This collection presents a couple new tales with previously published work. The stories are geared, as you have no doubt disc...moreFull Review at Booklikes.
This collection presents a couple new tales with previously published work. The stories are geared, as you have no doubt discovered, to the more adult reader. They range from the absolutely hilarious to the political (a tale dedicated to Rushdie) to the most wrenching version of Rumplestilken you will ever read (“Granny Rumple”). Three of the stories are interconnected and concern the trials of a fairy family who finds itself sucked into Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and a bottle of bad wine. There is a harsh because of its truth version of Thousand Furs and a rather delightful version of Snow White. If you don’t like one story, odds are the following one will leave breathless from laughter or a darker emotion.(less)
Terry Pratchett loves cat but I'm not sure how he feels about dogs considering the dogs in this book. But that's okay, he loves cats. His cat apparent...moreTerry Pratchett loves cat but I'm not sure how he feels about dogs considering the dogs in this book. But that's okay, he loves cats. His cat apparently tried to eat hamsters once.
For the record, I love Pratchett's work, and the three books I read by Stephen Baxter I enjoyed. I was thrilled they were working together. It should be noted, however, that I am a reader, not a fan as Pratchett would say. I still love Pratchett, and I am glad about his book deal.
This book, the second in a series (most likely of three) raises some very interesting topics and questions. It would make for a good philosphey and moralstic debate. The world building is nice.
And it is a morals and world building novel looking for a plot because there is not one. Sorry, no plot, maybe a wink of one. Have to call it as I see it. No plot. At least the first book in the series had some humor going for it. No humor in this one. Some very boring characters who talk too much. Some more interesting characters who don't do enough (and in one case disapper for about half the book), and some interesting characters who sing, but who knows what they sing. Something happened at the end, but honestly at that point I didn't care because THERE WASN'T A PLOT.
It reminded me of the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. The writers got caught up in the idea and were able to overlook the plot that was jumping up and down to be included.
I enjoyed, in particular two of the stories in this collection. "The Dala Horse" by Michael Swanwick and "Hello Moto" by Nnedi Okoraforand Harry Turtl...moreI enjoyed, in particular two of the stories in this collection. "The Dala Horse" by Michael Swanwick and "Hello Moto" by Nnedi Okoraforand Harry Turtledove's closing story "Shetel Days" - which one can buy for kindle on its own.
"Dala Horse" makes wonderful use of folklore and technology. It is actually surprising touching and powerful.
But the two stand outs, the reason for the four stars are "Hello Moto" and "Shetel Days". At first glance Moto looks like a standard witch story about two much power, yet it is also about hair and appearance. It is also about what is going on in parts of Africa. It is the shortest one in the collection but is tied with Shetel Days as the most power. I haven't read anything by Nnedi Okorafor before, but I will now.
"Shetel Days" is about being not only Jewish but being in general and is the type of story that you can think about, but reviewing becomes difficult.
The collection is free on Amazon as if this review and is worth reading.(less)
Another stunning collection from Hines. Readers of his series will pay particular attention "Sister of the Hedge" as well as "Heart of Ash" for both e...moreAnother stunning collection from Hines. Readers of his series will pay particular attention "Sister of the Hedge" as well as "Heart of Ash" for both experiment with characters and themes that make thier way into Hines' sereis.
Overall, the stories are dark and thought provoking. The winner of best story is the last. "Ours to Fight For" examines certain actions during times of war. I have to say Mr Hines, you should explore that world more. It is amazingly detailed for a short story and the reader does want to see more.
Each story includes brief comments from Hines.(less)
I never read Vonnegut in high school or in college, and this book was the second Vonnegut work I've read. I'm finding reviewing this book to be rather...moreI never read Vonnegut in high school or in college, and this book was the second Vonnegut work I've read. I'm finding reviewing this book to be rather difficult.;
First, the book is highly important piece of literature. It is a good anti-war book. The narrative tone is great, the humanity of the characters is believable, the time jumping and non-linear format actually work for the book and not against it.
Vonnegut seems to have written the book in part so he could try and come to terms with the bombing of Dresden, an event that at time Vonnegut wrote the book, very few people in America knew about. And this is where I start to feel conflicted.
Now, Vonnegut couldn't know what people know today about Irving, shot Irving was still allowed into Canada then. But reading Voneegut's book today, I have to wonder how many people reading it would know about Irving. I know I didn't know about him until I read the books listed above. This, I don't know, distrubs and worries aren't the right words, I don't what it is, but it felt like a cold shower.
