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What I thought:
The first chapter seemed a bit too detai**spoiler alert** *This is a review of an early version. Changes may have been made*
What I thought:
The first chapter seemed a bit too detailed
The little excerpts at the beginning of each chapter were my favorite. They, especially the ones about the Survivor-esque show, sufficiently clued me in.
However, the excerpt at the beginning of the second chapter needs to be moved to somewhere further in the book. I had to go back and read that one after I finished the book again, just to connect it to the story.
The level of violence is pretty high. While it suits the story, I dunno if all readers would like all the gore.
I had a lot of fun reading the book.
The first two chapters were a bit slow for me but the story picked up the pace and I wanted to keep reading.
Any sequels could include details about how the disease started.
**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of**spoiler alert** So they broke it! They broke it and I can't fix my favorite series. Here are some reasons why I am so disillusioned:
No resolution of Curran's shitty behavior from the first book.
Kate is not Kate anymore. She has turned into mcSissyPants. She whines and acts like a damsel in distress which is such a far cry from what made her awesome that it just broke my heart! I did not mind her worrying over Curran - it may have been excessive - but I dealt with it. It was the waiting for Curran to rescue her that I did not get. Shouldn't love make her stronger? Is it not that what she claimed? Yet she kept saying things like she had imagined they would face Roland together. Why?
Kate worries the heck outta Curran's absence but not once does she pause to consider whether Julie is safe. Yes, Barabas said she was but Kate just takes his word for it.
When Hugh shows up, Kate lets Curran fight him. Is that what the old Kate would do? Why would she let someone else fight her battle? So. Not. Kate.
The little chat with Do-little was so reminiscent of the ones that Harry used to have with Dumbledore that I had to recheck which book it was that I was reading.
Lack of interesting characters or really small cameos. These include Raphael, Kate's pooch, Julie, the Celtic guy, among others.
The transportation scene. Again, I was thrown back to the part where Cedric and Harry were taken to the cemetery. Even the dialogues sounded the same. No, Rowling was not the first one to use this in a plot but I had thought Kate Daniels series was smarter than this.
Not only did the violence level ratchet through the sky, Kate started looking like a sadist! She tortured the woman who had killed Aunt B. So. Not. Kate!
The conspirators were so obvious and in your face that I kept thinking, it could not be them! I do not like guessing how the mystery would be solved when I read. I let it unfold but this one just slapped me in the face!
Derek was also afflicted by the same disease. We expect Ascanio to act like a teenager but Derek is the kid who was tortured to death and then made to live. Why is he behaving like an idiot?
I loved the pack's behavior. They still think of Kate as an outsider and no matter what she does, she will remain one. That was the only thing that had stayed true to the previous books.
Ghastek. Curran berates him for not knowing stuff, I thought that was unfair that he would be the last to find out who Kate was. Again, just not like him.
I loved how Curran gave up his pack to be with Kate. It was what is expected of him.
There is no mention of how Jim would have reacted to Kate and Curran's departure. I more than wanted to see what he had to say about it.
Roland was exactly perfect. That is what I had come to expect from the Kate Daniels series and he was brilliant. The realization that his walk through caused was amazing as well. He is almost a god and Kate and Curran realized the futility of the security measures they had taken. That was done really well.
Hugh was another character that creeped me out in exactly the right way. He was deranged and his behavior at the Order showed that. However, when he continued to do nothing at the end, that was anticlimactic. I kept waiting for a final showdown but it never came.
I am just so sad that this book is becoming like the rest of them. Weddings and kick-ass ladies turning into delicate swooning flowers, how could this have happened?...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, from Making Connections. Get your copy here.
What I liked:
the really origi**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, from Making Connections. Get your copy here.
What I liked:
the really original concept that the story's based on-gave me the heebie jeebies! the violence that went along with the events-needed and written in a way that doesn't male you stop reading pace of the story-you don't even realize when you've reached the end of the book and of course, there's a cliffhanger-well, sort of meeting Rose-she is scary- and I'd love to "meet" her brother!
What I didn't like:
the whole seer/prophet thing- I mean, it was a good way to do it but I wished there had been some other reason was the lack of a back-story about how the wolves became smart.
Read this book, if you're a dog-lover. Read this book, if you love reading apocalyptic fiction. Read this book, if you adore were-wolves (these wolves don't have to change shape to be cool). Read this book, even if you aren't all those things!
