The Baron of Books aka The Viscount of Video Games reviews Space Marine

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Space Marine

So I’m back.   Yes, I know. It’s been a long while, denizens of Tartlandia. And while I’d love to regale you with tales of my distant and wondrous travels. Well, the majority of this would be me telling you about how I drive to and from work.   And the Martian travels just take way too long to explain and then there’s the dragon—and where was I?


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The Baron of Books review of the movie Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game

For those of you who don’t know, (and that, I imagine is a good number. Unless you’re spying on me, in which case . . .bravo, my ninja seals will be speaking with you shortly).


I’m an aspiring author.  Generally means I’m one of those schlubs who works on various writing projects for a good long while and never really gets any of them quite to publishing stage.   Time will tell if I stay a schlub or actually get something out onto the market.  But . . the point of me telling you this is because I want to mention a fact right off the bat.  As one of my biggest inspirations, Orson Scott Card’s “Ender” and “Bean” series are right up there with Terry Pratchett’s writing.  If I can end up writing something with half the depth of one of the Ender characters, or the Discworld, I will be . . . if not content, at least partially satisfied.

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The Baron of Books review of Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names

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by Django Wexler

Have you ever heard of a genre known as Flintlock Fantasy?  No?  Good, me either.

That is, until I read a book called The Thousand Names (by Django Wexler).  Which introduced me to an insane blend of . . . wait for it . . .flintlock muskets and . . .magic.  See?  Flintlock Fantasy.

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The Baron of Books review of the movie Riddick

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Once again. We play for blood.

Y’know. It’s such a titular line in the trailer for the movie Riddick. But the blasted line doesn’t come until half-way through the movie.

As you’ve no doubt guessed, I recently watched the new-to-theatres Riddick. Third live-action movie in the wonderfully messed up universe that is generally a sort of unwilling home to the title character. Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel).

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The Baron of Books review of In The Woods

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In The Woods

by Tana French

 (Book one of the Dublin Murder Squad series)

Ah-ha!   Bet you thought I was gone, eh?  Never to return to Tartlandia or my beloved Queen and comrades?

Well, if you thought that, then you’d be wrong.  Everyone who didn’t think that, I applaud your loyalty, ’tis truly heartwarming.  (That is to say, if I, the Baron, have a heart.  Being a Baron, even of books, is a tough job.  Sometimes heartlessness is required.  Ask me about the heart-eating Wyverns that plagued a Barnes and Noble, sometime.  It’s quite a tale).

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Happy Veteran’s Day~ Review of the game Medal of Honor

Medal of HonorThe Baron of Books asked me if he could write me a review of a game he just finished and really enjoyed. After he told me more about the story and in light of the Veteran’s Day holiday, I thought this would be a perfect time to share it. I am very grateful for the men and women of the armed forces who have chosen to protect and defend my freedoms… Sometimes to the ultimate sacrifice. One of my sisters is a veteran of the Marine forces and one of my brother-in-laws is in the Army. My boss is a veteran too and I have many friends and relatives who are active or retired. My thanks to all veterans as we remember their service this Veteran’s Day.

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts


The Baron of Books aka

Viscount of Video Games Review of

Medal of Honor

So, while most of you know me as the Baron of Books, did you know I’m also the Viscount of Video Games?   (Yes, it took me a depressingly long time to think up that little moniker, hush). 

                Books and video games I feel are two sides of a coin, maybe it’s a three-sided coin, considering movies are in there too.  This oddly shaped, yet valuable coin is the coin of story.  I love books, a lot.  And  I love video games, a lot.  Both give me access to vast and wonderful lands full of interesting heroes, dastardly badguys, and everything in-between.  Mincing my brain for something to review, I thought to the last few weeks, I haven’t read a lot of  books in the past few months.  Full-time work is still something that’s a little new to me, and it severely cut into my leisure time -.-

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New Reviewer! Welcome to the Baron of Books

 I am overjoyed to introduce you all to one of my favorite people in the world. My brother. He’s joining my Court of Reviews as the Baron of Books! *happy dance* He’s been a huge support of my endeavors to get The Book Tart up and running. In fact, when I was manually trying to enter in all the new book release data by hand a few years ago, he helped me out and saw more romance covers and plot synopsis than the majority of males ever do, or at least will admit too :p I adore him. He’s smart and funny and snarky and he’s blushing as he’s reading this I know. :p I asked if he would review a book he recently read and he started telling me about this Battletech novel. He said you definitely do NOT have to have read the rest of the series to get into this story because it gives the background you need to enjoy it. Which is a huge relief because I’m a science fiction fan and this review intrigued me, so I went and looked up the series. There are 63 stories in the Classic Battletech collection! So, please give a warm welcome to the Baron of Books and take a look at Close Quarters.

(((hugs))) The Queen of Tarts, Kat

The Baron of Books Review of

Close Quarters by Victor Milan

So as I try to write this review, I find it rather hard.  Some have suggested I treat it like I’m telling a friend about this book, and I think I’ll try that.  Though, as always, I’ll put my own spin on it.

Firstly, the basics, just to get them out of the way.  This is a review of Close Quarters, a Battletech Novel by Victor Milan.  Published (at least, according to the web) in 1994.  Which, interestingly enough, is a little later than I thought it was published.

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