The author of this book (Nathan M. Farrugia) provided me with an eBook copy of this book due to my rating of Blades of Winter by G.T. Almasi. He guess...moreThe author of this book (Nathan M. Farrugia) provided me with an eBook copy of this book due to my rating of Blades of Winter by G.T. Almasi. He guessed correctly that I would be interested in reading similar books and I was not disappointed in the comparison, though The Chimera Vector has decidedly fewer alternate history/sci-fi leanings.
The Chimera Vector is an action-thriller in pseudo-modern day setting with only a few sci-fi bits. The weapons are relatively standard with no serious deviations from what is available for today's military. However the story behind the setting is quite interesting. There is an organization that is running all the world's wars and causing all the terrorist attacks in a highly orchestrated fashion. The main characters are all operatives within this organization that have been given enhancements and gene therapy. Though their abilities are quite believable and well done. The novel has many POVs, though it switches between them smoothly.
My only complaints are those standard for the genre. The book felt like it never took a breath, and if it did you got an info dump to wade through. Off course the action was intense and well done with the author's background, however the characters still felt a little flat. I also felt that the second half of the book was a series of climaxes and that it could have ended earlier or had saved some twists for later books. I will most likely read the next book in the series but I also feel like most of the plot threads have been closed. I haven't read the blurb for the next book so I don't know where it is going but it will probably be fast-paced and interesting.
Final rating: 3.5 stars rounded up for potential.(less)
I am so disappointed in myself for not getting on the Kitty Katt bandwagon a long time ago. Here are just a f...moreMy goodness that was GOOD!! What a ride!
I am so disappointed in myself for not getting on the Kitty Katt bandwagon a long time ago. Here are just a few of the things that I look for in a book that Touched by an Alien has going for it:
Aliens - Check Men in "Black" - Check (its gray and Armani but you get the idea) Secrets and big reveals - Check (not too info dumpy) Snarky, witty, human main character - Check (sometimes too good at discovering secrets but there are explanations for that) Big baddies and indescribable horrors - Check Good pace and fun/witty dialog - Check (really good banter actually, I LOVE most of the main characters already) Action and a bit of romance - Check (the sex scenes were hotter than I usually go for but not too much) Pop culture hints/relatable name drops - Check (love the rock n roll being played from the SUV during battle!)
Now all that said, this is not a book that one reads for intense character development, tear jerking reveals, or deep philosophical messages. This is an urban fantasy (sci-fi actually) and is meant to be fun and fast-paced. Those looking for anything else should've looked at the AWESOME Daniel Dos Santos cover more closely. It says it all!
It was fun and I'm going to dive into the rest of the series as soon as I can! (less)
This is my first taste of Seanan McGuire's writing and I'll be back for more! Discount Armageddon is set in New York City and focuses on Verity Price,...moreThis is my first taste of Seanan McGuire's writing and I'll be back for more! Discount Armageddon is set in New York City and focuses on Verity Price, a member of a long line of cryptozoologists but who loves to dance competitively. The character is a bit silly at times, but eventually I came to understand all her quirks as necessary additions that were explained later.
The world building is what kept me coming back for more and made this so hard to put down. On this Earth monsters, or "cryptids", are real but are mostly just trying to exist in peace. There is a group of monster hunters called the Covenant of St. George that is trying to destroy all cryptids regardless of whether they are a threat to humanity or not. The Price family, once members of the Covenant, long ago realized that not all cryptids are dangerous, and have dedicated themselves to cataloging, preserving, and aiding cryptids.
This is an action-packed ride with plenty of new twists on the old mythologies with sightings of gorgons, lizard-people, and other beings from a wide range of mythologies. Lots of fun and a real page-turner!(less)
3.5 stars rounded up for originality. I was looking for new and unique urban fantasy and found this.
Halfway through I was thinking that there were to...more3.5 stars rounded up for originality. I was looking for new and unique urban fantasy and found this.
Halfway through I was thinking that there were too many cases for one book. Then Anderson managed to link things together in a very satisfying way that also left room for the next book. I'll be reading it too, but it won't be a must own as soon as it is released.(less)
Such fun! Though, I never doubted Carriger could pull off the YA bit. This is set in the same universe, just ~20 years before (this is 1851, while Sou...moreSuch fun! Though, I never doubted Carriger could pull off the YA bit. This is set in the same universe, just ~20 years before (this is 1851, while Soulless is set in 1873). The main character is younger (14) and, because its YA, the POV doesn't shift like in Carriger's other books (which was disorienting in those books at first). I am excited to have more of Carriger's wit and humor in my life, and I look forward to more from Sophronia (and the other series set for release in this universe, Parasol Protectorate Abroad)(less)
Well, for a variety of reasons this one feel short for me. The steampunk was more background than...moreSteampunk, zombies, airships... pretty awesome right?
Well, for a variety of reasons this one feel short for me. The steampunk was more background than I usually like. Less obvious and used in the plot (apart from the rides in the airship, more on that in a second). Though quite interesting I felt that we could have seen more and learned more about the current steampunk tech level. The tech we did see had cool names (a plus) but felt like tools to get the protagonists out of danger (the Daisy is a prime example) and not really integrated well. The airships were similarly background trappings and while "necessary" for steampunk, and lauded by others, they are only a method of transport in this book and not a focal point. I'm sure the next published book in this series, Clementine, would cover the airships more thoroughly (though it is hard to find and not published by the same publisher as the rest of the series). I am also very, very OVER zombies. While the method for creating the zombies was new, the zombies themselves, "rotters", were quite standard and only mildly interesting. Zombies generally lead to a darker book and I felt like that was present but not overly so. This was a story about a mother and son, and their search for knowledge and each other (whether they knew it or not). The alternate history was well done and researched, though I know little of that area of the US during that time period. It felt believable and complete.
In the end this book took me a long time to get into a groove with. The early part of the book was not exciting for me and by the end I was tired of the zombies. I've heard great things about this series and author, so while I was MEH about this book I will eventually try the rest of the series.(less)