Nod explores the slow disintegration of humanity through sleep deprivation. Reality is distorted as the conceptual fiction of the world of Nod turns fNod explores the slow disintegration of humanity through sleep deprivation. Reality is distorted as the conceptual fiction of the world of Nod turns fact in the eyes of the Awakened. A harsh insomnia overthrows the daily grind, replacing it with a hazed infused horror fun-house that strips the characters down to their basic need to just survive.
While I was expecting a different story, Nod delivers in establishing a truly atmospheric semi-dystopian infused survival horror.
Yet the most endearing element comes from the death of a long term relationship between Paul (one of the few Sleepers - people who are able to maintain nightly sleep) and his is partner Tanya (one of the many Awakened, those in a perpetual state of insomnia). Their close bond pre the end of the world balances on the edge of ending before falling over the void into nothingness. Add cult-like theorists and an easy manipulation of will, and Tanya and Paul's life together was going to always take a turn for the worse. Not forgetting the fact that the Awakened have a vastly shortened life span as it is.
I can understand while some readers are put off by Nod. The story ends without providing full closure and there are a couple of plot holes that aren't filled. I didn't find these complains overbearing and still enjoyed the book for the most part.
I was provided a copy of Nod by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lighthearted is def apt for this mini series and I mean that as a good thing. Faith reads as an old school comic and that's the way it SHOULD read. FaLighthearted is def apt for this mini series and I mean that as a good thing. Faith reads as an old school comic and that's the way it SHOULD read. Faith loves comics and this series was cleverly written with the title character living the comic super hero life.
The plot was cool as was the Vine and supporting cast of characters. Just a good story that reads well all the way through....more
Despite the title, this book (set after Ep.3) is largely about a Rebel faction and its leaders in Isval and Cham as they try to free their home planetDespite the title, this book (set after Ep.3) is largely about a Rebel faction and its leaders in Isval and Cham as they try to free their home planet from the control of the Empire. Cham, who happens to be Hera's (A New Dawn / Rebels TV series) father is very much an integral character and leads the charge to cut the head off the snake by killing both Vader and Sidious, who had crash-landed on Cham's planet. As a cat-and-mouse themed book, Lord of the Sith works well. There's plenty of action and the new characters are a lot of fun to read (Isval in particular - I just love her origins and the side story that provides a glimpse of her life outside of the 'cause'). Not quite what I was expecting in terms of a Vader/Sidious-centric story but still worth a read.
As with the previous books in this series, The Emerald Lie reads more as a character study than crime novel, with Jack, the glue that binds Bruen's noAs with the previous books in this series, The Emerald Lie reads more as a character study than crime novel, with Jack, the glue that binds Bruen's noir enriched world of fiction together.
Well known for being a drunkard and not one to shy away from drugs and violence, Jack once again dons the tried and true persona to great effect. His nonchalance customary to the crimes he takes as cases, yet he yields results inadvertently by virtue of proximity, luck, and shear will. The Grammatical killer, the antagonist with a not so obscure link to Jack, is the latest neiche serial killer to wade into the crosshairs.
A character I particularly like is Em, the dangerous femme fatale from The Green Hell who provides some crazy to complicate Jack's life and compliment the story. Along with her, Bruen writes well to maintain and strengthen the series continuity including references to some of the very first cases Jack worked on. I like this element which bodes well for long time readers while simultaneously dropping hints to new readers of what's happened to Jack along the way.
Bruen has written some great books, many of them featuring Jack Taylor, the PI who isn't, yet The Emerald Lie sits atop the pile. It's a book written for book lovers. It's a story tailor made for noir aficionados. It's a damn fine read with a cracker ending that makes you want to flick back to page 1 and start the ride all over again.
Late in the 1960's Michigan saw a spate of extremely violent murders targeting young women. Each of the victims was sexually assaulted and murdered inLate in the 1960's Michigan saw a spate of extremely violent murders targeting young women. Each of the victims was sexually assaulted and murdered in a horrific and confronting manner which is hard to read let alone comprehend.
Local law enforcement struggled to link the murders; miss-stepping and a lack of early collaboration hindered the search for the killer. As the bodies piled up so did public ridicule. The author clearly articulates the frustration at not being able to obtain a clean cut conviction. It's a ride for the reader that's not easy to digest.
