It's hunger games plus some piercings and tattoos. There's a tiny, strong, brave female hero plus her slightly misfit love interest. There's corrupt gIt's hunger games plus some piercings and tattoos. There's a tiny, strong, brave female hero plus her slightly misfit love interest. There's corrupt government and division among the classes. The world is not divided by race - but rather innate value systems that are determined by a sort of truth serum given to all who live in this dystopian world after their 16th birthday.
The first book is just the beginning of the journey....more
If I had entertained the idea of not continuing with the series, that entertainment stopped with the last sentence of this book. Don't worry - I'm notIf I had entertained the idea of not continuing with the series, that entertainment stopped with the last sentence of this book. Don't worry - I'm not going to say what it was - but it surely didn't wrap up the lives of Katniss and Peeta all neatly and let you say "well, well - I'll just come up with my own ideas of what happens to these characters - no need to bother with Mockingjay". But I never even entertained the idea actually. I'm suckered into these books. No, there's no hypnotic, poetic writing; or mesmerizing, philosophical mind-numbing ideas introduced. And I do indeed get tired of some of the things that are repeated and repeated - as if we might have forgotten that the Capitol is entertained by a good bloodbath and eventually all the players in the Hunger Games will have to kill each other - because there can be only one survivor. But I can overlook those little annoyances because I just like this story. I have book number three reserved at my local library....more
He's lost in space and boy is he pissed when a rich man's ship passes him by and does not respond to his distress cry. And now this tattooed tiger boyHe's lost in space and boy is he pissed when a rich man's ship passes him by and does not respond to his distress cry. And now this tattooed tiger boy is out for REVENGE! ...more
Lots of stories knitted together to make one book. Man has just about used up earth. Looks for new frontiers. Settles on Mars. Takes a while to get thLots of stories knitted together to make one book. Man has just about used up earth. Looks for new frontiers. Settles on Mars. Takes a while to get that planet just like earth man wants it. But unfortunately it looks like he's coming with some of his same old baggage and has plans for a full takeover.
One of the most disturbing things is that in a earth day set in the future, Bradbury saw the racial relationships staying the same ol' Jim Crow way.
Left my copy in a Little Library on Saint Charles Ave in New Orleans....more
This is full of time travel and it's philosophical rules and limitations - but there is not one cell phone. Creepy when current day surpasses futuristThis is full of time travel and it's philosophical rules and limitations - but there is not one cell phone. Creepy when current day surpasses futuristic science fiction. Of course I should forgive the author for not being able to predict the real future - but I can't forgive her for repeating things almost verbatim several times in the novel. A technique I assume writers use when they think their readers need reminding of key facts since the book is so long and complicated. There were times when I thought my cat had moved my book mark and I was re-reading a page I had already completed.
I also got the feeling the time travel was just written in as an excuse to give the reader a history of Medieval England.
Hard for me to know how to rate this book. I loved the IDEA of the book - loved the hard questions it forces you to ponder - loved the few small tendeHard for me to know how to rate this book. I loved the IDEA of the book - loved the hard questions it forces you to ponder - loved the few small tender gestures Ender Wiggins gets to experience while he is being brutally molded into the savior of the human race - loved the plot and the story development. But is it just me or was that a borderline incestuous relationship he had with his sister? I mean you could excuse it when Ender was 6 - but by the time he and his sister are talking about sneaking off from their jobs on the colony for a secret pillow fight - I mean you have to wonder. And how much of those damn battles did we REALLY need to have described. I got the idea. My eyes would just glaze over as I read time after time about how Ender flashed this enemy and froze that one and hid behind this guy and used that guy as a shield and won despite all the cards stacked against him for the 50th time! But other than that - it’s a great book and I'll probably read more Ender books or at least more Orson Scott Card books. ...more
Ok – so I’m probably the only one in the universe who didn’t read this in high school. This is a book that must be read, right? I k1984, George Orwell
Ok – so I’m probably the only one in the universe who didn’t read this in high school. This is a book that must be read, right? I knew the general premise of the book, big brother is watching you. But oh, how frightening it was! Big Brother was not only watching but he knew what you were thinking and when you were having sex and if you were having sex you better not be enjoying it; you better be just doing it to have a child. A child that would be trained to turn you in to the party if you did anything that was out of line. And who the hell could know what was in line or out of line? Anyway – the story is about Winston, who is evidently the only human left who remembers stuff and thinks for himself. He takes his ration of nasty tasting gin each day and dutifully rewrites history in the Ministry of Truth so that things that the party wants to be so, can not be proven not to be so. And when he knew where his wife was he had sex with his wife each night, for the good of the party. But, (can you believe it) he’s not happy. He feels something is missing and he holds on to the hope that there are others who feel the same way. He sees little flickers in people’s eyes that he seems to think mean that they are in this secret organization called the Brotherhood who have plans to overthrow Big Brother and – god only knows what their plan is – but just something different than what they have.
Winston is shocked when a woman (Julia) that he is sure is a party spy – a member of the thought police – and who he has fantasies of bashing her head in because he hates her so much – comes up to him and hands him a slip of paper that says that she loves him. Turns out that she just wants to have sex – but hey! So they carry on in a secret little room in the Prol’s area of town knowing that one day they’ll be shot. And all they are doing at this point is taking little naps with each other and getting their freak on. But then they decide to take a chance and approach this inner party member (O’Brian, who they are just sure is a traitor to big brother because Winston has seen that little flicker) to say that they’d be willing to throw acid in the face of a child if that’s what the brotherhood wanted them to do in order to overthrow big brother. But remember how Winston misjudged Julia? He thought she was stalking him because she wanted to turn him in to the thought police and she really just wanted sex? Let’s just say that Winston misjudged O’Brian too.
And then we get into the torturing and the 2 plus 2 makes 5 or I’ll turn this dial up to 100 and room 101 and then we finally get to the rats!!!! Which I just can’t go into. But that is the tipping point for ol’ Winston and it is just a matter of time before he is back out in the world loving Big Brother. And my god if it’s not just the scariest book in the world! ...more
OOO eee that's a complicated world right there. Keeping up with what chemical does what to which sleeve and where the essence of who someone actuallyOOO eee that's a complicated world right there. Keeping up with what chemical does what to which sleeve and where the essence of who someone actually IS resides makes my head spin. Porn doesn't just pop up on your computer - it assaults you with street-casts if you wander too close to their curbside transmissions. There is every sort of virtual and actual sex and, if you have the money - an ability to live forever in a fresh, young body.
This ability to live forever has its drawbacks. Kicks just keep get harder to find. And these cyber-vampire-like rich people can feel like they have all the answers and are apt to ride high on a big ol' power trip.
Takeshi Lev Kovacs is kind of a super soldier who is hired by one of these ancient super-rich and is brought back to life to save the day. Kind of a tricked out deputy dog. And I understand that his character continues to kick ass in 2 other books by Morgan.
It's written a bit like there is a prequel - but there is not....more