It took me a few months to get through this, but it was my third or forth reading. It's still a great book, and most of the gap between readings was cIt took me a few months to get through this, but it was my third or forth reading. It's still a great book, and most of the gap between readings was caused by real life and other books that I didn't already know.
I graduated in 1985 from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado. I remained in the area for a few years, and I still have family there. A few yearI graduated in 1985 from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado. I remained in the area for a few years, and I still have family there. A few years later, I joined the US Air Force. I still go back when I can, but vacations aren't cheap.
Thanks to the internet, media, and remaining family in the area, I keep up with some of the important events. I follow the Broncos, Avalanche, and Rockies, counting them among my favorite sports teams. By April 20, 1999, I hadn't been back for awhile and one event brought it all back home: The Columbine Massacre.
In the thirty years since I graduated, there have been far too many tragic stories in the news. On December 14, 1993, a disgruntled former employee returned to a Chuck E Cheese store in Aurora and killed 4 people. One of those was a Smoky Hill junior named Ben Grant that my younger brother knew. The perpetrator has been sitting on Death Row ever since, getting stays of execution each time it comes up.
Twenty years later almost to the day, December 13, 2013, a gunman shot Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School and killed himself. She died 8 days later.
On July 20, 2012, another gunman went on a killing spree at a movie theater in Aurora, killing 12. This was the biggest news from the area since the Columbine killings, where two students killed 12 other students and a teacher, then themselves.
Each of these events hit close to home. Yes, there have been many others, but these were the ones that I felt personally.
We used to take my oldest daughter to Chuck E Cheese when she was little, to the same location where the shooting happened a few years later.
When I was a senior, our football team was one of the best in school history, and I remember attending a game at Arapahoe High, and playing Columbine High in the playoffs at a neutral site.
One of the places my friends and I frequented on weekends and afternoon was the Aurora Mall. This was of course several years before the Century 16 theater was built, where the shooting happened. But its location was adjacent to the Aurora Mall.
So when I ran across this audiobook telling an in depth account of the Columbine tragedy, I jumped on it. It tells the events of that day, of course. But it also goes into the background of the people involved, before and after the shootings. It looks into the minds of the killers, and explores their motivations and reasoning. It tells the story of the victims and their families, and how they dealt with it years later.
The author of this book obviously did quite an extensive amount of research. Not only did Dave Cullen tell the story garnered from all the police reports, interviews, and personal writings, but he presented them in an objective way. That is to say, without laying down judgement. Rather than worry about laying blame or pointing fingers, Mr Cullen shows the reader the human side of everything, from all angles.
I love the Riyria books by Michael J. Sullivan. I enjoyed this novella as well as the other stories and novels in this world, but I suppose you can saI love the Riyria books by Michael J. Sullivan. I enjoyed this novella as well as the other stories and novels in this world, but I suppose you can say that the rating here is lower than the others because the bar has been set pretty high. That said, this was pretty darn good. I enjoyed the banter of Royce and Hadrian, and it was great to see them handling another heist that didn't go as planned.
I received a free ebook copy of this graphic novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
Stars and stones! It's great to get a new story in the Harry DI received a free ebook copy of this graphic novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
Stars and stones! It's great to get a new story in the Harry Dresden series. One thing that I really like about these graphic novels, is that Butcher himself is involved in the writing. That makes the characters and pacing fit what fans of the longtime series are used to.
The art is pretty darn good too, capturing the characters in a way that's close to what I'd pictured them as by reading the books.
This story wasn't as solid as most of the novels, but it still made for a great afternoon diversion, and a little something to tide us over until Peace Talks....more
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Well then. All said, I'm ummm...well. Fragged.
If I had not bee I received a free eARC copy of this graphic novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
Well then. All said, I'm ummm...well. Fragged.
If I had not been a fan of the imposter "old" Lobo, I probably would have enjoyed this more. The writing was pretty good, and the art was as well. The character of Lobo was good, if not totally original. Badass assassin with a code that always completes his contracts and is cold-hearted. The storyline was interesting enough as he plucks his way around trying to find all the targets that he's been hired to kill.
But then again, I used to read Lobo. The Main Man was a complete Bastich, and didn't care who got in his way. He was completely psychotic, riding his space-chopper around and fraggin' anyone that got in his way. Always with a clever line of pure badassery. He looked like a mix up of King Diamond, Sons of Anarchy, and the Insane Clown Posse, and you did not want to cross his path. The dude even messed up Superman at least once.
So now we find out that wasn't the "real" Lobo, and that he was dispatched by this new pretty boy with angst? Pffft. Whatever.
