Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Cosmere Novellas - Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell by Brandon Sanderson

Now, this is totally a different take on the Cosmere world. After reading, it left me gasp with adoration how in just 50 pages, Brandon is able to deliver such darkness in this story.

Many thoughts and many emotions left me thinking that this book has a certain background to it's origins on the Cosmere world. Shades, shadow are what you call both the protagonist and antagonist in this book.

Silver is being used here. Remember Silver is useless with Allomancy in the world of Mistborn. (Reference) However, silver is used as a form of a new magic system here. The used of silver is pretty legit in this world. When I mean world, I mean the Forest.

Silence Malone is of great character. She's strong, she has a mind of her own, she wants to change how her grandmother has made her the woman she is. So much emotions in just 50 pages. It's good!

Ratings: 4.75 out of 5 stars

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Cosmere Novellas - Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson

What!??? I did not expect that!!! How could Brandon write all those stuff in just 90+ pages? It was really good! The world building was really comprehensive. I was like... "No way"

There were no chapter breaks and it goes on and on and it sucked you into this world/island called Patji immediately. Moments of adrenaline, fear, and a little disgusted (in a good way) by some of the description while you were being brought into the minds of Dusk where his special breed birds gave him this special ability to see a glimpse of his death/corpse before every step he makes.

There were really good moments of actions and fighting scenes too. How in the world?...

Masterful of it's own and I can't wait to read some of his other novellas in the same world. Short read but great! I have reasons for my rating. This is because I wanted to know more of what might happen after! (If there would be any, which I highly doubt so)

Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Warbreaker 01 - Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

As many fans of Brandon's would know that this book is also set in the same universe as the Mistborn trilogy which I thoroughly loved so much. This universe thingy is also called the Cosmere world.

It was said that this book would be a standalone but according to Brandon's latest blog, we have a SEQUEL ya'll!!! However, it's not going to be soon. It sucks, due to my overly hype stupidity anticipation. Ergh!

There are 2 kingdoms when 1 of it was more subtle than the one that you're in. Character development was spot on! I love the story between Siri and the God King. It's hilarious!!! And by hilarious, this is by far the funniest book from Brandon. It's just so good!

I wanted more of them but it didn't happen. I was a little disappointed but then again, it was done right.

The political system was well crafted.

The magic system. Wow! Just wow! It has hierarchies of how the whole magic system works. And if this book still remains a standalone. Hands down, this would the best Fantasy book ever written!
Read it! That epic-ness in this book just caught me off guard. Like he always does, IT'S BLOODY UNFAIR!!!

There I was, reading it with much anticipation to know what the end of the book has to give, and I realized that it's about 70 plus pages left and there's still nothing, yet! I was getting a little impatient when the first mind blowing news happens I was like left dumbstruck with this face!

And at the very end, it blew me off guard again and I WASN'T ready! (You hear me, Brandon! I WAS NOT READY!!!) It's like, how many more are you gonna give to really get my brain all fried up! And I curse like how all the character does in this book! COLORS!!!

I've set my mind with no expectations and this book was amazingly written and the plot was fantastically thought off! Pick it up and read it. This is all I can say! 

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Saga Series 06 - Chapter Six by Brian K. Vaughan

Thought provokingly good! From the very start of this series, it has already set a pace that was so thrilling and violent at the same time (which is good) that causes me to follow until now. And this chapter doesn't fail to do so!

We were being told that the killing in this chapter would make a mess. So, I can't wait to see what comes next. Then we are brought back to both Marko and Alana trying to escape and Izabel just shown us something SO Amazing which made me go...

I can't even utter a single word at the very last page when 2 new characters appeared majestically! Give me Chapter 7 like right now!!!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Book Haul #03

Alright, you guys just have to forgive me. My birthday falls on December and people buy me books as present. I can't stop them from the joy of giving. What more can I ask? It was so sweet of my all Uni friends that bought me these books! Love them to bits!!!

1) John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle - Let It Snow
2) John Green - Paper Towns

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Haul #02

Alright, I know I know... I just haul some 12 books a few weeks back but and this is my 2nd book haul for the year. It's crazy I know but I'm having a disease!!! I just can't help myself. Those booktubers are like having a monthly bookhaul of 10-12 books and I'm only haul-ing it twice this year. So, yeah... duuuuhhh...

