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Revolution, of sorts.

Over the coming weeks the site is going to go through some changes.  I’ve been unemployed for a couple of months now and have been getting back into drawing and creative writing.  Once I find my Wacom Tablet, or get comfortable using new software with just my finger, I’ll start drawing a new comic which I truly hope will be entertaining.  When the comics start getting posted they will be available here as well as at /comics (which will filter to only comics).

I will still do my occasional book review as I have a few books I’ve read that deserve a review.  I promise I’ll get around to that.

For now, I wish you all luck in your endeavors and may God continue to bless your lives.

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By dhert
On January 13, 2011
At 5:43 pm
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Overton Window

This Thriller from Glenn Beck is absolutely amazing.  It was so entertaining and enlightening (because of the facts he was able to weave into the narrative) that I may just have to go back and read it again.  I made it through this book in under 24 hours because I was so enthralled.

It starts out in a desert with the killing of Eli Churchill and just progresses from there.  The main character in the book is the son of a wealthy man who has been working his entire career as a Public Relations guy and owns his own firm where his son, Noah, is in the family business.  Noah, however, isn’t informed at how entrenched his father is at radically changing the country. That is until he meets Molly, her crew of committed Patriots and things start falling into place.

I don’t want to dissect the book much further because I truly believe everyone should go out and pick this up or borrow from a friend and be thoroughly entertained, even if just for a few evenings.

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By dhert
On July 15, 2010
At 3:46 pm
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The First Law Series

It took me a longer than I’d like to admit to get through this series, but it was well worth it.

First of all, this is one of the bloodiest, goriest and gruesome book series I’ve ever read, but that is the universe that the book is set in. Above all else this series shines at character development and interaction.  It comes in a close second with its story telling.  In fact I’ve already picked up ‘Best Served Cold’ to read once I finish the newest ‘Acacia’ book.

The first book works as the the base of a building. It introduces all of the characters that become vital in the later books: Bayaz, Logen, Ferro, Sand dan Glokta, Jezal dan Luthar, Captain West and others.  All of these characters are seperate entities and it weaves in and out between all of them frequently to craft a masterpiece throughout.  The end product of the first book ‘The Blade Itself…’ is that all these people, some of which originated in far away places, are now in the center of the book’s world, Adua.

The second book, ‘Before They Are Hanged’, picks up where the first left off.  Nations head to war and vital characters are assembled as a exploration party under the lead of Bayaz to the edge of the world.  Most of the book is spent going between two warfronts and Bayaz’s party of Logen Ninefingers, Ferro, Jezal, Longfoot and Quai traveling to the edge of the world.  This book took me the longest to get through because most of the action wasn’t focused around the characters I thought of as the most important.  Instead the action was all placed in the Union fighting the Northmen and Sand dan Glokta fighting off a Gurkish invasion.  Though the action did pick up for the main party towards the end of the book, their journey ended up being somewhat of a failure, the only success in it was the growth of the characters throughout.

The third book, ‘The Last Argument of Kings’, was by far the best book of the series.  Non-stop action as the Gurkish move north into Union Territory and the Union, with the help of Logen and the other Northmen from throughout the series, finish their fight with the Northmen and head back home to defend Adua.  Ferro finally finds what Bayaz was searching for at the edge of the world, which allows him to fend off the Gurkish and destroy much of the city.  The book wraps up revealing that Bayaz had been the money behind everything that had happened throughout the story and that he had been controlling the city, indirectly, for centuries.

Overall the series was amazing.  At the best of its times it was absolutely incredible to read, at the worst of its times it was absolutely boring to wade through (though thankfully the boring parts weren’t that long and the author, Joe Abercrombie, rushed to get back into action and keep things interesting).  I would highly recommend this book series to any fantasy fan and any book reader in general.

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By dhert
At 3:37 pm
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Book Reviews in the Works

I recently finished reading my 4th book in the past 3 weeks.  I also hadn’t posted any book reviews from before those books.  Suffices to say that those are in the works and will be posted in the coming weeks. I will also post my iPhone 4 roundup along with all of them.

Filed under : Books,Cell Phones,Computers,Technology
By dhert
On July 5, 2010
At 3:48 pm
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Arguing with Idiots

Just finished Glenn Beck’s ‘Arguing with Idiots’ today.

