Friday, April 25, 2014

A to Z Blogging Challenge - V and Cephalopod Coffeehouse Chat - Blood Song

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2014

Guess the movie!
"A silver stake? A crucifix? What, did you think we haven't tried everything before? We've shot him, stabbed him, clubbed him, sprayed him with holy water, staked him through the heart, and STILL he lives! Do you understand? No-one knows how to kill Dracula!" 
"Well, I could have used that information a little earlier."

Highlight below for the answer:

Van Helsing
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Cephalopod Coffeehouse Chat - Blood Song

From the ArmChair Squid: “The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers."

“I hate waiting.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Either my taste has changed over the years, my patience has thinned, or there are a lot of blah books out there anymore.

So when I started a new book, I skimmed the first paragraph, the first page, and started the next.

Then I screeched to a halt in the middle of the second page and turned back to the first sentence.

I made a sound. Like a sigh or a gasp, I don’t remember. But a person makes this kind of sound when the waiting is over. Not just for a good book but to fill the time with something close to The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Mr. Rothfuss wrote one of the best epic fantasy series ever beginning with The Name of the Wind. Now I’m waiting, waiting, waiting for the third and final in the series.

And what to do with my time but look for a book that equals that pinnacle of fantasy.

I found it. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan:
Vaelin al Sorna faces death for years of apparent misdeeds. According to the people of the country he invaded at his king’s command, he has much to answer for. But no one’s heard his side of the story, a tale of his beginnings, of fear and hardship.

Vaelin doesn’t care if you forgive him or not. Sympathy has no place in his world.
These days, with Borders closed down and Barnes and Noble apparently about to, I buy e-books. Sad, I know but that’s how it is. I download a sample, read it through, and then decide whether to buy the digital version.

But sometimes, a strange thing happens. I read a page or two of the sample then, without reading further, buy the book.

Sometimes, even stranger, the book is so good that I buy the glue-and-paper kind too.

That phenomenon has happened twice. First time with The Name of the Wind. And now with Blood Song.

If epic fantasy is your oxygen, this book is for you.

Don’t delay. Buy it.

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  1. Now that movie I do know :) It's a great romp of a movie!
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  2. That's a movie I've tried hard to forget...

    1. i liked this film, two reasons...

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  3. Terrible movie, but wonderful book review! Adding it to my tbr list and will check it out. Happy Reading!

  4. Sounds like a great book. I, too, know the pain of waiting. Diana Gabaldon, do you HEAR me now!

  5. I have to agree with Alex. Van Helsing wasn't nearly as much fun as I was hoping.

  6. Epic fantasy sounds pretty good to me - going on my Kindle TBR list. Thank you.

  7. Wow! I don't really read fantasy but I sure loved your review!

  8. Nice! I suddenly have the urge to read these books!

  9. I think you must have found the one funny line in that whole movie :)

  10. "Either my taste has changed over the years, my patience has thinned, or there are a lot of blah books out there anymore."

    I know the feeling. I'm glad you found a book that interests you. Enjoy it and *try* not to think about what will happen after you're done with the series ;-)

  11. There's nothing quite like that moment of realization. Not just "Hey, this looks like a good one," but a virtual certainty that this is a one in a million. The last time I got that feeling with a novel, after just skimming the first page or two, was David Zindell's Neverness.

  12. Haven't seen that one. But the book... Will have to add to the TBR pile. I'll have more time to read soon.

  13. Sounds like a good book, will have to add it to my list.


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