New Home!

Ok, I can finally say why I’ve been so quiet around here lately – TINEB has a new home over at All sorts of goodies are available at the new site – like forums, groups and fun shit like that. Plus now that I’m done working with PHP code till my eyes bleed I can get back to reading and posting. Huzzah!

Hope to see everybody there!


Has it really been a month?

Yeesh. Time flies. Not sure why I haven’t been posting much lately. Oh, wait. I know why. It’s called Europa Universalis III. I haven’t had a lot of free time late

Ok, ok, I can’t blame it completely on that game. Anyway, in book news I just purchased the second of Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards series and I’ll likely be up way too late reading it. Which is good I suppose since I was stupid and drank coffee at 9pm so I was going to be up late anyway. Plus this way I have something else to do other than repeatedly getting my ass handed to me by France in EUIII. Stupid France.

Books I’m looking forward to in 2012.

So many good books coming out in 2012 that it is almost obnoxious. Below you’ll find just a handful of books that I’m looking forward to this year. What books are you all excited for this year?

A Path to the Coldness of Heart by Glen Cook.

The original manuscript for this book was stolen over 20 years ago, so we Dread Empire fans have been waiting a very long time for the eight and final book in this series. Plus, it’s Glen Cook. Who doesn’t like Glen Cook? Assholes, that’s who!

A Crown Imperilled by Raymond E. Feist

I will always have a soft spot for Pug and Tomas so I’m fairly excited for this even if there have been 50323 previous books in the series (I jest. I think this is book 29, but I could be wrong). And, uh, is Imperilled even a word?

Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

Chasm City is one of my favorite science fiction books of all time so I’ll give any new series by Reynolds a chance.

Black Opera by Mary Gentle

A new novel by Mary Gentle! I love her books. June 5 needs to hurry up and get here.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce’s books are always a treat and I see no reason why this one won’t be as well.

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

The first book in this series was a lot of fun so I’m definitely excited for the second.

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

I hate to admit it, but I haven’t read the last two books in the Wheel of Time series. I’m not sure, but with the final book coming it this year I’m sure I’ll be reading them shortly. I turn 33 in a couple weeks and I think book one came out when I was in 7th grade. I feel old.

Those are just a handful of the books I’m looking forward to. Yeesh.

Only one post mentioning Buffy so far? I’m ashamed of myself.

As those close to me are aware, I’m a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Which is why I’m surprised I haven’t talked about it on here more often! Anyway, if anyone out there (Hi, honey!) are in the mood to get me something cool for my upcoming birthday this month then you could do far, far worse than this nifty-keen Buffy print that I found on Etsy!

The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith

The honor of being my first read of 2012 went to The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith. It is the first book in their Vampire Empire series.

I chose this book because I wanted to get the bad werewolf taste left by The Last Werewolf out of my mouth and what better way to do that than by reading a book about vampires? Vampires are so much more fun than werewolves, right guys? Right!


I loved this book. Some of the characters are pretty one-dimensional and I could see where a lot of the plot was going very early in the book, but wow do I love this setting. Steampunk! Vampires! What’s not to love?

The Griffiths have taken a novel (ha!) approach to vampires in this series. In their world vampires are a separate species and new vampires are not created by draining the blood from humans. The book takes place after the Great Killing – during which the vampires rose up and and went to war against the humans. In this world vampires aren’t hurt by the sun so they’re able to run around in daylight just fine. What does affect them is heat. Heat makes them sluggish and much easier to kill. So what’s happened by the time of the book is that the surviving humans have taken up in the warmer climes and the vampires have taken over the cold ones.

The book begins with Princess Adele of Equatoria’s zeppelin getting attacked by vampires and making a crash landing. Adele survives, gets momentarily rescued, then captured by the vampire clan controlling Britain. The book deals with her capture, rescue attempts by various parties and for the most part just setting up the world for future books.

As I stated above, characters in this book are pretty cookie-cutter, but the setting of this book more than made up for that for me. Indeed it’s the first book in awhile where I had to immediately start the second book after finishing the first. I’m also happy to report that so far, with the exception of the annoying Senator Clark, all of the characters seem far more fleshed out in the second book.

This was an incredibly fun read and should definitely go on your to-read lists.