The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson
Another amazing book! The Mistborn series is easily up there with Dune as some of the best fantasy ever written, and, like Frank Herbert, creates a world and story that seamlessly combine political intrigue, espionage, economics, religion, and so much more with beautifully described characters who grow and develop throughout the story. I cannot say enough about this book or Brandon Sanderson. He...
Summer of Night, by Dan Simmons
It took more than half of this very long book for ANYTHING of interest to happen. And just when you think it’s finally picking up… the picking up isn’t all that interesting either. If you haven’t read Stephen King’s IT, go read that instead. Rating: 2 out of 5
A Drink Before the War, by Dennis Lehane
I was expecting more from Dennis Lehane, but I suppose for a first novel it’s good enough. A little more cheesy and hard-boiled than I would have liked, and the story itself had little to keep my interest. Still, it moved quickly enough to keep it going. Issues of race and family are addressed in a heavy-handed sort of manner, very black and white (no pun intended) in the sense that the good...
Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson
After giving this a day to settle in my brain, I have to put this in the same company as Dune. He builds an entire world, history, religion, political structure, social structure, magical powers, inhuman creatures, etc. and then builds a story that is inherently glued to every single one of those pieces, all while developing interesting characters and giving us unforseen twists to boot. This was...
Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our...
I have not read many parenting books yet, but this one is going to be hard to top. If I didn’t have others waiting on the shelf I’d start this one over again! Much like his more well known book, Sacred Marriage, the idea is that God uses our children to bring us closer to him, and change us further into the kind of people he wants us to be. Since I suspect that such change is far...