Book Review: Steelheart

Rating: 4/5

Author: Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

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So as I started writing this, I was having a serious case of deja vu. I could have sworn that I had already done a review on this one, but couldn’t find it for the life of me.

Maybe I am losing my mind, or maybe the stress of school, life, and everything else has finally gotten to me.

If, for some reason, someone can find a review I did for Steelheart, please let me know and I’ll throw together another review, but I am pretty sure I haven’t done one yet.

Anyways…

I really enjoyed Steelheart. It was fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I can’t remember a single moment of the book where I was bored or uninterested in what was going on.

Steelheart has a very interesting concept that touches on a lot of different genres of books.

Basically you start with a dystopian world, mix in a bit of superhero powers, a pinch of spy novels, add a dash of mystery/detective novels, top it off with a drop of humour, mix them all together in a 386 page hardcover book and you’ve got Steelheart.

It’s a really simple book, but Brandon Sanderson does a good job at not wasting any time and telling the story that needs to be told.

The aspect of the book that I enjoyed the most is the man vs. superhero story that is the main aspect of the book.

I’ll try not to ruin anything, but there may be a spoiler warning in effect from here on out.

The general concept of the book is as follows; one day people all over the world realized they had these superpowers, so they became known as Epics. The ended up basically taking over the world, and ruled it as they saw fit. The biggest thing people came to realize for the Epics though, is they all have one weakness, no matter how powerful they are, there is something that can beat them, even if it is completely bizarre.

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This isn’t in the books, but what the weaknesses are is something like this. Say I was a super fast Epic, with the ability to run faster than Flash. My weakness could be something completely unrelated, like tacos. If someone threw a taco at me, or possibly even put it where I could see it, my power would become useless and I’d basically be human again.

The heroes in the books, The Reckoners, are all humans without powers, and they fight against the oppressive Epics to try and give people a shot at a decent life.

They need to rely on a lot of planning and strategy to get the job done, because they don’t have unbreakable skin, flight, mind-reading, or any other cool powers to work with. The use of strategy in the books is a really cool and fun to read part to read because not a lot of books will give you the nitty gritty of people’s plans.

Now I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times before, if you could choose any superpower to have, what would it be…well I wanna know in the comments below. 

What would mine be you ask? I think it would be mind reading or mind control. Haven’t decided quite yet. 

Anyways, thanks for reading the Steelheart book review, I hope you enjoyed it. 

Next week I’ll go where no book blogger has gone before, and review a book about a boy who was scarred, almost from birth, by a man he has a strong connection to.

Type it Out Tuesday: January 15

Spiderman trailer came out today…but its also National Hat Day… so today you’re gonna get two different writing prompts.

  1. You’re hired by Marvel Comics to rewrite Spiderman’s origin story. You have 100% control of how it happens. You don’t even need to involve a spider biting him.

 

2. You find a strange hat on the ground while walking down your street. You decide to          see how it fits, and then suddenly…

As always I’d love to see what you can make of these.

Thursday Thoughts: My Top 10 Fictional Worlds I Want to Live In

I think every reader thinks of being a part of the books they read, and has had more than a few dreams being in those books too.

Everyone who has ever dreamed that has a list of their favourite worlds they’d want to be a part of, so I’m making mine official.

The criteria for this list is that I will be assuming I am a person of at least minor importance in the world, because assuming I am just a dime a dozen character, my experience of the world wouldn’t be very much…here goes.

NUMBER X: INKWORLD

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This one really only made my list because I am assuming that I have the ability to, or know someone who has the ability to bring books to life. It would be amazing to be able to bring any other book to life and meet the characters or have them live in my world, assuming I don’t accidently bring a dragon or some beast to this world and destroy it.

 

NUMBER IX: STAR WARS

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The Star Wars Universe made this list because of how vast it is. There are so many planets that could be explored, and some interesting technology that would fascinate me. Now I’m gonna assume I’ve got a little bit of money or skill that would allow me to travel around the galaxy, and not some moisture farmer that never lets me leave Tatooine.

 

NUMBER VIII: OZ

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I was a little surprised myself that Oz made it into my list. It was an honorable mention when I first started out, but then I realized how cool it could really be. I mean there is witches, munchkins, the Lollipop Guild, talking lions, and who knows what else. I haven’t had too much experience with Oz, but I think it would be an amazing world to explore and expereince.

 

NUMBER VII: INFERNAL DEVICES

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For those that don’t recognize this world right away its the Shadowhunter World, like City of Bones, but set in the Victorian era, and not modern times. Assuming I can be some nameless Shadowhunter, I would love to be able to experience werewolves, vampires, demons, and countless other monsters and demons as a part of my regular life. Plus the interaction between the Shadowhunter world and the Victorian era was much more interesting to me than the modern time interaction. The only reason it’s coming in at #7 is because being a nameless Shadowhunter in that world probably means I would die pretty young, and I’m not a big fan of dying.

 

NUMBER VI: HOGWARTS

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I think every book lover wants to live in the Harry Potter world, whether they’ll admit it or not. For this one I’m assuming that I have some magical powers, and attended Hogwarts or something. It’s magic. How could you not want magic? It would be cool living a “secret life” and hiding your magic from Muggles. Like any HP fan I’ve gone on to Pottermore and been sorted, and turns out I’m a Gryffindor. Don’t know if that would be the same if it were real, but just going through the wizarding experience would be amazing.

