I see a lot of reviews riffing on this one for having some darker themes, it really isn't as dark as those reviews make it out to be and honestly undeI see a lot of reviews riffing on this one for having some darker themes, it really isn't as dark as those reviews make it out to be and honestly underestimate kids' ability to get those themes whether parents and adults like it or not. In fact, we actually fail kids when we assume they don't, we grew up with the likes of Labyrinth, Neverending Story, and Dark Crystal none of which were purified of all potentially sad plot points to better suit parents ideal outlook for kids because most parents of that era got that kids liked those themes and were genuinely moved by them in a learning way. Let's not get me started on the folks that seem to expect a kids book will have as dark and complex plots as those we find in the adult novels they normally read...Do yo uread these YA books to enjoy them or to rip them up for entertainment? Honestly, that's pretty sad if it's the case.
Anyway, on to the plot of this one. The Grave Robber's Apprentice is a story created by the author based on some the classic plays of such playwrights as Shakespeare. In it we find ourselves with a boy who is not certain of his role in life as a Grave Robber though it's all he has ever known and a young countess who is whip smart and independent who is tackling her own problems with an unwanted suitor who appears to want her to obtain her land and money over all. Both of their lives cross paths when events begin to become much more complex in the events of the suitor bullying the Countess and her parents into allowing her betrothal and the boy's adopted father trying to force matters on his learning to rob graves for himself. Knowing a great deal about plays and plots through making some of her own with her marionettes and with the aid of Hans (the grave robber apprentice) knowledge of traps, hidden spaces and other skills learned in the graveyard the pair soon find themselves on a tangled path to rescue her parents while seeking to outsmart the Archduke. ALong the way many small details about Hans past are revealed and a great many friends aid them in various events that take them closer to the climax of the story.
This is definitely a fun one for kids who enjoy mystery, suspense and some gothic or creepy elements in their stories, very fun and admirably put together....more
In the fourth tale of the Alex Cave series we find Alex facing some new challenges. The life he lived while he was single and facing down serious worlIn the fourth tale of the Alex Cave series we find Alex facing some new challenges. The life he lived while he was single and facing down serious world threats via alien technology for Director of National Security Martin Donner was stressful, but it was also quite a rush. Settled in with Fala and her daughter Halona at his home and back to his core role as a professor at Montana State College at Boseman, he finds himself conflicted about his life. Can he really settle down? Is it wrong for him to miss the sense of adventure and take up the smaller jobs he's been offered in the months since he saved Fala and Halona from the effects of the last great disaster?
Soon after the novel begins we learn that there are some vary strange goings on at the Buford Glacier in Iceland. Something is causing objects to shoot up from the glacier in a strange pattern and no one seems to have clear answers on why. Alex is called to the special meeting on the subject and soon finds himself asked to investigate. Forced to leave not long after returning home to investigate the strange events, the questions that have been plaguing him begin to rise to the forefront. He certainly can't abandon this important job to return to his life with Fala until its all handled, but does Fala truly understand? Does he have the ability to make a solid life with her that doesn't mean her sacrificing everything to stay in his life?
The fate of the world hangs in the balance as Alex and Okana discover the cause and face down a cruel woman who would stop at nothing to take the gravity controlling device they found at the heart of the Glacier. Unable to turn off the device she has stolen, the world is soon facing terrible consequences as satellites begin to fall and the world's powers wonder what is going on. The threat doesn't stop there our moon is growing closer and closer to the earth and the world's bodies of water recede and rise with greater and greater destructive results. Can Alex, Okana, and the others save the world from the fate coming crashing down on them? Will it all have a greater cost than Alex expects?
As with the other books in the Alex Cave series, Gravity is a great adventure tale combining sci-fi, climate science, suspense and danger to achieve an involving story reminiscent of the classic sci-fi of the golden 50s and 60s films. Definitely worth the investment and well researched, it could easily have happened in our world were we to tackle alien technology in our time. Highly recommended to fans of Clive Cussler, disaster films, and men's adventure and pulp tales. ...more
The Hunter is neither man nor monster and yet is both at once. He knows no life before this and cannot remember a great deal of the time that has passThe Hunter is neither man nor monster and yet is both at once. He knows no life before this and cannot remember a great deal of the time that has passed since he began hunting. He does not let these things trouble him, living each day with his many masks, some cruel, some kind, slaying some while he saves others. He is true neutral and about to discover there is more to the life he lives whether he wants to or not. I liked this book, we find ourselves pulled into the world of an anti-hero who wields a blade he does not fully understand or like but which offers him protection from death and serious injury. He does a great deal of killing with it, and make no mistake, it is something he enjoys, but he is also offering help to many people in need where he lives. It's a life he is satisfied with, if a little frustrated when it comes to memories he can't quite place, that is until he begins to pulled into the goings on of two major groups that overshadow Voramis. It is in these two groups that he begins to uncover answers about himself and the life he has been living, unfortunately, it also costs him a great deal and he is left with many decisions, decisions he absolutely does not want to make. This will definitely appeal to Weeks fans, but I think will also be appealing to fans of Mark Lawrence, who does The Broken Empire books which features another antihero with a sense of humor and lack of interest in being just what everyone expects. Definitely of interest to readers who like the darker side of fantasy and characters who ride the line between good and evil....more
