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{January 11, 2010}   Review: Alex Rider Series

The Alex Rider series, written by Anthony Horrowitz, features a young boy, who starts the series at maybe thirteen years of age who has been trained as a spy by his uncle.  When his uncle is killed, Alex soons finds out that his former workouts were to prepare him to be a spy as MI6 snaps him up as a secret weapon in the deadly game of intelligance.

Over a good many books and missions Alex Rider fights and outsmarts just about every type of cliche villain (that we always seem to love to hate) with ingenious little gadgets, intelligance, and a whole lot of luck.  In short Alex is James, but without the women, puns, and number.

Of course, being drafted into this Alex is a lot of the time an unwilling particapant who is coerced into service time and time again for various reasons.

All in all, a good series for young readers

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{January 11, 2010}   Review: Graceling

Graceling, by Kristen Cashore, is an example of a decay in the quality of published works.  The book makes little sense, the begining is mired in flashbacks interspersed with the present in a way to make time completly impossible to understand, the middle feature the characters gaining huge amounts of random power for no reason, and the end is just nonsensical.  Half the time you do not know what is happening, and the other half of the time you think you do know, but you dont and your just wrong. 

In short, dont read this book, because it makes no sense, and if you manage to make sense of it anyway,  you realize it isnt that good.



{October 17, 2009}   Review: The Legend of Drizzt

R.A. Salvatore’s, The Legend of Drizzt series is easily the best fantasy series there is.  With lovable characters such as the surly dwarf, Bruenor, the powerful, if naive, barbarian Wulfgar, the loveable archer Cattie-Bri, and of course the noble hero, Drizzt. 

Drizzt is born a dark elf, or drow, in the lightless caverns of the underdark, a system of tunnels underneath the surface world.  There, he is raised in Drow society, a society that has a heart darker than their tunnel home.  Drizzt, of course, as the nobel hero, is horrified by the darkness, and through many a twist and turn, ends up on the surface.

What he could not know is what he would face when he got there.  Drow have a reputation for evil you see, and not just any evil.  They are so evil that even demons, who are the emobiement of evil acknowldge Drow elves as their supperiors.  They rarely see the person past the heritage when they look at Drizzt, and so he is driven across the realms into the most remote wildernesses, the place where the rogue’s rogues go, outcasts even by an outcasts standards.  There Drizzt met Cattie-Bri, adpoted daughter of the dwarf king, Bruenor Battlehammer, and from there began a friendship that would outlast many a hardship.

Many of the Legend of Drizzt books have made it on to the New York Times bestseller’s list, and just recently the 20th anniversary of Drizzt was celebrated.  The story starts with the book Homeland, and the most recent one out in stores is The Ghost King.

Be sure to enjoy them!



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