Kids save the world with in depth 80s knowledge and retro gaming skills. A strong character voice, attention to detail, and complex use of lingo could...moreKids save the world with in depth 80s knowledge and retro gaming skills. A strong character voice, attention to detail, and complex use of lingo could definitely make or break this book and for me it made it. The worldbuilding is outlandish yet solidly believable.
I didn't noticed who had narrated the audio book before starting it, so it being Wil Wheaton was an utter surprise and total delight. (less)
Short(short even for a short story,) entertaining, and to the point, but not the best I've seen from this author. Over all kind of disappointing after...moreShort(short even for a short story,) entertaining, and to the point, but not the best I've seen from this author. Over all kind of disappointing after seeing all the hype. (less)
This is it, the culmination. All the dice have been set up and it's time to watch them all fall together.
There weren't any big surprises, but then how...moreThis is it, the culmination. All the dice have been set up and it's time to watch them all fall together.
There weren't any big surprises, but then how could it possibly top the last two books? No, this is where it all comes together, all the pieces clicking naturally into place to unveil the full scope of What's Been Going On. I don't think I'm capable of completely trusting the CDC anymore.
This is not a book to read without reading the other two. If you've read Feed and Deadline then this is the answering of all the questions you've been waiting for. It's not happy, it's not the answers you want - but then that's how the truth works, isn't it?(less)
A strange and wonderful collection of stories that ran the gambit of genres. Wendig's writing has the odd quality of leaving feeling raw and hungry fo...moreA strange and wonderful collection of stories that ran the gambit of genres. Wendig's writing has the odd quality of leaving feeling raw and hungry for more. There was one story 'Lethe and Mnemosyne' I think? That was short enough that I missed when it ended and was very confused for a moment. On the flip side I thought 'Mister Mhu's Pussy Show' went on a bit long. My favorite story was a tie between 'Dog-Man and Cat-Bird' and 'The Auction', and my least favorite is 'A Radioactive Monkey'. But it's all a matter of degrees because all of the stories are excellent.(less)
Is it acceptable to write a book review consisting of mostly swear words? Because HOLY FUCK. Deadline is just as good, if not better, then F...moreHoly fuck.
Is it acceptable to write a book review consisting of mostly swear words? Because HOLY FUCK. Deadline is just as good, if not better, then Feed. This is an epic, action-packed thrill ride that kept me up night contemplating the fridge horror of it all. I pretty much had to read it in as few sittings as possible, because it scared me so bad I had trouble sleeping.
The emotional intensity level of this book is high - each revelation coming as a punch to the gut, and with quite a high frequency. There are conspiracies, mad science, and outbreaks aplenty. The characters are easy to connect too, whether or not they are likable. Shaun, our narrator, is messed up and not as detailed as Georgia - he 'feels' where she 'thinks.' It creates a somewhat different flavor of story.
Deadline does fall prey to a bit of 'middle book syndrome' - while Feed stood alone, Deadline is more open-ended, bridging the Feed with Blackout and leaving most of the plot threads to be wrapped up in the next one. Some things also turn really convenient for the main characters.
If Feed wowed you Deadline will not disappoint. I consider both must-reads of modern literature. (less)
This book is like a sand storm - it comes up fast and blasts you raw. There's something poetic about how 'God's War' is so personal for the characters...moreThis book is like a sand storm - it comes up fast and blasts you raw. There's something poetic about how 'God's War' is so personal for the characters, who come off the page as living, breathing, and damaged people.
This book is unique. I can think of nothing out there like it right now. I wish there were more books like this - books where women are real, multifaceted characters, and the world is based on something other than Europe/America. Books that took risks. The bug-based tech and magic is imaginative, and the dialogue feels very real.
I'm just itching to get my hands on the sequel. The ending could have used a little more foreshadowing, or something, to make it work perfectly. And all throughout the story I felt like some things should have had more clarity. But by the end I had it figured out.(less)
Either I've forgotten just how amazing the first two books in this series were, or this one truly blows them away.
This is a fast paced book - once it...moreEither I've forgotten just how amazing the first two books in this series were, or this one truly blows them away.
This is a fast paced book - once it picks up its plot it doesn't let go, staying on the move. Car chases and hacking are given equal intensity. There isn't as much technobabble in this book as in the others, but like the others the more you know about computers the more you will enjoy it.
One thing Jinks is really good at is getting around the old problem of adults getting in the way of conflict. Cadel is one of the most brilliant and active characters I've ever encountered, and especially in YA books. He's smart, he's a pro-active character, he has flaws, and he makes mistakes. The plot doesn't just happen him - he drives it forward.
I love how Cadel has developed and changed as a character over the series, and in this book he is confronted with what has happened in the last two. I love the adult characters - they don't marginalize Cadel for being smart - and Sonja is still her awesome self.
The ending is brilliant, wrapping up everything while still leaving an opening for a sequel, though it doesn't look like there will be one. I will dearly miss this series and I'm looking forward to rereading it. (less)
An adrenalin filled thrill ride, an intense and sharply written sequel - a little slower, a bit more information, Deceit is an excellent middle volume...moreAn adrenalin filled thrill ride, an intense and sharply written sequel - a little slower, a bit more information, Deceit is an excellent middle volume. It also features the BEST depiction of Alaska I have ever seen in any sort of fiction. An accurate depiction? Unfortunately I don't know enough to say, but I can say that J.C. Hutchins NAILED the feel and many of the details.(less)
It's a bit hard to give a perspective on the whole of this story because I listened to it in scattered bits and chunks over the better part of two yea...moreIt's a bit hard to give a perspective on the whole of this story because I listened to it in scattered bits and chunks over the better part of two years. Podiobooks - wonderful method of telling stories, but kind of tricky to review. :)
The best part of this story for me was the colorful cast of characters and how they made the best of their odd assortment of superpowers when the cards were down. I eye-rolled a bit at the whole 'more powerful then they thought' thing, but I can forgive it because the story keeps things rolling. The end does come a bit out of no where.
