In this short novella, written by Chocolat's Joanne Harris (as part of the Doctor Who:Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf
So much for my "NetGalley Ban".
In this short novella, written by Chocolat's Joanne Harris (as part of the Doctor Who: Time Trips series), the Doctor is dying. His body slowly being destroyed by radiation, all he wants is to return to UNIT and to arah Jane Smith before his body regenerates.
But he finds himself in the Village, the most perfect English village he has ever seen. Where everyone is happy - as long as you don't ask questions, make wishes or say the "D" word... whatever that is...
Now, I'm not much of a past Doctor Who fan but, from a quick Google, I know this story sets place just before the Third Doctor's regenerates (near the end of the Planet of the Spiders story arc, I believe) so it was interesting to read a "past" Doctor and see how different he was to the Doctors I know.
And as someone who only knows the basic of the Whonverise, I got a bit excited when I saw the famous words "reverse the polarity".
Ok, the story. I must stress this is a novella so the story isn't as "meaty" as I expect everyone, but it was fun and fast. I know someone who read it within an hour (I took longer as real life is a pain in the neck!) so it's fast. You'll gallop through it.
And the story was fun. It might not be as dark as some Steven Moffat scripts, but I sense that this story would fit perfectly with the Third Doctor and the way his stories were told. And with Joanne Harris writing it (a new author [well, to me] to research), I sense fans of her and Doctor Who will come and read this.
I think this would fit perfectly for those who are exploring the world of Doctor Who and his previous lives. I might have to get my hands on another Time Trip eNovellas or maybe some Joanne Harris novels *begins to eye up Chocolat, Jigs & Reels and/or A Cat, A Hat & A Piece of String).
I shall leave you with this wonderful quote that was in this story that I just love! "But stories are worlds. New worlds for us to visit. In stories, we live forever."...more
I'm sorry, but am putting this onto my "Did Not Finish" pile.
For some reason, I haven't warmed to this new Doctor and with the writing style being aiI'm sorry, but am putting this onto my "Did Not Finish" pile.
For some reason, I haven't warmed to this new Doctor and with the writing style being aimed for a much younger audience compared to me, I feel it would be wrong and unfair to review this book having only read 15-20%. ...more
In this translation, we follow a couple who rent a small cottage in the quiet side of Tokyo, who work as freelance wrReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
In this translation, we follow a couple who rent a small cottage in the quiet side of Tokyo, who work as freelance writers. One day, a cat walks into their garden. After spending most of the day there, the cat's leave but returns the next day. And the following day. And the day after that. Soon, tiny joys that this cat brings towards this couple, and bring this couple closer together. And then something happens that changes all that.
Now, because I read this on holiday, I can only really see this as a holiday read. I found this an easy read and the language used was simple yet there were times the writing was very beautiful. You can tell that Takashi Hiraide is a poet. His use of language is simple yet effective. You know he took time writing this story.
However, because I read this while on holiday, it was an easy read and there was a few times I did wonder about the couple and the cat (I had cats in my life so I know that cats, while loving creatures, are only loyal to the person who feeds them. I know some cats that have food from several "owners"... don't ask), and there were paragraphs where it did feel like I was reading a translation because it felt "jarring" to read.
It was a nice holiday read that I liked, so I sense some of you guys will love and some of you will hate. ...more
Set in the Florida's Everglades, all Dr Temperance Brennan wanted was a holiday. A break from the chaos that is her lReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
Set in the Florida's Everglades, all Dr Temperance Brennan wanted was a holiday. A break from the chaos that is her life. But, sadly for her, she stumbles into a case. The bones of a foot, found inside the stomach of a python... Now, evidence shows that the python didn't kill the victim
I really enjoyed reading this. It was fun and fast and very Tempe. It's been a while since I read Kathy Reichs (last year - I know, feels like ages!) and it feels like ages where we focused on the case and on Tempe's humour. The previous cases have focus not only on these two elements but on Ryan (her ex boyfriend), Katy (her daughter) or her ex-husband, Pete. And it was a bit refreshing to read solely on the case and the return of some of the technical jargon (well... on pythons, that is. Pythons are a big thing in this eNovella).
Comparing this to Bones In Her Pocket, Kathy's first eNovella, I much prefer this story better. Now sure why, though as they are kinda the same vibe.
But fans of Tempe will love this latest adventure with Tempe, although someone might want to tell Tempe to say in the morgue as going out to do police business, alone, will get her killed one of these days...!
(PS - sneaky peek of Tempe's next book, Bones Never Lie, [that title always makes me this of the Sharika song, Hips Don't Lie. Is Kathy Reichs a secret Sharkia fan?] is in this and I am quite excited to read it. Either this or the two copies of Kathy Reichs I nabbed from a charity shop - Bones Are Forever [a secret James Bond fan?] and Fatale Voyage [one I won't be reading on a plane, I sense...])...more
It's day 21 for the 100 sent down to Earth. This day is important, for its when signs of radiation begin to make themReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
It's day 21 for the 100 sent down to Earth. This day is important, for its when signs of radiation begin to make themselves present. But that isn't the 100's only problems. They thought they were the first humans to set foot on Earth for the first time in centuries.
They were wrong.
With fear of a new, unknown enemy, the 100 has to band together. Wells struggles to keep the 100 together and not turn on themselves. Bellamy is determined to save his sister who was snatched from this enemy. And when trying to help him, Clarke finds evidence that leads to a truth that the 100 aren't the first to be sent to Earth from space. And back on the space station, Glass is forced to make a decision between love and life.
Like I said in my review to The 100 (review here), if you are expecting the TV series (aired on the CW in the USA and on e4 in the UK), you are going to be very disappointed as, while the TV show is dark (with a stupidly high death count - which I adore! NO ONE IS SAFE ON THAT SHOW!), the book is very much romantic driven.
