Monday, March 31, 2008

Furies of Calderon Book Review

Furies of Calderon is Jim Butcher's first fantasy novel, and in my opinion, it is better than his other series the Dresden Files. His writing is so fast-paced that it is hard to put down any of his books, but Furies of Calderon employs likeable characters, and a fun, involved plot, to make it one of the better fantasy series on the market. I find the book so attractive because of the characters. They are fun, exciting, and somewhat real. I mean, besides the magic thing, and possibly all the luck they have, they feel real. I couldn't put it down, and neither could any of my friends or relatives. Buy it on a Friday so you have a couple days to finish it. Definately dont buy it right before midterms...


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Princeps' Fury Release Date

Wow the release date has been found on Princeps' Fury will be released on December 2, 2008. Jim Butcher is really just pumping these out!!! I am pretty sure he has another book due for release in less than a month. Pretty amazing...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Currently Reading

Hey everyone-

Right now I am reading Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. It's the third time I've read this book so I am sure that it will go fast... Well, its small and exciting so it goes fast anyways.

-Wearied Juggler

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Deadhouse Gates Book Review

Deadhouse Gates is Steven Erikson’s second installment to his groundbreaking series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen. If anything Erikson’s work is better than in his first novel, Gardens of the Moon. I found even more intrigue, more hidden plots, and a stunning amount of history to this complex world.

I absolutely loved it. This is my kind of fantasy, the kind that draws you in and spits you out hours later. It takes me days after I finish each book to stop thinking about the stories. Erikson’s imagination is contagious. I want more.

Pros: Super complex, great characters, interesting plot lines, intellectual writing, original work

Cons: Super complex, sometime loses the reader, almost too good


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gardens of the Moon Book Review

Inside the covers was a world so honest that it approached cruelty. It was beautiful. Steven Erikson created a world unrivaled in its vastness; only to give us a glimpse of it in Gardens of the Moon. The civilizations, and even the continents that they inhabit, are merely blades of grass to the fields of history Erikson has created.

This book is extremely intelligent and philosophical. I would like to say it is real, because of the way Erikson brutally delivers his truths. It is refreshing to find a story that doesn’t protect protagonists. I always feel cheated when movies or novels make the heroes into immortal gods. In the Malazan Book of the Fallen, heroes die. And so do gods.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. The characters are vibrant, and the world is complex enough to keep ones mind reeling for weeks at a time; it steers clear of the Tolkien rip-offs we often see in fantasy today, and delivers beauty in the form intrigue, magic, and stark cruelty.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Reading Continues


Right now I am 79% done with the book Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson. I am going to recommend this book to anyone and everyone, it's incredible. And as far as writing goes, I am working on a review of Steven Erikson's, Gardens of the Moon. So stay tuned in and keep sending me emails.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008


So, before I review any books, I want to give you a background on some of my favorite fantasy reads. My first real fantasy series was the WoT. If you don't know what that is, it means The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan. In my book it tops LOTR by miles, and I'm allowed to say that because this is my blog. After Jordan, my favorite authors would have to be Fiona McIntosh (The Quickening Series), Jim Butcher (Codex Alera Series, Dresden Files), and Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth Series). I know having Terry Goodkind on that list doesn't help my image much, but the protagonist (Richard) in his books grabs me by my shorthairs. In effect, I am pulled into his books one after the other, I cant help it. Come back for more. I am thinking about posting reviews every friday. What do you think? Drop me a comment and let me know...

First Time


My name is Mark, or the Wearied Juggler. I do not actually get tired juggling, but i do get tired, and i do juggle. I just dont juggle enough to get tired juggling. Well, I've started this blog because I love reading Fantasy!!! But since I quit working to go back to school, my reading time has been seriously assaulted. I needed a serious excuse to keep reading, and here it is. I am going to review each book I read, and post a blog. This will help my writing skills, and hopefully entertain you. If I don't like a book, I will tell you why, and if I like it, I will sing it to you. So, please stay tuned in and read me!

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