Picking up not long after she left off in The Golden Hour, Williams' new adventure covers much more territory than the first.
Xanthe Alexander, while ePicking up not long after she left off in The Golden Hour, Williams' new adventure covers much more territory than the first.
Xanthe Alexander, while enjoying a short reprieve from her twin brother Xavier, is overly busy beating herself up. While out on the porch studying math to distract herself, she happens to notice something in the pond. Much to her shock, she realizes it's her best friend Rowan. As it turns out, she, Rowan and Nina have been called back to Owatannauk, Maine to assist in a special project: collecting historical items for customers of the curio shop.
After a brief run-through of Egyptian history, the trio are costumed and sent on their way. Xanthe, pleased to finally have something her brother does not, has lost sight of the mission almost before it's begun. When Xavier later shows up in Alexandria, she loses it completely. Though the children have been forewarned not to interact with anyone important, when Xanthe accidentally runs into Cleopatra while exiting an alleviator in a Temple of Isis, she finds it all too easy to let the girl believe she is the godess she's come to worship.
In secret, she begins making trips to see the princess as she ages, following her through history. Moody and distracted during the day, it doesn't take long for the others to figure out something's up. She feeds Rowan a lie to pass on to the others, but Xavier knows her better than that, and follows her on her next visit. Furious as she is at the discovery, it turns out to be the least of their troubles, as they get stuck overnight in the wrong year, and return to Owatannauk only to find they've created an alternate branch of the universe and are stuck out of time.
With the help of the alternates in the new Owatanauk, and Rowan and Nina, Xanthe and Xavier, or Isis and Osiris, scheme up an incredible plot to return history to its correct path, which is their only chance to undo the damage, and return to their own time.
A much heavier read than the first of the series, The Hour of the Cobra covers far more territory than The Golden Hour, but is equally enjoyable. I'd recommend reading them in order, only because most of the mystery of Owatannauk is told in the first book, though there is a brief summarization for the reader at the beginning of this story.
A tale of jealousy, friendship, teamwork and faith, The Hour of the Cobra is well worth a look....more
When the world learns that the moon is going to be hit by an asteroid, the reaction is excitement. Finally, everyone alive will get to see something tWhen the world learns that the moon is going to be hit by an asteroid, the reaction is excitement. Finally, everyone alive will get to see something that’s happened throughout history but never truly been witnessed. On Miranda’s road, like many others, families come out to the street for a better view of the event. But soon after her brother announces he can see the asteroid coming through the telescope, things go from spectacular to disaster.
After the hit, everyone on the ground is left with a disturbing sight: the moon, asked, more visible, and far too close. Soon after, the flooding begins. Entire coasts are wiped out. Earthquakes follow. And eventually, fires.
When Miranda’s mother shows up at school soaking wet during a storm, she doesn’t know what to think. When they’re racing around the supermarket stocking up on everything they can, she thinks her mother is definitely over reacting. But as life grows less and less normal, she begins to understand that it was her mother’s quick thinking and foresight that’s enabling them to survive.
Unsure why she’s keeping a diary, Miranda nevertheless writes nearly every day, documenting the good times, the exciting days, and the trauma. Everything.
Quite often, while reading, I’d pause, look up, and be quite surprised to see the HDTV playing on, realize the lights were working, and that there was a fridge full of food. While I certainly hope this creative tale never turns into reality, I have to think it’s a possibility, which makes it all the more gripping.
Miranda and her family suffer through what sometimes seems more than their fair share of ups and downs, but through it all they stick together, showing us that love and perseverance can help you through even the most unimaginable times....more
Henry Atherton thought he was living a pretty normal life. Sure, working for Mr. Fogarty could be strange, as the man was completely paranoid, but allHenry Atherton thought he was living a pretty normal life. Sure, working for Mr. Fogarty could be strange, as the man was completely paranoid, but all in all things were good. He even made his cardboard pig fly–and that’s no mean feat. But when he comes down to breakfast to find his Mother acting strangely, and his father turns up acting even stranger, he starts to get the feeling something is amiss.
He mulls it over on the ride to Mr. Fogarty’s with his father, and bites the bullet when he gets let off, and asks his father if he’s having an affair. The answer he receives sends him reeling. So, while cleaning out Mr. Fogarty’s shed and realizing the cat has caught a miniature person with winds, and NOT a butterfly as he first suspected, he captures the thing in a jamjar and takes it to Fogarty, sure things can’t get much weirder.
At home later, he starts to think he must have been crazy to believe in faeries, even if he had been just talking to one. But he knows it was real. When he arrives the next day to find Fogarty with a youth about his own age, things get better and odder all at once.