I liked this story as it was written and drawn. But it could have been so much more with the original writers and the actual Lobo in the lead role.
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Well, this was a decent Batman story, and a good way to kill a couple of dead hourI received a free eARC copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley.
Well, this was a decent Batman story, and a good way to kill a couple of dead hours this afternoon. I guess it's supposed to tie in to the new Arkham Knight game, but since I don't play these things, I missed any direct references to that. Still, a Batman story. Not as good as some of the Scott Snyder penned recent Batman titles that I've read, but worth the time nonetheless.
I did struggle with some of the assumed Bat-lore knowledge one would expect from a hard core fan. But then, I'm only a passing fan of the Bat at best. Once more, Snyder handled this better in his works.
Am I interested in continuing? Probably not, unless I got another free copy....more
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Alastair Reynolds has easily become one of those authors that I've taken an interestI received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.
Alastair Reynolds has easily become one of those authors that I've taken an interest in, ever since I read Revelation Space last year. That was a novel that I like quite a bit, even though many parts of it were above my comprehension level. So even though I enjoyed it overall, I became leery of reading more.
Then I saw that this was coming out, a short novel with an interesting premise: a soldier dealing with the aftermath of a war that's just had a ceasefire and not everyone's been told. I was quickly engaged with Scur and her story, and better yet, I understood what was happening! This was some seriously cool space opera as it should be.
I like my science fiction to be heavy on the fiction, with a dash of the science. Or even more than a dash if it's told in such a way that I can follow it. That's what this was, and I would definitely grab up more stories/novels occurring in Scur's universe. ...more
I tell you what though. I liked it! If this was a series, I'd read more of them. YWait, what? What did I just read?
Yeah, something like that, Captain.
I tell you what though. I liked it! If this was a series, I'd read more of them. Yeah, if you write a Malazan Book of the Windup, I'll damn read it.
Because there was so much I didn't understand. There was so much I scratched my head about and wondered WHY?! But I was engrossed. The future Thai Kingdom depicted here and the world it's set in are brilliant. I felt like I was there. I didn't always get what was coming, but if you saw someone with a white shirt, you want to blend into the crowd. I wonder though, what those white shirts were made of. I mean, as hot and sticky and humid as it was, how did they stay white?
Here's a well crafted mystery/thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, only not as sinister. The plus is that while it's not as nail biting as Flynn's,Here's a well crafted mystery/thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, only not as sinister. The plus is that while it's not as nail biting as Flynn's, the characters are more likable. On its own, it's a pretty good mystery with some nice twists and turns, just paced a little slowly....more
This was a decent little story that I probably wouldn't have ever read if not for John Scalzi's reboot, Fuzzy Nation. That book was just so awesome, IThis was a decent little story that I probably wouldn't have ever read if not for John Scalzi's reboot, Fuzzy Nation. That book was just so awesome, I had to see about the source material.
Also, this audiobook was a surprise attachment to the Fuzzy Nation audiobook, so it was right there. Just press "play".
That said, this wasn't as entertaining. It was good, it's just that Fuzzy Nation was incredible. Scalzi did some things that were improvements on the original story. That said, there wouldn't even be a Fuzzy Nation if it weren't for this book.
On the audio, well. The narrator also wasn't as good as Wil Wheaton. This guy made Jack Holloway's interactions with Little Fuzzy sound like episodes of Mickey Mouse's Playhouse. Only without the "Hot Dog Song". (Don't judge me, my 1 year old grandson lives with us).
But yeah, without this, there would be no Fuzzy Nation. And just mayhap, there would have been no Ewoks either.
Disclaimer: I was invited to be a part of a Beta read of this novel, and was provided an ebook copy of it with which to read and take part in chapterDisclaimer: I was invited to be a part of a Beta read of this novel, and was provided an ebook copy of it with which to read and take part in chapter analysis and surveys.
Once more, I have to say that I really enjoyed an entry in the Riyria series of books by Michael J. Sullivan. These books are always a satisfying read, full of action, intrigue, suspense, and twists and turns.
One thing I enjoy most is reading character development. Regardless to what happens or goes on around them, I like to see characters reacting like real human beings. That is, they all have unique qualities that define them, and yet they also grow and adapt to their experiences and feelings. Within that scope, both Hadrian and Royce come into this true to the characters longtime readers are familiar with. And they also learn some things about the world around them, people in it, and about themselves. Both have come a long way in this story alone.
It's a great entry in the overall series, and one that I'll be sure to read again when it's released in its final polished versions....more