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Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 21, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

The Ten-Cent Plague changed my life!

OK, that was an attention-getting headline but let me explain what I mean. I have been a card carrying comic book collector for over 32 years now without stopping. I have collected Marvel and DC superhero comics books such as Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America, Justice League, and Superman back to the 1960s. But I never knew much about the history of the golden age of comics from the 1940s and 1950s.   This book tells a great story about the creators of the golden age comics. Comic books were the main source of entertainment for kids back...

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 10, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Fun and realistic fantasy heroes

NPCs is a refreshingly different story in a fantasy world. There are several major reasons that this book is different.  The main characters start out as non-player characters AKA NPCs that live in a world as regular working joes that have to put up with the actions of fantasy heroes. They also become heroes that don't fit the fantasy stereotypes for their gender or race and instead based on their abilities or personalities. Finally, the story starts out as part of a role playing game being played by some bad role players and ran by a dungeon master that...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 10, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Good background story and action but not overly memorable

Court of Nightfall is a difficult book to review, especially after waiting over a month since I listened to it. The story starts out with a young girl, Scarlett, who lives a fairly normal life except for the fact that there is a locked building in her backyard that her parents tell her is off limits. What girl is going to listen when her parents tell her something mysterious is off limits?   I liked most of Scarlett's background story but after that the story bounces around with plenty of action but not enough continuity to make...

SciFi
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 17, 2017
(Updated: June 18, 2017)
Rating 
 
5.0

Classis super hero story that is a must read for scifi/superhero fans

Very rarely if ever have a reread a book but Wild Cards 1 is one of those rare books. Well, full disclosure here, I actually listened to it as an audiobook this time. Wild Cards 1 is a must read classic super hero story from 1987 that still is great. The book consists of a collection of short stories about super powered Aces and mutated Jokers that were transformed by an alien virus.    Several of the stories were great such as those about Dr. Tachyon, the alien that couldn't prevent the release of the virus but...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 17, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Corporate reallocation missions = legal piracy but a pirated world bites back

Fallen Dragon is a scifi story about Lawrence, a young military man, who works for an organization involved in "corporate reallocation" which basically means legal piracy. Much of this 26 hour audiobook focuses on Lawrence's background as a rudderless teen who falls in love with a girl he meets at a hotel swimming pool and his later missions in the military.   I think with faster pacing this book would have been much better. The universe is large but the detailed descriptions of certain places or events overtook the actual plot of the story. Not until the...

All Other Genres
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 03, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

On Top of Spumoni is the funniest romantic comedy I have ever read

OK, I admit it is also the first romantic comedy I have ever read. This is a funny and erotic book about a down on his luck, very overweight young man named Cooper Spanoli who literally runs into the woman of his dreams, twice! Cooper is one of the nice guys that women would like but he lives with his parents, has very little confidence, no experience, and has really let his looks and body go over the years. But times are changing after a gorgeous young woman actually knocks him down on...

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 26, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Megg Jensen does for orcs what R.A. Salvatore did for dark elves

Chaos Awakens by Megg Jensen is a great epic fantasy novel that I very much enjoyed. There are plenty of interesting characters with the main characters being a female orc assassin, a human male priest, and a female orc princess. They form an unusual team as humans and orcs head towards a war at a time they need to team-up against a godly enemy. There are plenty of intimate moments and character development mixed in with action and epic threats to the world.    This book is everything that a good fantasy novel should be and reminded...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 11, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

There are much better Muirwood books; shallow and uninspired

Legends of Muirwood is a very good fantasy series, regretfully the last book in the series, The Scourge of Muirwood is the worst book of the three.   The Scourge of Muirwood is a quick read but it wasn't very memorable. Lia travels to another abbey where she finds her captured love, Colvin. Other than them being apart most of the book the series concludes with a surprise yet uninspiring transformation that Lia goes through.   I give it three out of five stars and suggest that those that started the series read this final...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 07, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Lia the Wretched becomes a hunter and learns more of herself

One of the best compliments I can give for this series, Legends of Muirwood, is that it is one of the few fantasy series I have finished in awhile. This series made me want to come back for more and I wasn't disappointed.  Blight of Muirwood is the second book in the series and the main character, Lia, continues to mature and grow in her abilities. She is now the hunter for Muirwood Abbey which faces destruction by the forces of the evil Queen. Lia also has the issue that she is a wretched and...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   April 08, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Slow pacing drags down a great fantasy universe

The Well of Ascension is book two in the Mistborn  fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. The story continues about Vin, the young Mistborn girl, who suddenly finds herself and her companions in a very different position of ruling an empire after she killed the godlike ruler. At 815 pages or nearly 30 hours as an audiobook this story tends to be a long one.   Basically, the story focuses on Vin as she struggles to find her place and protect her love from assassins while the city is besieged by multiple armies wanting the riches and power...

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