Archive | May 2012

Fantasy Literature Book Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire

My Blog Tour is taking a week and a half hiatus. It will start up again on Monday, May 21st. In the interim, since this blog was originally supposed to include fantasy book and movie reviews, but got sidetracked by vampire essays, I’m going to post several of the reviews that I’ve got in the pipeline. Most of the reviews have already been posted on, but I’m reposting them here.


Mistborn: The Final Empire

I was introduced to Brandon Sanderson’s work via Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. And I was very impressed with how he took up the mantle since Robert Jordan passed away. Mistborn: The Final Empire is one of his (Sanderson’s) earlier works. The writing is a little rougher, but still exceptional. And I found the story to be original and clever, adding a few twists to the standard hero-goes-to-save-the-world-from-certain-doom plotline. I, too, had an idea to write a book where the Dark Lord was in control; unfortunately, Brandon Sanderson beat me to it. And he did an excellent job. The magic system, although I hesitate to call it “magic” because it was unusual and creative and seems to stand by itself, was intriguing and well thought out. The “nasties” of the world were intriguing and cool. I particularly liked the Inquisitors.


Of course, the book wasn’t perfect. The two main characters, Vin and Kelsier, were well developed and interesting. But, I thought the thieving crew to which they belonged (Breeze, Ham, Dockson, etc…) didn’t distinguish themselves very well with me. Perhaps, they could have been developed more (but that would have been even more pages for a 600 page book), or they could have been reduced in number. Whatever it was, Dockson, Ham, and the others kind of blended together for me. Breeze was fine. He was described distinctly and his attitude shone through throughout the book. But the others… I couldn’t really tell apart; they were kind of amorphous “thieving crew members.” But that was the only significant flaw I found in the book. And that only involved the minor characters (although they were important minor characters).


There were a couple of twists in the book that surprised me even though, looking back, they flowed naturally from everything that came before. Overall, the book was well worth the read. I’ll give it four and a half stars (not quite a five, but close enough) out of five. Brandon Sanderson is rapidly becoming my new favorite author.


This review was originally posted on on 2-4-12.

Blog Tour: Stop #3: The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

My blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Today we have a guest blog post at The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom. Please check them out and show them your support.

Blog Tour: Stop #2: Fang-tastic Books.

My blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Throughout the month of May and the beginning of June, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet for interviews, guest posts, and more. Today we have a guest blog post at Fang-tastic Books. Please check them out and show them your support.

Blog Tour: Stop #1

My blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr,  begins today. Throughout the month of May and the beginning of June, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet (although I do take about a week or so off in the middle, during which time I will return to my normal schedule of posting on Mondays and Thursdays) for interviews, guest posts, and more. Today we begin with a promotion at: aobibliosphere. Please check them out and show them your support.

Fantasy Monsters: Vampires vs. Werewolves—Who Is Scarier?

So we return to the age-old question of vampires and werewolves. I’ve previously opined on the question of which one would win in a fight against the other (for those who don’t know, I went with the werewolf… barring certain conditions). Now, I want to look at the question from a human perspective: which one is scarier? One on one, a human is dead either way—or perhaps even cursed from the conflict—but which gives the human being more cause for alarm?


A superficial treatment that examines the creatures in their traditional forms will probably conclude that the werewolf is scarier. The traditional vampire looks basically human; perhaps, he is a little pale, and his teeth are a little overly large, but he can walk among us without provoking a hue and cry or any other extraordinary response. The werewolf, however, in her true form is a terrible beast to behold: claws, fangs, fur, and fury. It is a snarling beast without control or conscience. As such, it will engender the most profound terror in its victims before it kills.


But… does the story end there? Is the mundane appearance of the vampire actually a disadvantage here? The key point with the vampire is that he is a thinking foe. The werewolf, in her true form, is just a savage creature that will rip you to pieces—true this will be terrifying to experience, but only for a moment. The vampire can plot against you; he can seduce you; he can wrap you in the threads of his machinations, like a spider ensnares a fly—slowly, with the horror mounting moment to moment, until you realize there is no escape, and you have lost your humanity and your soul to a creature whose bite will sentence you to hell.


The vampire also has the option of being as scary as the werewolf, or, at least, close to it. The traditional vampire can take the form of a wolf if he wants (which is not necessarily as intimidating as a walking wolf-man, but it can be a bit unnerving nonetheless). He can take the form of mist, so when you are snooping around in the mist-shrouded halls of his castle, you will have every reason to be alarmed. Although there are more ways to kill a vampire than there are a werewolf, the vampire has more abilities. As stated above he can assume the form of wolf or mist (and bat), but he can also mesmerize his human victims and control the weather. True, he has more weaknesses than a werewolf, but those just serve to make him more intriguing.


A vampire has more mobility, as well. The original vampire myths allowed them to move about during the day. Regardless, a vampire is a vampire every day of its existence; a werewolf is only a werewolf on the night of a full moon.


So, if you are looking for cheap terror, then a werewolf is more frightening. But if you are looking for a deep, more profound horror that takes you in its fist and crushes the life from you, ever so slowly—the vampire is the way to go.

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