As promised, Pyrgus has returned to his actual size.
Pyrgus and Henry break into Henry’s school to gather components needed to build a portal to enable Pyrgus to get back home, where he’s certain plots against his father are unfolding. After delivering the parts, Henry’s bit is meant to be done. He’s promised never to see Mr. Fogarty again. But after many days of unanswered calls, he can’t take it anymore, and heads to Fogarty’s to make sure everything is all right.
By this time, Pyrgus has disappeared through the portal and no one’s sure where he is, and his father has come through and gone back with Mr. Fogarty in tow. Henry manages to find the clues left behind and open the portal himself to get through.
After arriving at the Purple Palace, things take one unfortunate turn after another. Only though a stroke of imagination does Henry manage to turn things back around....more
This is the story of Orokos–the island in the sea. And as far as most of its inhabitants are concerned, the only place there is. Rail and Moa grew upThis is the story of Orokos–the island in the sea. And as far as most of its inhabitants are concerned, the only place there is. Rail and Moa grew up on Orokos; Rail always certain it is what is seems, Moa sure there’s something more.
As a child, Moa lost her father, who died trying to escape the island. Rail lost his ability to breathe, one of many victims of the Probability storms that have wreaked havoc on the island as long as anyone can remember. The two meet up one day and becomes a fast pair, making their money thieving.
A job gone bad forces them to flee their home. On their way back to the hidden city from which Moa first came, they stumble upon the golem Vago, who helps them on their way, but eventually escapes, seeking to learn the truth of his own identity. A journey that will lead him, and therefore the others, straight into the arms of the Protectorate, the rulers of Orokos, whose chief of Secret Police has a dream of his own. To find and destroy the Chaos Engine, which makes the Probability Storms possible. He dreams of an Orokos filled with only peace. And with Moa and her stolen artifact in hand, the dream seems within reach.
So what will become of this solitary world if these dreams are reached?
Perhaps Wooding’s most original creation yet. A slightly heavier read than some of his other books, but well worth it. Fantasy readers will likely enjoy it–it is an entirely invented world after all, though the nature of the story does lend itself more towards SciFi....more
Matt Cruse was born for Airship life–quite literally. When his father is killed in an accident, the idea of remaining at home is insufferable to him,Matt Cruse was born for Airship life–quite literally. When his father is killed in an accident, the idea of remaining at home is insufferable to him, and he takes a job aboard the very same ship his father used to frequent. The Aurora. To Matt, the ship is home.
In the air he feels most alive, most comfortable, most himself. At night he dreams of his father, by day he dreams of becoming a captain someday.
Through some rather interesting twists of events, Matt becomes a hero for rescuing a hot air balloon, but the situation leaves him glum, as he feels he disappointed the balloon’s occupant on his deathbed. A year later, he finds himself face to face with the man’s grandaughter, and the mystery starts anew.
Kate has brought along her grandfather’s journal, which she shares with Matt. Inside are detailed drawings of the creatures the man had been speaking of when he died. Matt can scarcely believe his eyes, but it does seem likely that the things actually exist. Though their route won’t take them very close to where the animals were spotted, Matt promises to tell Kate when they come close, so she can try to spot them and prove her grandfather right.
Instead, they ship suffers a run in with pirates; an episode which leaves them battered and broken, lucky to find land to tie-down the ship and make repairs. Aside from the cook, who is overjoyed at the culinary options offered by thei new paradise, not many seem too enchanted with their island. Except for Matt and Kate, who know where they must be.
Many adventures and much trouble ensue.
A fast-paced read, lots of fun. Like me, you’re likely to be off to the sequel when you’re through....more
When Cal came to NYC from Texas, he was looking forward to starting college. He never suspected, after wandering into a bar, that his life would takeWhen Cal came to NYC from Texas, he was looking forward to starting college. He never suspected, after wandering into a bar, that his life would take a turn into permanent change. He certainly didn’t intend to start turning any girl he kissed into a “vampire.” But, it happened, and now he spends his time being educated by the Night Watch, hunting down his short list of girlfriends, trying to right the wrongs.
When he finally finds Sarah, his first and only real girlfriend, it hits him hardest. Who she was, what she became, the fact that she remembers his name… She seems different. But no one wants to listen to him.
