What a brilliant concept for a book, and for a zombie story no less! I never thought I'd be awarding five stars for a book about zombies.
I started thiWhat a brilliant concept for a book, and for a zombie story no less! I never thought I'd be awarding five stars for a book about zombies.
I started this book thinking that it was going to take more of a comedic approach to a zombie thriller. It's written by Max Brooks-son of comedy writer Mel Brooks-who also wrote for Saturday Night Live. The book wasn't funny in any sense of the word, so shame on me for walking into something with a preconceived idea about what to expect.
World War Z reads almost like a documentary, since it's essentially a compilation of interviews from all over the world which have been told by the survivors of the war. I know the movie is due out this year, and I just really, really hope that Brad Pitt does the book justice. I hate it when an awesome book is ruined by a terrible movie!
Another thing that really impressed me was the sheer amount of creativity that went into putting this book together. I'm pretty sure Max Brooks came up with every possible scenario that could play out in a Zombie Apocalypse. We read accounts of what happened when people first started hearing about the outbreaks of 'African Rabies'; we read about entire governments collapsing, how entire cities were overrun, how the plague went as far as it did without making anyone the wiser, and what militaries around the world had to go through when they realized that all of their training and weaponry meant nothing when they were pitted against a new kind of enemy, one that would never stop coming and would never know fear. How do you fight against 200 million zombies that have taken over the world?
I think probably the biggest surprise, though, is the quality of Brooks' writing. I thought it was going to be a simple and easy to digest tale about zombies, but by the time I finished reading World War Z, I have been fervently hoping that it won't be his last.
How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness is a collection of 19 stories written during Joshua Samuel Brown's 10+ years on the roadHow Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness is a collection of 19 stories written during Joshua Samuel Brown's 10+ years on the road as a travel guide writer.
Josh is an expert Lonely Planet writer, but I've felt his talents have been wasted there for years. (If you've read Vignettes of Taiwan or follow Snarky Tofu, you'll know why I've said that. If you haven't, read Snarky Tofu AFTER you've read How Not to Avoid Jet Lag & other tales of travel madness.
I was completely and utterly enthralled with Josh's book. It's packed full of funny travel stories, quirky observations, and amusing inner monologues. In typical JSB fashion, it's the type of book you can laugh out loud to, and it is just as absurd as I expected it to be. Some of these tales I remember Josh telling me about when he lived here in Taiwan, while others are new.
This isn't your average travel novel. JSB has an insatiable lust for travel and adventure, and he always manages to find a little bit of trouble to get into. He also has a gift for making the average, mundane experience into a story that is utterly unique and completely unforgettable.
The first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. GinThe first book of Jackie Collins Lucky Santangelo series primarily focuses on Lucky's father, Gino Santangelo, and his rise to fame as a mob boss. Gino is violent, hyper intelligent, and a manipulator that knows how to pull strings, but he is also a romantic and loves his family deeply, even if he has a strange way of showing it. People are drawn to Gino's magnetism, and he is essentially a good person that commands loyalty and respect. Despite the fact that he has done some pretty despicable things, it's hard not to like Gino.
In Chances, we also meet Gino's daughter, Lucky Santangelo, and her younger brother Dario. We also follow the story of Carrie, a beautiful young girl whose uncle forced her into a life of drugs and prostitution. Eventually we learn of the connection between Carrie and the Santangelo's, and it's just as wild of a connection as you'd expect from Jackie Collins.
If you're looking for a story that has a little of everything: glitz and glamor, organized crime, sex, drugs, love and deceit, friendship and family then don't look any further than Chances. ...more
A security breach within a top-secret U.S. military facility goes awry during a laboratory experiment designed to create the ultimate soldier. The virA security breach within a top-secret U.S. military facility goes awry during a laboratory experiment designed to create the ultimate soldier. The virus is given to twelve death-row inmates and one little girl, but things go wrong really fast and the army ends up unleashing legions of terror on the world, plunging civilization as we know it back into the Dark Ages. Six-year-old Amy escapes from the project with FBI agent Brad Wolgast, but most of the world's population is wiped out within a matter of months.
99 years later, we meet a group of survivors in The Colony. They believe they're the only humans left, but they soon discover that they're not when they encounter Amy on a supply run. It isn't long before they realize Amy isn't quite like them, and in fact, she holds the key to their past and their future.
Terrific storytelling, in-depth characters, and tons of action make this book one of the best books I've read in 2013 so far.
All the hype about Brandon Sanderson is true and I now understand why Robert Jordon chose him to complete The Wheel of Time series. Plainly put, he isAll the hype about Brandon Sanderson is true and I now understand why Robert Jordon chose him to complete The Wheel of Time series. Plainly put, he is an excellent writer and I thoroughly enjoyed his first book in the Mistborn series.
Mistborn isn't like any other fantasy novel that I've read, and this thought kept coming to mind as I read further and further into the book. The characters are unique and vibrant, and the plot was fast-paced and completely entertaining. Furthermore, the concept of Allomancy and all the incredible things that Vin and Kelsier are able to do with their metals is just about the most brilliant idea for a magic showdown EVER!
Mistborn is about as original as a fantasy book can get and I can't wait to get started on the rest of the series....more
At 11 years of age, Sarah Grimke receives ownership of her first slave, an 11-year-old girl named Handful. Handful and her mother have lived with theAt 11 years of age, Sarah Grimke receives ownership of her first slave, an 11-year-old girl named Handful. Handful and her mother have lived with the Grimke family in Charleston for as long as Handful can remember.
Sarah is sickened by her gift and she abhors slavery. Knowing that she is destined for greatness, Sarah decides to start on her path to becoming something the world has never seen before. The first step she takes towards owning her destiny is to transfer her ownership of Handful back to her parents. Her parents refuse, and in the process, they strip Sarah of everything that is dear to her.
Despite their skin color, Sarah and Handful discover that they aren't so different after all. Handful is bound in a life of slavery, but Sarah is bound by her gender. Women didn't have any rights in 19th century Charleston, and Sarah is stifling under her father's roof. The two girls eventually become friends and allies, and their relationship goes on to span thirty-five years.
Both women endure heartache, hardship, and sorrow, but they also discover themselves in the process. Will they find the freedom that they are both so desperately searching for?...more