Yet the book is so powerful.
Amended to point out that I discovered that once Vonnegut was told of Irving and the whole mess, he refused to correct the issue. There is some evidence that he was a tad anti-Sematic.(less)
The reason why I say I guess is because if you see this as a YA book, or a book for someone who has nev...more**spoiler alert** So really 1.5 stars. I guess.
The reason why I say I guess is because if you see this as a YA book, or a book for someone who has never read sci-fi before, it might be better.
But you should know, I picked this up free for the Kindle on Amazon.
The writing is fine, in terms of sentences and such. The book gets points for a female heroine. Yet, I have to ask while all other women are either bad and in most cases, stupid. I have to wonder why everyone in a position of power is a man. I have to wonder why an experienced bounty hunter would wear her hair down.
Points though, for having the brunette kick ass.
Not enough to make me want to read the others, though.(less)
Please stop writing and just stick to movies. They are very good movies. Pretty please with a cherry on top, just make good movies....moreDear Mr. Del Toro,
Please stop writing and just stick to movies. They are very good movies. Pretty please with a cherry on top, just make good movies. I know people what have said about this book; there's like six pages of quotes before the story starts. But please stop.
Or at least don't:
1. Write in fragments. Yes, okay, maybe you want to say they are intentional fragments, but there is way too many of them.
2. Don't use every single over used horror movie cliche in the first 100 pages. Granted they are riveting in terms of the whole plane plot, but honestly the whole family set-up,been there, done that. The whole relationship messy thing, that too.
3. Don't write like a movie. There are differences between books and movies. This seems like it might make a good tv series, but a good book? Nah.
(Enclosed is a copy of a letter from New York Times Book Review, Time, and Newsweek and sundry others.
Dear Magzine editor pooh-bah,
When asking someone to review a horror or fantasy book (or even movie), please make sure they are familiar with the genre in more than a passing way. You wouldn't look like idiots.
P.S. - BTW, the only time I have ever seen Morris Men in fantasy books is in Terry Pratchett;s work. Can you please stop mentioning them every time you mention the word fantasy?(less)
I'll admit it; I'm more of a fantasy geek than a Sci-Fi geek.
I like the end behind this story, but, man it could be shorter. The characters are flat...moreI'll admit it; I'm more of a fantasy geek than a Sci-Fi geek.
I like the end behind this story, but, man it could be shorter. The characters are flat for the most part, and no one seems to grow, even though they age. It's hard to remember that the two central characters are 19 and 16 for the second part because they still act 10 and 13.
The premise of this book is good. A bunch of teddy bear like aliens read the literature of Earth and then take it too extremes by becoming the charact...moreThe premise of this book is good. A bunch of teddy bear like aliens read the literature of Earth and then take it too extremes by becoming the characters. The one weak story in the collection is "Star Prince Charlie" where the Hoka is a supporting character.
The writers do a very good job of keeping the Hokas in character. Despite the sly reference of "hacks", Anderson and Dickinson are far from it.(less)
Despite the description that surrounds this novel, it isn't a superhero/werewolf novel, so don't think you're going to read about werewolves.
It's bett...moreDespite the description that surrounds this novel, it isn't a superhero/werewolf novel, so don't think you're going to read about werewolves.
It's better than that. Much better.
While the novel isn't about werewolves, it is about superheros, or at least what makes a heroine. Carey is playing with the superhero genre for much of the book. There are references to X-Men, Wolverine in particular, and Superman. Many of the plot points are similar to those used in comics - the outsider with superpowers, the motley crew of support staff, the super powered bad guy, the evil government conspiracy, the villain who isn't really a villain. Carey, however, plays around with these plot points. The animalistic superhero outsider is a girl, not a Wolverine berserker (one wonders if part of the story was inspired by the question what if Wolverine was female). The super hero takes a name of a saint and wears a dress. Additionally, Carey tells the story, at least in the beginning, as if it were a legend.
The book succeeds because the characters are well drawn and even minor characters have a life of their own. The heroine, Loup, is likeable. While there is sex, it is not a Kushiel book, so it's rather tame by those standards. One would think that the book is an attempt by Carey to break into the Urban Fantasy genre, similar to how Armstrong as done teen Otherworld books. Be warned, despite the age of the protagonists, this book isn't a teen or YA novel. There is language and there is sex.
The one false note is the ending. It is unclear if this novel is intended as a stand alone. It almost seems like it is, but the ending suggests otherwise. It is not a bad ending, but too open ended for a novel that is a stand alone.(less)