All his converts caught, Cal turns his attentions back to trying to find his progenitor: a girl he can only recall by first name and face. When fate leads him to her, or to where she once was, Cal begins to question what he’s been learning, and what he’s being told. Things are amiss in the world of Peeps, and Cal intends to get to the bottom of it....more
In this sequel to Airborn, we pick up about where we left off. Matt’s taken his money and used it to enroll in the Airship Academy, sending some homeIn this sequel to Airborn, we pick up about where we left off. Matt’s taken his money and used it to enroll in the Airship Academy, sending some home for his mother and sister’s. Kate has enrolled in the Sorbonne and taken up flying lessons. The adventure begins with Matt’s internship about the Flotsam.
Assistant to the Navigator, he’s learning things he never really took the time to notice board the Aurora. He was always more concerned with the flying than the routes. And while he appreciates his realization of the importance of the Navigator to a ship, he can’t wait to be done with the Flotsam, whose captain is questionable at best. When he flies them straight into a storm, Matt is sure he’s mad. When they get through, he begins to rethink his opinion…until they get caught in an updraft, and having jettisoned their ballast, are all but powerless to stop their ascent.
While floating at dangerous heights, they stumble upon an incredible discovery–an airship that has become myth, declared lost years ago. At 20,000 feet she floats, a ghost ship. The captain means to salvage her, but as the crew one by one all succumb to air sickness, Matt goes against orders, vents the ship’s hydrium, and saves their lives.
Despite the manner of the discovery, the news is still magical. While he feels a deep sadness when he hears of the loss of the navigator, Matt also realizes this makes him the only person to now know the coordinates of the mythical Hyperion. He can’t wait to tell Kate. Only Kate’s already found out. The story, it seems, has been leaked. This makes the idea less appealing.
When a meeting with a supposed member of the family of the deceased owner of the Hyperion turns bad, Matt starts to second-guess everything. Whether finding the ship was a good thing after all, whether Kate’s scheme to go after it is insanity or a worthwhile dream. An attempt on his life and the discovery of another man in Kate’s house make his mind up for him.
And still things don’t go his way. The very ship he and his newfound partner Nadira mean to hire is the same ship Kate has already hired, its owner the very man Matt spied in her house. And yet, the ragtag crew strikes a deal. Hal has the ship, Kate has the funds, Nadira the key, Matt the coordinates.
This adventure is even more fantastic than the last. An excellent read, highly recommended....more
This is another one of those books I grabbed before it even hit the shelf at my other job. It just looked good. And it sounded rather unique. And it wThis is another one of those books I grabbed before it even hit the shelf at my other job. It just looked good. And it sounded rather unique. And it was.
This is a book that has a bit of something for everyone: time travel for the sci-fi lover, a place that can only be seen two hours out of a day (and the time travel) for fantasy lovers, lessons learned about life and self for the realist in us, and plain old fun and excitement for the rest.
The very beginning might take some bearing with; while it peaks your interest and curiosity, it also at times seems slightly random and can leave you feeling a little lost. But hanging in there is definitely worth it. The story picks up quickly and then becomes hard to put down. And while I wondered briefly how on earth it would wrap up in time and not be destined for life as a serial, it did. And remarkably well at that. So, if you need some time out of your life, try this little time-hopping jaunt. It's sure to get you away....more
In Angry Management, Chris Crutcher revives some of his best known, and lesser known, characters in a series of novellas. Those of us who’ve read CrutIn Angry Management, Chris Crutcher revives some of his best known, and lesser known, characters in a series of novellas. Those of us who’ve read Crutcher will remember Sarah Byrnes and Angus Bethune. Angry Management also revisits Trey Chase, Montana West, Marcus James, Matt Miller, and John Simet. Crutcher calls it Fantasy, in that most of these characters are now outside their original times, and in some cases, places. The group has been brought together by their surrounding community for therapy. After a recent bout of vents, there is a newfound concern for the youth of the day, and their ability to cope with their world(s). But the story doesn’t revolve around the therapy so much as its attendees.
Sarah Byrnes falls in with Angus Bethune, and the two trade tales of the worst thing ever to happen to them. Sarah’s story leaves Angus in constant disbelief that people could truly do such things. Montana West and Trey Chase – a pair you might not consider a likely match – end up bringing out the best in one another, while saving Montana’s would-be Foster Sister from a system bound to fail her. Marcus James and Matt Miller find their stories colliding in unexpected ways, as life in their sundown town takes a turn for the bleak.
Any Crutcher fan should enjoy the revisiting of familiar names; any Crutcher newbie might fight it a good place to star...more
The eighth installment of the series, this book will begin to answer questions...and raise newer, bigger ones. Hence, I must refrain from a review soThe eighth installment of the series, this book will begin to answer questions...and raise newer, bigger ones. Hence, I must refrain from a review so I can begin book nine....more