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Book 117: "Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre: Alternate Reality, YA
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I really enjoyed Sanderson's Mistborn series, so I thought I'd give him another chance. I was right to. This is the first book of the Reckoners series, the second book is due to release in Fall 2014, of course I didn't realize this when I picked up the book.... oh well.

What I enjoy most about Sanderson's books are that though they are definitely fantasy themed and formatted, they are not traditional fantasy in any way. (Excepting, most likely, the Wheel of Time series which he is now finishing for Robert Jordan (though I haven't read that series either; so please correct me if I'm wrong)). Steelheart has followed this same path.

Set in an alternate reality of the United States, Steelheart occurs after a phenomenon, Calamity, appears in the sky. This is best describ…

Book 116: "Dexter by Design" by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Dexter by Design (Dexter Series #4)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Read In: Hardcover
Genre: Thriller, Crime Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday

This is the fourth book of the Dexter series. The books are maintaing their macabre sense of humor. This book was still really interesting. That said; Dexter in this book.... was disappointing.


When the reader is first introduced to Dexter, we are lead to believe that he is smarter than most. That his intuition is what serves him best; for the first couple books, this is true. However, he seems to lose his way when his Dark Passanger abandons him in book 3. Apparently Dexter hasn't recovered in book 4 quite yet. Though he does show some intuition, he seems incredibly hampered. I just felt that, overall, Dexter was not on his game this book and therefore quite a bit less enjoyable as an anti-hero.

The book was well-written and entertaining. Still a very dark, sarcastic humor, I just felt like pieces of Dexter were still missing. Hope…