Friday, November 30, 2012

Review: Legend

There are lots of books out there. Big books, little books; fantasy books, science fiction books; optimistic books, dystopian books. Legend doesn't do a whole lot to add to the collective definition of 'book'. It's just a book. But it's a pretty decent book.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Hero

I love my books (well, reading materiel anything, but that's not the point just here), and I'll pick up anything that sounds interesting enough. Sometimes, that can get me into trouble. It's happened before, and there's flat-out nothing preventing it from happening again. This time, it was a book called Hero.

No Veggies in lunch today.
I am not a clever Pone.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: The Wizard Heir

I picked up this book, The Wizard Heir, at the local library recently. It's got a nifty coverimage of a fancy magic staff, and a fascinating description that really made me want to read it.

It turned out that I'd read another book by the author in the same 'verse. I didn't notice this at first, I picked it up from the author description in the back some time after first picking it up. This was okay, I only very vaguely recalled the other book, and Wizard Heir recapped more than well enough to stand on its' own.

I rather kinda liked this book. The plot works quite well, it occasionally taking a while to get around notwithstanding, and she's got an interesting magic system going. The world is quite believable, and no, not because she uses real-world locations; it has to do with how it's written. I'd say she's put a good amount of thought into how this verse works.

Final verdict: I liked it. Go ahead, give it a read. I'll encourage you to check out The Warrior Heir too, but you don't really need to have read it to get this.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Today was rather a day for firsts. Lemme just list some here:

  • My first Black Friday anything.

  • My first time touching a Bra (I'm a guy). Ladies' underwear weirds me out. Speaking of, I suspect that the objectification of women has managed to extend to marketing/packaging for women's products. This calls for investigation. Somehow.

  • My first night time working retail (just bagging, thank god).

  • I'm going on twenty-six consecutive hours awake, and I'm pretty sure this is the longest I've ever been up. I probably sound really stupid.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Briefly on Reviews

For my own reference, I figured that I'd better gave some sort of scale written out somewhere. When I sat down to write one, I realized that there's really two different factors I'm trying to convey here.

One is my enjoyment of the book. I can make a scale for that pretty easily. It won't go into the nuances of enjoyment -- Of Mice and Men is really good, but it's a long, slow, savory enjoyment, for example -- but that's what the review is for. The other is more of a technical analysis, rather like a traditional grade. I'm not sure what I expect of this, or why I think such a thing is a good idea.

So anyways, from now on I'm gonna be using a much simpler scale:

Dump it
Anywhere from "Didn't bother to finish it" to "Threw it across the room". I think it's not worth bothering with at best, and may even think it's pretty shit.
I'm pretty indifferent overall. Maybe I liked it, maybe I didn't quite finish it. I don't have a strong opinion one way or another.
Like it
I thought it was pretty good, and/or I enjoyed it. I may go around recommending it.
Copy Please
I liked it so much I want a copy for myself. Rare.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


It's easy to 'put on' someone else.

It's hard to become someone else.

Now if only I could think of the full-length blog post that wants to end on that note...


Alright, alright, I give.

No-one looks at my blog and I'd get more seen posting to facebook. Everyone that I know I'd care about is on facebook anyways. I get it.

I'll be posting to facebook again.

Lest anyone get the wrong idea, facebook is two things:

  • A comunications platform/interface, specifficly IM (chat)
  • An additional place to put my blog posts