So, the film adaptation of this book is coming out soon and I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Do I like the idea of space travel? YES!
Was I sure I was gSo, the film adaptation of this book is coming out soon and I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Do I like the idea of space travel? YES!
Was I sure I was going to be crazy about this book? YES!
Was I crazy about this book? Meh...
I mean, it's OKAY. It's a book about a Mars mission for Pete's sake! But it's also hard SF. Unless you're ready for a book that's gonna hit you with a lot of real science rather than plot or character development, I might advise passing this one by....more
YEARS ago I had bought the first five or so of the Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series of books after being blown away by his novel Tell No One. I endYEARS ago I had bought the first five or so of the Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series of books after being blown away by his novel Tell No One. I ended up giving them away because I thought, "Meh... These aren't going to be any good. A sports agent mystery series? It'll probably be too focused on fictional athletes, their stats, all kinds of uninteresting sports-themed filler..."
Boy, was I wrong.
This, the first of sports agent/private-investigator-of-sorts Myron Bolitar, was... can I say... unputdownable.
A young girl has been missing for a while and now her father has been murdered. The girl is the girlfriend of a young rookie quaterback who has Myron as his agent. The girl's picture has been found in the back of a smutty porno rag. The mystery begins.
This book is a tightly wound mystery set against the mere background of the sporting world. It's not that I'm not a fanatical fan of some sports, but even if you aren't, the sports theme isn't really overly intrusive in this story.
I decided to give Coben another chance after getting in the mood to read some mystery. I read one of his earlier works and dove right into this series. If you're a fan of mystery or looking for an absolutely excellent mystery read, you should give this one a whirl, as well....more
Continuing my intermittent reading of the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novels, I come to this one, probably the best in my back and forth chronologicContinuing my intermittent reading of the Hugo and Nebula Award winning novels, I come to this one, probably the best in my back and forth chronological reading of these award winners since Flowers for Algernon.
Set in the late 2100s (at the very end of the novel, it's 2200), this novel is narrated by the fourteen-year-old protagonist Mia Havaro. She begins the book by explaining how Earth became overpopulated and humankind had to leave it, voyaging across the universe to colonize other planets, but mainly living in huge ships. She is an inhabitant of one of these ships, along with some 20,000 other people.
To pass into adulthood, at around the age of 14, children must be dropped on to one of the colonized planets and survive of a month. If they do, they return to their homes on the ships, having become adults.
This may sound like it might fit in right alongside the current young adult dystopian fiction plot, but it's anything but.
The book is about a physical and philosophical ascent into adulthood, it's beautifully written, and it's a piece of fiction, written nearly 50 years ago now, that I really enjoyed.
I was pleasantly surprised and I highly recommend it.
*- This book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, awarded for the year 1968....more
Book TWO of the whole Maze Runner saga... I actually liked it better than the first.
Where I got a bit tired of the characters' constant speculation aBook TWO of the whole Maze Runner saga... I actually liked it better than the first.
Where I got a bit tired of the characters' constant speculation about the maze in the first book, I became intrigued by the different plights that befell them here. While the different mysteries felt as though they were trying too hard in the first book, they made me turn the pages in this one.
I don't want to say too much about the plot to avoid spoilers, but if you're a fan of the whole YA dystopian fiction thing, you probably want to give this book and series a shot....more
The Maze Runner. I'd been thinking about picking it up here and there. My 11-year-old little girl is beginning to get obsessed with the series, so I fThe Maze Runner. I'd been thinking about picking it up here and there. My 11-year-old little girl is beginning to get obsessed with the series, so I figured if I wanted to get through without too many spoilers, I'd better get with it.
Our protagonist Thomas wakes up in a dark box/elevator type thing. His memory is very fragmented. The only thing he is certain of is his first name. He is pulled out of the box by several other young boys and into the world of The Glade, a wilderness with a huge Maze where certain of the boys have been making trips through to search for their escape for some two years.
This book was entertaining. The mysterious, post-apocalyptic setting is always a fun one for me, even if the book is following the seemingly overused trope of other young adult dystopian fiction nowadays.
This wasn't a burdensome read and the ending is good for making the reader want more. I wasn't blown away by it, but it wasn't a chore at all, as some of my recent reads have been.