This grimdark series has always been one of those series that never fail to surprise and please its fans. This one is, of course, just as pleasing asThis grimdark series has always been one of those series that never fail to surprise and please its fans. This one is, of course, just as pleasing as the first two and one hell of an ending to this particular branch of the world. Going into the plot here, as I often do with reviews, is almost a sin in and of itself, so I'll skip that and simply state that things carry on here in a style and way that both suits Jorg's tale and takes it far deeper and darker than you would ever have expected it to go in the first moment you started the tale, but then didn't we always suspect that we knew it? This is a great ending to the trilogy and very satisfying, I'm happy he ended the series at its natural crux and I'll be sure to go on to the next series in due time ( I swear my tbr mountain has become a bit of a world unto itself) and see where it takes us. Mark Lawrence is a great writer and the literary nature and natural voice of this series makes it clear he's one to watch for fans of dark fantasy, grim dark, and antiheroes. I'll be looking forward to his other books if this book was an indication of what we can expect from him in the future. ...more
This plotline, especially right after doing the brave and interesting one it just did with Bigby and Snow's kids, really blew it. I love the series anThis plotline, especially right after doing the brave and interesting one it just did with Bigby and Snow's kids, really blew it. I love the series and have never before really met a storyline I couldn't stomach, but this one was pretty halfhearted and contrived. One might assume this was because it threatened characters I enjoy, but it isn't even that, instead it's because they came off as a bit two dimensional and puppety here. Of all the characters to come along and threaten Bigby and Snow we have this douche? And he gets to be a major hardass out of nowhere? Ugh, the storyline didn't really play out well on top of that, as if it got caught between being a basic threat easily handled and and a major threat which has some big consequences. It's as if the two versions got mixed up and we got some weird blend that doesn't even satisfy for what it is despite itself. ...more
Kind of wondering what I think of the last few volumes with this softer side of the apocalypse. I love the idea of the whisperers as a culture and itKind of wondering what I think of the last few volumes with this softer side of the apocalypse. I love the idea of the whisperers as a culture and it being one of two perspectives, but Rick's world is a just a bit unrealistic too. Probably part of the writer's point, but bears saying. Finally caught up with the series as it stands at this point so now will have to wait until we get more to see what I think. Todd dropped ages ago because he felt it got to a point where it became about shock and repetitiveness. In some ways this is true, but I think there is still value in finishing it out. Will Kirkman see the point at which the comics should naturally end, especially in light of his essentially rewritten handling with the show? I think time will tell. Though I do note that Fables, another long running series of about the same age bowed out at volume 23, a point at which it had begun to have story issues and I think Willingham got that and knew it should end before it got too reprehensible. Granted that was iffy in it's handling as well.In any case this sticks pretty true to form and it looks like we'll have another war on our hands in the coming issues. ...more
Lucianna has a lot on her mind. She has the prefect boyfriend, the right best friend and she's just been advanced to a higher level at school, but eveLucianna has a lot on her mind. She has the prefect boyfriend, the right best friend and she's just been advanced to a higher level at school, but ever since a big party at a friend's house she's found herself questioning if this is the life she really wants. It certainly helps that she has been having her outlook challenged by a handsome young warlock named James who is everything she isn't supposed to want and more than she has ever expected to find in her life. Will she choose to stay with the ideals she was taught to strive for or risk everything for the life she knows has more meaning no matter the cost?
To the Dark is one hell of a great romantic fantasy novel and well worth it for fans of the bad boy, smart female lead, and a strong sub/dom atmosphere. Recommended to fans of PNR, romantic fantasy, and romance with a drawn out payoff! ...more
An excellent mind-bender of a tale about one woman and her obsession with a legend beyond anyone's imagining, a terrible place and legend that has beeAn excellent mind-bender of a tale about one woman and her obsession with a legend beyond anyone's imagining, a terrible place and legend that has been known to swallow all who dare to involve themselves in it. Recommended to fans of House of Leaves and horror novels with something more. ...more
Great dark fantasy about a dark blade whose curse enslaves the one who possesses it, bringing death and destruction to all. First in a series and highGreat dark fantasy about a dark blade whose curse enslaves the one who possesses it, bringing death and destruction to all. First in a series and highly recommended! ...more
Reality Games is a great little short film in book form. Were you a fan of the X-Files? UFOlogy, conspiracy theories, weird tales, aliens, men in blacReality Games is a great little short film in book form. Were you a fan of the X-Files? UFOlogy, conspiracy theories, weird tales, aliens, men in black, student film, or art school topics? If so, this will be just your cup of tea!
Two boys, who are the best of friends, have been putting off deciding what to base their final film project on, partying with friends and relying on their good standing with their teacher to pass the time. Soon time is up and they decide to chase something interesting for their project. Being more than a little cheeky, and knowing that the topic doesn't quite suit the regulations set out for theme, they go forward trying to connect the information they find to bits and pieces that ground it in truth. The only trouble is that the longer they go forward with their interviews, explorations, and meetings with UFO abductees things are getting weirder and weirder. Do these strange phone calls, cars that follow them, and strange men warning them away mean their project is more than they bargained for? Is there more truth in this project than they had expected?
Reality Games is a fun read and it offers a lot to its readers, pulling them from one subject to another over the course of the project with equal parts mystery, humor, and sci-fi blended in. Highly recommended. ...more
I absolutely loved reading this one! While not all stories in it might be for everyone, there is no way you're not going to find several others that rI absolutely loved reading this one! While not all stories in it might be for everyone, there is no way you're not going to find several others that really hit you in the right spot. The stories run the gamut of potential B grade cinema: Gingerdead men, carnivorous plants that take over the world, Super robot vs giant tar monster of doom, and one that features werewolves vs a biker drug gang just to name a few, and there are so many others in this thing! If you love B and Z grade movies, great stories, horror, sci-fi, and everything in between this book will be a fun read. ...more