadows of Self By: Brandon Sanderson
    • A Darker Shade of Magic By: VE Schwab 
  • I am excited to finish Uprooted By: Naomi Novik because I had started to read this early last year and never finished it.
  • I am also curious to read the Fifth Season By: NK Jemison because when I first became aware of the booktube community I saw this book flying around, so I am now glad to see an excuse for me to read this book!
Graphic Works:
  • I am not a big graphic novel fan, because I feel that the characters are harder for me to like. I cant tell you why but that has always been the case.
  • I am very excited for the Descender graphic novel, it seems like just the sci-fi thing that I need :) 
  • Saga volume 5 is nominated, but I need to read the entire series to catch up which could prove challengin although I love the art style.
YA Nominees:
  • I read a lot of YA in the past but have fallen behind recently, so seeing these nominees has me so excited to get back into the fun and fast paced genre.
  • I am starting Carry On today and I have loved what I got through so far, but I need to read more before I have some actual thoughts. 
  • Illuminae should be very uniques because of the style that it is written in with many files and texts and emails to tell the story. I have never read a book with this formatting so I am eager to try it :)
I am so excited I cannot contain it and I am stupidly going to try to read all of the nominees, and keep up with my school work and life in general. I am determined to read them all, I will review the works as I go and then at the end of the awards I will post giving short synopsis of my thoughts on them all. 

What are your thoughts on the nominees? 
How many of them have you read, or do you plan to read?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Booktube SFF Awards

And the Nominees are...



This post is for the Booktube SFF Awards 2016! I am friends with many of the judges and wanted to bring this fantastic group of people to my blog! Over the next TWO months we will be reading a "shortlist" of SFF books that people have voted on and in the end the judges will vote for winners.

The creator of this Awardshow is Nicole from Nicole'sAdventureinSFF on youtube, she will be linked down bellow!

March Readalongs:
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (Start: March 1-15th)
    • By: V.E Schwab 
  • Carry On (Start: March 1-21st)
    • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Binti (Start: 1-15th)
    • By: Nnedi Okorafor
    • This is a short 96 page short story, that we should all read!
  • Nimona (Start: 1-15th) 
    • By: Noel Stevenson 
    • Graphic work
  • Descender (Start: 16-31st)
    • Jeff Lamere 
    • Graphic work
  • Uprooted (Start: 16-21st)
    • Naomi Novik 
  • Illumenae (Start: 22nd-4th)
    • By: Ammie Kaufman, and Jay Kristoff
April Readalongs:
  • Uncanny Issue 5 July/August 2015 (Start: 3/22-4/11)
    • By: Thomas, Lynne M.
  • The Fifth Season (1-15th)
    • N.K Jemison
  • The Wicked and the Divine Vol. 2 (Start: 1-15th)
    • By: Keiron Gillen
    • Graphic Work
  • Six of Crows (Start: 12-30th)
    • Leigh Bardugo
  • Perfect state (Start: 12-30th)
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Shadows of Self (Start: 16-30th)
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Saga Vol. 5 (Start: 16-30th)
    • By: Brian K. Vaughn 




Thank you everyone for looking at the blog today! 
I hope you will join me and my group of friends on this monumental couple of reading months! All the books that are highlighted in green are the ones that I have read previously. 
Happy Reading!

One last thing: Here is a video announcing the shortlist!