A Book Review: I, Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 2), by T.A. Uner

I, Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 2)
By T.A. Uner
Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00QKRNZYU
The author’s website http://leopardkingsaga.com

*I got an ebook copy of this book from the author in return of an honest review. Thanks, T.A.

I liked this book better the first one, although it might be a series effect or something. The book 1 was more like a pilot, and the readers could get just a glimpse. In this book, stories are moving faster.

Slow Fly’s are very creepy, but I think the author is great at shaping bad guys.

I also liked the afterword “Imagination”.

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One more book review, a quick one: Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers 1), T.A. Uner

Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 1)

By T.A. Uner

Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00L7BVB7M

The author’s website http://leopardkingsaga.com

A quick review for a quick read. I read this book with my Kindle Owner Library for free.

It was a fun read that can be read really quickly. I like some of the concepts  in the story that appeared kind of new to me, or at least with new twists.

I found only one thing kind of unfortunate. Only one sentence sloppily sounded like someone in this very present is telling the story explaining something in the future with reminding us of a similar thing in this era. That suddenly got me back to the present.

I understand it always happens to science fiction stories and it would be a challenge to make a story convincing enough. But I think It’s kind of awkward if the contemporary readers notice one not the readers in the future.

A Book Review: The Leopard Vanguard (The Leopard King Saga 1), T.A. Uner

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The Leopard Vanguard, Tome One of The Leopard King Saga

By T.A. Uner

Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00EP6SODU

The author’s website.  http://leopardkingsaga.com

A Centurion of the Roman army, Tullus’ life has changed after he rescued Tribune Norbanus in the battle and was offered a luxurious  position in the Praetorian Guard in the capital: entangled in the Imperial politics, falling in love with a Senate’s daughter, and the most dangerous secret of the Empire.

*The author gave me earlier a digital copy for an honest review. I had many things to be done at that time, and couldn’t start reading it for a while. The patient author kindly sent me a revised version. So I feel obliged to write honestly.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, though in a different way I had expected. The book is full of adventure.

Actually, I didn’t like the sex part. Well, I often feel the same even reading GRRM, so it might be okay with others. I also noticed some repetitious words and similar descriptions that don’t sound sophisticated.

I liked the supernatural creatures, and I enjoyed the parts like “The unexpected victory is always the sweetest”. I mostly hated the antagonist, but he also seems to have some secrets that might be revealed in the later volumes. I like to know more about “the golds”. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t convincing enough to make me buy the second book.

That said, I checked Amazon for details for this review, and found that I can read the second volume for free with Amazon prime. So my impression might change if I read the tome two later.

Mythgard Academy Fundraising Campaign 2014, only 10 days left! Tolkien fans! SciFi and Fantasy fans!

Fantasy and Science Fiction fans, Tolkien fans and Inkling fans!

Only ten days left to support Mythgard Academy fundraising campaign 2014. Support free online courses on books from SciFi and Fantasy genre. This year’s donations surpassed their earlier goals and they are after bigger ones. Just check their website.

http://www.mythgard.org/academy/donate/

The last course of this year is on Watership Down, and it’s starting next Wednesday.

And the webathon was also announced. It’s on Nov. 8. They are featuring DoctorWho, Inklings and The Hobbit films.

http://www.mythgard.org/academy/donate/

Donate for free , online Fantasy and Science Fiction courses!

I think I already talked often about this online institute and its courses and The Tolkien Professor and his podcast.

http://www.mythgard.org/about/

http://www.mythgard.org/

http://tolkienprofessor.com/wp/

They are just doing their cloud funding for the next year’s free courses. I think theirs is kind of special in the sense that their subjects are fantasy and science fiction, and like all geeky.

So, I’d like you to consider any support you can do to it. You can donate to fund free fantasy and science fiction courses online taught by The Tolkien Professor at Mythgard Academy. Just spreading the word can be helpful.

http://www.mythgard.org/academy/donate/

For every USD you donate, you can get one vote for the book to discuss in their next free Mythgard Academy course. If you make a one-time donation of 100 USD or a monthly 8.34 USD donation, you become a member of their council to be in the book nominating process.

Mythgard Academy past classes.

http://www.mythgard.org/academy/past-classes/

You can also help make geeky literature study more affordable at their Mythgard Institute.

http://www.mythgard.org/about/

http://www.mythgard.org/

The Tolkien Professor website.

http://tolkienprofessor.com/wp/

The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen talks for his cause.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raTIg53ZA9w

Again, this is their fundraising page.

http://www.mythgard.org/academy/donate/

A Book Memory

I wrote the first version of this for my another blog at a language learners’ community for Japanese. I keep an English diary there to improve my writing skills and to just talk to my friends. After I posted it, I felt the topic must be something some of you here have in common with me. Sorry it’s so short.

I turned on my another kindle reader for reading in Japanese, maybe for the first time in a year or so. I saw recently on twitter one of my favorite books in my school days were just becoming available at Kindle store. And I downloaded it last night and dared to talk of my excitement to the author on twitter! lol Well, I needed to recharge my kindle first this morning. I only read some pages but that was almost enough to bring back so many memories. I was shocked I could almost recite the first few paragraphs. Each of my favorite books has its own voice(s) and talking to me.

A true, girl, fantasy bookworm from a thousand years ago in Japan!

I found today someone on Twitter mentioning Sugawara Takasue’s Daughter who wrote a fascinating diary about her reading life. Some Otaku girls now call her the earliest ancestor of Otaku girls.

Sarashina Nikki(diary)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarashina_Nikki

“Her memoirs start with her childhood days, when she delighted in reading tales, and prayed to be able to read the Tale of Genji from beginning to end. She records her joy when presented with a complete copy, and how she dreamed of living a romance like those described in it. When her life does not turn out as well as she had hoped, she blames her addiction to tales, which made her live in a fantasy world and neglect her spiritual growth. These records are impressive memories of Lady Sarashinas travel and dreams, and of her day-to-day life.” (from the Wiki page above)

 

Sugawara Takasue’s daughter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugawara_no_Takasue_no_musume

 

Well, I can’t blame her! Who can? 😀