This is one of my very favorite contemporary science-fiction novels. In all her books, Elliot proves again and again how well she can write love stori...moreThis is one of my very favorite contemporary science-fiction novels. In all her books, Elliot proves again and again how well she can write love stories, as I fall in love as the main character does. This particular series also uniquely combines elements of sci-fi and fantasy in a way that satisfies the needs of both kinds of readers. One recommendation for new readers--give the story some time to develop. Don't just put it down after the first chapter.(less)
This book contains the first two(?) in Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. The first, "Cordelia's Honor," was excellent. But I found the second, "Barayar," slig...moreThis book contains the first two(?) in Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. The first, "Cordelia's Honor," was excellent. But I found the second, "Barayar," slightly unsatisfying. It definitely told a story, but lacked the proper shape of a novel and therefore left me dissatisfied through beginning, middle, and end with lack of build up and conclusion. Still a must read though!(less)
If you are a fan of Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice, you may enjoy reading this version, adorned with a little undead fun. Seth Grahame-Smi...moreIf you are a fan of Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice, you may enjoy reading this version, adorned with a little undead fun. Seth Grahame-Smith retains much of Austen's original language and all of her well-recognized style in his rediscovering of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy's measured fall into love. I won't give away the details of added premise, which is most of the fun of this new telling. I first began the novel while riding the bus, standing room only. But despite cramped and uncomfortable quarters, I found myself laughing out loud as I read each additional tidbit that further defined the newly revised premise of Grahame-Smith's reimagining. A read of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is essentially a read of the original, but with much silliness thrown in. (I wasn't able to do a text versus text analysis of PPZ against the original, unfortunately, because my copy is packed away in a box somewhere.) But Grahame-Smith's additions aren't essential enough to the plot to keep the new content fresh and delighting throughout, so he eventually resorts to blatant shock value--which is funny in its own way.
For anyone who enjoyed reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is worth reading once. For anyone who's not much of a classics reader or Jane Austen fan, there's probably not enough zombie to keep modern readers interested.(less)
I read the Sookie Stackhouse novels not because I love the books but because I love the show, and I love comparing the adaptation from book to show. T...moreI read the Sookie Stackhouse novels not because I love the books but because I love the show, and I love comparing the adaptation from book to show. This fourth installment in the paranormal vampire mystery series was slightly more blah than its predecessors. Or perhaps I just forget (in the year or so between each read) how limiting Sookie's first-person narration is compared to the multiple viewpoints of the show. And it always takes me about half the book to get used to Sookie's Podunk (though also often spunky and amusing) narration.
In Dead to the World, Sookie spends most of her time driving around Bon Temps and nearby Shreveport trying to find her missing brother and find out more about the deadly new coven of witches who cursed Eric Northman--the sexy vampire owner of Fangtasia, the Shreveport vampire bar--into losing his memory. The rest of her time is occupied in a steamy romance with (view spoiler)[Eric, who she is babysitting while his minions work on getting his memory back (hide spoiler)]. In the first half of the book, as you can imagine, Sookie driving around in her car isn't the most exciting thing to be reading about. But things get more interesting later on, and I continued to enjoy Alcide Harveaux (the sexy werewolf) and his evil fiance shape-shifter Debbie Pelt.["br"]>["br"]>(less)