Cherry De C

I talk about SF&F/Romance Books + anything and everything under the sun.

fantasy arts

 Fantasy arts

Look what I found… a virtual gold mine of fantastic fantasy arts. Check this out – http://www.elfwood.com/elfwood.pike. Plus it’s free (I think). But you just have to follow their rules. and I am there at – http://www.elfwood.com/~cherryd.

I like anything sci-fi / fantasy / romance, if you are of like mind I would like to hear from you. Or visit me at http://www.cherrydecena.co.uk

04/04/2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alera series by Jim Butcher

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Just discovered the Alera series written by Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/). If you like adventure and epic battles in your fanstasy stories, then this is a gold mine for you. Not much of a romance in it, no sex and good for children. Wholesome fantasy book. In amazon, the Alera series is at – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/series/92967/ref=rcx_ser_ed_0.
The only thing I find annoying about it is that it keeps two or three different story threads and jumps from one thread to another. By the time the story returns to the other thread, I’ve forgotten the story of that thread already. So I cheat. I follow one thread all the way through until just before the epilogue. Then read a second thread and so on. After I’ve read all the threads in the story, I read the epilogue. I don’t think that is the way the author intended the book to be read but for me, it is less annoying that way.

04/04/2008 Posted by | book review | Leave a comment

Colin Parsons

Colin Parsons
I’ve found a quite talent. ‘Quite’ as in – in the process of being famous (I think). I’m not sure if he’s new. Might be that he’d been around for sometime but I just recently discovered him. His books for children is quite good. Have a look yourself. Borrow it from your library first before buying. The author’s name is Colin Parsons and you can find his site by clicking his name in the EXTERNAL LINK section. He is also in MySpace at – www.myspace.com/crparsons. And his work include: Wizard’s Kingdom. In Amazon it is at – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wizards-Kingdom-Colin-R-Parsons/dp/184401522X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206275799&sr=8-1

 
I like anything sci-fi / fantasy / romance, if you are of like mind I would like to hear from you. Or visit me at http://www.cherrydecena.co.uk.

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amazon’s stars – how reliable

 Amazon’s stars – how reliable…

The market now is inundated with paranormal books. I had to wade through a lot of rubbish before I could actually find something good. Have to read about three really badly written books to every good one. The problem is, I wouldn’t know the book is rubbish until I’ve actually read. And I’m the kind who reads through the end. And I’ve found out that Amazon could be sly sometimes. Take for example Todd McCaffrey’s  

 
When I run out of books to read I used to go by the amazon stars to guide me in buying books but now I am a bit cautious in believing those stars. How about you?I like anything sci-fi / fantasy / romance, if you are of like mind I would like to hear from you. Or visit me at http://www.cherrydecena.co.uk

Dragon’s Blood. I find that Amazon has been a bit sneaky in advertising this book. This same exact book has apparently been published by different publishers. As far as I can tell: one by Bantam Press in April 2005 (hardcover), Del Rey Books in Jun 2006 (mass market) and by Corgi in July 2006 (paperback). Bantam and Del Rey versions of this book have about 2.5 stars with both versions sharing the same reviews like one. Corgi has 4 stars sporting an entirely different group of reviews. When you click this book from the Amazon home page it comes up with Corgi with glowing reviews. From Bantam and Del Rey it seems that this book is “currently unavailable” however you can buy from different individual sellers. However it is not “currently unavailable” from Corgi.It looks like that Amazon wants to sell this book by dividing the reviews. Putting the low-starred reviews with Bantam/Del Rey while grouping the generally high-starred reviews with Corgi with only one odd one-starred review to make it look unbiased. Then putting Corgi’s version in the front lines. That is why I placed my review from Bantam/Del Rey to this Corgi version.

I find that very sneaky indeed! However, I guess its dog eating dog in the publishing business. I recommend to those intending to buy this book to read the reviews in the Bantam/Del Rey version as well.

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Alera Series by Jim Butcher

Alera series
Just discovered the Alera series written by Jim Butcher (http://www.jim-butcher.com/). If you like adventure and epic battles in your fanstasy stories, then this is a gold mine for you. Not much of a romance in it, no sex and good for children. Wholesome fantasy book. In amazon, the Alera series is at – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/series/92967/ref=rcx_ser_ed_0.

The only thing I find annoying about it is that it keeps two or three different story threads and jumps from one thread to another. By the time the story returns to the other thread, I’ve forgotten the story of that thread already. So I cheat. I follow one thread all the way through until just before the epilogue. Then read a second thread and so on. After I’ve read all the threads in the story, I read the epilogue. I don’t think that is the way the author intended the book to be read but for me, it is less annoying that way.

04/04/2008 Posted by | book review, Codex Alera series, Jim Butcher | Leave a comment