**spoiler alert** I won this book through a giveaway & the author was kind enough to send it to Pakistan!
What I liked:
the concept this story was b**spoiler alert** I won this book through a giveaway & the author was kind enough to send it to Pakistan!
What I liked:
the concept this story was based on was really interesting and it didn't disappoint, as I read ahead the cover-suited! all three races, if they can be called that, were as different as day and night but the most advanced ones-I forget what they're called- were the scariest! the author did research and it showed-I loved the part about telomerase and the chloroplasts, as well as the part about Ripening. the ending wasn't impractical-it was quite realistic I sort of threw a tantrum when one of the little girls was taken by the cannibals-I'm pretty sure we'll see her again, if there's going to be a sequel but still!
What I didn't like:
the whole people turning into cannibals part wasn't too well-thought. If plants will grow in one place, surely people will work to grow them elsewhere.
If you want to read about photosynthesizing people, cannibals and an apocalyptic world, give this one a try-it doesn't disappoint!
the description of Johny’s world- it had everything weird customs & food (etc) shortage brought about by an apocalyptic situation, ha What I liked:
the description of Johny’s world- it had everything weird customs & food (etc) shortage brought about by an apocalyptic situation, harshness which forgave or cared for no one, small or non-existent role of adults & my favorite: crazy assed religious fanatics.
the supporting characters had their own share of adventures in this book.
a well edited book.
What I didn’t like:
we weren’t told much about the world above or the experiences that Johny had there which put him off that world.
the ending was a letdown. I don’t know what I was expecting but it felt incomplete & I don’t think the author is planning any sequels.
I won this book in a giveaway & the author was kind enough to send it to Pakistan. Thank you,Nick!
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, from Making Connections,in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here.
The beginning of this story wi**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, from Making Connections,in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here.
The beginning of this story will send chills down your spine-imagining a world where the sick aren’t treated but ashed like so much garbage. We all secretly fear such a dystopian future and a heavy metal contamination may very well lead to one. What I really loved was the description about how the disease spread and how it affected the not-so rich countries of the world.
This story is about a boy who loses his father to that disease and then his mom falls ill. He refuses to part with her, going to immense lengths to rescue her . Another thing I liked about this story was how it ended-the hope that things may yet become okay made me want to read the sequel. ...more
Wow! This book had me laughing out loud! The humor kinda reminded me of the book, Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi. I enjoyed every second I spent readiWow! This book had me laughing out loud! The humor kinda reminded me of the book, Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. I wanted to hit Danny over the head for being so stubborn and getting Theo killed-nope, didn’t feel sorry for Keto even once! I started to feel weird and grossed out when I first started liking the Hunters but they came through in the end. Rake was..clean Rake was almost too much to take and I kept thinking, Poor Ravail, what have you gotten yourself into! Ravail came a long way from being a scared kid to a woman who could mouth off to Rake! The last scenes were hilarious– everybody ended up in space. Can’t wait to read the next book! ...more
**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they**spoiler alert** Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★ The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they don't believe it!
The Steam Dancer (1896)by Caitlín R. Kiernan: ★★ A woman who had an arm and leg amputated and her mechanic who builds her new ones.
Icebreaker by E. Catherine Tobler: ★★★ A widow sets out to Antarctica to bury her husband.
Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake: ★★★ What's the best way to kill a Nephilim? With a telegraphic harpoon, of course!
The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball by Genevieve Valentine: ★★★★ Some events from the life of a Zeppelin conductor.
Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo: ★★★ A man finds the wife he longs for. I kinda guessed the ending.
The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammad Akbar by Shweta Narayan: ★★★★ Mechanical birds and stories about love & revenge.
Prayers of Forges and Furnaces by Aliette de Bodard: ★★★ The old gods have all been killed, replaced by the machine gods, except for one.
The Effluent Engine by N. K. Jemisin: ★★★★ Haiti decides to win against France by using dirigibles and a woman finds love. Loved the story but the last sentence sucked.
The Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack Magi by Peter M. Ball ★★ A clockwork Goat who can tell you all the secrets of a powerful magus!
The Armature of Flight by Sharon Mock: ★★★★ Wings.
The Anachronist’s Cookbook by Catherynne M. Valente: ★★ Lunar Industry and the movement that stopped it.
Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu by Alex Dally MacFarlane: ★★★★ How Viu defeated a king by minting coins.
Zeppelin City by Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick: ★★★★ Naked Brains, Zeppelins, Radios and Revolution!
