The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

thegoodaughtercoverTitle: The Good Daughter
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: ARC
Original Release Date: August 8th 2017
Pages: 511
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
ISBN13: 9780062430243


Aficionados of thrillers have heard plenty of great things about Karin Slaughter. Author of Pretty Girls, the Grant County series and the Will Trent series, her ability to write captivating stories filled with wonderful characters and breathtaking mysteries is undisputed. The Good Daughter is her most recent novel that delivers a character-driven family drama centering around two women who have been struck by tragedy at a very young age.

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

thewayofkingscoverTitle: The Way of Kings
Series: The Stormlight Archive #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Original Release Date: August 31st 2010
Pages: 1258
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780765365279


I heard a lot of things of Brandon Sanderson through the grapevine. It was only a question of time till I did my due diligence and dug through his work. The instant I found out about The Stormlight Archive, I knew it was a series I had to check out. It had this pronounced aura glowing, growing and flickering relentlessly. Its irresistible lust chained me to a desire to pick it up and get caught up in the creativity and ingenuity that is often attributed to the man and his work.

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Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race by Frank Miller

The_Dark_Knight_III-The_Master_RaceTitle: Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race
Series: The Dark Knight Saga #3
Writer(s): Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Illustrator(s): Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, Alex Sinclair
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 19th 2017
Pages: 376
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401265137


Previously in The Dark Knight Saga:
The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade (Book #0.5) by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Book #1) by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again (Book #2) by Frank Miller


Frank Miller teams up with Brian Azzarello to write up the third installment in The Dark Knight Saga. Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race is a significant improvement to its predecessor, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and revitalizes the hopes of fans with the prospect that this saga can finally be graced with a satisfactory ending.

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Grant_IntoDrowningDeep-HCTitle: Into the Drowning Deep
Series: Rolling in the Deep #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Format: ARC
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Pages: 512
Genre(s): Horror, Science-Fiction, Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316379403


Reminiscent of Alien and Jurassic Park, Into the Drowning Deep is Mira Grant’s exploration of mermaids in their most natural and wicked form. Author of Feed and Parasite, she is also known for Rosemary and Rue and Every Heart a Doorway, under the name of Seanan McGuire. While I haven’t yet had the pleasure to read all her well-praised series, this new book part of the Rolling in the Deep series has definitely sealed the deal and proved Mira Grant’s ability to make horror stories as thrilling as they can ever be.

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The Punisher (TV Series 2017—) Season 1 Review

punisherposterTitle: The Punisher
Universe: Marvel’s Cinematic Univers
Genre: Action, Conspiracy thriller, Crime drama
Creator: Steve Lightfoot
Release Date: November 17th 2017
Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and plenty more!
Summary: After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as “The Punisher” with only one goal in mind, to avenge them.


Following his phenomenal debut in season 2 of Daredevil, Frank Castle gets his own spin-off series in The Punisher. Mysterious yet brutal in his ways, the slightly troubled antihero elevates the violence within the Netflix superhero universe while demanding viewers to reflect on violence and its many forms.

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Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade-City-final-cover-e1495648519644Title: Jade City
Series: The Green Bone Saga #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Orbit
Format: ARC
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Pages: 444
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780316440868


If anyone had told me that they would publish a book that would blend The Godfather with magic in an Asian setting, I would have probably been skeptical and overlooked it without second-guessing my decision. Fonda Lee brings shames to doubters with her latest novel part of The Green Bone Saga series, Jade City. Maybe it is my love for anything related to organized crime (Goodfellas, The Sopranos, The Godfather, etc.) that helped me enjoy this more than I thought I would, but the author strives to deliver a brilliant story that stands tall and proud with its detailed world-building.

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Batman: Under the Red Hood by Judd Winick

undertheredhoodcoverTitle: Batman
Story arc: Under the Red Hood
Universe: Pre-52
Volume: 1 & 2
Author(s): Judd Winick
Illustrator(s): Doug Mahnke, Paul Lee, Shane Davis, Eric Battle, Tom Nguyen, Cam Smith, Rodney Ramos, Wayne Faucher, Larry Stucker, Mark Morales
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: March 1st 2006
Pages: 384
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401231453


Judd Winick masterfully introduces to the canon Batman stories one of the most iconic characters who has shaken the very foundation of the Dark Knight. Filled with intense and bloody action sequences, Judd Winick does an impeccable job in characterization and brings to life the Red Hood with pure finesse and grace. In Batman: Under the Red Hood, readers will be pleased to see the rise of a new player in the war on crime who doesn’t see justice through the same scope as most superheroes.

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Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson

seventhdecimatecoverTitle: Seventh Decimate
Series: The Great God’s War #1
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Stephen R. Donaldson
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Fantasy
ISBN13: 9780399586132


Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a new trilogy that fails to break new grounds, but remains a typical and captivating adventure that will decide the fate of countless people. Seventh Decimate merely sets the table to a potentially exciting sequel as we follow Prince Bifalt and his arrogant self into treacherous grounds.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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murderorientexpresscoverTitle: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper
Format: Paperback
Original Release Date: 1934
Pages: 315
Genre(s): Mystery, Classics
ISBN13: 9780062073501


“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

— Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

In this timeless classic, Agatha Christie challenges the world to dethrone her from a position that only she could attain through a inconceivable, gritty and captivating crime story.

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The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

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BoyOnBridgeTitle: The Boy on the Bridge
Series: The Hungry Plague #2
Stand-alone: Yes
Author(s): M.R. Carey
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Original Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Pages: 392
Genre(s): Horror, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9780316300339


Previously in The Hungry Plague series:

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Book vs. Movie)


“Things don’t end, after all. They only change, and you keep changing with them.”

— M.R. Carey, The Boy on the Bridge

Although the pacing is a bit rocky at first, The Boy on the Bridge heightens your senses and delivers a conflict-ridden, exhilarating to the core, stunning and complex story filled with characters to love and hate.

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Batman (Volume 4) The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) by Tom King

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batsvol4coverTitle: Batman
Story arc: The War of Jokes and Riddles
Universe: DC Universe Rebirth
Volume: 4
Author(s): Tom King
Artist(s): Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clay Mann
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Single Issues
Paperback Release Date: December 19th 2017
Pages: 200
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
ISBN13: 9781401273613


Previously on DC Universe Rebirth’s Batman:
Batman (Volume 1) I Am Gotham by Tom King
Batman (Volume 1.5) Night of the Monster Men by Steve Orlando
Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King
Batman (Volume 3) I Am Bane by Tom King
Batman/The Flash (Volume 3.5) The Button by Tom King


“And so it came. Over the next months, as I fought to hold the city together, Gotham divided. Then fell. Into Slaughter. Misery. Torture. Mayhem. Havoc. Betrayal. Devastation. Insanity.”

— Tom King, Batman (Volume 4) The War of Jokes and Riddles

With unique charisma and a never-before seen story, writer Tom King, alongside artists Mikel Janín, June Chung and Clay Mann, resuscitate the hopes of fans with what will probably go down as one of the most intriguing wars that the Dark Knight and Gotham have ever faced.

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Why Do You Read?

Hi everyone! 😀

I don’t know about you, but this is one question that easily comes to mind when I reflect upon my life. Reading has become an essential and inseparable part of me.

Sort of like breathing.

The mere idea of quitting it would simply kill me.

But why exactly do I do it?

escapism

You’ve probably heard this one before. Books are my ships to uncharted and epic universes. With the pressures of real life responsibilities and the mundanity of every day routines, these little things that you hold in the palm of your hands serve as a fantastic vessel to escape reality and embark on grand adventures.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

    I guess it was about time that I finally took a dive into the very original story of one of the most famous monsters out there. Seeing the big green creature left and right around Halloween in every form possible, whether its a show, a movie or in person, his background has always been summed up as the man brought back to life through an electrifying experiment. Now that I’ve read his story, I can definitely tell you that it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Oh, no, no, no. This is one classic filled with correspondences and flowery writing like none other. Although it did enlighten me on how Victor Frankenstein’s creation came to life, it definitely didn’t impress me with its writing style, characterization and its abundance of details. Its themes and the moral of the story does stir up some nice little discussions for those who wish it, but if you were looking for a story that would raise the hair on the back of your neck, make you sweat in fear or have you cowering for a week at the mere thought of this legendary creature, this is not where you’ll find it.

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The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson

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“They found it, tucked out of sight, exactly where she said it would be: a single shoe, on the roof.”

— Will Ferguson, The Shoe on the Roof

    Giller prize-winning author of 419 returns with a different and unique story that tackles sanity and madness through the eyes of a man who breaks everything down with science. This work of fiction is the story of Thomas Rosanoff’s, one of the most arrogant and self-centered character I’ve endured in my life. His recent breakup pushes him to conduct an unorthodox research in search for answers that he believes will be a major breakthrough in the field of science. What exactly are we talking about? Thomas examines the idea of two objects not being able to hold the same space at the same time, but transposed on identities. To do so, he brings together three completely different men of different ages and with different backgrounds who all claim to be messiahs. By trying to conduct an experiment where they’d all come together and confront their delusions of grandeur, Thomas believes he’ll be able to find the cure to these false identities. The purpose behind this quest however has multiple angles, and one of them being able to get his girlfriend back, but this experiment does not end like he thought it would.

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The Book of Swords by Gardner Dozois (Editor)

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“From now on, if you wanted to tell those kinds of stories, you were going to have to have to do it in fantasy.”

— Gardner Dozois, The Book of Swords

    I’ve always thought that short stories were so much more harder for authors to nail. To be able to compress a whole narrative within 30 to 100 pages seemed like a task only a God could manage. Only a few authors are able to find an idea, foreshadow it and deliver a stunning ending that will make you realize just how clever those last couple of pages were. In fact, being able to deliver a clever narrative is what I also look for in all my stories, whether they are long or short. The Book of Swords is my first venture into the world of anthologies and I can tell you all that this was such a splendid experience. I won’t be reviewing each story one by one—which would be a bloody crazy idea with the number of authors featured and the number of things I might or might not be able to say about them—but this compilation of short stories was a fantastic break of the usual long and traditional literature that I’m used to embrace. I’m pretty glad to have read this one as it opened me to the idea of always having an anthology, or even short stories, ready on my bookshelves to pick up whenever I’m looking for something short and sweet to indulge.

