Stephen is a bookseller and casual cosplayer with a love of all epic fantasies and adventurous science fictions. He loves the classic hero's journey, clashes of good versus evil, and those philosophical stories that question what it really means to be human. He is a both a Trekkie and a Star Wars geek, a Disney lover, a proud Hufflepuff, and perhaps a tad Spider-Man obsessed. If he isn't reading or daydreaming about piloting a TARDIS, you'll likely find him looking for new costume projects . . . that he likely won't finish.
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I’m a big fan of the classic dragon rider story and Ascendant does not disappoint. This book definitely makes use of classic fantasy tropes, but Miller does a great job of giving them a fresh spin. The fact that the main dragon is actually blind is such an interesting concept to me. This is my first Progression Fantasy book, but as a fan of role-playing games I found myself really enjoying the approach. If you enjoyed books like Eragon or How to Train Your Dragon, there is a fair chance you’ll love this one too! ~Stephen
“There’s always another secret”
This is quite possibly my favorite book. It is well written with intricate world building, strong, well developed characters, a compelling mystery and without question, the coolest and most unique magic system I’ve seen in a book. I’ve always found myself fascinated by religion and history, but a lot of books tend to push them aside. That is not the case with Mistborn, and I absolutely love that. It really adds a lot to make this world feel real. There is just so much awesome in this that it is definitely one of those books where I literally could not put it down if I tried. ~Stephen
I’ll be recommending this book till the end of the world. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is the first of a (technically) six book “trilogy”. It’s smart. It’s witty. It’s absolutely absurd. Without a doubt, this is the most enjoyable book series I have ever read. Adams has created a world that is outright ridiculous and yet, altogether relatable. If you enjoy British humor and science fiction, you will love this book. Find your towel, grab this book, and Don’t Panic! ~Stephen
The protagonist of this book used to be a spaceship! Actually an AI in the body of a human that’s now ripped from the collective that was once her ship. With a thousand years of experience, she has a very unique broad narrative that spans across time and space. This book is incredibly inventive and clever, but also complex. Some of the concepts can take a second to wrap your head around, but it’s all just so well detailed. There is also an element of mystery that makes this book hard to put down. A thought provoking and very interesting story with an incredibly cool protagonist! ~Stephen
Redwall has all the makings of a great fantasy: adventure, mystery, love and death, all centered around the classic heroic rise of a warrior. Redwall’s warrior just so happens to be a mouse, making this epic fantasy perfect for younger audiences. Despite being a world full of anthropomorphic animals, Jacques doesn’t shy away from the realisms of medieval warfare. Redwall is not only an excellent introduction to the fantasy genre and a great story on its own, but is also only just the start of an epic series that you’re bound to enjoy throughout. ~Stephen
Skyward is an exciting mix of Ender’s Game and How to Train Your Dragon. I always love reading stories that try to answer the philosophical questions of personal identity, and from both human and artificial perspectives, this book delivers. Sanderson has also created a unique system of rules for flight that is just the right mix of realistic and alien. Aerial combat has never been so entertaining to read. This is just the start of what promises to be an epic space story and I cannot wait to read more. ~Stephen
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