It's a more upbeat and funny story then the also-excellent (but rather dark) The Secret World Chronicle. Bottom line is that if you like superheroes, and if you like podiobooks, there's no reason not to give this a listen.(less)
It took me a long time to read this book. About half a year. But then it was a pretty insane half a year.
This book runs into a problem that many duel...moreIt took me a long time to read this book. About half a year. But then it was a pretty insane half a year.
This book runs into a problem that many duel-storyline books have - which is that simply half the story isn't that interesting. The political intrigue is wonderfully woven and set up that pays off beautifully at the end, but unfortunately I found any scene not featuring the main character boring. With the political intrigue taking up over half the book, pushing aside the fascinating worldbuilding and aliens. The book is further hampered by its anvilicious handling of the main character's alcohol problem.
When we get to the interstellar archeology and spaceship flying things are fabulous. Despite this book's problems I'd really like to read more in this series. There are parts of it (the worldbuilding and the aliens) that I just love. Fingers crossed for a book four!(less)
For me this book came out of left field to blow me out of the water. I'm not sure what I was expecting going into it, other then zombies, but it turne...moreFor me this book came out of left field to blow me out of the water. I'm not sure what I was expecting going into it, other then zombies, but it turned out to be an reading experience. This one is going to be tough to review, and will most likely end up being half-ramble, but I'll give it my best shot.
Grant takes the current world and spins it to its logical extreme, so that it all feels very familiar and possible while still being futuristic. I could easily see a This Week in Zombies podcast!
I like how Feed does not reveal the monster all at once. Even though zombies show up on page one, the narrative carefully doles out the information about how they came about, and how it works. The result is a chilling vision that feels very possible, and includes a level of detail that most books never bother with. I should also mention that for a book featuring zombies the gore level is quite low, and it is the plot twists that horrify more then the monsters.
This book was a highly emotional one for me, as several issues hit quite close to home - Alaska, and the animals - and I did not expect to connect as much with Buffy as I did. The book kept me on edge with tension tighter then violin strings. I was so wound up I jumped at every little sound, and I sobbed through the entire last 100 pages or so. The book kept me up until after sunrise, and I was emotionally drained for days. I am seriously surprised that I didn't have any nightmares!
I have a hard time coming up with any major faults. The only one I can think of is that some of the side characters are painted with a boarder brush then the core cast, but since the book keeps a tight POV and everything we see is filtered through our main characters I can't really call it a fault.
Though filled with technical terms, high concepts, and jargon it was a breeze to read - easy to pick up and get lost in. I found myself rereading it every time I picked the book up. With immediate, sharp, and witty tone it's the perfect beach read sort of book, though I'd say it's more of a book for stormy days. After about half way it becomes a really hard book to put down, so make sure you have the time you need to read it when you sit down!
This book broke my heart even as it won it. In the hands of any less of a writer and it'd barely would have fallen far short of the heights it reached. It's been a long time since a book captured my imagination like this one did, and I'm counting down the days until the sequel is released.
Cover Commentary - From the first moment I saw it I thought that this cover is ingenious. The title and the RSS symbol, a nearly universal symbol for blogs, smeared in blood. Nothing could better encapsulate the book! I really like how the 'blood' is shiny on the physical cover, so that it catches the light in dramatic ways. Simple, eye catching, beautifully designed, and spot on target - it's the best cover I've seen in years.(less)
With a set up that seems like the possible recipe for dull reading Campbell manages to keep the tension strong and the action immediate, despite the t...moreWith a set up that seems like the possible recipe for dull reading Campbell manages to keep the tension strong and the action immediate, despite the time delays. Some of the battles were nerve wracking to read. It can be dry and slow paced, and somewhere in the middle it was bad enough that I'd only read a few pages at a time.
Some of the discovers in this one look like they are setting up some truly grand conflicts later. I'm looking forward to the next one.(less)
This is a book I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own. Partly because I'm just not in the habit of giving books without plot blurbs much attenti...moreThis is a book I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own. Partly because I'm just not in the habit of giving books without plot blurbs much attention, and partly because I don't pay much attention to the YA section.
It was absolutely wonderful to read a book written on this level - this is seriously not a book for people who have trouble with simple html formatting, and technobabble (serious and humorous) abounds. The plot is solid and complex, and even when I felt like I had a grasp on what was going on I was still on edge because I felt like there might be a twist coming that would prove me wrong. I did pretty much guess the reveal in the second chapter, but the many twists on the way to it made it quite satisfying.
The pace is pretty steady throughout, fast enough to not be slow, but the story takes its time to unfold. The characterization is fascinating - none of the characters being drawn with a broad brush - and character development is one of this book's strongest aspects. I have only one real disappointment with the book, and that is I felt like one side character got a lot of build up that went nowhere. I hope he appears in the next book. :)(less)