27 September 2010

How a woman can spoil the best laid plans

I planned to have at least two reviews up on the Twilight Reign series today. I had the weekend to finish the reviews in all their glory.

Then my wife decided that the garden of our new house needs work and that she wants new blinds installed. Oh, and that we require some nice bar chairs and that they need to be painted. And that Saturday was the perfect day for her (me) to start on her herb garden. And finish it. And wash the cars. And clean the garage. And wash the dogs.

I love her to bits, but she used me as cheap labor this weekend. Here I sit, hurting like hell, and no review in sight.

I promise to get them on as soon as I can lift my arm again. Oh the agony!

23 September 2010

Upcoming Reviews

Life has been quite busy over here, there hasn't been a lot of time to write reviews worthy of the type I want to do. I promise I'll have some up first thing next week. The first series I'm going to tackle is a good one: Tom Lloyd's Twilight Herald series. Here are the beautiful covers of the published books:

My aren't they pretty?

21 September 2010

Tom Holt - My Hero

Just finished this one last night and boy was it fun! Yes, I know it is not a new novel being published in 1996 and all, but it deserves some credit.

 I've always loved Tom Holt's books. It is the kind that does not take itself too seriously (a lot like Sir Pratchett's Discworld in pacing and levels of drama).

What happens to characters of novels when they are not being used by their creators? Now there is a question that I never even thought of! It get's answered in this book, as well as explaining why the hero always  wins no matter what, which was quite nice.

The hero in this book is Regalian, who was created by Jane Armitage, who writes mainstream fantasy badly by her own description. The story (sort of) starts in the genre we all know and love, but gets mixed with a dollop of Westerns, Jane Austin, Frankenstein,  Alice in Wonderland and some Shakespeare. Hamlet is even in it. And Dracula,

With a cast list like this, it has to be hilarious. And it is. So if you ever want to sit back and read a book that will make you laugh your pants off, this one is for you.