I had problems with this book. I think it's because I read Day 21 very quickly after reading The 100, which isn't something I normally do. But I found Day 21 a real struggle. There was one or two things I really wanted ti stop reading this book - Life's too short to read awful books. In the end, I decided to skip a chapter and skim read because I decided to read this with a bunch of bloggers on Twitter and I didn't want to let them down.
I can list the problems I have - Glass being on the space station and yet, being more worried about her love life than finding out information that might be useful to the reader. Clarke and Bellamy doing stuff without telling anyone what they're planning to do - THERE ARE MYSTERIOUS BAD GUYS KILLING AND YET, GO RUN INTO THE FOREST WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE! And you survive without any real consequences - ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
I could go on. I could. But I won't as I don't want to rant and rave. This book series, I feel, could have been more sci-fi or more into human survive - as the TV show does. It could have huge twists that shock the reader. But it's more love-driven and the book felt predictable and that's a huge problem with me. This book has so much potential and yet... it falls flat. It's unbaked and, in the words of Mary Berry from The Great British Bake Off, has a bit of a soggy bottom.
I MIGHT continue reading the series, but I think I might have to leave it and continue watching the TV show. I am really getting into it. I think we need to start a drinking game with the amount of death! THIS IS WHY I NEED THE DVD WHEN IT COMES OUT!...more
As Red As Blood follows Lumikki Andersson, a girl who is familiar with secrets that she has made it a rule to never gReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
As Red As Blood follows Lumikki Andersson, a girl who is familiar with secrets that she has made it a rule to never get involved into other people's affairs. Until she walks into her school's darkroom to find blood strained money hanging to dry. She leaves, trying to think of her next step, only to return to find the money gone...
Her rule put to the test, Lumikki slowly finds herself in the heart of Finland's criminal underworld. And soon, she no longer is someone hiding in the shadow - someone you could easily miss. She's a target, she knows too much...
Lips as red as blood, hair as black as night, bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White...
This book is surprisingly short - only 236 pages - and yet it is a very intense read. I thought I would read it within a few days, and yet I was still reading it within a week, going "Where on earth is this going?" and "This is a first in a series?" and "This is a translation!"
Yes, this is a translation and it is so refreshing to read a translation book as I think, in YA, we have a heck of a lot of books set in the US from US authors and it's about time we read from all over the world!
It is dark and moves at a fast pace, with moments I found myself on the edge of my seat going "No!" and it's a gritty crime. YA is slowly getting more crime and thrillers but this might be one of the darkest/tensest I have read in a while.
With it being a translation, there was one or two times I did go "That translation doesn't flow right" but you can forgive it. That is one of my main issues. That and the times we were looking into Lumikki's history and you never knew if it was happening now or if we were looking back in time for a page or two...
But saying that, if you are a crime nut and want to read something dark, this is the book for you. I know I have read reviews that have called Lumikki the next Lisbeth Salander and this series is going to be the YA version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo/The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson and, as someone who hasn't read the books (only the Swedish films of the first two films - and even then, it was watching through my fingertips), I couldn't possibly say. But If you are a fan of Lisbeth Salander, you might want to check out Lumikki Andersson....more
It's nighttime in the Star Wars universe, and it's time for Darth Vader to put his twins, Luke Skywalker and PrincessReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
It's nighttime in the Star Wars universe, and it's time for Darth Vader to put his twins, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to bed. But the children want a bedtime story...
It is a very cute story. A story I think most parents or family members who have done babysitting duties would get and smile over.
For some reason, I always thought this had the similar feel to Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. I'm not sure why I thought this, but both have a tongue-in-cheek feel that parents will love and "get". And Star Wars fans will be delighted with this. Fans old and new, I think, will like this new twist on the franchise.
And I know someone who would love this so will give this to them in the next few days... ...more
The story, set in the dark ages of Scotland, is of two men, strangers, who are travelling to a cave on the mysteriousReview Taken From The Pewter Wolf
The story, set in the dark ages of Scotland, is of two men, strangers, who are travelling to a cave on the mysterious Misty Isle. Only one of the men knows the way as this cave is rumoured to have a cursed treasure within it. What unfolds on their journey involves greed, survival, revenge and tragedy. Though not in that order...
I am going to keep that brief as I want to leave it as vague as possible. No spoilers.
Now, my opinion on this book... it's very mixed. I'm not 100% certain where I stand with it.
It's not a novel or prose in the traditional sense, nor is it a graphic novel. It's a strange hybrid of the two, for the most part, works in the story's favor. The illustrations by Eddie Campbell are quite unique, ranging from comic strips, rushed illustrations and rushed "oil painting" style art to very detailed drawings.
The story, though... it didn't grab me the way I wanted it to. It felt, at times, quite flat. It didn't feel like a story written by Neil Gaiman. I admit I am not a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and I am slowly becoming aware of his writing (Doctor Who, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, MirrorMask [an awesome film, by the way - imagine Alice in Wonderland but on a serious drug trip!] and Neverwhere) but it didn't feel like him compared to what I have read.
I wonder if it's the hype that's around him at the moment and that is clouding my judgement?
Also, some of you guys will already be aware of this story as it was published in 2012 in a collection of stories called Stories and Neil himself read this at the Graphic festival at the Sydney Opera House several years back. At this event, Neil read the story out loud with Eddie revealing some illustartions behind the author (he drew the rest till quite recently) and the FourPlay String Quaret playing music to go alongside the story.
And I think that would have beena much more interesting reading experience. To not only read the story and stare at the illustation but to have the music to listen to (either a CD, a MP3 download or a website you could go and listen) to bring an extra dimension to the tale.
While this book might not have been my cup of tea, I am certain many fans of Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell will love reading this book....more