Monday, February 27, 2012

A Slight Change

Don't, actually. It's not a major change. All that will be changing is that a new review category will show up: technology. It won't strangle my love for books, or dominate the posts here. It's just a heads-up.

(I've also got something in the works related to the blog's design) XD

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Music Giveaway!

Not mine. Jonathan Maiocco is giving away an awesome collection of music, including his just-published, award-winning piece, "Cafe Francais!" (forgive me for not having foreign characters).

Please! If you found out about this giveaway through my blog, please say so when you enter in the comments!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bound For Glory

Bound For Glory, Timothy Botts, Tyndale House, Inspirational/Gift Book, October 21, 2011, 128 pages.

Synopsis: Bound for Glory is a powerful gift book inspired by a collection of calligraphic paintings by world-renowned calligrapher Timothy R. Botts. The book features 52 paintings that are visual interpretations—in words and pictures—of African American spiritual songs. These amazing songs are an important part of our American heritage, and they continue to give us hope in the face of life’s many challenges. The book also includes 52 reflective readings from Botts and African-American writer and speaker Patricia Raybon. It also includes lyrics from the spirituals along with inspirational Scripture verses from the New Living Translation.

My thoughts: Not having explored calligraphy before, I find this book interesting. I found Botts' reflections more helpful than Raybon's, but the art was usually captivating, and very relevant. I liked learning about African culture in the small ways that it shone through in this book. In closing, I'd say this is worth buying only if you really enjoy calligraphic art, or have a fascination with African culture and Gospel songs.

This book was provided free by the Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 3 stars

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Errant King

The Errant King, The Dark Sea Annals, Wayne Thomas Batson, Living Ink Books, Fantasy, November 15, 2011, 507 pages.

Synopsis: Deep in the caves of the distant Hinterlands, an ancient menace stirs. Townsfolk shudder at violent memories of The Red Queen and even dare to whisper the name Raudrim. At the same time, word comes to Alastair that Cythraul has at last resurfaced, seeking a devastating weapon in the ruins of Grayvalon. Blood-soaked clues lead Alastair into a confrontation from which only one warrior will return alive. Meanwhile in Anglinore, young Lochlan Stormgarden, the new High King of Myriad, leaves the pomp and politics of the throne once too often. While blending in with the people of his kingdom, Loch suddenly realizes that he's put them all at risk. The fate of his new found love Arianna, his best friend Telwyn, his family, and indeed the world of Myriad all depend on the decisions of the errant king.

My thoughts: I was quite impressed with The Errant King, Batson's newest work. Knowing that many reviewers said there were too many characters, I disagree. There were certainly many "extras," if you may, but the amount of important characters was not overwhelming. This was aided by the fact that most came from separate settings and situations, which each showed us new pieces of Myriad. For this reason, among others, this book has become very important to the series. We don't encounter the same old problems, character flaws, and reasoning as we would have, had the story dawdled in Anglinore (the capital). The land of Myriad has matured in the series, as have the characters themselves. I found Loch's excursions and remarks comical and enjoyable, Shepherd Sebastian's advice compelling, and Fred's jovial manner refreshing.

When it comes to the story itself, The Errant King is a big set-up. Many pieces come in place, but the final result is still a mystery. The tragic ending served its purpose, and hinted at what a massive chess-game this series will become. Batson has become good at chess, it appears. I await his next move eagerly.

My rating: 5 stars

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