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By dhert
On October 21, 2009
At 12:22 pm
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Glenn Beck’s Common Sense(Book)

Not once have I read a book so in touch with what is going on in our society, both past an present.  Glenn Beck rightfully reached into the past and resurrected the spirit of Thomas Paine himself with this book.  As an added bonus they have included the original version of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense in the book.

I don’t want to say too much about it, as its a book that people should pick up with an open mind and read for themselves.  Coming in at $8-10 at your local bookstore or, its well worth the pricetag.  I highly suggest everyone who lives in the United States to go pick up this book, regardless of your politcal stance.

Don’t judge the book for its author, instead judge the book for its content.

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By dhert
On June 10, 2009
At 12:43 am
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Acacia: The War with the Mein

Just finished my prolonged reading of book one of the Acacia series. I must say that was very impressed with how the book turned out, though I did have my gripes with it. I can sort of see where the series is headed with the end of the epilogue and I think it has a bright future.

The book itself is broken up into 3 parts. The first of these parts is called The King’s Idyll, which turned out to be the slowest part of the book. In retrospect it was the slowest part of the book because it was setting up the history of the children and what they were before part 2 of the book. All in all The King’s Idyll picked up toward the end as the war with the Mein got underway. The biggest letdown of this was that the Acacian army was obliterated in a small number of pages by a plague that the Meins had suffered, and thus had an immunity to, before. The children of the King, meanwhile, had been whisked away into hiding.

Part 2 of the book, titled Exiles, begins with the different main players in the story from the Acacian side being in exile (the children, an advisor to the king and a general of the Acacian army). Its been nine years since the end of the war for control of the known world and it details what every person has gone through in their years removed from greatness. Becoming physically fit, a pirate, a goddess walking the earth and a concubine to the new ruler of the known world are what the children faced. It detailed their lives since being whisked away into exile together and eventually whisked from that exile apart from each other. Each were supposed to be primed differently in areas of the world for the revolt that was to come, but only one of the children reached their actual destination. This chapter went along like this for some time until the advisor to the king showed himself again and got things in motion, leading to the 3rd part of the book.

In Living Myth, the 3rd part of the book, people are becoming united behind the eldest son of the king and tales of his legend since finding a mythical people. All of this leads to the 2nd war with the Mein (the Acacians turn out the victors, obviously). My only gripe with the entire book was the willing sacrifice of what was the hero of the story, Aliver Akaran. He became a martyr in the name of his people and their war, while diminishing the hopes of victory at the same time. The entire weight of the war landed on the shoulders of his two younger siblings (the 3rd was held in the palace as a type of ‘free’ prisoner, but obviously not allowed to leave). The outcome of the battle Aliver’s troops were involved in eventually turned out to be a bloody, gory victory… but the overall victory had been set up by the eldest daughter of the King, who had been held closely to the leadership of the new monarchy all along.

Overall it was an incredible read and I’d suggest it to anyone. My advice to that would be to charge through the first part of the book headstrong as fast as you could, as it was definetly the dullest part of the entire story.

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By dhert
On June 19, 2008
At 5:12 pm
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The Book of Joby

I actually finished this book back in October, just wanted to move the brief review of it to the blog.

If you looked at this book and passed it up because you’ve never heard of the writer, go back and get it because its well worth the read. Its basically a book about the power of love, the joy and imagination of a child and how that imagination blossoms. I don’t want to say too much about the book here, cause I know I’d just spill the beans before anyones truly given it a good read. It sizes in at 638 pages, three parts. It really pulls you in right from the beginning and you just want to keep reading and feeding your own imagination.

The writer, Mark J. Ferrari did art for fantasy books (mainly) before he wrote this book of his own. He goes into great detail describing the scenes and looks of everything, as well as sculpting the characters and letting them grow before your eyes. For being his first book, its truly amazing what he was able to pull off and I can hardly contain myself in waiting for his second book (which will not be related to this book at all).

If you’re a stickler for Hardcover you’ll have to special order it at your bookstore or on Amazon, but this book is very deserving of being owned in hardcover. Its something I’ll have my own kids read one day(you know, when I have kids).

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By dhert
On June 17, 2008
At 1:32 pm
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