Review: The Six-Gun Tarot

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By: R.S. Belcher
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Golgotha #1

I have this bad habit of starting a series right in the middle. Sometimes it’s an accident. I don’t bother looking at the small line under the title that says ‘Book 45 of Awesome Series You Need to Read’. Other times it’s deliberate because, for whatever reason, the library just doesn’t have books one and two.

I was actually more intrigued by The Shotgun Arcana by R. S. Belcher than I was by the synopsis of The Six Gun Tarot . But I was good this time and started at the very beginning of the Golgotha series instead of with book two like I normally would.

And I am very happy I did.

Throwback Thursday: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

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By: Terry Goodkind
Release Date: January 1994
Publisher: Tor
Series: Sword of Truth, Book #1
Award: Locus Award Nominee for Best First Novel (1995)

I finally did it. I finally read Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. I meant to read this for years. It’s my husband’s favorite book of all time. We have two physical copies and an ebook version. And, finally, after years of nagging, I sat down and read the whole thing. At once. All the way through. All 800 some odd pages. In less than 24 hours. It was just that good. I love, love, high fantasy and this one was wonderful.

Now, high fantasy can be a tricky thing in that it seems to divide everyone who claims they love high fantasy. There three groups as I see it. 1 – If I see a trope I will burn this book. 2 – Give me a Gandalf clone and give him to me now. 3 – Those who read both innovative novels and long series that rely heavily upon their predecessors in the genre.

So, where does this one fall?