Recommended for those who are interested in an light, solid, post-apocalyptic fiction read....more
A short story by Joe Hill in which a woman, back from a tour in Iraq and not proud of the things she's done there, begins receiving envelopes simply cA short story by Joe Hill in which a woman, back from a tour in Iraq and not proud of the things she's done there, begins receiving envelopes simply containing pieces of paper with thumbprints on them....more
Again, guys... If you're reading my reviews on these volumes, this is going to kind of pick up where I left off on the first three volumes.
This bookAgain, guys... If you're reading my reviews on these volumes, this is going to kind of pick up where I left off on the first three volumes.
This book wrapped up nicely the plot threads that were hanging in the first three volumes. All the fantastic, seldom used characters are still here, along with the tales from the premiere creators in comics, all of them great fun to read.
As with the other volumes, the art was nice and solid, employing it's own host of fantastic talent.
Again, as with the first three volumes, I recommend this to fans of the lesser used characters of the DCU and those who love sprawling superhero epics....more
I needed something relatively short to read, I'd just come from seeing "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", and I really wanted to see how the whole endI needed something relatively short to read, I'd just come from seeing "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", and I really wanted to see how the whole end of this epic saga that's taken the world by storm was gonna play out.
In a word: average.
There were great moments in all of these books. Don't get me wrong. But even with being all hyped up, coming out of just having seen the movie version (which I really thought was quite good) of the book preceding this one... It wasn't long into it that I was just wishing they'd get to the end already.
This is the final frame, the end of it all, the one for all the marbles, and while I do think the author penned a great ending to the story of the rebellion of people against a government so vile they'd pit children against one another to the death, it was a bit of a chore getting to that ending.
I guess my labors in that chore are over now, though, and I can leave you, stating that I feel this book (and the entire series) are entertaining, but little more than average....more
So... I'd heard Mr. Miéville's name around plenty and had always wanted to check him out. He also recently wrote a comic book series for DC called DiaSo... I'd heard Mr. Miéville's name around plenty and had always wanted to check him out. He also recently wrote a comic book series for DC called Dial H that looked pretty cool, so I thought I'd check out his first novel.
Saul Garamond is a twenty something who lives with his father, yet has a pretty strained relationship with him. One night, after Saul sneaks in from a night out, something vicious kills his father in a most brutal way. The police suspect that Saul is the murderer, but the culprit is something completely different.
What's written above is the set up for a story that somewhat involves a modern retelling of the Pied Piper myth, drum & bass music, the city of London, and a few lesser animal gods.
Although beautifully written throughout, this story didn't blow me away the way I thought it would. I don't know if it was something in not knowing who to root for, the constant bickering between the characters, or me not picking up what are political overtones that are apparently in the story. The book, though, is a solidly written tale with a satisfying ending.
Recommended for fans of dark urban fantasy....more
As is almost always the case with books from Sequart this one is indispensable.
If you're a fan of "The Filth" you need to read this book. It not onlyAs is almost always the case with books from Sequart this one is indispensable.
If you're a fan of "The Filth" you need to read this book. It not only breaks down and explains concepts of a work that can be dense the first time you read it, but also touts interviews with the creators involved, compares the work to other work and creators, and enhances what you're going to take away from the original comic.
A must read for all fans of "The Filth" and those really wanting to dig into the work....more
One Sunday night, after a particularly pulse-pounding episode of the show "Breaking Bad" , I began to do an online search for novels that folks may haOne Sunday night, after a particularly pulse-pounding episode of the show "Breaking Bad" , I began to do an online search for novels that folks may have compared to the show. This was one of the first ones I came across.
I would not have reached this opinion myself if I had read this book before watching my beloved "Breaking Bad" (it's my favorite show ever as of this review).
I mean, this book wasn't AWFUL. Quite the opposite. It has a great high concept.
The members of an office that is a cover for some secret organization are called to a Saturday morning meeting. Once there, they are told they have been discontinued. They will drink a cocktail containing poison and they will die. There is no escape from the building. The elevators have been disabled, the staircases are rigged with sarin gas, there is no getting out of this.
What follows is what I'd call a fun read, a sort of "brain candy" type of book, filled with all the sex and violence of your regular summer blockbuster action film.
