Archive for November, 2015

6 FANTASY BOOK SERIES THAT COULD BE THE NEXT GAME OF THRONES

11-22-63

Many people have wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and be able to change the course of history. That is exactly what high school and GED teacher Jake Epping does in Stephen King’s 11-22-63 by reaching Lee Harvey Oswald seconds before he is able to fire the deadly shot in Dealey Plaza killing President John F. Kennedy.

This book moves along extremely quickly as seconds after the reader learns that Jake is able to save President Kennedy, even though it cost him the life of his fiancee, Jake learns that his actions cause an earthquake to occur in California killing thousands.

This book will be enjoyed by many historical fiction readers that normally do not like Stephen’s work. In fact, Stephen put off writing the book earlier in his career because he did not feel like he had the time to commit to doing the historical research required. It is easy to see why the New York Times named this book one of the top five fiction books of 2011 and the Las Vegas Review-Journal named it one of the top 10 King novels of all time.

A Clash of Kings

What began with “A Game of Thrones” continues in George R. R. Martin’s second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, “A Clash of Kings”. What began in the first book, the second book takes to another level especially when it comes to desperate depths some go to in order to claim the throne of Westeros.

“A Clash of Kings” furthers the blight of the Stark clan while introducing new characters such as the previously mentioned Stannis Baratheon. Other characters who stood somewhat in the background at first get more prominent roles, mostly notably Tyrion Lannister.

Among the characters who start to emerge is the dwarf Tyrion Lannister who strives to mix survival and honorable as authoritative figure much like his predessor did. His plans to reign in his nephew King Joffrey, out-scheme his sister Cersei, and keep King’s Landing safe are among the high points of the book.

Many libraries and fantasy readers should grab a copy especially if they enjoyed the first book of Martin’s series. “A Clash of Kings” doesn’t slow down on the drama or the carnage, but ratchets things up even more – which should greatly please the author’s fans.

Dawn of Wonder
Dawn of Wonder is the incredible 639 page self published novel taking the publishing world by storm. It was written by a former high school teacher, Jonathan Renshaw. It is mostly a fantasy book that you would think would be for younger readers, but the storyline is so complex that older readers will find it engaging as well.

The main character, Aeden goes through a tragic and life changing death that was written so beautifully that you felt it hours after putting the book down. It is definitely sad, but the way Rensher pulls at your heart strings, leaves you with a sense that this character feeling the pain, will make a big difference by the end of the book.

That is only the beginning of Aedens journey. The main focus of the book is his career as a high ranking Royal Academy officer. He shows up in the town of Mistyvales with a mysterious warning, and secrets that are unveiled as you go on. Even though the book is around 700 pages, with a story line like this, it doesn’t take you long to get through it.

I would recommend this book to anybody that is looking for a fantasy book to take them out of the regular daily life and give some business to self published other instead of a big publishing house. You will not regret your decision.

Dawn Xenogenesis

“Dawn” is the first book in a Octavia E. Butler’s sci-fi trilogy entitled Lilith’s Brood. This book was published in 1987, and was followed by the novel “Adulthood Rites” in 1988. The Lilith’s Brood trilogy came to a conclusion in 1989 with the publication of the shortest book “Imago.”

All three of these books are set in an era where the earth has been devastated by nuclear warfare. An alien species (called the Oankali) took the few remaining human survivors with them. Lilith is a black female survivor who awakens on a Oankali Ship. Throughout these novels, the fate of humanity rests on her shoulders. Will she collaborate with the aliens to interbreed on earth, or will she refuse them?

The most memorable parts of this book come from Butler’s descriptive and imaginative prowess. Butler is able to make the reader both repulsed and intrigued by these alien creatures that have neither eyes, nor ears, nor noses.

If you are at all interested in speculative or apocalyptic literature, this novel is for you. If you were moved by Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” or if you enjoyed movies like “Alien,” you will enjoy picking up “Dawn.”

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers For Algernon is a science fiction novel written by deceased author Daniel Keyes. The novel was written in two phases. In 1959, author Daniel Keyes wrote the first part which was a novella or short novel. The second part written in 1966, greatly expanded his earlier work and turned Flowers For Algernon into a full length novel.

In Flowers For Algernon, a dim witted individual named Charlie volunteers to be the first human test subject for a brain transplant operation that should improve his intelligence. Before, the operation was only tested on a mouse named Algernon who showed extreme intelligence after the operation. Charlie keeps a journal to describe the results of the operation and the effect it has on his life.

My favorite part of the novel is when Charlie begins to understand the world around him better and better thanks to his increased intelligence. However, his increased intelligence does come at a price. Being smarter, doesn’t necessarily mean being happier and this is a key theme in Flowers For Algernon.

Flowers For Algernon is a best selling novel because it has many elements of suspense and plenty of emotion. Readers who love suspense, and twists and turns will enjoy Flowers By Algernon written by Daniel Keyes.

Illidan World of Warcraft

Another release in the World of Warcraft novel collection. The author, William “Bill” King, adds another contribution to the science fiction and fantasy library. This novel covers a slice of time and lore from the very popular game known as World of Warcraft.

A focused insight into the demon hunter character Illidan Stormrage. Very helpful for a WoW player should they select that role. The author vividly describes the coalition relationship, why the coalition leaders chose to join forces in this battle for a common cause.

The book suffers from a lack of accurate chronological event association with WoW game history and prior books. This would simply go over the head for those new to WoW lore. Battle descriptions are quite gory, realistic portrayals for long time players, but might be distasteful for those new to WoW.

This book is especially recommended for WoW players whose previous quest experiences have encountered the primary characters and groups active in this episode. The in depth thoughts and dialog will flesh out the unique profile for familiar groups of characters. Those new to WoW would enjoy the book for different reasons. A good read of a battle with lots of entertaining action.

 

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