Audiobook Review: King of Thorns by Lawrence (DNF)

KingOfThornsByLawrenceKing of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Fantasy Book Club selection August 2013

Attempted to Read/Listen: August 2013


I tried reading, or rather listening, to this in August 2013 for the GoodReads Fantasy Book Club. We previously read Prince of Thorns as a group in October 2011 and I actually liked the first book of the series. But I had to give up listening at around twenty percent. I may come back to it at a later date, but right now I need something a lot less bleak.

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Book Review: Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by Gibbons (DNF)

Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by David Gibbons

DNF (no star rating because I did not finish reading it)

Attempted to read during September, October and November 2013

I wanted to love this book.  I read a blurb about it from one of my many book-related newsfeeds, through Tor’s RSS feed.  Here’s a link to the article penned by the author:  Ancient Rome and the Destruction of Carthage: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On.

I started reading with high hopes, because I’m always fascinated by ancient history.  I’ve read other historical fiction novels set during the time frame of the ancient Roman Empire and enjoyed them.  I also enjoy movies that visit that time period.

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DNF: Touchstone by Rawn

Touchstone by Melanie Rawn

DNF (did not finish)

Attempted to Read in April 2013

I wanted to love this book, like I loved her Dragon Prince series.  I didn’t make it to one hundred pages though.  I couldn’t connect or care about the characters.  I began to wonder if I wasn’t exactly the target audience.  I’m not in the performing arts (although many of my friends and family are).

The magic system also didn’t make sense to me.  Perhaps later in the novel it would become more understandable.  But I kept finding excuses to read just about anything else.  So I gave up.

Perhaps I’ll pick it up again later this year.  Right now, though, I’ve got many other more compelling reads to enjoy.