This might honestly be my new favorite series. There is a great but subtle wittiness to these books. You know how some authors hit you over the head wThis might honestly be my new favorite series. There is a great but subtle wittiness to these books. You know how some authors hit you over the head with "Look at me! My characters are SO witty and funny, right?!?! LOOK!!" ? This is not the case with Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. Lots of people are comparing the wit and the overall conceit of the series to a mash up of Pratchett and Gaiman, and I would agree. That could make it sound like it's reductive or a pale imitation of the greats, but it's really not. The series is unique and fun in its own right, with great characters with human (or inhuman) failings and quirks.
Midnight Riot is funny and clever and well plotted. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for anyone looking for a new series that will entertain them over and over again....more
I thought this book was really sweet and light. Is it groundbreaking? No, not really. But I like that Willowdean struggles with that she feels comfy iI thought this book was really sweet and light. Is it groundbreaking? No, not really. But I like that Willowdean struggles with that she feels comfy in her own skin when people around her are constantly telling her she shouldn't. Is she perfect? No. She judges others around her too, but I really sympathize with her. She talks a good game but she lets other people's opinions influence who she talks to. And while that's a measure of self-defense for her so that she isn't picked on any more than she already is, I disagree with those who say she doesn't change at all during the book. I think she realizes by the end that she was just as judgemental as the people who judge her. Like I said, she's not perfect but I do feel like she's trying and growing.
I like that Will just kinda slips into a relationship with a guy that she isn't super into but that he's the type of guy that she thinks she is supposed to be with, so she just kinda goes along because he's nice and maybe that's enough. That persistent message of "he/she is out of your league" is hard to shake and I think a lot of us have felt like we don't deserve to go for the person we're really interested in because we could never measure up (especially in high school). And honestly, that part of it really doesn't make me consider this to be a love triangle. I appreciated that Will had to break up with whatshisname knowing that she was in the wrong for agreeing to date someone she wasn't all that into. That's rough.
The ragtag group of unlikely pageant girls gave me life and I loved their personalities. Overall this is just a fun, lighthearted read that really took me back to the insecurities of high school and college. Willowdean has way more courage than I did as a timid, insecure teenager, and I had a fun time rooting for her, even when she was making mistakes....more
I went into this book not knowing a thing about the plot or the concept and I loved it. This is such a unique take on a now-common subject ((view spoiI went into this book not knowing a thing about the plot or the concept and I loved it. This is such a unique take on a now-common subject ((view spoiler)[zombies (hide spoiler)]) [and I don't care if other people say it's not a spoiler by now, because I loved how the reveal was done in the book].
This book really kept me guessing and thinking and the way it is all resolved honestly surprised me. I really enjoyed reading it and thought it had a good element of tension to it. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
The sequel to The Three-Body Problem, I found this book to be utterly engrossing after a slow start. I think that the criticism that this book has a pThe sequel to The Three-Body Problem, I found this book to be utterly engrossing after a slow start. I think that the criticism that this book has a patronizing attitude towards women (who are persistently infantilized and are basically non-entities to the men doing important man stuff, because lol there are no smart, authoritative female leaders in this futuristic world) is fully valid. And it was frustrating to read. But the overall story was fascinating and I was able to move past that (admittedly large) flaw. It's an interesting juxtaposition, though, because I read this after Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and the visibility/acknowledgement of women between the two books couldn't be more different.
The concept of Wallfacers and Wallbreakers was fascinating to me and I loved being kept guessing on if and how humans could defend themselves from an alien threat. I also really enjoyed the back and forth of looking at human nature and politics and how that affected the scientific and technological policies and progress. I felt like it was very realistic and a pretty good take on how humankind really would react in this situation.
I'd definitely recommend The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest. Altogether they are a great look at near-future sci-fi progressing to a more futuristic sci-fi.
The only reason this book doesn't get 5 stars from me is because I feel like the ending was rushed, which (in my opinion) isn't unusual for Neal StephThe only reason this book doesn't get 5 stars from me is because I feel like the ending was rushed, which (in my opinion) isn't unusual for Neal Stephenson. I know that it's kinda crazy to say that a book is rushed when it's as long as Seveneves, but by the time we get to the jump in timeline to the further future, I was so excited to know how humankind has adjusted to their new normal (and he flirts with SO much cool stuff!) that I wanted so much more. With how much time Stephenson spent lovingly describing the tech needed for the escape from Earth, I was eager for the payoff of the new civilization. However, we really only got a taste of that, which wasn't enough for me. In a way, I get it, though, because that is often the aspect of Stephenson's books that leave me wanting more. In a perfect world where this book is 100% what I would have ordered, the first 3/4 would be scaled back a little and the last 1/4 expanded.
As it is, Seveneves is fascinating and a great read. If you're not used to harder sci-fi, it can be a little daunting and I did find myself re-reading passages and googling things. BUT I kinda love that, because it forced me to read a bit more slowly than I usually do and I ended up learning a lot about things I'd never really even thought of before.
I'd recommend this book as a good summer read that you can take your time with (or whatever season works for you for devoting some time ^_^). ...more
I devoured this book because I was so excited to finally get my hands on the sequel to The Rook.
I don't want to accidentally give anything away, so tI devoured this book because I was so excited to finally get my hands on the sequel to The Rook.
I don't want to accidentally give anything away, so this will be brief. :) Stiletto is not a re-tread of The Rook and is not told solely from Myfanwy's perspective. Instead we also get the perspectives of Felicity and Odette, young women of the Checquy and the Grafters respectively, as the two groups cautiously negotiate peace while dealing with their fears of each other, a mysterious third party who is out for blood, and weird manifestations (business as usual!)
Much like The Rook, Stiletto has fun snarky moments, some pretty crazy battle/fight scenes, some politics and problem-solving, a bit of mystery, and major conflicts. I really enjoyed the insight into the world of the Grafters and really liked the interactions between Felicity and Odette.
Stiletto is a broadening of the world that we were introduced to in The Rook and by not applying a rigid chess-piece theme to this sequel, O'Malley has opened up his options for the series, which I wholeheartedly approve of! Nothing worse than getting trapped into a gimmick that ends up limiting creativity!
Solid 4.5 from me and I will definitely be re-reading. ...more
I will keep this short and sweet. This book is extremely unique sci-fi/fantasy. Jemisin has a great slow-reveal style to her writing, leaving it to thI will keep this short and sweet. This book is extremely unique sci-fi/fantasy. Jemisin has a great slow-reveal style to her writing, leaving it to the reader to learn about this incredibly detailed world as you go. Some things you learn by picking up on hints and inferences, then you'll get a broader hint later as you go on, paired with straight-up this-is-how-the-world-is style exposition. This is a dense, complicated world with complicated people. This is a book to savor--if you rush through it you may miss the nuances and subtleties that bring the story together.
I cannot wait till the next book. I have definitely been hooked. Cheers to N.K.!...more