Do you readers feel me? Seriously... It's like an addiction when you see cheap books spreading out and calling unto you! For one thing, I did control myself... So I'll end up with 5 books.

So, it's our annual BIG BAD WOLF BOOK SALE and did you guys even notice? 75% - 95% DISCOUNT!!! How could anyone forgo such an opportunity? And by controlling myself, I bought only 5 books. I'm such a big boy now!!! LOL!

So here are the books I've bought:-

1) Brandon Sanderson - The Allow of Law
2) Stephen King - Under the Dome
3) Stephen King - The Wind Through The Keyhole
4) Neil Gaiman - American Gods
5) Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saga Series 05 - Chapter Five by Brian K. Vaughan

I'm not kidding you! Sh*t is happening in this chapter. And it has a lot of action in this one! Now, this is what I'm talking about man!

A lot of sh*tty is going on in this chapter. I kid you not! Many news and negotiation caught me by surprise too and some even allows me to think... wait... what!?~

I hoped Chapter 6 is gonna tell me more! Way too many cliffhangers in each chapter already!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Haul #01

All year round, I wait for cheap books to buy. When I saw this, I couldn't resist!!! It's MYR5.00 per book! That's like USD1.50 per book! Forex 101! Haha!!!

Alright here goes by 12 books tower hall:

Social ills Fiction

Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

High/Epic Fantasy Fiction

Magician Vol.01 & 02 by Raymond E. Feist


The Meadow by Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

Historical/Asian Literature(some) Fiction

Elizabeth I by Margaret George

In The Shadow of the Banyan by Veddey Ratner  

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

The Concubine's Daughter by Pai Kit Fai

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Woodsburner by John Pipkin

Friday, November 21, 2014

Saga Series 04 - Chapter Four by Brian K. Vaughan

I have to say, that space brothel named Sextillion has some weird sh*t going on to go on business like that. Bloody dodgy yet I'm kinda convinced. *wink wink*

So, the Gwendolyn mystery has been cleared out and my way of complimenting this chapter is, it ends with style. I like it! I'm in awe. Chapter 5 up next!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 - Semifinal Round


Well, my choices hasn't change much except for the genre Fiction. And the rest remains the same which you can view it here.

The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Saga Series 03 - Chapter Three by Brian K. Vaughan

Are you kidding me?? Who is Gwendolyn? Who is she? Who is she?? You can't just leave me hanging like that? Excuse me... I need Chapter 4 right now!

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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The Heir Chronicles 03 - The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

I was a little surprise that I took longer than usual to finish this book. The book is fast pace and I didn't get into it as much as the first 2 books. Maybe my mind was per-occupied with work and I can't get in to the mood of reading for the past few weeks. I hope to get into it.

We are back with all the characters that we were being introduced from the 2 books and most of them are playing a more prominent role in this book. Each of them has a task to protect Trinity.

As Chima's usual way of plotting the twist at the end of the book by telling us who the Dragon heir would be. There will be death to some of our favorable characters in the series. And it works! We might missed them but it works.

There are really some funny moments:-

"Next thing you know, they'll break into a chorus of "Kumbaya", Jason thought, drumming his fingers on the table."

"Longbranch's eyes glittered with irritation. "Let me be plain. Give us the Dragonheart, and you will rule the guilds alongside us. Refuse, and we will destroy this town and everything and everyone in it. Down to the smallest child and family pet." So much for "Kumbaya", Jason thought. 

It was during their negotiation on how to work together as all guilds came along together. Running Jason's thought really cracks me up.

It ends abruptly with stories of Linda and Hasting being left hanging. I want to know more on what were their true purposes are in Raven's Ghyll.

Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 - Opening Round

I hope everyone has received notification or some messaging system on the recent Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014!!! Has it been a year already? It happened so fast! The below are the breakdown of genres and what I've voted for the year 2014.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Mystery & Thriller
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Historical Fiction
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Words Of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Written In My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Science Fiction
The Martian by Andy Weir

Code Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Memoir & Autobiography
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life And Words Of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl

History & Biography
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story Of An Unlikely Hero And The Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives In World War II by Vicki Croke

Business Books
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way Of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Food & Cookbooks
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan To Glow From The Inside Out by Angela Liddon

Graphic Novels & Comics
Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Lullabies by Lang Leav

Debut Goodreads Author
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Young Adult Fiction
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Middle Grade & Children's
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Picture Books
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak