One of the truly great science books ever written, Bryson takes you on a voyage from the Big Bang until the present with textbook-like knowledge writtOne of the truly great science books ever written, Bryson takes you on a voyage from the Big Bang until the present with textbook-like knowledge written in an easy to understand language. The book reads like a novel, but educates like a textbook or national geographic special. Not only will you come out knowing all sorts of things you never knew you found fascinating, but you will have funny stories under your belt about a variety of scientists you and your friends may have only heard of....more
While the plot is something of a stretch (even for Dean Koontz), this tale of good vs. evil brings adorable characters and good humor along for the riWhile the plot is something of a stretch (even for Dean Koontz), this tale of good vs. evil brings adorable characters and good humor along for the ride. You can almost see Koontz cackling maniacally to himself as he types away on his computer, verbally eviscerating book critics and poking fun at his own agent. The critic in this novel doesn't merely have it out for our hero, a seemingly mild mannered novelist and family man, he is evil incarnate.
The novel has most of what you've come to expect from Koontz: a good humored protagonist with a horrifying childhood, man against evil forces far more powerful than he, and, of course, an adorable dog. What prevents this book from being simply a formulaic thriller are the characters. The precocious six year old with a knack for physics keeps things science fictiony, and the hilarious, survivalist parents-in-law keep the narrative humorous despite ever increasing darkness.
Sure, it's hard to tell whether Koontz wants to keep this funny or make it terrifying and the book sometimes gets confused as to being science fiction or satire or other, but it ends up being a fun, quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Certainly not a must read by any stretch of the imagination, but a good read if you have a couple days to spare....more
If you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and WindsorIf you're like me, you fall in love with characters. If I find a good character, I can read a dozen books in a series. With Myron Bolitar and Windsor Lockwood III, you have two such characters. Myron is a quick witted, often hilarious sports agent with a deep backstory. He is a two time NCAA champion basketballer whose metioric rise was halted by an injury years before its apex. He then went to Harvard Law and then did work of questionable morality with the Feds. His past as an athlete informs his ability as an agent while he is drawn into somewhat vigilante investigations by his law enforcement background. His partner Win is kind of a nut. A scary nut. He's a master of martial arts and clandestine activities. He's also a filthy rich investments advisor with the ultimate in prep style. In their first novel, the two white collar crime fighters try to help their client negotiate an unprecedented rookie contract while trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to his co ed girlfriend. Definitely worth a read. ...more
Joe Pike is an excellent character: dark, mysterious, and infinitely dangerous. If you've read a novel starring him before, you are 100% sure of exactJoe Pike is an excellent character: dark, mysterious, and infinitely dangerous. If you've read a novel starring him before, you are 100% sure of exactly what is going to happen from the first page, but for some reason you can't put the book down.
When one of Pike's former mercenaries is murdered, Pike seeks justice in the only way he knows - a justice much swifter and truer than the courts. As soon as the villain pulls the trigger in the first chapter, you are certain that he is as imminently dead as if he was pointing the trigger at his own head....more
At the age of twelve, our hero finds out he belongs to a world he had up to this point in his life known nothing about. He has magical powers. Soon thAt the age of twelve, our hero finds out he belongs to a world he had up to this point in his life known nothing about. He has magical powers. Soon the mundane world in which he was an outcast ne'er do well becomes a temporary home as he is whisked off to learn about how to use the magic that is his birthright. With the aid of his best friend and a brainy know it all girl, our hero (chosen by prophecy) must prevent an unspeakable evil from returning from near-death to conquer the world of magic.
Hear this story before? I think not. Sure, there are similarities to Harry Potter, but this is a totally different deal. Our heroes aren't wizards, they are half human, half Greek gods. Instead of a SCHOOL for witchcraft, they are at a SUMMER CAMP for half blood heroes. Instead of rival HOUSES at school, there are rival CABINS at camp. Okay, maybe there are A LOT of similarities, but these books have a charm and excitement that are all their own. Just as Rowling wrote Harry Potter using the archetype of the epic hero, Rick Riordan stays true to this ancient style.
Percy Jackson is a son of Poseidon, the only known surviving child of any of the "Big 3" gods to be born in half a century. He knows next to nothing about being a demigod, but he was born to be a hero. This book is action packed and stays impeccably true to Greek mythology. Even the most die hard classics scholar will have trouble finding errors with Riordan's depictions of the gods and monsters of classic myth.
Those of you that don't want to read a "Harry Potter rip off," get off it. These books really are amazing in addition to being moderately educational. If you enjoyed Harry Potter (and even if you didn't), reading these books is a must....more
Only Cormac McCarthy can write a novel so beautifully creepy and horrifying. While brilliantly written, this story can be as difficult to keep readingOnly Cormac McCarthy can write a novel so beautifully creepy and horrifying. While brilliantly written, this story can be as difficult to keep reading as it is difficult for the protagonists to continue on their trek towards certain doom.
In this post-apocalyptic tale, the characters have no name and the apocalypse no known cause. Instead of dehumanizing the main characters, this plot device somehow increases the sensation of doom and makes the reader feel that this could be them.
Read this if you don't mind a tale so depressing that the idea of suicide not only seems logical but occasionally feels like the only rational decision to be made....more