While it may not be the caliber of "Breaking Bad" in this reader's humble opinion, it's definitely a readable and enjoyable book.
Recommended for fans of the author, a solid, fun read, or those who like some action....more
Michael Crichton was always one of those writers that I wanted to just go out and read from the beginning. A while back I might have thought that oneMichael Crichton was always one of those writers that I wanted to just go out and read from the beginning. A while back I might have thought that one would have started with a book called "The Terminal Man" if they wanted to undertake this task. Turns out, Crichton wrote many books before that.
"Odds On" is his first, and is about a group of fellows who meet up in Spain at the Hotel Reina to rob it blind. They use a computer device called CRIPA (standing for "critical path analysis") and run scenarios on everything that could possibly go wrong. They seem to have an infallible plan. But do they?
This one's an intriguing concept. I mean, it sounds cool, doesn't it? These guys have what must have been shockingly unthinkable to 1960s (when the book was first published) readers in this supercomputer that practically robs the hotel for them. It's gonna have heist-y action, lots of tension as the robbery plays out, all that sort of thing... Right?
The book may well have been called "Bods On" for all the sex these guys (and everybody in the book) had. I mean, I guess if you're gonna stay in a hotel and you're a single dude and you're gonna be there a few days...
The novel wasn't BAD by any stretch of the imagination. I found myself wanting to go back for more and see how the robbery was going to go down. Crichton kept me roped in enough to where I didn't even think of not finishing the book.
I guess lately, with me, I've been looking for just getting to the point in the fiction I've read.
While not bad, if the book had been done a bit differently and maybe just a tad more succinctly, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars, instead of the three I just did.
Recommended for Crichton fans/completists, heist lovers, and perhaps even fans of romance/steamy novels....more
Mr. Sun is a man who measures his life in seconds. The time it takes to fly from England to LAX, the duration of a cab ride, the time it takes to propMr. Sun is a man who measures his life in seconds. The time it takes to fly from England to LAX, the duration of a cab ride, the time it takes to properly dispose of a body...
This short story from the incomparable Warren Ellis is a day in the life of a man who describes himself as a "dead pig collector", a man who gets hired to kill people and then get rid of their bodies.
In just 29 pages, Ellis demonstrates yet again why he's one of my favorite writers and gives me a new bit of awesome I can rave about to all my friends.
At just 99 cents on your favorite ebook platform: if you're at all interested, you'd be crazy NOT to pick this one up....more
Upon reading SOME of the book and seeing the film "Cloud Atlas", I became very interested in the idea of reincarnation and past lives. This book was oUpon reading SOME of the book and seeing the film "Cloud Atlas", I became very interested in the idea of reincarnation and past lives. This book was on Kindle for a reasonable price, so I started my journey into the subject here.
I'd say this is a really excellent primer to the concept of past life readings. The author lays down the basics of what she looks for when doing past life readings and what we should expect from having such a thing done to us. (Something that I'd now be very eager to experience.)
What follows Ms. Wetzel's opening chapters are some thirty past life readings.
These are fascinating.
She explains that these lives can be from the future OR from the past and that all of our lives are actually existing at the same time! The linear aspect we as humans seem to view them through are illusions of time and space. This was really astounding and eye-opening to me, though I'd read similarly themed things in the past.
There is plenty to experience in this book, as Ms. Wetzel explains to her clients what possible implications past lives have had on their present ones in reference to fears, habits, relationships, etc.
If you are at all interested in the subject of past lives, this a definite must-read....more
This is a book I'd been anticipating for a while. I've read most of Joe Hill's other stuff (if not all of it) and have been rewarded each and eveWow.
This is a book I'd been anticipating for a while. I've read most of Joe Hill's other stuff (if not all of it) and have been rewarded each and every time. This book is no exception.
Victoria McQueen is a little girl with a knack for finding things. Charles Talent Manx is a creepy fellow in a Rolls Royce who kidnaps children. They both have mystical ways of getting where they need to go. Their paths will soon cross.
It's difficult to find words to relay just how good this book is. When I read it, it'd been a long time since I read prose fiction with such intensity. This one was painful to put down until I'd finished. Then it was simply a great reward.
I always say who I'd recommend books to at the end of these reviews. This one... I give my seal of approval for anyone. Stellar work....more