Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card REVIEW

I have always loved Fantasy fiction. But, my first allegiance will always be with Science Fiction. Before I even touched a Fantasy novel, I read sci-fi (mostly the Star Wars novels by Kevin J. Anderson). As I got older, I tried going back to Science Fiction again, but there was a problem.

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I hate Science.

With most modern Sci-fi novels for older readers, one can get easily lost in a sea of techno babble. It wasn’t until a few years back that I remembered why I read Star Wars novels. Star Wars was more about “soft” sciences, like Psychology, History, Religion, and Sociology.

In my search for “soft” Sci-fi , I read books like Dune, 1984, Fareheit 451, and I, Robot. I devoured all these books and others greedily. And I wanted more.

Then I found Ender’s Game.

Ender’s Game takes place in the far and not too distant future. It’s a Utopian like future, where the world is united as one government. This Utopia is threatened when the insectoid aliens called Buggers invade

The aliens are beaten back, led by the famous Mazer Rackham. And now, with a third war looming 70 years later, the human race needs another hero like Rackham. So in hopes of finding another savior, the military takes gifted children away from their families, and trains them to fight.

It may sound all cutsey, but this book is more for readers older than 14.

It’s very hard not to spoil this book. Even though the description may seem generic, the story is far from being the same worn out plot. The characters are far from being the same worn out tropes. The twists and turns are many, and always shocked me. It made me want to keep reading, to uncover the shocking true motives of the characters.

Overall, I give the book 5 out of 5 stars! I have a feeling this book will still be known years from now, and be listed among the best Sci-fi novels of all time.

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The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff by Philip Athans & Mel Odom REVIEW

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Not many novels of Sword & Sorcery are written nowadays, due to audiences demanding Epic Fantasies that read like Game of Thrones, and/or Lord of the Rings. I discovered S&S for myself entirely by chance. One day, I was flipping through the TV Guide, to see what was on. And, whattaya know , Conan the Destroyer with Arnold Schwarzenegger was on. And man, it was awful. Not the best intro to the old school Sword & Sorcery genre.

Then, awhile later, I was at my local library, and I discovered the original Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs on a dusty shelf. I grabbed a Tarzan book , I believe it was titled Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. I devoured it in one day. After that I wanted more Sword & Sorcery!

In my quest for more S&S, I read Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, and many other fine authors of S&S. All these S&S books were great works of Fantasy.

So, I had huge expectations for The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff by Philip Athans (Baldur’s Gate) & Mel Odom (The Left Behind Apocalypse Series).

The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff starts off with our hero (a barbarian called Arron of the Black Forest) leaving his homeland, after all of his tribe is frozen in a glacier. He is the last of his kind. Arron goes on a journey, to the colonies of the empire he hates. called The Heteronomy.

Arron tries to fit in with these foreigners, and they all hate him, and call him a savage, and try to kill him. When he kills a man attacking him, he runs out of town, chased by blood thirsty Bounty Hunters……

And that is all I’m going to say about the book’s story. No spoilers for you! 🙂

The plot is fast. Action is realistic and brutal. The villains are wonderfully devious. The characters are fully realized. Overall, The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff , is an excellent piece of work.

I give the book 5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend it for fans of old school Sword & Sorcery!

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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson REVIEW

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Reviewing a classic is rather strange for me. It’s like reviewing Oliver Twist, when almost everyone knows what it’s about, due to movies, TV show references, and most recently in commercials urging kids to use manners.

When people think of I Am Legend , they usually don’t know it’s a book, and just know it’s a post apocalyptic movie where most of the population has been mutated into vampires, and Will Smith is the last man standing, blah, blah, blah.

The movie was great, I admit it. But that was before I read the book. And like every other movie supposedly based on I Am Legend, like The Last Man On Earth and the very horrendous The Omega Man, the movies seem to exclude many of the main points that make the novel so great. I hope they actually make an accurate movie based on the book someday.

Richard Matheson deserves a better movie adaption.

Ok, now enough about the movie and on to the book. The book is set in the late 1970s. The world was decimated by a horrible virus, that turns men and animals into vampires. Robert Neville, the last man, as far as he knows, is fighting to survive. The book deals mainly with Robert’s internal struggle with insanity, which Matheson handles beautifully.

I don’t want to spoil the main points, so I urge you to read the book. 🙂

Overall, I give the book 5 out of 5 stars!

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Inheritance by Christopher Paolini REVIEW

Inheritance Cycle in reading order:

Eragon

Eldest

Brisingr

Inheritance

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I’ve been waiting for the final book in the Inheritance Cycle ever since I read Eragon in 5th grade. And now, 8 years later, the last book is out!

I know, most of you thought the series is called the Inheritance Trilogy. When Eragon first came out, the series was supposed to be a trilogy. Well, when Paolini wrote book 3, Brisingr, the book ended up being too massive. So, like many publishers of fantasy do, they divided the massive book into two books. Thus, the series became the Inheritance Cycle.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s go to the review shall we? In this review, I don’t want to give any spoilers whatsoever. I know I would be ticked off if someone spoiled the last book of a series for me.

In terms of plot, it’s like Star Wars had a love child with Lord of the Rings. If you love both of those franchises, you’ll love Paolini’s work. But, the book is by no means unoriginal, the twists the author adds make the series very interesting.

The only problem with the plot I had was the pacing of the novel. The book drags on in the middle, and close to the end. I encourage you to keep reading when this happens. You won’t be disappointed if you keep reading.

The great characterization is what kept me reading, and the fast and furious combat. If you love reading fantasies with accurate middle ages warfare, this is the perfect book for you.

Overall, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars! Buy it!

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