80% of this book is utterly engaging; reading more like graphic crime fiction than true crime. Such is the grisly manner of the murders, the reality doesn't set it until the long and somewhat drab trial proceedings; unfortunately this part did take something away from what is a well written book.
Each chapter gives ample time to the procedural aspects of the investigation as well as ensuring the victims' untimely murder is depicted in sufficient detail; a well rounded and written account is achieved.
For readers of true crime who have yet to check this out (originally published some time ago) I strongly recommend snapping up a copy.
I was provided an e-arc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Bad Luck City is a family crime drama of sorts, soaked in whisky and noir that doesn't shy away from the brutal realities of criminal enterprise.
QuasBad Luck City is a family crime drama of sorts, soaked in whisky and noir that doesn't shy away from the brutal realities of criminal enterprise.
Quasi PI, Sim Palmer, a journalist by trade with long links to life on the other side of the blue line courtesy of his father's less than lawful past (albeit from a bystander viewpoint), finds himself immersed in a world of bullets and beatings as he helps a stranger search for a missing young woman; one who could be tied to a people trafficking story Sim had written some time ago.
The all too easy manner by which Sim goes about his business didn't work all that well for this reader. Killing reads as second nature for someone who, prior to this event, lived the relatively non-threatening life of a journalist; warring with words for a local rag over putting people in actual body bags (as a youth he'd witnessed his father taking a beating and toting a gun but Sim himself hadn't dabbled in violence until this event).
There's also the case of the bartender working for a Hotel tycoon wannabe in Gloria, who appears throughout the novella only to be forgotten in the latter stages. What happened to her? I think the action and blood letting took precedent to her plot angle in this instance.
While not adding anything new to long term readers of the genre, Bad Luck City is a pacey read with a plot laced with a constant stream of action and enough character back-story to make the twists, ebbs and flows work.
I was provided a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I loved everything about this book; the sheer epic scale of the pending alien invasion, humanities space race to fortify Earth's outer defenses, the sI loved everything about this book; the sheer epic scale of the pending alien invasion, humanities space race to fortify Earth's outer defenses, the sophons that limit technological advancement, and the unique characters. The Dark Forest evolved from The Three Body Problem by encompassing a more space operatic feel. The future Earth featured heavily as the plot spun hundreds of years which provided an interesting look at what could become. As for the impending doom threatened throughout the book, there was a taste of the much hyped Doomsday Battle, albeit brief but brutal to wet the appetite for the third installment. These books just get better and better. ...more
This collection of short stories is a great way to get introduced to Hap and Leonard, two colorful characters that jump off the page and hit you likeThis collection of short stories is a great way to get introduced to Hap and Leonard, two colorful characters that jump off the page and hit you like a ax handle the chops (read the book, you'll appreciate the statement). They're the private detectives who aren't quite private detectives; rather a pair of daring and courageous hard men with a moral compass who moonlight for a PI firm when they're not undertaking menial day jobs. They care for one another, those close to them (Brett for instance - Hap's longtime girlfriend) and take extreme measures to keep loved ones from harm - they're not afraid to shed blood and ask questions later - Leonard in particular.
Not being overly familiar with the series of books, having only read VANILLA RIDE, I wasn't sure what to expect. Lucky I was treated to a novella and short stories that each read like a longer form of fiction. Author Joe R. Lansdale managed to pack a hell of a punch in each story. Well executed plotting, character depth, and a pleasant mix of humor and serious violence to balance things out.
I can't name a favorite which is a rare thing in a collection such as this but each story was equally enjoyable. My advice to fans of the Hap and Leonard books - this is one you've got to have in your collection, and for those readers who aren't familiar with the series, I strongly recommend checking this out as a great starting point.
I was provided a e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
First off I want to make mention of the perfectly suited art and colors which are match-made for the storytelling. The characters have a distinct earlFirst off I want to make mention of the perfectly suited art and colors which are match-made for the storytelling. The characters have a distinct early teenage look and the setting is eerily early morning bathed in few colors to create an atmosphere that truly heightens the reading experience.
