Title: The Handmaid's Tale Author: Margaret Atwood Format: e-book (Kindle edition) Read: June 24-27 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes
Summary: In this multi-award-Title: The Handmaid's Tale Author: Margaret Atwood Format: e-book (Kindle edition) Read: June 24-27 Rating: 4/5 Recommend: Yes
Summary: In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate 'Handmaids' under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred's persistent memories of life in the 'time before' and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid's Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. (Pulled from Goodreads)
Review: A classic and among one of those books that had been challenged repeatedly for many reasons. I enjoy reading banned books, and going WTF at some of the reasons that are given for their "challenges."
There are so many questions left unanswered by the end of the book that I wish there were more. The cliff-hanger had me simply staring at the book for several moments going..."That's it?..There's nothing more?"
Oh well, another "banned/challenged" book tossed into my epic pile of books. There will be others..oh, yes, there will be others. This is just a basic review and I will eventually be adding more to it as time goes on I think.
Title: Eldest Author: Christopher Paolini Rating: 4/5
Summary: Continuing where Eragon ended, Eragon and Saphira (his dragon) have just saved the rebelTitle: Eldest Author: Christopher Paolini Rating: 4/5
Summary: Continuing where Eragon ended, Eragon and Saphira (his dragon) have just saved the rebel state from King Galbatorix and now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera (the land of the elves) to receive further training in being a Dragon Rider, namely magic and swordsmanship training. However, this journey is not without its betrayals and chaos, and soon Eragon is left uncertain who he can place his trust in. In the meantime, his cousin Roran fights a new battle, and this battle holds the potential to put Eragon’s life in even greater danger. Will Eragon escape with his life?
Review: This book has many twists and turns and the most surprising is the fact that Ormoris, an Elven rider is there to show Eragon that he is not the only Dragon rider left. Eragon also learns that he is falling in love with an unobtainable woman, Arya, Princess of the Elves. One of the other unique twists is that Eragon discovers that he has a brother, and who his father is. Neither of which are people Eragon can be proud of, and one of the two killed his former Mentor.
The plot is brilliant, the story quite fascinating, but it travels at a pace that is so ungodly slow because of all the intense and intricate detail that Paolini puts into the story. Yes, I can understand that some of it is required, but really? 300 plus pages for a journey to Ellesmera and learning magic, and then another 300 plus pages for Roran’s story to unfold. This leaves only about 60 pages or so for the Reunion and the great battle of the book.
This book is filled with much smaller battles and skirmishes before culminating in the big battle. Despite the overloading of details, I enjoyed the story very much. This story hooks you and pulls you in, and makes you want to read the next in the series with a dramatic cliffhanger ending. Even the spells, the magic in and of itself seems believable and the works were disguised in a different language which made it all the more believable.
I do highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fiction, science fiction, stories from the past, epic adventures, and books with dragons.
LOVED IT! Seriously. Slammed through it. May eventually go back and re-read it, especially since it may be a bit before I get to the next two in the sLOVED IT! Seriously. Slammed through it. May eventually go back and re-read it, especially since it may be a bit before I get to the next two in the series.
(finished it before I got to the library, so turning that one in now *G*)...more
Title: Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Author: Eoin Colfer Rating: 4/5
I received a copy of this from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, from Netgalley.com foTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Author: Eoin Colfer Rating: 4/5
I received a copy of this from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, from Netgalley.com for an honest review. My thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
Summary: The fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series and another of my favorites. This series does not seem to ever disappoint me. Once again, Artemis will have to pair up with his old comrade, Captain Holly Short, to track down the missing demon and rescue him, before the time spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth. That’s all I’m sayin’ in my summary.
Review: Alright, so we have the fairy folk who moved underground to keep their world safe and secret from humans right? Then we have the demons, who flat out refuse to join the fairy folk underground. Instead, these wonderful demonic creatures decide to move their whole island to another dimension. Yup! Demons got it good, lets hop dimensions to keep our secret world safe from humans! This will work. Failure on their part.
They are now stuck in Limbo! Such a wonderful place to be! Ain’t it? Especially when you are stuck there indefinitely…with nowhere else to go, right? No, something bad is bound to happen and it does of course, the spell weakened and now we are getting demons in present time – yup, always a good thing to have demons popping up in the present and causing demonic mischief and such!
Though, Artemis’ first attempt to capture one of the demons that come through is thwarted. Someone got their first, leaving our hero flabbergasted, because that demon was supposed to be “his.” Oh, and did I mention it is a 12 year old GIRL that keeps Artemis on his toes. She’s very pretty, and a French genius, her name is Minerva Paradizo.
Will Artemis and his friends be able to save the world from destruction (again)?
Title: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox Author: Eoin Colfer Rating: 4/5
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, via netgalley.cTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox Author: Eoin Colfer Rating: 4/5
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. I thank the publisher for this opportunity.
Summary: Three years later, Artemis returns and his mother has contracted a deadly disease, whose only cure lies in the brain fluid of the African lemur, however they are extinct, and have been for five years. Thanks Artemis! Yup, it’s his fault that they are extinct. So, time to play with time, as Artemis has to go back in time with the aid of his fairy friends and confront his most deadly enemy, himself, to save the lemurs.
Review: The sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series, delivers yet again. Eoin Colfer has thrown so many twists and turns to what could have been a potentially simple, easy retrieval mission. We see a resurgence of the time-traveling demon from The Lost Colony, and he helps Artemis go back in time where he now must come face-to-face with his devious, Machiavellian younger self in an attempt to retrieve and save the African lemur.
But, something happens, and things as usual become infinitely more complicated when Artemis learns that he can no longer trust his memories of what happened all those years ago. Will Artemis be able to save his mother? To undo the damage his younger self caused by selling the African Lemur to the extinction cult?