**spoiler alert** First thing first i wasn't sure what to think coming into this book. I got this book from bookswamp on a whim and have had it sittin**spoiler alert** First thing first i wasn't sure what to think coming into this book. I got this book from bookswamp on a whim and have had it sitting on my shelf for awhile. The other day i decided i wanted to read something different and grabbed it. I'm so very glad i did.
First props to Austin Grossman for staring out with Doctor Impossible's POV. If it was Fatale's POV first i'm not sure i would have been as hooked as i was. Mainly because Doctor Impossible was the star of the book for me. I loved him and would have been just as happy reading only from his POV. Being that this book is a satire of the superhero genre i would have to say he was a mix of Magneto and Lex Luthor. Though in my mind since i read DC Comics and Dark Horse he was more of a parody of Lex Luthor mixed with some Riddler, Toyman, and the Penguin. I don't really read any Marvel. That being said of course CoreFire was a direct parody of Superman/Spiderman if i ever saw one. Away from that, most Superhero books rarely ever go into the minds of a villain. If they do it's often one dimensional. The same cannot be said for Doctor Impossible. You really got to see him dive into his psyche and see's what drives him. And the thing about it as a reader i could associate myself with him more than any of the Superhero's. Whom among us who were picked on or ignored at school would love just to be a super villain and rub it into those people's faces. Course the sane ones of us don't. One thing i really loved about Doctor Impossible is that he's not insane. He just knows he's better and smarter than everyone-else and why not flaunt it. Therefore when he breaks out of prison why not take over the world. He's obviously the right person to run it. At least in his head.
Now onto the Superhero crowd. First things first, i didn't like Fatale or any of the superheroes much. They pretty much all annoyed me. I found Fatale to be a bit to whiny and the other hero's dull. I will admit i share Fatale's wish to hurt Elphin and kinda of wanted to see Rainbow Triumph die. They were all such one deminsion. The only one of interest was Regina. Whose story was a direct rip of Narnia. Still she was the most interesting for some reason.
Plot wise sometimes "Soon I will Be Invincible" lagged. As in speed it up. The beginning went quite fast and the end was very much a page turner. Especially the twist with Lily. That was something i never saw coming. You hear about two separate people the whole book and not once do you put them together. Till you read it and it all makes since. What type of superhero book would be without a Joker like beginning.
All in all, i'm looking forward to the next in the series. ^^
Final rating: 4 stars. Interesting plot and characters that left me wanting to read more. Does have some corny bits to it though.
**spoiler alert** Ok, I merely picked up this book because i couldn't decided what to read and my finger landed on the sci-fi shelf.Being a typical ep**spoiler alert** Ok, I merely picked up this book because i couldn't decided what to read and my finger landed on the sci-fi shelf.Being a typical episode to movie adaptation you can tell this story was originally written to be seen. I've actually seen the two episodes this book was based on and can attest to that sentiment. The one thing the book has that the episode didn't have was a horny Klingon named K'Vada. I throughly enjoyed every scene he was in. He was so funny. K'Vada had his elbow dislocated by his mate K'kam and spent a lot of time thinking of ways to get her back. Most of them referred to angry violent sex. It's such the opposite of how a Klingon is portrayed in the series. I was actually surprised to see it in the book. Nevertheless, it was a great addition. ^^...more
Excerpt: James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who findsExcerpt: James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogent; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer. But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path
Review: This review is particularly hard for me to write because only three words came to mind when i finished the book "That was stupid". This book had to have one of the most stupidest plots i have ever read. It was like the Ringling Brothers join the original Star Trek crew and discover bird creatures all the while a crazed Klingon woman wants to destroy the crew. It was such a stupid and pointless book that i'm lost for words. The only good character was McCoy. This book has made me add a new "stupid" category to my shelves. It was that bad. ...more
Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark**spoiler alert** Excerpt:
Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy–and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.
Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape–a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.
On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy–if he can prove himself truly worthy.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.
Wow. That was my initial reaction when i finished reading the book. It's been so long since i've read a 5 star book that i've almost forgotten what one was. Seriously, if your a scifi fan this book had everything.
Now before reading this book my favorite sith of all time was Darth Vader with Darth Maul following close behind. After this book it's Darth Bane all the way. Darth Bane would look at Vader. laugh. And then proceed to force choke the life out of him. Afterwards he would take a walk by the pond causally sipping corellian whiskey acting like nothing happened. The dude is that bad ass.
Seriously i love the jedi. Always have and always will, but in this book i was rooting for the sith. I really applaud the author in expanding on the sith from just "their evil dark side users". Karpyshyn really devolves into their Psyche and their reasons for doing things. You also get their view on things. Bane starts out the book as poor miner with no hope of getting of the mining planet Apatros. Luck comes his way and along with a dead republic officer he gets off the planet and joins the sith army. In his squad the "Gloom Walkers" he quickly distinguishes himself. After a particularly hard battle he gets invited by Dark Lord Kopecz to become a sith apprentice at the top academy on Korriban. There he goes through a series of trials and starts to become disillusioned with the "Brotherhood of the Sith". Eventually leaving to go find answers from the "true sith". He goes Lehon, the lost planet of the sith, and discovers a sith holocron from Darth Revan. From it he becomes the ultimate bad ass. And i was squealing like only a fan girl could from it.
I'm not going to give away the ending since it was so good you have to read it for yourself. It just leads you thinking thinking "wow".
Another thing i have to point out before i close is that this book really gives you another perspective on the jedi. We're so used to seeing them as good and righteous, but in this book you get to see them as a bit pompous and arrogant as the sith. Seriously the jedi changed a lot from the days of the sith. Jedi Master Farfalla in the book wears golded armor encrusted with rubies. The jedi masters also go by "Lord". A long way from the plain brown cloth jedi of the prequels and sequels.
