**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to gift me a copy of his book. This book is being offered for free, in exchange for an honest review at M**spoiler alert** The author was kind enough to gift me a copy of his book. This book is being offered for free, in exchange for an honest review at Making Connections. Get your copy here.
What I liked:
the way the author chose to tell the story-journal of a survivor during a zombie infestation. It might be difficult to keep the reader interested but I had fun reading it.
the gradual change in Bill's journal entries-he begins with believing that his MP friend would be sending a car for him to learning to fend for himself, once he realizes help won't be coming.
the part about Sam & how it affected the way Bill reacted to the plight of other survivors.
What I didn't like:
the origin of the outbreak was just too expected or typical. I also think maybe the author could have kept that part for the next book.
Fans of slow moving zombies & stories styled as journal entries should definitely give this one a try.
**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the**spoiler alert** What I liked about the book: it was a much smoother read than the first book-the writing, as well as, the story. this time around the book was the right length Babs' smart ass comments kept cracking me up Sam could be seen becoming more comfortable with her powers and I also liked how she realized Trent was bad news, even when she couldn't abandon him Trent's POV added to the story in a positive way. Trent wasn't just allowed to forget everything and given Guardian status again.
What I didn't like: there were quite a few misspelled words & other errors. at times, it felt as if H.B. didn't want to be with Sam because of who she was but rather because of who she would become. the final battle with the devil should have kicked ass-it didn't! the effect that spirits have on zombies needed more explanation....more
**spoiler alert** What if the world was facing the spread of a disease which caused humans to change into Biters but the public had no clue!
What I li**spoiler alert** What if the world was facing the spread of a disease which caused humans to change into Biters but the public had no clue!
What I liked about the book: the first scene-it had me cringing and wanting to close my eyes yet I couldn't stop reading it. how the media and the PTB choose to keep the people ignorant. the ugliness in the lives of the people who survived-it all made it feel more real.
What I didn't like: Some words like the "Ritual" etc were just thrown about and I had no clue what they meant. Yes, this was because I haven't read the first part but I think a little explanation would have gone a long way. ...more
**spoiler alert** I received this book from the author. Similar to the first one in the series, the book kept me interested throughout. I kept cringing**spoiler alert** I received this book from the author. Similar to the first one in the series, the book kept me interested throughout. I kept cringing at Feane's violent behavior but I also liked that about her- it made me realize she wasn't human but a wildling and predator at that. I missed Finthe and all the other characters from the first book and kept hoping they might be added to the story. The kits were the cutest and their antics added the much needed lightness to the story. The humor was done just right. Atall's fate made me realize that anything can happen in these books and I like the unpredictability. My one problem was with Oria forgiving the traitor-even momentarily-so easily. Good story, lots of action & humor and full of crazy wildlings who'd do anything for their family. What's not to like?...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here.
Interesting story. Glimpses of**spoiler alert** I got this book for free, from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get your copy here.
Interesting story. Glimpses of mythology made it even more fun. Didn't much like the "instant love" between the main characters but they were sweet together. I loved that even though the Amazons were supposed to be a warrior race, they weren't completely without fear. Fast paced and just the right length....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 liked this book. Yeah, I kept wincing every time anybody got chomped upon but then that's what I do whenever I watch a zombie flic**spoiler alert** I liked this book. Yeah, I kept wincing every time anybody got chomped upon but then that's what I do whenever I watch a zombie flick or even serial killer movies. I get that zombies able to use reason may put off some zombie fans but I found the idea scary as hell and interesting. Jimbo was really really smart and he was the one to watch out for, instead of Nancy. Hope like hell that Nancy's "dead" for good and can't wait to read the next book in the series....more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get Your Copy Here. Since GR doesn't allow half st**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections, in exchange of an honest review. Get Your Copy Here. Since GR doesn't allow half star ratings, this book is getting 3 stars when it was more like a 3.5 for me. I had just finished an epic fantasy book and was prepared not to like this one too much but boy, did I love it! What I really loved about the story was that it was told from Estin's POV-we keep reading about huge wars where part animal creatures come to the aid of humans but we almost never get to hear their side of the story. Another unique thing was that