Posted in 2018, Books, Reviews

“Grave Visions”: A Book Review

Grave Visions Alex Craft annoyed the crap out of me.

Not the writing, not the author, not the plot, not the setting, not the other characters in “Grave Visions”. It is Alex Craft herself.

I’ve been mulling it over for a couple weeks and I’m not sure if the author is doing it on purpose now that we know Alex is fae (it’s not a spoiler if it’s on the book jacket). She’s not fully human so maybe her priorities and actions don’t match up with human values.

I thought about going into why I think she is being selfish, stupid, annoying and hurtful with each major decision she makes. But, then I realized I was just getting upset with her all over again and I need to let it go.

Great book with a main character that I wouldn’t want as a friend, coworker or even enemy.


Posted in 2018, Books, Reviews

“Before the Storm” : A Book Review

Before getting into spoiler territory here is a little Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) by [Golden, Christie]

TL:DR Review

Nice, easy read but don’t bother if you aren’t a huge World of Warcraft fan.

Spoilers Ahead. Beware!

The theme of opposites coming together with horrible or explosive results jumped out at me.

The King devoted to the light is paired up with the Queen who yearns for shadows and quietude. When their forces meet in an attempt to find common ground it ends up with a seemingly inevitable conflict and the deaths of many involved.

An estranged husband and wife from opposing factions are brought back together. After a rough reconciliation they literally end up on top of a bomb.

Life and Death are brought together in the form of the forsaken. People who have died but were brought back to some kind of life in decaying bodies. They are most cut off from their former lives and families and struggle to find a new way to exist.

Since this is a book that is part of a larger universe, the chances that anything significant will happen to the characters was minimal. We know who survives the conflict and who doesn’t.

I finished the book thinking I knew more about the characters and their thought processes than I had before. But that doesn’t mean I agree or even understand them.

The Horde side warchief still remains an enigma to me. She seems like a study in opposites within herself. Ultimately, I was left with little understanding of what her goals or motivations are. She describes her own sense of honor as ‘somewhat fluid’.

On the other side, the Alliance king seemed almost too simple in his motivation to find peace and have everyone reconcile. While he seems to be taking the his role seriously and willing to fight for it, he also seems blind to some of the realities of his world.

In the end, some blanks have been filled in as I start playing the Battle for Azeroth expansion that launched this month. There are still so many blanks and questions left that, while I’m glad I read the book, I may be slightly more confused about some of the story than when I started out.


Posted in 2017, Books, Reviews

“On the Island”: A Book Review


On the Island felt like reading a slightly raunchy Hallmark Channel movie.
There was polish, a clear story line, and the characters 

were always the dead center of what was going on.

But there was a lot of hand waving over details, the backdrop was murky, and
characters had their lives simplified down to borderline stereotypes.

The way the story skimmed along the edges of the plot and lack of depth is what makes this a rather forgettable book for me. But, I also don’t regret or begrudge the time I spent reading it.