Saturday, September 26, 2015

PRLAAC 10th Anniversary Event

I was invited, as part of the Jackpine Writers Bloc, to read a short work of fiction at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council 10th Anniversary Event today. What a great time. The photo above is my friend Jerry Mevissen (introducing the Jackpine Writers Bloc to the assembled audience) and fellow Jackpine Writer, Marlys Guimaraes preparing for their portion of the evening.

There were dancers from the local dance academy, opera singers and singers from the local community theater, artists, a bluegrass band. It was a fun night and I'm glad to have been there.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: The Final Empire

The Final Empire The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'll keep the three star review. This book was above average. I tried to read it once, years before, and made it about half-way through before putting it down. At the time I felt that nothing was happening. I could classify the book as one long training montage. By the end, however, I can honestly say I was not expecting everything that happened to happen. There were moments toward the end where I felt a little cheated, but overall the ending was satisfactory. That's the most we should ever ask. I'm not sure I'll get to the second book in the series right away, but I am intrigued to discover how the loose ends from this book will be tied together in future novels. Overall, good read. I'd recommend it.

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