Soul Hunter – Review

Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2010, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages: 377

Genre: Science fiction

“It was a curse, to be a god’s son.”

In Soul Hunter, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Talos is a Space Marine in the 10th company of the traitorous Night Lords legion. He and his battle brothers search the galaxy, seeking vengeance and blood for the death of their primarch, Konrad Curze. Along the way, Talos and his squad encounter other traitorous legions and internal political conspiracies as they attempt to regain the glory of the past. Continue reading “Soul Hunter – Review”

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The Art of Neil Gaiman – Review

The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell

Published in 2014

Pages: 320

Genre: Nonfiction, biography, coffee table book

“Neil Richard Gaiman was born on November 10, 1960, to David and Sheila Gaiman (née Goldman) above a grocery store on White Hart Lane, Portchester, a small town in Hampshire on the southern coast of England.”

The Art of Neil Gaiman is a nonfiction book written by Hayley Campbell; I simply call it a nonfiction book because while it deals with fiction, it is in itself about Neil Gaiman and his career. However, I’m not sure if I should call it a biography since I honestly don’t remember the last biography I read and Campbell herself refers to it as a coffee book in her writing, so the task of classification is a difficult one.

What it definitely is, though, is a glimpse into the storied (intentional pun, I assure you) career of one of the most prolific authors of our time. Spanning the spectrum of written media, The Art of Neil Gaiman is a comprehensive look at how words, stories, and art have woven together to create a beautiful tome in tribute. Continue reading “The Art of Neil Gaiman – Review”

On the Subject of Plagiarism

Plagiarism as defined by dictionary.com:

noun.

  1. an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author
  2. a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation

This is the accusation currently being leveled at Melania Trump, but I believe the true culprits of this literary crime are her team of speech writers. That plagiarism has been perpetrated, I have no doubt, but I do question the motive behind it. Continue reading “On the Subject of Plagiarism”

Thud! – Review

Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Published in 2005

Pages: 382

Genre: Fantasy, satire

 “It started out as a perfect day.”

A dwarf has been murdered by a troll; while this isn’t necessarily something new in the world of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, in Thud!, it is the small stone that begins an investigation that avalanches and brings Commander Vimes and his faithful City Watch into danger and mystery. Following the classic plotting of a police procedural, the murder that begins Thud! delves deeper into the history of animosity between dwarfs and trolls that leads back to a famous battle known as Koom Valley, where each side says they were ambushed by the other and every battle between the two races is considered a continuation of the original…battle. In addition to this, Koom Valley was immortalized by a painter gone insane and many believe that there is a secret hidden in the painting that will impact the worlds of dwarfs and trolls alike. It is up to Vimes and his rainbow coalition of the species of Discworld to discover the truth behind this ghastly piece of art. Continue reading “Thud! – Review”

The Handmaid’s Tale – Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Published in 1985

Pages: 311

Genre: Dystopian, speculative fiction

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”

The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopian future where a religious sect has taken over the United States of America and transformed it into the Republic of Gilead. Patriarchy reigns supreme and a bastardized version of Christianity is the law of the land. Due to this, the Handmaid’s job is to be the sacred vessel for the coming generations. Read: used strictly for procreation. These Handmaids are indoctrinated and made to do their “duty” (awkward and uncomfortable sex) through unquestioning faith. The main character, Offred (whose name is based on the name of the Commander that she serves. Literally meaning “Of-Fred”, it is more of an identification of property. Other characters are named Ofwarren and Ofglen), recounts her experiences as a Handmaid and through her recollections pieces together the change undergone by an entire country and culture. Continue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale – Review”