Red Rising, Part 1 (Prologue-Chapter 6)

The prose and style are immediately captivating, and the pace is quick as Pierce Brown skillfully packs exposition and an emotional ride into part 1 of Red Rising.

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Red Rising, Part 0 (Preliminary)

We’re taking a quick detour from the epic Stormlight Archive with some more condensed sci-fi thriller action. I’m hoping that we get some exploration of the themes of escapism within the Mars colonization desire, but will be happy for a fun, action-packed sci-fi adventure.

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Back From a Short Break

I was taken out of commission for a couple of weeks, but I’m ramping up for an exciting fall and winter. And NaNoWriMo!

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Way of Kings, Part 8 (Chapter 63-End)

Secrets and twists are revealed with breakneck speed as we finish off The Way of Kings. We get a few answers to some big questions, but are left with even bigger questions. Sacrifice is a big theme as the characters end their arcs and set up their journeys for the next book in the series.

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Way of Kings, Part 7 (Chapters 52-62)

Dalinar’s visions pump up the world building as Kaladin experiences an awakening of self-realization as the story circles the ultimate climax.

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Way of Kings, Part 6 (Chapter 44-51 + Interludes)

Betrayal and mysterious forces drive the story forward as things ramp up for Shallan and Kaladin.

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Review: Ready Player One – A Missed Opportunity

Ernest Clines’s Ready Player One was a fun journey of video game and nerd culture, but suffered from a lack of self-awareness and unfulfilled exploration of interesting themes.

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Way of Kings, Part 5 (Chapters 29-43)

Shallan dives deep into the world of ethics, philosophy, and religion. Kaladin enacts his new strategy to help save his crew and suffers the consequences of good intentions. There is a continuing subtle theme of the power and meaning of intentions behind action as we continue our journey in The Way of Kings.

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Way of Kings, Part 4 (Chapters 21-28 + Interludes)

Sanderson explores some interesting themes of leadership and internal self-development with Kaladin’s internal shadow. We get more sociopolitical tension as Dalinar departs further from the Alethi tradition, as Adolin struggles to keep his father’s growing eccentricity from tarnishing their family’s name. And some cool interludes!

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Review: War of the Planet of the Apes

War of the Planet of the Apes had some interesting and compelling elements that made for a powerful first act, but it floundered to the finish line.

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