Friday, October 22, 2010

I'm Moving!

So do to the inactivity of this blog in recent months I've decided that for right now posting book reviews is on the back burner, and I'll be focusing all of my blogging attention to my more personal blog which you can find right here: OMG It's Luc

Ok that's not obnoxious enough. Let's make it more obnoxious:

Check out my personal blog!!!
~~~~~~OMG It's Luc~~~~~~~

Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's get to why I'm moving. 

Due to my transition to college life and the rigors of the quarter system, I just don't have the time that I used to to read all of the books on my TBR list. I feel like I'm letting some people down because (I like to think) somehow people seem to like my reviews. 

Now, let's keep in mind that I will not be shutting down Cornucopia of Fantasy, and I hope to start up again in the future, and I will continue to post the odd review here and there it just won't be my primary concern. 

So check out my personal blog for the occasional bit of rambling (hopefully it's funny, if it's not funny you can leave me nasty comments) and a glimpse into my life (as if anybody cares). 

So yeah, please head on over and see what there is so far. 

Thank you, I love you all. I'll see you at OMGIL (just in case you didn't see the link above).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vampires suck...again

You all know my stance on the Twilight Saga and so it should come as no surprise that I burst into tears laughing at this movie trailer:

This movie is slated to come out on the 18th, so it's really close to release and I'm super excited, also if you share my views and want to read a funny parody then check out Night Light

EDIT: Ok, so I'm a total idiot and posted the wrong video, I'll leave that one up but here's the actual trailer: 

Review: The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)
The Red Pyramid 
Rick Riordan again produces a fabulous start to a teen series that is sure to fly off the shelves, and indeed already has, in his new series: The Kane Chronicles. 

The story focuses around the Kane children, Carter and Sadie, and the discoveries that they make about their ancestry, not the least of which is the fact that they are Egyptian wizards! Rick Riordan has taken everything that made the Percy Jackson and the Olympians the popular series that it is, and has infused it with the flare of ancient Egyptian gods. 

I'm going to start off by saying that I did read most of the Percy Jackson series, although I still have to finish the last book, and this book and probably the series, if the first installment is any indication, is by far the better of the two in my opinion. 

In Short
I very much enjoyed the story of the Kane children, however the narrative style got to me a little bit and made it hard for me to enjoy the book in all of its glory. 

The Good
The story is great, its original enough to keep me from treating it like I do so many YA books, and the characters are very well portrayed, again, for a YA novel. 

As you might have noticed I geek about whatever form of magic that there is in a fantasy book, I look for background, for clarification, and for ample description of it. Riordan does a good job of fully describing the magic that Sadie and Carter perform, and it helps to create a fuller and more rounded world. 

What I liked about the Percy Jackson series was that it have me a good general overview of Greek mythology, introducing me to it pretty much for the first time, this book does much of the same for Egyptian mythology. Rick Riordan was a teacher for 15 years and he brings a lot of his teaching ability into his books, something that I always like to see. 

The Bad
The only qualm I have with this book is the narrative style that Mr. Riordan has chosen to use. The writing of the book is supposed to be a transcribing of an audio clip that "you" receive and listen to. Throughout the book little side notes [denoted like this] are seen and are supposed to represent comments made by the characters out of context of the story as they're recording the audio.

The chapters are split up into two categories based on whether it is currently being narrated from Sadie's point of view or Carter's, and while this creates some interesting background dynamics for the characters, it is altogether a little off putting for the reader. 

Overall it creates a cheesy way for us to see the interaction between brother and sister, and in my opinion it subtracts from the entertainment value of the book as a whole. Just as much effort as was taken to create better dynamics between the characters "off screen" could have been put into making the interactions within the context of the story better. Indeed, it probably would have been an even better book if it had been done this way, and in a different narrative style. 

I sincerely hope that Mr. Riordan chooses to change his narration style for the next books in the series. Though I'll probably continue reading anyway if he doesn't

The Verdict
At a glance this might appear to be a rehashing of the Percy Jackson story with new characters and mythological theme, but upon further inspection it is a very good and original introduction to a series that I'm sure will become just as, if not more, popular than the Percy Jackson series. I encourage you all to read this, if not for Riordan's writing ability, then for the fantastical story that he weaves. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I'm So Ashamed!

On the off chance that I still have the readers that I left the blogosphere with then I would like to personally apologize for my lack of activity for the past few months, and I would like to assure you all that my activity will pick up again come October. The reasons for my absence are many and I won't bore you with the details, or anything else really, all you need to know is that I'll soon be back.
Here's a list of the books that I've read in my absence, though they are few. Reviews to Follow. 

A Wizard Abroad
A Wizard Abroad (digest): The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

A Magic of Twilight

A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle


Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I would also like to announce that I've been playing with the idea that I'd like to make this blog more than a review blog with the occasional meme thrown in there. I've recently developed the want or need, I haven't decided yet, to vent and share. As such, I think I'll add a bit more of a personal flare to my blog. Now whether or not this will attract more readers to my blog or deter them, I really don't care. All work and no play makes for a very boring blog, wouldn't you say?
