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B. Lawson

"realist29"
 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,510
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (33 of 36)
Location: Oakville, Ontario
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,510 - Total Helpful Votes: 33 of 36
The Innkeeper's Son (The Harven Legacy) by Jeremy Brooks
I love fantasy, and read a lot of it, and my expectations are pretty high. I know that few people can write at the level of Lynch, Sanderson, Rothfuss, Weeks or Abercrombie, so I do not expect that... But I do look for tight writing, strong characters and a reasonable plot.
This book has no redeeming qualities, unfortunately. I bought it based on the Amazon.com reviews and I wonder if we all read the same book. The literary effort is on par with a grade 6 writing assignment: mundane, plodding, serviceable sentences lacking any zing or sparkle. There are long boring descriptions of insipid moments that do not advance the story in any way, such as a minor character teaching another one… Read more
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, Nov. 27 2013
After such a long hiatus I was terribly afraid that this volume would not measure up to the first two Gentlemen Bastards. I have seen some reviews who grumbled about it, but I thought it was fully deserving five stars. The language is as rich and sumptuous as ever, the introduction of Sabetha provides a great counterpoint to the bromance and helps in establishing Locke's history, and the twist in the finale left me absolutely amazed. I did not see that coming, and I won't spoil it for those who have yet to read it. I did not find the interludes distracting - I thought it was a fabulous way of showing what Locke could do when first let loose on an unsuspecting town, and the teenage love… Read more
The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1 by Frost, Mark [2012] by Mark Frost
Picked this up on a whim and was blown away. So many Harry Potter wannabes and teenage mopey romances with fantastic overtones have clogged the shelves lately that I am glad I did not read the back cover too closely or I would have not started it at all. That would have been a pity. The pace is brisk, the characters complex and well-drawn, the tiny bit of teenage angst is well balanced against the thrilling backdrop of a far reaching conspiracy, in a word it was great! I like thrillers that allow you to discover layers of complexity one at a time, and heroes who don't apologize for being who they are, and this book delivers. Looking forward to the second book!