**spoiler alert** To start off, this likely is a four-star book, at least, I just personally couldn't rate it that way. While I liked the main charact**spoiler alert** To start off, this likely is a four-star book, at least, I just personally couldn't rate it that way. While I liked the main character, and I liked the world that was slowly being revealed, I disliked what the main character was doing half the time, and found it otherwise boring the rest of the time. Side characters I was growing to like being killed off or made into insane enemies of the protagonist hurt more than it interested me.
If the intent of the novel was to make me feel as confused, beaten, and cynical as the protagonist, it was very successful, and in that it should earn at least a four-star rating. But I just didn't find myself enjoying the novel. Upon reflection I wishing that the ending of this book, as it related to the main character's personal growth and social standing, had taken place somewhere closer to the middle of the novel, so that the focus on the main mystery could have taken further center stage.
That being said, I'm likely to continue reading the series, as it definitely appears to have a great amount of potential....more
Loved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite isLoved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite is the first in a duology, that is to say a two book series, about a medical breakthrough that revolutionizes futuristic medicine. A world where nobody suffers from allergies, accidentally miss their medication, or suffer from germ related diseases. A low cost medical treatment available to the rich and poor, all in the form of a tiny pill, taken every two years, which grows a tiny genetically modified parasite in your intestines.
But what if those parasites decide they're tired of riding around in automated meat cars and want to get into the driver seat?
Parasite is full of everything fans of Mira Grant's previous series, Newsflesh, has come to love. Mad science, conspiracy, relatable human (and surprisingly relatable inhuman) characters, and much more. A believable world built around a fantastic premise that keeps the pages turning.
If I have one complaint it is that one of the primary mysteries is rather easy to guess but remains a secret to the characters for for most of the novel, which some readers may find frustrating. It is not unlike when you're screaming at the person in the horror movie to stop being stupid and realize that they're in a horror movie, but they just won't listen. That being said, the book is hardly predictable. The ending revealed several interesting twists that I personally feel more than made up for the primary mystery being somewhat easy to figure out, and will certainly make the second book very interesting.
If I have two complaints, which I really don't, it is that this story is very much the first in a pair of stories, and having to wait a year for the sequel will be somewhat excruciating. Really it's a compliment in the disguise of a complaint and one should not simply "wait for both books to be out". You'll get much more enjoyment out of discussing what might happen next with your friends, then having to sit there and let them talk in code about the book in order not to spoil you, believe me you.
Overall I highly recommend this book to all Mira Grant fans. If you've never read any of Mira Grant's amazing mad-science fiction thrillers/horrors, you could do worse than starting with this book. If you're a fan of mad science, sci-fi thrillers, dogs, "lovable" psychopaths, and conspiracies, this novel is right up your alley....more
I caught the first few chapters of this Manga in Shonen Jump, and was rather hooked from the beginning. It balances a slow paced drama and romance witI caught the first few chapters of this Manga in Shonen Jump, and was rather hooked from the beginning. It balances a slow paced drama and romance with insider technical knowledge of how manga is produced in Japan and remains interesting despite a premise that does not lend itself easily to being described. Since it is a manga about manga, they don't go into a lot of detail regarding the fictional manga being created but instead focus on interactions between the fictional manga's creators, friends, and colleagues.
Mostly what I find inspiring about the series is the idea of two people pursing their dream job, regardless of the consequences....more
A short story that is the first part in a series currently being hosted by Tor.com, The Mongolian Wizard gives the reader a glimpse into an alternativA short story that is the first part in a series currently being hosted by Tor.com, The Mongolian Wizard gives the reader a glimpse into an alternative universe where Europe is ruled by aristocratic magic users, griffons fly the skies, and phoenix eggs are considered weapons of mass destruction.
The story focuses on a summit where wizards and nation leaders are meeting to discuss the growing threat known as the Mongolian Wizard but follows Junior Lieutenant Franz-Karl Ritter of the Werewolf Corps. and his wolf Geri as they uncover conspiracy and plot.
The short story starts off a little slow in my opinion, as introducing a new and fantastic world often does, but the plot picks up quickly and by half-way through I read quickly to the end. I am curious to see the next episode, which I understand will be set in the same world but might not be the same characters, which is a narrative technique I enjoy....more
I heard about this series from the author when he was interviewed by Mur Lafferty for I Should Be Writing. One ofI listened to this as an audio book.
I heard about this series from the author when he was interviewed by Mur Lafferty for I Should Be Writing. One of the discussions that came up was the invention of a magic system and nailing down the specifics of it. The magic system talked extensively about wards, which have always been interesting to me ever since I read the Death Gate Cycle series of books.
