There's something about the Klaatu Diskos series that leaves me breathless. Wrangles my mercurial attention. Makes me go all goosey. Point blank, I ca...moreThere's something about the Klaatu Diskos series that leaves me breathless. Wrangles my mercurial attention. Makes me go all goosey. Point blank, I can't get enough of the time-travel-y goodness that is this book. Also, I feel like this series is pure cerebral candy, though, at times, a real mind screw. Anyhow, this space is so not occupied by a review per se, so to remedy that feast your eyes on the following, penned by the lovely Leanna Christie: The Cydonian Pyramid, a review. (less)
3.5 What to say, what to say? The morphing away from sci-fi deliciousness into teen angst and romance kinda sorta dropped this book down a star for me...more3.5 What to say, what to say? The morphing away from sci-fi deliciousness into teen angst and romance kinda sorta dropped this book down a star for me. Then the few Twilight reminders, and not in a good way, also caused a canting of my head, quizzical expression plastered about my face, paired with a huh? What is happening? More to come later when I have time. All in all, I did enjoy this book, for the most part. Wish the science behind soul extractions had been explained or cloning for that matter. (less)
3.5 glistening stars Not at all what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. I wanted more of the evil biotech corporations and less of, well, a bes...more3.5 glistening stars Not at all what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. I wanted more of the evil biotech corporations and less of, well, a best friend sidekick who has the lousiest taste in men. I'll write more thoughts later in this uber-fast read. (less)
I've come to realize that when reading a book by this author any sort of resolution come the end will inevitably be a pipe dream on my part. Is it fai...moreI've come to realize that when reading a book by this author any sort of resolution come the end will inevitably be a pipe dream on my part. Is it fair to make that assumption after having read two of his books? Maybe not. And yet on the other hand, I wonder if there can be a resolution in a standalone novel when dealing with the topic of children being forced into slavery, being forced to join a killing militia? Child soldiers trained to partake in horrific acts of cruelty. I get the author's agenda, his message in this book, yet it would've been nice to have read his solution to this horrific atrocity happening in just about every region of the world. Some sort of ending. Give me some hope here. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to all.
And for those of you who haven't read Ship Breaker, no worries. I didn't either and was able to followThe Drowned Cities just fine, for this is a companion novel, not a sequel.
And one more thing. Upon finishing and then digesting the story, I realized the plot is very thin, yet the message is very grand, balancing each other out rather nicely. I mention this only to point out how rare it is for me to have devoured a plot-thin novel like I did with this one. (less)
Crewel was highly addicting as evidenced by my devouring it within a few days time. Unputdownable to say the least. And I applaud this book...more4.5 stars.
Crewel was highly addicting as evidenced by my devouring it within a few days time. Unputdownable to say the least. And I applaud this book for its uniqueness, refreshingly so. There was a fun mystery woven throughout. Intrigue peppered about. Fabulous characters all wrapped in dystopia.
Ever watch the movie Wanted and yenned to know more about the Loom of Fate? Me too and is this the book for YOU. Per Wikipedia re Wanted: “a loom that gives the names of the targets through binary code hidden in weaving errors of the fabric.” Huh? Needless to say, I craved for more about the topic after viewing said movie, tell me more about this Loom of Fate . . . but then trains were exploding and people were dying, and well, that desire never came to fruition. Enter Crewel, a behind the scenes, an exposé if you will, of this Loom of Fate.
You know, I bet those who have a hard time suspending their disbelief might have an issue with Crewel. Not a problem whatsoever for moi. Nevertheless, the only reason why Crewel didn’t garner 5 stars was for one simple reason: I was not fully convinced of this world. I adore the idea of weaving time, but still, even after three hundred-sixty something pages, I could not for the life of me get a clear enough picture, clear enough for my tastes, of what the author was trying to convey with crewelwork. Or the world of Arras. What it is exactly Spinsters do, or I should say how they weave. But I did care enough to learn because I would re-re-read passages in an attempt to understand. Yet at the end of the day I still didn’t have a firm enough grasp. Or maybe it was too bizarre to wrap my head around, i.e., within a strand (are we talking actual fabric here, like wool, or what?), a Spinster could eye a town, then zoom in further and eye a street and even further to glimpse a close up of people walking about. Even go inside a residence. Say what? My brain hurts.
Notwithstanding, I adored every single character within. MC, Adelice, was spunky and feisty. Thankfully, aiding in my adoration for this novel, there was nary a whiny female to be found, who only waxed romantic about boys and other inane matter while death and destruction occurred around her. Anyhow, back on point, I can’t wait to continue on with this fabulous, ingenious series, for I yen to learn more about this crafted world of Spinsters and Crewelers. And the ending? Wow, talk about a perfect setup for book two. In case I wasn’t clear, I highly recommend Crewel. (less)
Two haunting words: Digital Plague. Mentions how the Bible foreshadowed this catastrophic ruination of humanity. And the same message is woven obscure...moreTwo haunting words: Digital Plague. Mentions how the Bible foreshadowed this catastrophic ruination of humanity. And the same message is woven obscurely throughout this tome. Technology seems to be sucking the life out of people, zombifying them. Turning society into veritable mouse potatoes. And this book touches upon this very subject in a very obscure way. Aside from what I drew from this novel, it centers around the yummy topic of time travel and actually does it justice.
What else can I say about this delicious book? Well, a few other choice words about The Obsidian Blade that pop into my head are: Gripping. Compelling. Hmm, what else? There are diskos, or portals, suspended midair throughout the small town of Hopewell. Each diskos catapults unsuspecting “travelers” to certain times in history. Times of monumental events, i.e., the crucifixion of Christ, 9-11, right before the Twin Towers crumbled to the ground. Let’s see, there are beings named Boggsians. They're a cross between Hasidic Jews and the Amish as far as appearance. Having advanced technology at their disposal, they travel around history, much like the Observers in the brilliantly awesome and highly addictive Fringe. There are the Medicants - an advanced group of humans who can heal/cure practically anything. At a cost. A high price one pays to be healed. Definitely can't wait to learn more about them and their oh so creepy ways.
And there’s a cat that no one seems to know anything about. Yet this friendly feline remains faithfully by the side of one mysterious girl, Lahlia, whose story I’m so very interested in learning about.
So Goodreaders, I highly recommend this novel. Especially if you’re keen on time travel. Only draw back, it’s way too short. Coming in at a mere 308 pages. And the worst part - it’s a trilogy and there’s not any other mention here on Goodreads about book 2 and 3. What’s up with that? So how long must I wait for the sequel? For this book ended on a cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. I need my fix stat!
***update*** This delicious book is the first in a trilogy. And after having gobbled up The Cydonian Pyramid, I need book 3 like yesterday. (less)