The People’s Machine by Tobias S. Buckell: ★★★★ Another version of how Holmes came into being with a lot of alternate history thrown in.
The Hands That Feed by Matthew Kressel: ★★★ Two women do what they can to survive.
Machine Maid by Margo Lanagan: ★★★ A wife finds out the secrets her maid's been keeping from her.
To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar: ★★ A dream maker's dream comes true!
Clockmaker’s Requiem by Barth Anderson: ★★ A clockmaker invents a clock that would make time the same for everyone-blasphemy!
Dr Lash Remembers by Jeffrey Ford: ★★ Spores cause the line between reality and imagination to blur.
Lady Witherspoon’s Solution by James Morrow: ★★★ Drugs that could change the world.
Reluctance by Cherie Priest: ★★ Zombies and dirigibles!
A Serpent in the Gears by Margaret Ronald: ★★★ Cyborgs will take over the world.
The Celebrated Carousel of the Margravine of Blois by Megan Arkenberg: ★★★ Grief can make you stop living.
Biographical Notes to “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum: ★★ The world if the East had the power to take colonies.
Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal: ★★ I wouldn't mess with the Chickadee, if I were you!
Cinderella Suicide by Samantha Henderson: ★ Skipped most of it. A lot of terms thrown around and no explanation!
Arbeitskraft by Nick Mamatas: Skipped!
To Seek Her Fortune by Nicole Kornher-Stace: ★★ A mother tries to do what she thinks is best for her son.
The Ballad of the Last Human by Lavie Tidhar: ★★ A dog and a spider set out treasure hunting. ...more
**spoiler alert** I received this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, through the Making Connections group. Get your copy here What I lik**spoiler alert** I received this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, through the Making Connections group. Get your copy here What I liked about the book: the atmosphere of the world after the war-nobody knows whom to trust the presence of religion in such a world-the book had its share of devout men and the nutcases who killed in the name of religion I loved how confused Vincent was, regarding his cyborg-ness. He didn't know whether he was alive or had died when they decided to replace parts of him with machine! James' character-his cocky attitude and the humor he brought to the story made him like him a lot. What I did not like: there was almost no humor in the book. I mean I get it that this was supposed to be a serious story but a little humor would have gone a long way. the events individually were good to read about but they didn't come together like one big story. the romance between Cass and Caleb felt forced. I also didn't like Cass' character at all. She felt too inhuman and unfeeling to me....more
**spoiler alert** Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
Fair Exchan**spoiler alert** ★ Pickman's Other Model, Tsathoggua, A Colder War
★★ Mr. Gaunt, The Fungal Stain, Take Me To The River, Cold Water Survival,
★★★ Fair Exchange, The Vicar Of R'lyeh, The Crevasse, Bad Sushi, Old Virginia, The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft, The Oram County Whoosit, Buried In The Sky, Bringing Helena Back, The Essayist In The Wilderness, Shoggoths In Bloom, Lesser Demons, Another Fish Story
★★★★ A Study In Emerald, The Disciple, The Great White Bed, Grinding Rock, Details, Head Music, Mongoose...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from Making Connections: Link to the book thread I liked a lot of things about this book: it was bea**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from Making Connections: Link to the book thread I liked a lot of things about this book: it was beautifully written the world building was extensive the customs of different places which the MC visits were well thought out and explained-my favorite place was the country with two types of governments and the idea of stealing being accepted as a society norm was intriguing Also loved all of the scenes in the forests, especially Zollocco I just had one issue with the book and that was its length. After reading 3/4 of the book, the remaining length seemed exhaustive The book makes us think about what we're doing to our world today-if only there was a Zollocco here who'd fight back!...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. get the book here So, I'll start the review with: W**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. get the book here So, I'll start the review with: Wow! What just happened! Amazing book. Couldn't find any spelling/editing errors. Loved the names Zia and Nur-they are words used in Urdu, of course! the story flowed beautifully. the title of the book does connect with the story but the connection needs to be made more obvious. i knew by the tone of the story that there wasn't going to be a HEA but found the ending perfect. ...more
I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6... The book was based on a really good concepI got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6... The book was based on a really good concept. Unfortunately, we only realize that when the story comes to it conclusion. The events leading to that conclusion came off as vague and lengthy. I wish the author had written about the future that we were being shown, instead of the fugitive ranting about what he had done. ...more