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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Lenny Henry
(American Gods #2)
Published by HarperCollins on Sept. 20th, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
Audio Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.

Anansi Boys
God is dead. Meet the kids.


When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny -- a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

3.5 Stars

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Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton ARC {4 Stars}

Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton ARC {4 Stars}

Louie Lets Loose by Oscar Armelles, Rachel Hamilton (Unicorn in New York #1)
Published by Scholastic on May 30th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 128 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In this hilarious new fiction series, Louie the unicorn searches for stardom in New York City. Louie's story is brought to life with a unique visual approach, combining real New York photography with funny character illustrations.

'Dear Ma and Pa,
The New York School for Performing Arts is the perfect place for a unicorn like me. So far it has been totally AWESOME! Madame Twirler says that 'pigs will fly' before I get the lead part in a show. Man, I would LOVE to see that! After all, New York has a unicorn in town, so why not flying pigs?
Love you more than cake,
Louie xx'

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Louie Lets Loose from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins Audiobook {3 Stars}

Fool’s Gold is the first book in The Dragon Lords series by Jon Hollins and is perfect for fantasy fans that appreciate a trope-filled satirical spin on a classic epic fantasy adventure. Do purposeful anachronisms make you chuckle? Do you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek and self-aware humor found in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Do you love a good narrator? This might just be the audiobook for you ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins Audiobook {3 Stars}

Fool's Gold by Jon Hollins
Narrated by John Banks
(The Dragon Lords #1)
Published by Orbit on July 19th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Fantasy
Page Length: 516 pages
Audio Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A brand new adventure fantasy: imagine Guardians of the Galaxyplanning a heist on Smaug's gold, for fans looking for something with a modern twist and some humor.

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.

No one said they were smart.

3 Stars

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The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiography smuggled in using Sanderson’s name to get it past the Evil Librarians. At this point in Alcatraz’s life, he’s starting to get used to his Talent for breaking things and dealing with the fact that everything he knew growing up was a lie perpetrated by a librarian conspiracy. If you enjoyed the humor and lack of fourth wall in book one, you are in for another great read!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Scrivener’s Bones from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson {4 Stars}

The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published by Starscape on Feb. 16th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 368 pages
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In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.

Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!

They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them.

4 Stars

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The Devil You Know by KJ Parker eARC {4.5 Stars}

The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker is a novella telling the story of a demon working for a rather bureaucratic version of Hell and his favorite philosopher who just sold his soul for suspicious reasons. I absolutely love the spin on selling your soul to the devil and grew strangely attached to both of these characters!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Devil You Know from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Devil You Know by KJ Parker eARC {4.5 Stars}

The Devil You Know by K. J. Parker
Published by Tor.com on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Novella
Page Length: 128 pages
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The greatest philosopher of all time is offering to sell his soul to the Devil. All he wants is twenty more years to complete his life’s work. After that, he really doesn’t care.

But the assistant demon assigned to the case has his suspicions, because the philosopher is Saloninus–the greatest philosopher, yes, but also the greatest liar, trickster and cheat the world has yet known; the sort of man even the Father of Lies can’t trust.

He’s almost certainly up to something; but what?

4.5 Stars

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Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey ARC {4.5 Stars}

This fun, quick read combines genres of the hard-boiled detective genre with an alternate-universe fantasy that reminded me strongly of Constantine (the TV show) mashed up with The Dresden Files with an off-the-wall world building reminiscent of Supernatural, but a lot less grim.  Our hero, Stark, has had a colorful life … in fact, several lives … and the weird just keeps on coming through this seventh book of the Sandman Slim series in which the Angel of Death shows up needing his help.  As clients go, Death isn’t so bad, and who wouldn’t want him to owe you a big, fat favor??

Note: I received an advanced copy of Killing Pretty from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey ARC {4.5 Stars}

Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim #7)
Published by Harper Voyager on July 28th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Genre-bender, Mystery
Page Length: 416 pages
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Someone has tried to kill Death—ripping the heart right out of him—or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help. He believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder.

Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to Weimar Republic mystical societies. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl—distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes—as badass as Slim; she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world... and a few others.

4.5 Stars

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The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld promises lots of laughs in its tagline and it very much lives up to that promise. The Perilous Princess Plot is a middle grade chapter book, but includes a whole lot of puns, footnotes about possibly time-traveling goats, and jokes that will definitely go over a young reader’s head at times. As an adult who likes to read silly middle grade fantasies in between the door-stopper epic fantasies, I absolutely loved The Perilous Princess Plot and can see it being fun for a parent to read with their child in the same way that Shrek is fun for parent and child for very different reasons ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Perilous Princess Plot from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld ARC {4.5 Stars}

The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld (Buckle and Squash #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 192 pages
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This is the story of two very different sisters--Eliza, who longs to ride into battle against villains and dragons, and Lavender, who would give anything to be a pampered princess. Before the end of the story both of them have had a chance to fulfill their dreams, though not quite in the way they intended...
Accompanied by their depressed goat, Gertrude, with their granny's warnings about the Black Death ringing in their ears, they head out into the forest and come face to face with an evil count who definitely does not have their best interests at heart.

4.5 Stars

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The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir has been slowly generating buzz among my sci-fi loving friends, so I absolutely had to see what the excitement was all about and I can definitely see why now! The Martian was so wonderfully realistic that I had to keep reminding myself that humans haven’t walked on Mars yet so there was no way that this story could be true no matter how convinced I was. It is very clear that Weir invested an absurd amount of research into The Martian, and that, along with a really funny main character, is why diehard sci-fi fans will love it.

The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

The Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown on February 11th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 369 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

4 Stars

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Four Stars: Merciful Flush by Lance Manion

Merciful Flush is a collection of posts from Lance Manion’s blog, which range from disturbing to hilarious and back again over and over. Read at your own risk, you might get grossed out, you might get offended or you might have a cool idea and a laugh.

I first off need to say thank you so much to Lance Manion for sending me a copy of Merciful Flush for review. Merciful Flush is my first unsolicited review copy and it was quite exciting for an ickle fledgling like me! It was also highly entertaining :).

Goodreads
Title:
 Merciful Flush
Authors: Lance Manion
Pages: 199 (e-copy)
Genre-ish: Adult Humor (think South Park)
Rating: ★★★★ – Fairly entertaining, offensive to some I’m sure
Setting: Mostly the real world, though there are a few stories that definitely didn’t happen in this world (I hope….) or stray pretty far into someone’s imagination ;-).
Premise: As I said, this is a collection of blog posts that are each a stand alone short story. And honestly, this guy has one of the craziest imaginations I’ve run across in the last week, maybe the last month. Some examples that I can recall off the top of my head: an airplane window turning into a touch pad on the descent, taking a shower so hot your skin melts off, what starfish think to themselves.

Strengths:

  • Entertaining and compulsive writing, very easy to get sucked into “just one more”
  • Very very very very imaginative, I can’t believe what is now in my mind that wasn’t there before….
  • Fairly entertaining in spots, depending on your humor style, as a fan of puns, I was delighted :) Even if you don’t like puns, the dry delivery is sure to draw a chuckle

Weaknesses:

  • Just as imagination can be a strength, there are times that I was wholly disturbed by what came out of this guy’s head, read some of these stories at your own risk….
  • As can be expected from a blog to book transition, there were a few glaring typos and tripping sentences that could have been brushed up by another set of eyes
  • Swearing here and there so definitely not safe for the young ‘uns
  • Not as many laughable moments as I’d hoped for, but still more than I expected (since I don’t tend to laugh easily at the humor genre)

Summary: An easy and compulsive read, Merciful Flush by Lance Manion is a blogging success story and definitely worth picking up for any travel reading. If you are sensitive to normal adult humor offenses, you might not enjoy the book, but fans of South Park and modern comedians will probably really enjoy Merciful Flush.

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