I received Pure when I received Fuse as a first read. I did not read it first because I had limited time to read Fuse before the deadline was up. I'mI received Pure when I received Fuse as a first read. I did not read it first because I had limited time to read Fuse before the deadline was up. I'm really sorry I didn't because it's such a great book, but the tension of "will the character die" wasn't there because I already knew the answer. Despite of that, though, I still found myself gripped by the story, the characters, and the world to the point where I couldn't put the book down -- even through phone calls and holiday gatherings.
Summary The characters, Pressia, Partridge, Bradwell, El Captain, Lyda, and others are all meeting for the first time in this wide world that is left after Partridge's father, Willux, has set off multiple nuclear detonations around the world killing much and scarring even more. However, Willux is a mastermind that has a plan where he releases his son, Partridge armed with only the lies he was told to find his mother -- whom he thought dead. Willux wants medicine she has, so he sends his son out in some mad treasure hunt to get it. The twist is that Partridge has no idea he's playing it.
Story Along the way, he meets the rest of the characters, but it's not a clumsy meet in the bar over a few drinks type of thing. The story is woven together in such a way you don't even realise you're being led on a carefully crafted journey through Baggott's imagination. (view spoiler)[Actually, you don't even realise Willux is a extremely deranged, power hungry, manipulative, narcissistic asshole plotting everyone's moves from the very beginning until the last few pages of the book. (hide spoiler)]
The story is a good mix of emotional bonding, character building, action and intrigue. The emotional parts seem real enough as if you were talking to a person right there in front of you. The action and intrigue, on the other hand, are a little more well developed than the emotional parts. You can tell that it's just taking flight, but there are a few stalls in the writing (compared to the second book). I found myself wiping tears away, and I'm pretty sure if I hadn't read the second book first, I would have felt more panic during the fighting scenes wondering if they were all going to make it through. Oh, and I should point this out now: Baggott is definitely not afraid to show the harsh realities of this world. People do die, and they are sometimes those characters you've fallen in love with. It keeps us on our toes as readers because we feel more thrill when they make it through the fights.
Characters The characters in this book were well developed before they showed up on the page. Each person has a background, a story, a family, and a reason to continue on. We see these facts unfold through the rest of the story, so it's more of a time for us readers to get acquainted with each person. And, I do mean each person. Baggott writes them in such a way that even a jaded reader like me can picture them clearly, see their actions, and nearly feel like they are real.
Thoughts In the last two years of reading books for review, very few books have remained in my personal collection. This series is one of them. The way Baggott writes her world, the characters, and the story are something that is different and unique. I can say this because I have read hundreds of books, and it seems like they all are just a slight spin off of something that came before. This world is based in a bunch of What Ifs when asked of the real world. What if the whole world experienced trauma like Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What if the survivors had to survive in a new world? What would it be like? What would they be like? And who is so deranged, narcissistic and idealistic that they would murder an entire world? How would they pull it off? What about the people that clearly had to help him?
You can tell by reading this that Baggott spent more than a lot of time researching facts to weave into her world. You can tell that she also spent an equal amount of time listening to that nagging voice of the character telling her what they would actually do. She wove together a unique tale with twists on old classics thrown in to keep us tied to her world. Because of this, it is a book worth reading over and over again, so it will remain on my shelves for many, many more readings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This has to be one of the most astounding books I've read in a while. It's not astounding because it's good (I actually found it rather on the meh sidThis has to be one of the most astounding books I've read in a while. It's not astounding because it's good (I actually found it rather on the meh side as far as stimulation goes), but because it's true.
This is the true story of what happened to Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, two journalists investigating the chaos around the Monster of Florence serial killer. The first part of the book is a cursory background to the murders around Florence. Il Mostro di Firenze -- The Monster of Florence killed 16 people, taking the reproductive organs of several women, and leaving them exposed so they would be easily found. It's an odd tale of the murders because you'd think such a careless act could have been traced, but the police didn't do a good job. In fact, they did a really, really crappy job. They contaminated everything from the scene to the evidence, they listened to psychotic people from crack-pots to drug addicts. They didn't really look at the facts, but rather looked at themselves and tried to dramatise everything to their satisfaction. It is a disgusting display of justice, but I'm more disgusted by the lack of logic and science used.
The second part of the book is what came after the murders. Preston was in Florence doing some research when he came upon Spezi, who introduced him to Il Mostro. They spend a good deal of time trying to track down any evidence, running this way and that way, and eventually it seems they got set up. They were told there was evidence at an little house, they went to look. During that time, the police assumed the journalists were setting people up and obstructing justice. What it really came down to though is that they really wanted it to look that way so the police would be able to arrest the journalists to save their own hides for being ridiculous morons in the first place.
