Review: Every time I write a review on a book that is considered ‘classic’ or the sort I’m afraid I am missing something or that, I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to understand the underlying message of the story. Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that some books are considered outstanding in their themes, characters or plots doesn’t make them any less boring to death....

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Review: I don’t know if it is just me but when I am reading a series I grow to like them more and more with every next book. I’m not sure if the author is getting better or the stories, if I am just more familiar with the style and the story but it has been true for almost every series I read (where I managed to go past the second book). The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin, the fifth book in the series, is living proof of tha...

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Review: I think the Hainish Cycle is growing on me. After I got rid of the initial expectations of what a Sci-Fi from the ’70s should be like I actually started enjoying myself. And The Left Hand of Darkness was the peak of the series. The longest so far, I found The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin to be a fantastic tale of a man that is thrown amid different cultures and struggles to understand them and to be understood. I lov...

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Review: Well! Here we are already on the third book of the series and finally I am excited. City of Illusions is, no doubt, the most suspenseful and well-planned book by Ursula Le Guin (in my humble opinion). I was getting kind of scared that I would be utterly disappointed by the Hainish cycle but I can see hope at the end of the tunnel. In City of Illusions we move back to Earth, hundreds of years in the future, where people, our people, ...

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Review: I started Planet of Exile by Ursula Le Guin convinced I wouldn’t like it. After all, the previous book was a great disappointment for me. Funny enough, I was surprised. The Hainish Cycle is a series of short novels connected only by the author’s name and a few distant connections between characters and places. So essentially you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one. From one side this is awesome since ever...

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Review:     It's been a long time since I've read any Sci-Fi books so I feel a bit rusty in commenting. When I went through Ender's Game and Speaker of the Death I was so hyped that I couldn't put them down. It was strange, the jargon took some getting used to but still, it was super entertaining. Things were a bit different with Rocannon's World by Ursula Le Guin.     Despite being written in two different genres, this book and the Earthsea...

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Review: I don’t know why but all book or series endings leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe I hate endings, or maybe I don’t like how the author decided to end their story — either way, I am never happy to read the last page. The Other Wind, the sixth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, and so far the last one confirmed, was not what I expected as a conclusion of the story. It started promising with a bit of my...

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Review: Tales From Earthsea is a collection of short stories from the world of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin that take place before, during and after the events in the original storyline. It consists of five short stories – The Finder, Darkrose and Diamond, The bones of the Earth, On the High March and Dragonfly. Personally, I am not a big fan of short stories. I simply do not believe they are able to convey a full, meaningful plot and allow ...

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Review: It’s amazing how fast I am going through books these days. I’m not sure if it is this specific series that make it so easy or I am just in my element 😀 Tehanu, the fourth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula Le Guin, is the last book of the original series. As such I expected it all to tie neatly together with a bow on top. I do love stories which give us more answers than questions at the end. And in a way, Tehanu did fee...

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Review: As you can see, I am still going strong with the Ursula Le Guin‘s wave and I even think I’ll be able to finish all her works (that I have) in no time. I did notice, however, that the more I read the more I realize that just good prose is not enough. When I started with the first two books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, I thought that their plot would be connected in some way. It turns out that the only connection so fa...

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Review: Magic Slays [Kate Daniels #5] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / April 4, 2018

Review: I hated it. I hated everything. Said no one ever when they read Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews 😀 No, seriously, there is literally nothing to hate here. In the other books I found things I hate or things I dislike, here it was action after action, humor after fight, sweet after scary. I didn’t get the chance, I was so into the story. The plot follows Kate after she quits/gets fired from the Order and gets mated t...

Review: Magic Bleeds [Kate Daniels #4] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / April 1, 2018

Review: Magic Bleeds, the fourth book of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, is pretty much as close as you can get to pure joy 😀 I gave it a few days before I started this review because I wanted to sound a bit more impartial but then I thought “Wait a minute, if anybody is reading this they want to know MY opinion not to read facts and summaries.” So here it is: This. Book. Is. Awesome! Deal with it! The story ...

Review: Wizard’s First Rule [The Sword of Truth #1] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / March 30, 2018

Review: So in a spring of the moment I changed my mind (again!) and decided to put aside the Wheel of Time in favor of The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It just felt right and here I am, done with the first book – Wizard’s First Rule. I read a few books of the series maybe a decade ago but I never finished them all so I think it is high time I did that. I remember I was super in love with them and found them me...

Review: Magic Strikes [Kate Daniels #3] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / March 29, 2018

Review: If I put as much passion into work as I put into reading… well, I might start going places 😀 I need to find a job reading books and getting paid for it… Anyway, I finished with Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, third book of the series about Kate Daniels, about 8 am this morning. Yes, I did read all night. Sue me. Now I’m so hooked that I may do something stupid like stay up all night before a work day. I haven...

Review: Magic Burns [Kate Daniels #2] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / March 27, 2018

Review: I can’t say I am surprised that I finished the second book about Kate Daniels in a single week. Ilona Andrew‘s series is one heck of a page-turner and it simply doesn’t let you sit around, ignoring it. Magic Burns is the second book and what any one of you would need to get hooked up on the series (if the first book didn’t seal the deal already). In the center of the story is our beloved, foul-mouthed, quick-thinking...

Review: Magic Bites [Kate Daniels #1] 4/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / March 23, 2018

Review: Magic Bites by the duo Ilona Andrews is a book long overdue in my reading list. First one from the series about Kate Daniels, it is supposed to be interesting, action-packed and make me fall in love with and/or want to be Kate. Or at least that’s what Asya’s Adventures ORL keeps telling me. I started reading Magic Bites in my short break from ‘The Sword of Truth: Stone of Tears’ and I didn’t realize when I finis...

Review: Dead Man’s Folly 4/5 (1)
All , Mystery / March 9, 2018

Review: Dead Man’s Folly is one of the numerous book written by the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. Recently I got my hands on an enormous collection of Christie’s books and I’ve decided to give them a go. I mean, I’ve often been told by friends and teachers that she is the best in this genre and that her mysteries remain mysteries until the very end. After reading this book I am inclined to believe them....

Review: The Picture of Dorian Grey 3/5 (1)
All , Classics , Fantasy / March 2, 2018

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel of the infamous author Oscar Wilde, and one that I find strangely controversial. I rarely read classics (like everybody else, don’t lie) but I was really looking forward to this one. It was mainly due to movies I’ve watched some time ago – the adaptation on ‘Dorian Gray‘ from 2009 and the TV Series – Penny Dreadful. And unfortunately I have to say that I was more interest...

Review: The Dragon Reborn [Wheel of Time #3] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / February 2, 2018

Review: The third installment, The Dragon Reborn, from the series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, is possibly my favorite one so far. By now I am invested in the heroes and heroines, I have my favorites and the plot has entangled enough to keep me on my toes all the time. I don’t say the others were not as good or interesting but with the development of the story our involvement and interest is supposed to grow, is it not? Of cour...

Review: The Great Hunt [Wheel of Time #2] 5/5 (1)
All , Fantasy / January 29, 2018

Review: The Great Hunt is book two of the epic saga Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in case you’ve failed to read the title of this post 😀 So you can expect more of the same – awesome adventures, magic and a whole lot of magical creatures, secrets, lies and darkfriends everywhere. Oh, and an invasion! If you’re reading this then you’ve probably finished book one which means you’re awesome and I like you 😀 If...