Estin was a wilding and not a shifter. He didn't fit into the human world and had to struggle to fit in with other wildings. I liked how we were shown a whole host of different supes-my favorites were the Elementals and I would have loved to have read more about them. It was refreshing to see that this book had a MC who knew his limits. When the Elementals or dragons fought, the wildings pulled out, instead of rushing into the battle. Oh and Finth! He was funny and inappropriate as hell and I loved every scene he was in, as well as his new gypsy bff, Yoska. Too bad, we never found out what happened to him at the end. I mean, he was obviously too stubborn to just die! And of course, then there were the zombies! Smart ones! Who had magic! Could be people you even knew! I enjoyed every second of the story and I'll be looking forward to any sequels! ...more
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed reading this book for various reasons: pretty cover! it had zombies in it! it was YA but there were no love triangles or roma**spoiler alert** I enjoyed reading this book for various reasons: pretty cover! it had zombies in it! it was YA but there were no love triangles or romance in it! the whole zombies evolving idea was good and may turn into something even better in the next book! However: there were some misspelled words here and there. the events in the story don't gel together. I think this would be a good book for any young readers who are just beginning to learn how cool zombies are! ...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6... I started the book and a**spoiler alert** I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6... I started the book and almost gave up right then. Not only did it start slow-but then Shaun of the Dead did too-it also had a lot of jargon and big nerdy words that I couldn't get at all. And the first mention of Router wasn't all that, either. Then the book picked up its pace and proved me wrong. Zombies, Pirates, Ninjas, Nerds, Smart mouthed women..the story had everything! And it was exactly the right length. The humor was just my type and despite some (okay, many) references that I didn't get, I loved it! Zombie fans, you just can't miss this one! Oh, I almost forgot "F**k you, High-C!"...more
**spoiler alert** Halloween Rain (2 stars): Jeepers Creepers meets a zombie flick. When Halloween arrives, the dead rise. Adding to the fearsome mixtur**spoiler alert** Halloween Rain (2 stars): Jeepers Creepers meets a zombie flick. When Halloween arrives, the dead rise. Adding to the fearsome mixture is a scarecrow possessed by the evil spirit of Samhain. Liked the humor as always but the slang used by Buffy and her friends is just weird in places. I also liked how the scarecrow seemed to instill fear into everybody, including the Slayer.
Bad Bargain (3 stars): During a sale at the High School, various creatures find their way out of the Hellmouth and attack students and teachers alike. Of course, Spike and Dru were attending the sale. Not only does Buffy have to call a truce with Spike, she also has to work with a demonic Pied Piper to send the creatures back. I loved the looks Buffy exchanged with Angel when he arrives on the scene but was disappointed we didn't get to see the couple on their date.
Afterimage (3 stars): A bit more of Angel and I loved it. Angelus' drinking buddy comes to Sunnydale and tries to feed on people's souls by putting them into comas. Cordelia's parts were written really well. My favorite out of the three....more
I got this book from the author himself and I loved it. Since its a short story, the author wastes no time in bringing us to the root of the problem.I got this book from the author himself and I loved it. Since its a short story, the author wastes no time in bringing us to the root of the problem. The only problem I had was that it was a short story :-) You can see the talent and the potential in Marty's writing and it makes you want more. No, it wasn't something unique but the way the prison's atmosphere is described is too good and too real. The story ended at the perfect moment too. Looking forward to more from this author....more
**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! So what did I not like about it: the beg**spoiler alert** I got this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! So what did I not like about it: the beginning of the story was a bit off putting. the spelling mistakes. Samantha seemed just okay with leaving her sister behind and the other sister's death but Trent knowing who she was made her want to throw up- I just think she over reacted in some scenes where there wasn't any need while she was fine where more angst or tears were needed. Trent became a totally different person in the second half of the book Cara and the fallen angel's story seemed out of place to me as was the fallen's sudden behavior change- maybe the author should have prepared us for it..a little bit of foreshadowing maybe? Holly's hot and cold attitude was just weird and unnecessary. Grace and her problem were thrown at us without warning.
What I did like about it: How the beginning resembled a zombie flick and not the typical angel novel it should have. the blending of science (a virus) with Lucifer's plans was a unique thing. How the instant attraction of the main characters can be explained away by the fact that they were soul mates. H.B. was a smart ass and I liked his character. I really loved that the when an Eater became human again, they could remember what they had done. I also liked the twist at the end.