The Martian is not my typical type of read. I love a good romance; The Martian had none (discounting the mention of romance between two secondary charThe Martian is not my typical type of read. I love a good romance; The Martian had none (discounting the mention of romance between two secondary characters). I love happily-ever afters, and The Martian had no guarantee of one. The only thing compelling me to pick it up was the trailer for the movie. I'm glad I did.
The Martian was amazing. The first few pages had me wondering if the science of it all was going to bore me to death, but Weir does an awesome job of bringing Mark Watney to life. Watney has a strong, outgoing personality and his resilience and good humored nature is peppered throughout the story, breaking the ice during some of the most serious, and devastating moments he faces. It's Watney's character that kept me turning the pages despite the science I didn't understand.
Don't get me wrong about the science aspect. Weir seems to understand his readers aren't as knowledgeable about physics, chemistry, biology, botany, and every other science involved in space travel. The majority of the book is written as journal entries by Watney, and Watney speaks to the reader as if, despite our adequate intelligence, we don't understand. Things are explained, defined, and given examples in a humorous, simple way.
I will admit that although I have yet to see the movie, I did spend much of the book visualizing Matt Damon as Watney. Having the images of the movie trailer to give me a bit of reference as to the Hab and the MAV helped me make sense of the setting.
I'm looking forward to reading Weir's next book and I can't wait to see whether Matt Damon and the movie does The Martian justice. ...more
Sermon does a wonderful job of exploring the complexities of time travel and how along with some magic it can alter reality. For Cate that means wakinSermon does a wonderful job of exploring the complexities of time travel and how along with some magic it can alter reality. For Cate that means waking up to find that the life she remembers never happened for anyone else.
Cate is a spunky character, and I love that she's strong enough, physically and emotionally, to take care of herself. She definitely has her weaknesses and her limitations, but she's willing to doing everything she must to take care of the ones she loves. ...more
The Human Forged is a very interesting take on human cloning. Unlike other books I've read where the science is glossed over or simply ignored, MelchiThe Human Forged is a very interesting take on human cloning. Unlike other books I've read where the science is glossed over or simply ignored, Melchiorri actually meets the challenge and I thought he did a great job, giving a sense of realism to the science that made the story even more unnerving.
This is a deep and dark story that doesn't just rely on action to sell itself. Characters are well developed, the settings are established with enough detail without going overboard and the action actually adds to the story rather than distracting the reader. I would have liked a bit more for the ending, but I would guess there's a sequel in the works that may give me the pieces I was wanting. Overall, it was a captivating read....more
Soul Thief by Anne Hope is a great read. Right from the beginning I was hooked by Adrian and wanted to know his and Angie's story. Adrian is a tortureSoul Thief by Anne Hope is a great read. Right from the beginning I was hooked by Adrian and wanted to know his and Angie's story. Adrian is a tortured soul, and Angie becomes his redeemer. I loved how they were complete opposites that actually managed to compliment each other. Hope does a wonderful job of creating characters that are believable and complex. I haven't read the other books in the series, and while it probably would have made things a bit clearer in the beginning, Hope manages to weave in enough info that it's easy to fill in the gaps. I will definitely be checking out the rest of this series! I am very excited to get to book 3 and find out what eventually happens with our hero!...more
The Ghost in the Hollows is about a young teenage girl who is starting at a new school after her parent divorce and dealing with a couple of cheerleadThe Ghost in the Hollows is about a young teenage girl who is starting at a new school after her parent divorce and dealing with a couple of cheerleader bullies. Now at a new school, Faith again has to deal with cheerleader bullies, but she has a group of friends (all boys) who like adventures just like she does and a mysterious ghost to distract her. The story has a lot of promise, and for young readers, Faith presents a positive role model. She wants to be accepted, yet realizes that she needs to stand up for herself and do what's right. It is a quick read and I can see how some young readers would like the story.
What didn't work for me was the dialogue or the narrative. Technically, there is nothing wrong with the writing. Yet, the dialogue read as if Komar has never actually listened to a teen speak. It is overly formal, detailed about things kids (aged 13) just don't think about detailing. Faith is obviously smart, as are her new friends. They're into mysteries, and can explain in detail the complex functions of technology yet can't comprehend the phrase "what goes around comes around"? I could have over looked the stiff dialogue if the narrative had been solid. The narrative was a lot of telling. Again I'm not sure how much interaction Komar has with youth, but most 13 year-old readers have some ability to infer (Inferencing is a skill taught starting in kindergarten). Yet, everything is spelled out for the reader, sometimes twice as we learned pieces of information from the narrative, only to be told them again through Faith's thoughts, or her diary writing....more
I was really surprised by Killing Jennaa Crane. The cover claims the book is a romantic thriller. So as I read, I expected something completely differI was really surprised by Killing Jennaa Crane. The cover claims the book is a romantic thriller. So as I read, I expected something completely different than what Sofras delivers. In no way does this book read like a romantic thriller, and I think labeling it as one will stop people from reading it as it should be read (which would be a shame since it is a great book). People reading a book for a romantic thriller expect certain things. That is not Killing Jenna Crane.