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Ex Machina (Volume 1) The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan

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“It may look like a comic, but it’s really a tragedy.”

— Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina (Volume 1) The First Hundred Days

    Set around the year 2000, Ex Machina (Volume 1) The First Hundred Days concocts a New York city politics-filled drama mixed in with a dose of realistic superhero vigilantism. Writer of countless renown series such as Saga, Y: The Last Man and Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan offers us the story of Mitchell Hundred as he randomly lives through a freak accident that presents him with never-before-seen superpowers. This volume collects issues #1-5 and gives us a glimpse into the origin story behind Mitchell Hundred and how he went from being a simple civil engineer to The Great Machine to the Mayor of New York City. Albeit a throwback to the early 2000s, this volume succeeds in capturing the atmosphere and social dilemmas that troubled NYC back in the day. The story also does a wonderful job in presenting readers with a protagonist who’s not exactly special in any way possible and who’s core personality remains genuine and unaltered, even when he’s gifted with powers.

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald

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“I don’t like things that don’t make sense. Not until I’ve put a knife in them.”

— Ed McDonald, Blackwing

    It would be a mistake to overlook this book. Ed McDonald’s debut novel, the first book in The Raven’s Mark series, is a phenomenal piece of literature. It glows with fiery passion and an inhuman mastery of creativity. There wasn’t a single moment to take a breath as it held a tenacious grip on my attention to the point of chocking me with fast-paced action. Blackwing is a beautiful and sinister fantasy story. Its ability to create a wonderful and unique world is astonishing and bleeds with a desire to seduce you into the mind of Ed McDonald. Reading this felt like the work of a genuine mastermind who’s penmanship has went through hell and high water. Forget about soft clouds and pretty rainbows. Blackwing will show you misery and demise melded around hope, reason and humanity. This novel deserves so much praise and absolutely needs everyone’s attention. So what are you waiting for?

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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“Everything is true. Everything anybody has ever thought.”

— Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    What is life? Such a mundane question, right? Philip K. Dick doesn’t think so. He sure as hell didn’t think so when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Although Blade Runner (1982) draws inspiration on this classic masterpiece, it definitely doesn’t tell the same story. This novel’s essence emanates from a desire to dive deep into the concept of life. To do so, there’s nothing more perfect than androids and electric animals to serve as a means to establish how simple existence is. In this novel, set in 2021, World War Terminus has sent mankind off-planet and introduced everyone to extinction. The remaining people now lay great importance to any remaining living creature, but each now go for great value. Those who can’t afford them are looked down upon, and to avoid such scrutiny, invest in electric simulacrum. The story however doesn’t solely focus on these creatures, but also on androids. These machines were so similar to humans, it is near impossible to tell the difference, hence forcing the government to ban them. Bounty hunter Rick Deckard however has the mission to find rogue androids and to “retire” them. In this journey, he’ll be enlightened in unimaginable ways that his life isn’t as easy as just buying himself his next big horse.

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

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“Oh, almighty powers, what had she just done?”

— Ann Leckie, Provenance

    All rise as bestselling author Ann Leckie enters the court with her new novel ProvenanceAfter her greatly appreciated Imperial Radch trilogy, kicked things off with Ancillary Justice, the author brings us this brand new space opera story filled with politics for fans to rejoice at. In Provenance, the story follows a young woman, Ingray Aughskold as she takes great means to get her hands on something that could help her make a name out of herself in her family. It doesn’t take long before you realize that her actions are risky and could put her in a sticky situation if not handled properly, especially if things don’t go exactly as she planned it. But when do things ever go as we plan, right? As you follow her around you’ll come to be submerged into a whole universe that takes a life of its own in a matter of seconds. Provenance is far from being anything like some of the debut novels out there. This is the work of someone who’s been there and done that.

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Brother by David Chariandy

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“But most looked the way you do when you’re being studied unfavourably. When you’re being watched but also trying to see.”

— David Chariandy, Brother

    There are novels out there that are strangely tagged fiction for simply being the result of someone’s imagination. This one however strives to show you that even fiction can break through its walls, goad its readers, and make us wonder if it isn’t a true story. Brother tackles on the story of Michael and Francis, two kids living in a Scarborough housing complex right in the heart of Toronto, Canada, in 1991. Weighed down by the expectations of their Trinidadian immigrant mother, these kids face countless obstacles in various forms and come to see the struggles they live with amplified by their cultural background. Their lives however bifurcate as they each find their own ways to get by under the pressure of their situation. Veiled in a stunning prose that sticks to the necessary details, Brother succeeds in telling a moving story about immigration, family, identity and society.

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