NUMBER V: TENERANT (KINGKILLER)

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This may come as a surprise, but I think Tenerant would be one of the best worlds to live in. The magic is subtle, and doesn’t influence regular life very much, but it is still there. I don’t really have a lot to say about it because there is so much of it that is still a mystery, but the mystery is why it’s #5 on my list. I don’t imagine I would be smart enough to be a student at The University, but I imagine I am somewhat smart and have enough money to explore the world. I would love to learn from someone who attended The University, and maybe pick up a trick or two.

 

NUMBER IV: NARNIA

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I think the biggest appeal of Narnia would be the different talking animals and the different creatures that inhabit the world. The one catch is that I don’t want to live my whole life in Narnia. I’d want to time jump basically. Come and go as I please, and see the change in Narnia every time I came back. It seems that humans were a rarity for some time in Narnia, so it would be cool to be a rare creature in the world, and then maybe come back to a point where humans were much more common (like in the books basically). I think my biggest goal would be to document Narnia’s history. Maybe come back every so often and talk to people who could tell me what happened since I was there last.

NUMBER III: RANDLAND (WHEEL OF TIME)

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I’m obsessed with Wheel of Time right now so that is definitely a contributing factor as to why its #3 on my list. I’m gonna say I lived before Rand lived, so I don’t have the books influencing my life at all. The biggest reason I would want to live there is because of the Aes Sedai. They are such a common part of the world that it would make life so much more interesting. I don’t expect to be anyone of great import, but maybe I could be a gleeman and travel the world, collecting stories and interacting with people from all over the world. PLUS, maybe if I was lucky I could be like Perrin and speak to wolves…but thats just a dream.

NUMBER II: MARVEL

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Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? Even some minor power would be cool, even a seemingly useless power can be useful in certain situations. The reason the Marvel Universe is #2 on my list is because whether or not I was a superhero, that world would be amazing. Yes, I know there is a high risk of dying from countless laser beams, finger snaps, buildings falling, or even interdimensional portals opening in my bedroom while I was sleeping and cutting me in half, but I think the risk is worth the reward. Getting to see Spider-Man swing by or climbing up my buildings wall would make 23 year old me happier than childhood me.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Middle Earth     Westeros     DC Universe     Star Trek     Azeroth

NUMBER I: ROSHAR

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The Stormlight Archive universe is by far my favourite world that I would want to live in. I’m just going to assume that I am not a member of the Knights Radiant, but that I am a light eyed person. The biggest reason I would want to live in that world is entirely because of the entire world’s dependence on gemstones. They’re used as currency, for light, for the Knight’s powers, and a bunch of other things I couldn’t begin to mention. I’ve always loved the medieval themed stories with knights and swords and stuff, but The Stormlight archive is the most interesting one that I have ever experienced.

 

What do you think about my Top 10 list? What worlds would be in your list? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what worlds everyone wants to live in.

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel 1-3

These three books were the first ever Graphic Novels I had ever read and honestly I was pleasently surprised by the whole experience.

I’ve read some manga in the past so I guess I had some experience with reading narration and speech bubbles, but I really enjoyed seeing a book and TV series I love come to life by an artist and writer’s imagination.

AND…The three graphic novels were definitely a nice break from reading the 1000+ page novels I’m so used to.

On a different note, I may be alone in thinking this but I believe that some characters from a book just can’t be portrayed on a TV or movie screen properly.

Personally I enjoy this look to Robert Baratheon much more than the one we got on the show. This look appears a bit more natural and a good mix of king and drunk fat man. The Robert we got in the show never was much more than the latter.

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After looking at those panels I know what you’re thinking. WOW this artwork is really good!

Well you’re right, I’d dare to say its fantastic. Every little inch of each panel has so much detail to it. It is so beautifully made. Like look at Danaerys’ dress. It’s so perfectly drawn.

The art is done by a guy named Tommy Patterson and I really think you should look him up. He does a hell of a job.

Here’s a few more of his creations in the Graphic Novels

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Look at all of the individual swords that make uo the Iron Throne. You can’t imagine that, and you sure as hell can’t show that on TV. This was one of the best moments that won me over in the books.

This quality of art and the depiction of the book series into pictures has definitely turned me on to looking at more graphic novels in the future.

Another thing about Graphic Novels that I thought of while reading these 3 is that graphic novels are the perfect middle ground for people who don’t read much, but want to read a book series of their favourite television shows.

They’re not text heavy. They can actually be read in probably a few hours only. Plus they offer really beautiful visuals that might surpass even your imagination of what things really looked like.

I know that was the case for me. Looking at the Graphic Novels actually made me imagine a few characters to be different than when I originally imagined them.

Verdict: Worth the read, especially if you’re not a regular reader but want to better understand Game of Thrones as a whole or if you want to see the beautiful depictions of the characters and the story.

Let me know in the comics what graphic novels you’re reading. I’m new to the genre, but so far I’m hooked so I’d love to start exploring some more.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book I read back in high school. Theres a guy named Matthew, and he has some sort of effect on people. Stay tuned 🙂

p.s. news coming on an updated schedule in the next few weeks.

 

QOTD: Superman

Since today in 1978 was the day that the first ever Superman movie came out I thought I’d share a quote from The Man of Steel himself.

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear until my dream of a world where dignity, honour and justice becomes the reality we all share, I’ll never stop fighting. Ever”

              –Find more here