Killing Jenna Crane is more of a general fiction book and I think would appeal to a broader audience than romantic thriller. Ellis is a very complex character who struggles to connect with the two women that come into his life. Both possess qualities he desires and for a time he is happy with them. Yet as his writing life collapses he struggles to determine whether either of these women could have been the the woman he needs.
This is a slower read, however, as the story goes back and forth between his life with Chloe and with Emily I became caught up in the events. Sofras does a great job of showing each character as complete and multi-dimensional. No character is perfect, they each have their own flaws and even though we are limited to Ellis's point of view, Sofras manages to convey Ellis's bias....more
Revelation: Book One of the Revelation Trilogy is an interesting book. At first, I found it really hard to connect with the characters, even our hero,Revelation: Book One of the Revelation Trilogy is an interesting book. At first, I found it really hard to connect with the characters, even our hero, and I felt that it was a rather slow start. Middle aged guys drinking a glass of wine or fancy Italian coffee just isn't that interesting for me. However, once the story got going it was a lot harder to put down. Mancini definitely has a way with words and brings to life the richness of the settings, delving into them with each of the senses and making you believe you are almost there, or at least wishing you were.
I wish that depth had gone into the characters. The same disconnect I felt with Michael at the beginning continued the entire story and while the events were interesting, I wasn't emotionally invested.
Overall, it was a good read and those readers who enjoy history-in-the-modern-world mystery tales will enjoy this....more
So this is the first book by Brown that I've read and I was a bit worried that I'd be completely lost with it being the 6th book in the series, but baSo this is the first book by Brown that I've read and I was a bit worried that I'd be completely lost with it being the 6th book in the series, but based on the blurb I wanted to give it a shot. I did find the introduction of so many characters in the first chapter to be a bit overwhelming, but I figured things out pretty quick and honestly can't fault the author as it is book 6.
Revenge in Paradise is a quick, fun read. I found Madison to be an engaging character who is a bit sassy and far from boring. Fab was also great and I loved the interactions between the ladies. I was a bit put off with Madison's relationship with Creole, as he's described as her cousin, but he still added an interesting aspect to the story and to Madison's character.
Brown did a good job with balancing the mystery and suspense with the comedy and romance aspects. The overall flow of the story was nice and best of all it didn't have the slow feeling I typically get when reading other mysteries. I'll definitely be looking at going back to the start of the series to see what's led them to this point....more
The Whisper of Stars by Nick Jones is a futuristic sci-fy story with tons of action and thrills. From the very first page I was drawn into this futuriThe Whisper of Stars by Nick Jones is a futuristic sci-fy story with tons of action and thrills. From the very first page I was drawn into this futuristic world, mainly because Jones does such an amazing job at threading the world building into the action. There isn't a long drawn out narrative of what this world looks like or the differences between it and the time we are in. Instead, bits and pieces are woven into character dialogue and thoughts in a way that feels completely natural.
If you are looking for an entertaining science fiction read, with mystery, betrayal, and great character development than I would recommend checking this book out. I am very interested to see where Jones takes this series in the next book!...more
Torn From On High is the second book in the Free City series by S. F. Chapman. I had a hard time finishing this book. There was just something about CTorn From On High is the second book in the Free City series by S. F. Chapman. I had a hard time finishing this book. There was just something about Chapman's writing the didn't click with me. It was set far into the future, although that didn't seem to really add anything to the plot. At times I forgot that it was a futuristic story. Sometimes the dialogue just felt old-fashioned and not in a "old-west futuristic' way such as Firefly.
The biggest issue I had was the characters. They felt very flat and there was a lot of info dumping about them. There were a few really weird descriptions and actions. Examples are Ryo sharing a bed with his new adopted preteen daughter. I'm assuming this is platonic, however it just seemed creepy. Then there are the complete contradictory descriptions such as "Sabra MacFarland is naive, unkempt, and a bit trampy, but she has strong ideals and an intriguing underlying sense of street-smarts." Naive yet trampy and street-smart? Trampy with strong ideals (after attempting to prostitute herself)? Maybe she is naive with strong ideals, but there is nothing in her actions that speak to that up to that point of the story....more
I really can't decide what I think about this book. It started off really great, jumping into the action right away. Yet as the story progressed I felI really can't decide what I think about this book. It started off really great, jumping into the action right away. Yet as the story progressed I felt lost. Explicit sex scenes don't bother me too much, and in a romance or erotic novel, I can understand the author including them. Yet Lazar's Intrigue could have been a great story without the frequent and often abrupt shifts from action to sex. The sex doesn't lead to any real emotional depth or character development. It's there because this is really just an erotica concealed as a thriller. Sometimes crossing genres works and sometimes it doesn't. I think I would have been more accepting of this novel if it had been promoted as erotica.
Perhaps the issue I had with these scenes stems from my dislike of Sarina's character. She had so much potential in the beginning - a strong female working undercover for the DEA. Then she almost physically attacks Jack, wanting sex and nothing else. This continues throughout the book with a few episodes of public sex at her request. Perhaps the worst was when she was assaulted (sexual assault being the intent of the perp), yet she immediately wants to have sex with Jack, and displays absolutely zero signs of trauma at any point. I didn't buy her character at all. She was simply a tool used so the author could write the sex scenes.
As I said, the book began really strong and there were sporadic scenes where the action was really engaging, sadly they were broken up too much by the meaningless sex....more