**spoiler alert** I literally just finished this book, and all I can think is: when can I read the next one? I had to scour the internet to find out t...more**spoiler alert** I literally just finished this book, and all I can think is: when can I read the next one? I had to scour the internet to find out that a third book is definitely in the works, but yet to be written.
What I loved most about this book was its utter lack of predictability. I quickly lose interest when the plot twists and turns are just what you'd expect. In fact, I loved this book even more than the first, and I adored the first one. For as many questions as it answers it dredges up just as many. For instance, it would seem to me that Interworld is virtually fueling the war between HEX and Binary making their entire mission useless. After all the two forces inevitably teamed up to bring an end to the Walkers, didn't they? Also- why did Time Watch get involved and why is this version of Joey so important: because he ends up being the only survivor? And what impetus does Joey have to act out his life, knowing that Interworld is completely destroyed? I guess these are questions that I will probably have to wait years to discover the answers to. But I'm willing to wait. (less)
An English professor for a "mediocre" university in Kentucky happens to mistakenly receive a Kindle that can access writings from other dimensions, an...moreAn English professor for a "mediocre" university in Kentucky happens to mistakenly receive a Kindle that can access writings from other dimensions, and news from the future of his own dimension. The story is short and sweet, with a brief reference to the Dark Tower at the end. (less)
**spoiler alert** First off, Shelley is a superb writer for her time, a time when women weren’t writing much other than romances and social dalliances...more**spoiler alert** First off, Shelley is a superb writer for her time, a time when women weren’t writing much other than romances and social dalliances. Her writing is descriptive and exceptionally florid. I do have a problem, however, with some of her characters. The main character Frankenstein seems to have no empathy for this pitiful creature he’s created, and perhaps it is hard to have much empathy for someone who’s killed your brother and friend. But he seems so emotionally stunted as to not realize that the reason for the direction the creature’s taken is neglect and loneliness. Inasmuch as this, the story seems to revolve around the role of creator. The creature claims he is even lonelier than Satan, being that even Satan had his fellow outcast angels to commiserate with and admire him. All he wants is a mate, but Frankenstein is so worried that the two might fill the land with a species to rival humans that he doesn’t create one for him. Frankenstein seemed to give no forethought to the creation of this specimen of existence, only doing it because he had the faculties to do so. As such it’s not just a portrait of a creator, but a warning to a science that does things simply because they can.(less)
**spoiler alert** I was honestly sad for this book to end, I so enjoyed spending time in the historical period of England in WWII. The characters beca...more**spoiler alert** I was honestly sad for this book to end, I so enjoyed spending time in the historical period of England in WWII. The characters became more real to me in this book and seemed to adapt their own unique idiosyncrasies. I was confused however, and still am, as to why Mike faked his own death. Was it a ploy for Willis to explore the war from the journalists point of view? I can't figure it out. By the end of the novel I was kinda hoping that they might be stuck for good, that Polly and Sir Godfrey would admit to their love for one another. But good old Colin had to remain true to his word and come and rescue them. I hope to meet them again in a future novel. (less)
Jack soon finds out that the land of Daydreams, to which he has retreated as a child is actually an alternate reality called the Territories, existing...moreJack soon finds out that the land of Daydreams, to which he has retreated as a child is actually an alternate reality called the Territories, existing side by side along with this world. As he makes the trek across the country through two different worlds he is beset with many obstacles. Sloat is on his trail and seems to be trying everything he can to prevent Jack from reaching his final destination- the Black Hotel where the talisman is, which will save his dying mother. As he makes his way through child labor in gritty circumstances, sentient trees, werewolves and twinners (the Territories equivalent of yourself) he slowly learns to accept this quest that has been bestowed upon him by Speedy Parker (aka Parkus) and to learn about his unique condition that allows him to travel at will from this world to the Territories world. Having read a sample of the novel following this one, The Black House, I’m a bit reluctant to buy it, as it doesn’t seem to contain nearly the engrossing intrigue that this one has. (less)
**spoiler alert** I always find that it takes extreme difficulty to explain the plot of a Vonnegut novel, so I’ll try for a brief synopsis instead. Th...more**spoiler alert** I always find that it takes extreme difficulty to explain the plot of a Vonnegut novel, so I’ll try for a brief synopsis instead. The book is written in third person omniscient, so although the characters are often oblivious to what has happened, due to multiple cases of memory loss at one point, the reader is at least clued in somewhat. Foremost among the characters are Malachi Constant, Winston Niles Rumfoord, and their mutual wife Beatrice. Rumfoord seems to have a time and space displacement problem which puts him in phase with the Earth every 59 days. Due to flying his ship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he drifts throughout space with the ability to read minds and generally foretell the future.
The story skips around through multiple settings- from Earth to Mars, to Mercury, back to Earth again and finally to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, where it turns out that Rumfoord’s time is quickly growing short and he is soon to evacuate this solar system forever. As the plot meanders through these settings the twists and turns of the novel take some unexpected leaps. Like other Vonnegut novels that I’ve read I devoured this one voraciously only to come to find that accidents do happen, and one man’s luck can turn so drastically as to become a scapegoat for an entire league of Earthlings. This book is Vonnegut at his best, and human nature at its worst. (less)
To live in interesting times is somewhat of a curse, but Rincewind is used to ill luck. No sooner is he saved from a desert island approached by beaut...moreTo live in interesting times is somewhat of a curse, but Rincewind is used to ill luck. No sooner is he saved from a desert island approached by beautiful women than he is pulled back to Unseen University and notified that he has been summoned to a continent resembling Asia. Barbarians, the Red Army and would be assassins abound as Rincewind pursues his primary motivation- running away. As fate would have it, however bad things may seem, events seem to come out of the woodwork to leave Rincewind not only still maintaining all his appendages, but coming out ahead of the game. I think when I begin my Discworld adventures again I may just skip ahead to the next Rincewind novel to see what happens to him in the land XXXX, in The Last Continent. (less)