The plot is one that evolves as the book progresses. Introducing the key players early on via a standard job for teens undertaking a paper-route followed by a standard boys v girls teenage face-off before turning towards the fantastical when a couple of strange and mysterious people covered in robes appear, while others, namely adults, disappear without a trace.
Snappy dialogue and a distinct teenage voice drives PAPER GIRLS towards the upper echelon of 'blended fiction' - one that comprises elements of teenage drama, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Never missing a beat, author Brian K Vaughan evolves his characters in-line with his clever plotting as the unbelievable becomes more prevalent.
From beginning to end, I was hooked. I love it when books/graphic novels surprise me and PAPER GIRLS certainly did that. With the time travel aspect looking to play a large part in the next volume I can't wait to see how the story pans out.
If you get a chance, go check this one out.
I was provided a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Not a book to be read prior to seeing the movie in my opinion. The novelization felt shallow and lacking in depth at times but the overall story itselNot a book to be read prior to seeing the movie in my opinion. The novelization felt shallow and lacking in depth at times but the overall story itself was highly enjoyable. It's hard to critique a plot that worked so well visually with an equally apt accompanying musical score - unfortunately much of the atmosphere from the movie didn't translate. Well worth the read while waiting for the blu-ray to be released. ...more
How much punishment can one character sustain? In the case of perennial bad a$$ and former cop (nee prisoner, biker, and outlaw) Billy Lafitte - a whoHow much punishment can one character sustain? In the case of perennial bad a$$ and former cop (nee prisoner, biker, and outlaw) Billy Lafitte - a whole world of it, and them some.
The fourth Lafitte novel is pure action; brutal and beautiful.
Characters from the earlier novels feature while new character Melissa adds an exciting element to an already melting pot plot as Lafitte attempts to survive these threats and his own demons along, what is, another top notch read from author Anthony Neil Smith.
I love the different looks applied to Lafitte over the course of these books and this latest incarnation is pure terminator - as mentioned in the story itself.
Classic Star Wars with modern characters. A NEW DAWN fits perfectly in the expanded new canon universe. Hera and Kanan are well written and have loadsClassic Star Wars with modern characters. A NEW DAWN fits perfectly in the expanded new canon universe. Hera and Kanan are well written and have loads of chemistry, while newer characters in Sloane, Skelly, and Count Vidian to name a few feel like they belong. The plot is action packed and balanced with humor as a band of almost rebels fight the might of the Empire to save a planet and its moon. A great read that provides some essential backstory to Kanan while developing Hera and Sloane (who features in AFTERMATH) as important cogs in the Stars Wars machine. ...more
Frustrating. Maurice Broaddus CAN write but this book is plotless and lacks character depth. Somehow, King becomes a messiah, the Godfather of the gheFrustrating. Maurice Broaddus CAN write but this book is plotless and lacks character depth. Somehow, King becomes a messiah, the Godfather of the ghetto without reason, there is little written about the rise in respect and cred of King, only that people follow and heed his order.
As does KING MAKER, this book suffers from too many characters playing too little roles. The fantastical elements also seemed an afterthought, had this been a pure crime maybe I would've bumped it up a star - it just didn't read well for me....more
In BURN PATTERNS, author Ron Elliott has Australia's answer to popular international female crime fiction protagonists such as Kay Scarpetta, Tempe BrIn BURN PATTERNS, author Ron Elliott has Australia's answer to popular international female crime fiction protagonists such as Kay Scarpetta, Tempe Brennan, and Sara Linton to name a few in Iris Foster aka The Fire Lady - a therapist in a city psychology practice who aides the police and fire service profiling arsonists.
BURN PATTERNS pits Iris against a serial arsonist determined to ruin lives of the vulnerable by targeting schools, zoos and churches all filled to capacity. It's a classic race against time crime thriller that blinds the reader in a smokey haze of misdirection as things aren't what they seem. I found myself questioning Iris' mental health and motives on a couple of occasions based on her risky take charge manner and equally haphazard judgement calls - all for the betterment of the story.
"There were always people who visited their damage on others. If the damage involved fire, Iris would keep trying to put them out."
Iris is the kind of flawed character I like to read about and is perfect for this kind of semi procedural crime. I hope to see her in many installments to come.