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J. Ander

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2016 Book Reviews

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 17, 2016, 11:36 AM
Greetings, it appears that I am continuing the tradition of writing book review this year as well. And to start off the New Year I'm writing this lovely review on a Patricia Briggs novel.

I picked up one of her duologies last year by the title of Dragon Bones.

This is one of those novel that I don't nessarily dislike but don't absolutely love. This is one of those novels. And I don't know how to explain it but  basically what I expected wasn't what I got. The back blurb of this novel actually told what the novel was about but the image in my mind and what I got was two different things. I was expecting a bit of a fun adventure but that isn't what I got. It's not a bad book. It could have easily been something I wouldn't like.

Basically it's about Ward, the son of a abusive father who thankfully dies within the first chapters and currently his only heir that can take his lands. The problem is that Ward is stupid. Well to be fair, he portrays himself as being an idiot. Long story short, his father gave him some sort of brain damage when he was younger as a result of him trying to kill him. To protect himself, Ward acts as if that impacted his mental faculties to the point he was simple-minded. There is nothing wrong with Ward. The only effects are he can use magic as he used to and that he has a speech impediment. However this all comes to bite him in the butt and sends him on a different path to hold his father's lands.

My main issue is that without being told he talks a little slow and reminded of it, it's one of those hard things to belief because his dialogue is clear, maybe a little too clear. I don't know. Mrs. Briggs probably wrote Ward's dialogue that way for clarity sake but, I don't know. I had a hard time picturing Ward as anything but an intelligent character who we are told he's trouble talking and it isn't really shown when he isn't acting.

Yes, this novel is written in 1st person and is a male character written by a woman and one who writes romance. Now I'm not saying that there isn't anything wrong with that but, I'm not sure how to describe this thing I noticed with women writers who write romance and then they write a story that isn't. Romance writers have a certain style of writing and it leeches into their other work. It's subtle things. I don't think another person would notice that isn't me but I pick up on things like that for some reason.

Now does this mean this novel was horrible. No not at all but it was on the borderlines of something I wouldn't like. As I read it, I couldn't shake the feeling when I read the Robin Hobbs novel that I did. That's why my finally rating for this book is a "my tastes have changed" out of 10

I know what my issue is with this novel. It's not something I wanted to read. And I know if I read this novel when I was younger, I wouldn't have finished it and probably feel a little cheated on buying the sequel to this novel at the same time. However, it isn't bad at all. It's a decent read and since I've matured. However, I wanted something fun to read after my book buying spree landed me two books that are going into the used books store pile so I can buy more books but not until I get my reading pile don.

The next novel on my list is Brandson Sander's current Mistborn novels. Shadows of Self. And to my joy and confusion, the next novel in the series comes out very soon. I don't think Shadow of Self has been out for a year yet. However, given as many series the man works at a time, I guess he has to hurry production on something.

I still have the Four Loves by C.S. Lewis to read. I finally got a copy of the book but I've yet to settle down and read the thing. I should make that next but I've been reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain it's an e-book but oh my, it's such a boring read. I read it every time I'm waiting in a waiting room somewhere. This is going to be awhile. 

So writing update. I'm working on Hy'Ruh-ha. I was planning to have a short story prepared as a way of introducing Soletus but I'm have a lot of trouble writing it. It's the subject matter. If I ever get the stupid thing done, I'll explain why in commentary.

I will be doing edits to both Homecoming(again) and Resolution eventually. No heavy revision just, editing errors.

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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the :+fav: for Coyote Makes a Proposal:D  :+favlove:
LadyAnder Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
you're welcome
fmrichter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016   Writer
Happy birthday!
darkone4587 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Writer
Thanks for the Llama back, how're you doing today?
LadyAnder Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Good but easily distracted from working on things I ought to be working on.
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