How exactly is this going to change the face of Cornucopia of Fantasy? Well for starters I've been thinking of changing the name, though to what I have no idea. Also, the content may begin to take on the look of a personal blog rather than a review blog. This does not mean that I will cease writing reviews, as I love to do that. It does mean that you'll see a few more videos posted that may or may not pertain to books, or fantasy for that matter, a few more posts on life and ideas that I find interesting and generally anything that I find is important enough to make a blog post about. You might even see a few movie reviews or suggestions popping up here or there.
Hopefully I'll still be entertaining enough to read and you'll still value my opinions on books and the like. I'll try and keep it as fun as possible.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Exciting Update!

I'll bet that title drew you in right? You though it was going to be something so awesome that you'd be rolling on the floor laughing (rofling), your insides would explode, and your mind would be blown all at once.

Well you were right.

No, in all actuality this post is really not exciting for anybody but me. It seems that a certain author on a certain twitter page saw a certain review that a certain reviewer wrote about said author's book series: Age of Misrule and it turns out they decided to comment on it!

I nearly wet myself when I read this.


Ok now I realize that it's probably his press manager or secretary or some other lacky who manages his twitter account or something, but the sentiment and the momentousness of this occasion is not lost on me.

You might notice that the date is from quite a while ago, that's because I never look at that portion of twitter as I haven't had the opportunity to speak with any of my followers on twitter. So let this be an official invitation to initiate a conversation!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dual Review: Well of Ascension (Mistborn book 2) and The Hero of Ages (Mistborn book 3)

Predictability, nothing is worse than predictability when you're reading a series of books. Many series will effectively fail because their authors are unable to (or unwilling to) come up with the diversity of content needed to keep their readers interested in their books. When the same thing happens in every book in a series it's extremely hard to stay connected and interested in it.

Luckily, that is exactly the opposite of what happened with these two books.

I wrote this as a double review simply because of the fact that I never took a break in between these books, as soon as I was finished with The Well of Ascension I started on The Hero of Ages (thank you, nook)  and I almost never put it down until I could finally turn the final page of the trilogy. I must say (and I say this a lot) this is probably one of the best series I have ever read in my life, if not the best.

Click Here for a synopsis of the series in Mr. Sanderson's own words

 The Good
Almost everything. Specifically the fact that I NEVER knew what was going to happen next. The books were filled with so many twists and turns it left me with whiplash. The best part of the book (without giving too much away) was basically that neither I, nor the characters, knew what was going to happen next. Many books weave a story that is meant to make you look at the big picture, to make you feel that what you're seeing and what you're reading about is just a small piece of the whole. Let me just say that that is exactly the feeling that I felt as I read these two books, and yet when I looked back at everything I found myself saying "THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!!!!" (yes, I was that excited). Brandon Sanderson does this so flawlessly that I honestly found no holes in his plot, everything about it was flawless.

Obviously with the amount of unknowns in the books it was an extremely gripping read, I kid you not that I had to actually pause for a few minutes in between some chapters just to take a breath and contemplate the newest arrivals to the "OMG WTFBBQ" section of my brain. Nothing I can say can accurately portray the amount of joy I felt while reading these books.

The Bad
Again, Mr. Sanderson uses the word "maladroitly" quite often....that's it. 

Oh wait no. It ended, that was bad. 

If it's not completely apparent by now, I love this series and I love this author! Again, if the glorious picture that I painted for you of this book doesn't convey this fact accurately.

I highly recommend these books!

If you don't go out and buy these books as soon as possible, I guarantee that you're head will explode from sheer lack of...these books....yeah. BUY IT! Here I'll even give you a link to Amazon Here and Here

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Character Connection: Magnus Bane

Today is the first day of a new meme created by Jennifer over at The Introverted Reader, I'll faithfully be participating in this meme, as it's one of the most creative I've come across in my short time as a book blogger. The idea of this meme is to post about a character you like in any book that you've read. It's a pretty open ended meme, and its content is open to creativity.

Magnus Bane

Magnus Bane, from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, is probably my favorite character from this amazing series. He's apparently described in the book as looking to be around 19 years old (although I must have skipped over this part, as I don't remember it, I've always imagined him as 25ish) Magnus is a warlock, the high warlock of Manhattan in fact, and he's probably one of the most flamboyant characters in any book I've read. Throughout the series his clothing is constantly being described, and it's always bright colors and interesting hairstyles. That alone should make him a good character, but there's so much more to Magnus! He's constantly a source of consternation to the characters, especially in the first book, but he slowly becomes friend and ally to the group. I like to describe him as an antagonistic protagonist, it just seems to fit, and it's probably why I like him so much.

He's also gay, and that, in itself, should be of note. I haven't read many books where there are gay characters and it always makes me happy to see them in books, especially good books, and especially especially popular books.

So there you have it, my first contribution to the first day of Character Connection, make sure to head over to The Introverted Reader to check out the others who have decided to participate in this great meme! 

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