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Antonio Gonzalez has commented on (5) products.

The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One) by Joe Abercrombie
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)

Antonio Gonzalez, March 9, 2014

I had gone through a spate of books that I liked, but didn't love before coming to the The Blade Itself. I'm not finished with the trilogy yet, but I'm having a great time reading them. The characters are, in general, such terrible people, but you come to really like them. You really hope things work out for the torturer, the spoiled arrogant rich kid, and the brutal murderer. I find myself hoping that the torturer doesn't become a better person or learn any lessons, because he's so wonderful just the way he is.

Abercrombie also did a great job with the wizard. Instead of a noble near perfect figure like Gandalf, this wizard is having a hard time of it. He makes bad decisions, he's proven wrong, he's kind of a crappy person to be on a journey with.

I really only have two complaints about this book. It's not really a whole book in itself. I understand that you don't want to sale a 1,500 page book right off the bat, but this is more like the Part I of a huge fantasy novel than it is a stand alone. My second complaint is really more of a fear. I want the characters to keep being terrible. I hope the consciousless torturer keeps being ruthlessly efficient and depraved.

I really hope the rest of the trilogy stays this good.
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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Antonio Gonzalez, January 1, 2013

This book was so much fun to read and every time a theme started to feel played out, it got a little deeper. This is a great airplane book or beach book because it flows so easily and it really stirred my enthusiasm. If you're even slightly familiar with star trek or enjoy sci fi the tiniest bit then this is a great read.
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Some of My Best Frieds Are Black (12 Edition) by Tanner Colby
Some of My Best Frieds Are Black (12 Edition)

Antonio Gonzalez, September 16, 2012

This is an important book. The author successfully addresses the issues he presents fairly and openly. He assigns blame to both sides and points out a lot of problems with the different attempts at solutions. I read a lot about race in history and this is the first book I read in a long time that gave me new insights and motivated me to adjust my thinking on integration, racism, and the economics involved.
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The Hollow City by Dan Wells
The Hollow City

Antonio Gonzalez, August 5, 2012

This was a fun read and more along the John Cleaver line than the Partials line. We have a narrator who's not all that reliable and a fun mystery. It wasn't shelved in YA but there's no reason this wouldn't be a good book for a middle reader.
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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities by Matthew White
The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History's 100 Worst Atrocities

Antonio Gonzalez, January 2, 2012

One of the funnest history books I read this year. The nature of this book means that the depth of information is sacrificed for the quantity of information, but it was well worth it. It gives you a quick overview of the major conflicts of human history and ignores patriotic agendas so you can put modern events in a realistic context.
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