I'm happy to say the book did not fail in this regard. The magic was interesting, it's strengths and weaknesses slowly revealed, even if its inner workings were not completely explained.
In other regards, the story is a character drama following three major characters as their life paths meet and the changes all three have begun to make in the world around them. I'm sure each reader will find one one particular character's story more appealing than the others. For me it was a mixture of the first two characters that were introduced.
As a quick explanation, The Warded Man is set in a world where every night, creatures that people call corelings or demons, appear to hunt and kill humans. Humanity's only protection are magical wards which they cover their homes and cities with. These wards aren't impervious, however, and if obscured or faded, will allow strong demons to break through. They're also complex and required skilled craftsman, or warders, to create.
So most of humanity works by day and hides behind wards by night. The demons have been coming for hundreds of years but humanity knows there was a time when they didn't come at all and a time before that when the demons were defeated.
If you've read epic fantasy you can likely see where this is going. Hence why I called this book more of a character drama.
One aspect I particularly liked about the book was the portrayal of very different cultures. There was the culture we're initially introduced to that is most analogous to western European feudal system of dukes and nobility with separate but still mostly observed religion. Even within this, we are exposed to the huge differences between large cities and small villages and what makes each work. In contrast, later in the book we are introduced to a desert dwelling culture of warriors tribes with a strict culture that works around cast systems and religion. Both cultures are portrayed well and interestingly offering a very in depth world.
If there is one aspect of the book I would warn people about it would be that the book does not shy away from adult content. There are sex scenes including rape and discussions of sexuality and puberty. None of these things are handled badly or gratuitously but I understand it might make some readers uncomfortable.
Overall it was an excellent start of a series that I had a hard time not listening to every chance I got. I immediately purchased the following book, which I will likely devour quicker than this one, time allowing....more
A powerful trilogy was written here and I fear that its classification as young adult might keep it's depth and story hidden from the world. I know thA powerful trilogy was written here and I fear that its classification as young adult might keep it's depth and story hidden from the world. I know this isn't true as this series' name is on everybody's lips but my first reaction after finishing this novel was how I needed to shout its worth to the world. Sadly I was trapped on a plane so I began to write a full review of the series, which will be available at this address in the near future, containing spoilers.
It should say something that I finished this book in two days. Yes it is a young adult novel and somewhat short but I ate up every word whenever I could sneak in some time. The only novels I have read this voraciously in awhile have been Feed, The Dresden Files, the Legacy of the Aldenata, and the Harry Potter series and I will now be quick to add this series to the list.
This book picks up right where it's predecessor leaves off, and weaves the wild and believable adventure of our sixteen year old heroine during a revolution of the remaining humans on earth. The book is an emotional roller coaster but I mean that in the best possible way.
An amazing combination of adventure and intrigue slathered heavily with 80s pop culture and video game references, Ready Player one is a must read booAn amazing combination of adventure and intrigue slathered heavily with 80s pop culture and video game references, Ready Player one is a must read book for fans of video games of any age, as well as the movies and music of the 1980s.
Ready Player One is set is a dystopian future where most of humanity has retreated into a virtual reality world called The Oasis. When the world's eccentric creator dies, he wills his fortune, and The Oasis, to the first person to find his easter egg hidden somewhere in the virtual world. The creator was well known for being obsessed with video games and eighties pop culture and the clues he left suggested that knowing such things would make the egg easier to find but after years of searching, nobody had even found a definite clue. Enter our teenage protagonist, a poor child of The Oasis, who dedicated his life to studying the egg and through a small amount of luck, begins the hero's journey to discover the secrets of The Oasis.
Evil corporations, intrigue, drama, romance, adventure, and tons of eights pop culture references, this book is a must read for any self styled geek. I listened to the audio book version which had the extra bonus of being read by Wil Wheaton who adds a significant amount of inflection and emotion into the story. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I listened to it over the holidays including listening to it while falling asleep.
I liked it. I had one friend who informed me I should read it several months before the television show was released. Sadly I didn't manage to finishI liked it. I had one friend who informed me I should read it several months before the television show was released. Sadly I didn't manage to finish the book before the first season of the television show finished, which meant that two key plot points of the climax of the book were spoiled for me. Being such a relatively old book most say it should be well past spoiler period but I digress.
As a book it was a good read but it didn't inspire me to read it very much. It dragged in the middle, causing me to put it down as much as read it and I even paused to read another book in the middle of this one. Only one or two of the characters out of a rather large cast really kept my attention. I'll be pausing before picking up the next book but I'll eventually get to it....more