Wow that was a fun read! I've been loving Seanan McGuire's books for a while (see: Incryptid series and October Daye series). I just finished the mostWow that was a fun read! I've been loving Seanan McGuire's books for a while (see: Incryptid series and October Daye series). I just finished the most recent October Daye novel via Audible and wanted more from McGuire. It just so happens this audiobook has the same narrator as the October Daye novels (Mary Robinette Kowal, who is awesome!). So yeah, why not!?
Rewind and explain. Indexing is set in a world where fairy tales are real. They even have a government agency to "manage" them when they flare up. Each story as we know it (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc) has an "index number" and a set of requirements for it to occur. And occur they do, in different ways than you are used to them. Sleeping Beauty makes a hospital falls asleep when she falls asleep using a sleeping sickness/H1N1 combo never before seen. And so on.
Who is the story about? Henry Marchen is an ATI Agent and is out to stop stories from manifesting and hurting innocents around them. She is an almost story (Snow White) that has grown up knowing fairy tales are real. There is a bit of info dumping but it is done well, mostly explaining stuff to a new ATI agent. Marchen is trying to save the world one stopped story at a time. She is smart, resourceful, and not your everyday fairy princess.
The plot is quick and things are continuously going wrong (common for McGuire's books). The ending was surprising and inventive, and I definitely suggest that people listen to the audiobook if they can. Kowal does an outstanding job!...more
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 guessThe 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....more
I am so disappointed in myself for not getting on the Kitty Katt bandwagon a long time ago. Here are just a fMy 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! ...more
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,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, 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!...more