Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

While I don't take requests for book reviews due to time constraints, I do listen to audio books a lot and review them on Goodreads and Amazon. So, I guess it's time I started opening those up on here for fellow readers.

For the last couple months I've been enjoying a new author I discovered, Brent Weeks. I started with his Lightbringer series, but now that I've caught up to him, I will most certainly check out his other works and the spin-off book Gunner's Apprentice. Having just finished book 3 in the Lightbringer series, I've included my review below. However, first I should include my review of book 1, so here it is:

Book 1: The Black Prism 
After discovering Brent Weeks's books on Hoopla, I couldn't help but read/listen to them. The description was intriguing. I didn't quite know what the colors involved, nor the Prism, but I'm glad I chose the series. It's wonderful. The characters have depth, the world is wide and intriguing, and the cultures make the entire thing so realistic, as much as fantasy can be. It is very reminiscent of Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

I must say that there was one thing that grated on me throughout the novel though. As a writer and editor, the overuse of passive voice was just too much. That was the only reason for the 4 star rating instead of 5.  I highly recommend Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series to anyone who loves fantasy.

Books 2 and 3: The Blinding Knife & The Broken Eye

I must say, Brent Weeks didn't skimp on books 2 or 3. They were great, and I certainly didn't see the twist ending in book 3 coming. Man! And I certainly appreciate the correction of the passive voice that was so evident in book 1. If you are a fan of magical fantasy worlds like Robin Hobb's work or George R.R. Martin, take a look at Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series. It's well worth it. Five stars across the board!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of book 1 in Brent Weeks's Lightbringer series ASAP. It's well worth the read. It's available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and most other book retailers.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, July 29, 2016

MythBusters Review

For my first show review, I figured I should comment on the show I've been revisiting of late. If you've never watched MythBusters, IMDB describes it as:

"A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them."

MythBusters began in 2003 and is still running. Over the years, I enjoyed watching seasons of MythBusters with Adam Savage and the Hyneman as they blew up everything from vans and semi trucks to buildings, all to test common myths.

I recently checked out the series again on Hulu and discovered that there were many more seasons to enjoy. So, with my summer full on, I'm enjoying what I see, even just randomly picking up with season 11. For those who may have missed it or just haven't watched it in a while, there's tons more to enjoy! While I'll be reviewing a variety of different show types, I'll stick with the simplified 5 star review process.

MythBusters: 5 Stars

Side note: For those who are wondering about my writing, it's still coming along. I'm currently working on book 3 of A Life of Death, and it is again progressing well. More information will be forthcoming. If you haven't read my A Life of Death series, I highly recommend it, as do many others. Feel free to follow the link below to get your copy.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My First Academic Publication!

Well, for those of you who haven't heard, I recently received an acceptance email for my first academic publication! The article on inspiring reluctant readers using book clubs will be published in the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts this summer. It is about the book club I teach at Akron Digital Academy and the very positive results we've seen over the last two years.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Expanding to Movies and Shows!

For quite some time I've wanted to talk about more than just books.

Books... mmmmm, yummy books. I delve into them on a daily basis. I read them. I listen to them. I write them. I edit them. I even teach children how to read and write and develop a love of literature.

However, that isn't all there is to me, so starting today I will be branching out on this blog to include something else I enjoy immensely: movies and television shows. I will periodically review shows and movies I come across on Hulu, Netflix, in theaters, friend's recommendations, trashcans, professional development meetings, and anywhere else this world takes me.

I have been compiling a list of shows I'd like to talk about, and here's what I have so far, but many more still need to be added:

Stranger Things
Marco Polo
Fixer Upper
The X Files
Jessica Jones
The Walking Dead
Person of Interest
Last Man Standing
White Collar
Myth Hunters
Dark Skies
Agents of Shield
Game of Thrones
The Flash
House Hunters
Mystery Files
Hell's Kitchen
Great Food Truck Competition
The Flash
House Hunters
The Ranch
That 70s Show
The 4400
Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek Next Generation
Deep Space 9
Star Trek Enterprise
Once Upon a Time
Breaking Bad
House of Cards
Hemlock Grove
CSI: Miami
 and many more...

The Box Trolls   Terminator Generations  Back to the Future Trilogy
National Lampoon's Van Wilder Ghostbusters (2016)and too many more to name...

Sorry, noticed that I was going on and on with the lists... As you can see, I'm not limiting myself to the greatest new thing, simply whatever show or movie catches my fancy at the moment. So, I'll get to these and a lot more in the future.

If you have any recommendations, I am open to them. As you can see, my tastes are pretty eclectic.