Final rating: 5 star. Awesome characters, amazing and gripping storyline, new insights to character groups, and all around general enjoyment. ^^
**spoiler alert** Excerpt: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s**spoiler alert** Excerpt: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
Ok. I just finished the book. Daisy is sleeping on my legs all nice and comfy. Gum is starting to lose its flavor. And the only thing i can think of is "THAT IS IT?". WTF how anti-climatic. Seriously. The book didn't seem like an ending for a story. It was HP & Half Blood Prince waiting for Deathly Hallows. The ending really really sucked. No big battle between Percy and Kronus. No big revelation. Where's the big final heroics? Luke is the person the prophecy was talking about? Thought it had to deal with Percy or was Percy only involved with not killing the Ophiotaurus. I'm so disappointed with the ending.
Also, Why no good guy character die? I'm not talking about people we meet once or twice or was mentioned. I'm talking about repeated characters. Not one of those people died. Everytime one of these characters got seriously hurt some ambrosia or nectar was magically near by. You can't write a story involving a war or fights without killing someone important. J.K Rowling knew this. J.R.R. Tolkien knew this. Real sacrifices have got to be made to make a story good. I'm not talking ditsy Aphrodite girls either.
So all in all i was really rather disappointed in this book. Riordan fell flat trying to tell Luke's story (Hello Voldemort's story in HP 6. Complete with visions), feel flat on battle scenes, no humor, anti-climatic ending, and well some really pointless parts in the book. I did rather enjoy Clarisse killing the Drakon, but even that rang like a carbon copy of Neville rising up and killing Nagini in DH. I'm hoping if what i'm hearing is true that Riordan is going to continue the series that he'd give it a more fitting ending.
This is a prelude to the 2009 movie and is a must have. The art is beautiful and the story is compelling. You also get to see what many other the StarThis is a prelude to the 2009 movie and is a must have. The art is beautiful and the story is compelling. You also get to see what many other the Star Trek: The Next Generations characters are up too after the movies have finished. ^^...more
I loved this book. I got this book after watching the movie this summer and it contains so many things that arn't in the film. There is also some scenI loved this book. I got this book after watching the movie this summer and it contains so many things that arn't in the film. There is also some scenes that are completely different in the book than in the movie. I'd definitely get this one if your a sci-fi fan. ^^...more
I got this book right when it came out and it was wonderful! I had been waiting for it to come out ever since i heard about it. It was interesting toI got this book right when it came out and it was wonderful! I had been waiting for it to come out ever since i heard about it. It was interesting to read the Batman/Superman beginning story as set in the 1950's. I definitely recommend this book to every Superman & Batman fan out there. ...more
**spoiler alert** Excerpt from booklist: As the illegitimate daughter of a royal lord, young Corie has the best of two worlds. She spends idyllic summe**spoiler alert** Excerpt from booklist: As the illegitimate daughter of a royal lord, young Corie has the best of two worlds. She spends idyllic summers at Castle Auburn, home of her father's family, and the rest of the year with her maternal grandmother, learning the healer's craft. At the castle, Corie is groomed by her uncle for an eventual political alliance through marriage, though she is too dazzled by her handsome cousin Bryan, heir to the throne, to notice. As the summers pass, however, Bryan shows his true colors. The brash, arrogant youth matures into a cruel and self-centered man; a man unfit to be king, some say. At the same time, Corie's eyes open to the misery of the magical aliora, whom she loves, but who are hunted for sport and enslaved by the nobility. Thus, at 17, amid a hotbed of family and political unrest, Corie comes of age, risking all that she loves for what she believes in her heart to be right. Her choices, and the woman she becomes, will change Castle Auburn forever. Paula Luedtke
If you've seen my profile you'd notice that this book seemed to be in a perpetual state in my "reading" section. This is not because the book is a bad book, but it's because it's one that i have read so many times before that i tend to take my time reading it on re-reads. I definitely one of my all time favorites and probably will remain so.
The book is told from the perspective of Corie or Coriel. The illegitimate daughter of a high ranking noble in the country of Auburn. Upon his death bed her father asked his younger brother Jaxon to find her and give her her rightful place in high society. The agreement that was made between Coriel grandmother (her mother had abandoned her when she was a baby), Jaxon, and the court was that she would spend summers at the Castle Auburn (the center of Auburnian high society). The book thus starts out when the summer of Corie's 14th year. It later switches to her 16th and then 17th years of age.
The book is really about Corie growing up and seeing things as they really are. She starts out as a naive girl believing that everything is perfect as it seems. She loves Prince Brian (the future heir to the Auburn throne) adores her older sister Elisandra, and is close friends with a guardsman named Rodrick and the Prince's cousin Kent. She also adores the Alora (think of a cousin to Veela) who are slaves at the castle and see no problem with such a practice. This later changes as she starts to see things as they really are and people as they really are.
If there is any shortcomings to this book it is that you lack the perspective of other characters. Therefore you don't really known why Brian is considered so very cruel and selfish or how close of friendship Elisandra and Kent has. You only see what Corie see's or thinks what she thinks. This is a problem of many books written in single person perspective and thus not a big flaw in itself. So you sort of have to fill in the blanks in your mind.
All in all i highly encourage everyone to pick up this book and see how it ends for yourself for I shall not tell you. The ending it too good. ^^
I would not recommend reading the sequel to this book in Quatrain though. It's rather bad and the author seems to have forgotten some of the rules and boundaries she had set up in this book (including females cannot inherit the throne. Something that rather pissed me off). Also Zara is not nearly endearing as the characters in this book and is rather selfish and full of herself. Therefore, read this book and this book only.