3.25 Average Rating
A Path to Coldness of Heart – 2 Stars (for the Pedophile wizard)
Critical Failures – 2 Stars (profanity and not one likeable character)
The Dead Town – 2 Stars (zero tension and not much plot)
War Masters Gate – 5 Stars
Play the Man – 4 Stars (non-fiction. First one of the year!)
Heir of Sea and Fire – 4 Stars (Mckillip. ’nuff said)
Queen Bitch – 4 Stars (pure fun despite the rather appalling title)
Graphic Novels and Manga:
Path of Doom was the only visual medium for this month. While I enjoyed reading about a Superman who was a real Super Man, this graphic novel also drove home that my comic times are mostly behind me. I don’t plan on buying any more comics and any reading of my own will probably have some other purpose. For example, I am planning on re-reading Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Man Without Fear next month and try to get a VERSUS post out of it the month after that.
Miscellaneous And Personal:
Oh man, where to start. Let’s get the bad out of the way I guess. My boss’s son passed away in July so my boss was MIA for all of July but started the recovery process in August. Unfortunately, he was still pretty out of it (as you can imagine) and this led to some pretty big math errors in the office, which had real world results, which were bad. I was caught in the middle, as I was the guy the contractors saw doing the work. Having to go back to a site and change things which put off their schedule by a week and a lot of money was not fun. Plus it was a bloody hot August so 3-4 liters of water a day while at work was just normal. It made for long days where I’d just come home, clean up, sack out and be in bed by 9pm. I think we’re on the other side of that whole situation though and I think it was a wake up call to my boss about how he’s still being affected so now he just won’t brush it off.
Only wrote a couple of non-review posts but I have to admit, I was proud of the reception that my Honesty & Book Reviewing post received. It led to almost 100 comments (Whoo!!!) and gave me the perfect setup for another in September about DNF’s. It is also now my second most “liked” post, tied with A History of…Reading and only beat out by my rant on that execrable piece of trash, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I guess honesty still pays dividends in the book world!
While I gave up on Culling those who follow me, I had to stop following a couple of people who hadn’t posted in over a month. That is my cutoff point. If someone just disappears without warning for a month, best of luck but I won’t be sticking around to see what happened. Now, on the other hand, if you let your followers know you’re going to be MIA, then heck, I’ll gladly stick around. But I just hate having my chain yanked all over. You are not the center of the Universe.
I managed to write about another trilogy of books that I loved in Thriving on a Good Book – Grimnoir Chronicles. It really shouldn’t be so difficult to write about the books I love but talking about them years after the fact is surprisingly not easy. I need to keep practicing so I get better at it.
My Side Project is done. I’m hoping to put the results, 50 books I have hated and 50 books I have loved, up tomorrow in a single post.
If the book Fortress in Orion had been half as awesome as this cover suggests, it would have been fantastic. At least I got an awesome picture out of it.