Alex Rider is sent to investigate an elite prep school for rebellious kids, and finds an eerie,creepy reform school where former juvenile delinquentsAlex Rider is sent to investigate an elite prep school for rebellious kids, and finds an eerie,creepy reform school where former juvenile delinquents turn into identical, well-behaved, model students overnight.
A very well done Young adult, spy novel featuring a 14 year old protagonist. Some excellent action scenes. My only minor complaint is that the propaganda against drug use, cigarettes, and animal cruelty is pretty heavy handed....more
Alcatraz is hunted by a member of the Scrivener's Bones. He ends up in the perilous Library of Alexandria, as he attempts to determine the fate of hisAlcatraz is hunted by a member of the Scrivener's Bones. He ends up in the perilous Library of Alexandria, as he attempts to determine the fate of his father.
I really enjoy the writing style of these books; hilarious.
Favorite bits: (P.4) "Evil Librarians control the world. They keep everyone in ignorance, teaching them falsehoods in place of history, geography, and politics. It's kind of a joke to them. Why else do you think the Librarians name themselves what they did? Librarians. LIE-brarians. Sounds obvious now, doesn't it? If you wish to smack yourself in the forehead and curse loudly, you may proceed to do so. I can wait."
(P.24) "I find it very disturbing that you readers have decided to begin with the second book in the series. That's a very bad habit to have--worse, even, than wearing mismatched socks. In fact, on the bad-habit scale, it ranks somewhere between chewing with your mouth open and making quacking noises when your friends are trying to study. (Try that one some time--it's really fun.)"
(P.44, 45) "In the first book of this series, I made some sweeping generalizations about librarians, many of which are not completely true. I need to come clean. . . . Not all librarians are evil cultists. Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul."
(P.88) If it makes you feel better, Bastille dies by the end of this book. Oh, you didn't want to hear that? I'm sorry. You'll just have to forget that I wrote it. There are several convenient ways to do that. I hear hitting yourself on the head with a blunt object can be very effective. You should try using one of Brandon Sanderson's fantasy novels. They're big enough, and goodness knows, that's really the only useful thing to do with them."
(P.143, 144) "I shivered, realizing it probably wasn't a good idea to sass the soul-sucking monster with a burning skull for a head. In that way, soul-sucking monsters with burning skulls are a lot like teachers. (I understand your confusion; I get them mixed up too.)"
(P.199, 200) "You could be a young boy, wanting to read an adventure story. You could be a young girl, wanting to investigate the truth of the Librarian Conspiracy. You might be a mother, reading this book because you've heard that so many of your kids are reading it. Or you could be a serial killer who specializes in reading books, then seeking out the authors and murdering them in horrible ways. (If you happen to fall into that last category, you should know that my name isn't really Alcatraz Smedry, nor is it Brandon Sanderson. My name is really Garth nix, and you can find me in Australia. Oh, and I insulted your mother once. what're you going to do about it, huh?)"...more
Repairman Jack is the goto man when you have a problem that needs to be handled outside of the regular law enforcement channels.
In "Conspiracies" JacRepairman Jack is the goto man when you have a problem that needs to be handled outside of the regular law enforcement channels.
In "Conspiracies" Jack takes a left turn into The Twilight Zone. He finds himself at a convention hosting a large sampling of bizarre conspiracy theorists, as he looks for a missing woman. He experiences some events that have him doubting his sanity and the nature of reality.
I liked the set up for future books. This felt like the real 1st book in the series, and I can't wait to read the next one.
I missed the things I had liked so much about "Legacies," such as the booby trapped house, the eyeball, and the Santa Clause bit. The fixit job on the wifebeater was pretty good, but just not quite up to the same level....more
John Rain, an assassin specializing in death by natural causes, gets involved with the daughter of his last target, and drawn into a deeper maze of inJohn Rain, an assassin specializing in death by natural causes, gets involved with the daughter of his last target, and drawn into a deeper maze of intrigue that reach to the highest levels of the Japanese government. In the process John's life is turned upside down, and he is forced to deal with unresolved issues from his past that have made him the man he is.
Quite a good book with a lot of exciting action. There was a space of maybe 75 pages or so when there was little action, they were just following up leads and trying to figure out what was going on without really getting anywhere. Although you are exposed to quite a travelogue view of Tokyo during this period. After that the pace picked up and really delivered all the way to the end.
If you are at all interested in Japanese culture and language, this book is loaded with it. There are a lot of Japanese names, places, phrases and sentences sprinkled throughout (good luck reading it out loud). ...more
Set before the migration to the east coast, clans Linsee and Skaht are on the verge of starting a bloodfued and getting themselves thrown out of HorseSet before the migration to the east coast, clans Linsee and Skaht are on the verge of starting a bloodfued and getting themselves thrown out of Horseclans membership. Milo tells them the story of when the clans Lindsay and Scott were accepted into the Horseclans and the surrounding events.
Within that story he also tells of the time right after the nuclear cataclysm when he gathered a group of teens from LA/Ehlai and taught them to survive, first trying to farm and later as nomads.
He also tells the story of when he first took a "death wound" during WWII, and found out that it did not kill him.
One of the people that helps transition the group to nomads is an elderly, highly talented leader/doctor/fighter/scientist named Bookerman who turns out to be undying, but leaves because of incompatible philosophies with Milo.
The first Horseclans book has the undying Milo Morai leading his people to the eastern seaboard. Most of the story takes place at the end of this 20 yThe first Horseclans book has the undying Milo Morai leading his people to the eastern seaboard. Most of the story takes place at the end of this 20 year trek and centers on the battles that take place, the new undying who are found and introduces the meddling body switching witchmen.
Fairly graphic in the gore, rape and torture department.
I really like the undying characters, and the telepathic bonds with the cats and horses.