I mentioned it before, but I'll say it again. I was not drawn in by the writing style. It just didn't have anything I really liked. I wanted to know more about the actual murders, but it was like reading a fact sheet. There was barely any emotion in that part. The second part about the journalists' trials was only marginally more emotional, but all you really felt come through was outrage at the way things went. While you can understand all of it, it just didn't resonate with me at all.
By the end, I really began to wonder whether Preston and Spezi were setting it up to call the justice system the true Monster of Florence rather than the murderer(s) that got away. ...more
The short synopsis is that a family broke apart when their little boy was lost. Dad stayed on the ranch to wait, mom ran away with the twin daughter.The short synopsis is that a family broke apart when their little boy was lost. Dad stayed on the ranch to wait, mom ran away with the twin daughter. The story starts with mom and daughter getting into a fight, and the daughter running away to see her daddy.
This was one of those books that I really had to hold back at arms length because it just isn't my style. It's infused with Native American themes and spirituality, romance, and hope. It could be really touching to the right person reading it. However, I'm not that person, as I've never been enamoured with the Wild Wild West, Native American anything (except a few classmates who rocked), and I'm far from believing in anything spiritual.
That being said, there were parts of this story that were amazingly well written. Just about any part portraying a parent and their love for their children. Then there were other parts that were glossed over, and I don't know if they are just in the Reader's Digest version or in the full story as well. I don't really like the story enough to find out... Alas, these parts were all the more negative things in life, such as abusive people. Either the editor didn't care to write in anything more than a quick gloss over, or the author didn't. ((If anyone has read this full book, I'd love to know which it is.))...more
This short graphic novel is fun, sciency and awesome. Tesla is a "mad scientist" that creates a machine capable of destroying a great deal. Mark TwainThis short graphic novel is fun, sciency and awesome. Tesla is a "mad scientist" that creates a machine capable of destroying a great deal. Mark Twain markets it as a "peace machine". When there is a lack of buyers for this, Twain convinces Telsa to market it with stage showmanship. Hilarity ensues.
The plot thickens when some evil geniuses make a tower to summon black magic, and their leader is none other than Tomas Edison. Pod people, giant roots, and Leviathan tear up a bit of New York City.
All in all, this was a fun little story. I wish they could have made a whole series out of the concepts herein, but one short little story will have to suffice. ...more
Threshold has an interesting premise that makes the geologist in me tingle with excitement. In the bowls of the earth where there are underground riveThreshold has an interesting premise that makes the geologist in me tingle with excitement. In the bowls of the earth where there are underground rivers and caves, things dwell. To describe these things is to know them, and to know them brings insanity and death.
Chance is a budding palaeontologist who is following in the footsteps of her grandparents. Her grandparents, specifically her grandmother, had a secret that she took with her when she killed herself. Chance is the rational, fact based one of the group that lives her life wrapped in the security of the truth.
Deacon is her friend, an alcoholic, and a support pillar when things go wrong. Sadie is his angry goth girlfriend, who cares a lot about Dancy. Dancy is a homeless albino girl that comes into all of their lives with the same secret that killed Chance's grandmother, and she is trying to find the answers.
All of these people set up for an interesting story full of little twists, turns and dead ends. To me this was really interesting because it was full of geology and palaeontology. (There is even a glossary in the back for the non-initiated to the field.) However, this geology and palaeontology are sprinkled in here and there and used more for descriptions for a horror story rather than a dry academic paper.
I could definitely see this book being turned into a upper range B-rated horror flick. It has enough tension, pacing, and action. There no shortage of originality in the premise, and Kiernan does a good job of making it a tangible "what if" which lends all the more to the tension.
The one problem I had with this book was the combination words. "Peppermintwhite", "raindark", etc. got on my nerves really, really quick. It almost made me put the book down and never pick it up again at the beginning, but I thought I could stick it out though the annoying attempt at being purple prose. It doesn't change the fact that I would rather she didn't do that....more
I picked up Good Omens on a whim because it was only a dollar at the store, and I needed a relaxing book. I couldn't have made a better choice if I trI picked up Good Omens on a whim because it was only a dollar at the store, and I needed a relaxing book. I couldn't have made a better choice if I tried. I laughed from the first few pages of the book to the end. Gaiman and Prachett certainly have a fun and unique way to look at the end of the world. ...more