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2018 books: The Paper Magician, Throne of the Werewolf, Hunger, Ratscalliber

Theme of this post is: Oldest books on my Kindle. Usually when I pick an older book, I get that "Why didn't I read this sooner!?" reaction. Not this time...

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Set in an alternate version of Earth, magic exists. Each magician is bound to one material -- metal, plastic, rubber, etc. The least popular, and seemingly least useful, is paper. A young, promising magician is forced to bind to paper, and through her we learn it's not that useless at all.

If I had read only the first third of this book, I would have rated it top marks. I LOVED the magic system. Loved the main character. Loved the minor characters.

The downside was the last two-thirds of the book. For the most stupid, cliche reasons ever, the bad guy (woman) steals the main character's teacher's heart. Why? Because he doesn't love her anymore, so of course stealing his heart will fix that. (She is a bad guy, she practices what is basically necromancy, but still.) The whole last two-thirds of the book is spent in the teacher's memories. It just so completely does not work. Luckily I checked Goodreads before forcing myself to finish. Most people agree with me. I gave up at the 60% point, which was much further than I should have gone.

Throne Of The Werewolf by Warren Smith
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Typical bad self-published book. Lots of typos. Story made little sense. A boy was turning into a werewolf, it ran in his family, but took too long and nothing happened... other than he has golden eyes so apparently he's a super special werewolf. Stopped reading at 17%.

Hunger: A Zombie Novel by Max Allan
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I really, really have no interest at all in zombie books, but this book was on my Kindle so long, I must have added it before Walking Dead pissed me off to the point of hating all zombie stories.

Self published, but didn't have too many typos/mistakes. Main character was completely unlikable though, so add that to zombies and I bowed out fast. Stopped at 14%.

Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

The best thing about this book was the cover. It was a cute story: a boy meets a ratician (a rat who is a magician) and is given a quest. To accomplish the quest, the ratician turns him into a rat.

Problem was, this was a story for very young kids, and the writing style was too simple for me to enjoy. Stopped at 15%.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these books: 60 + 17 + 14 + 15 = 106%
Previous abandoned book total: 1,228%
New total: 1,334% (13 books!)
Tags: 2018 books, book review, book: hunger, book: ratscalliber, book: the paper magician, book: throne of the werewolf
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