It's no secret that I enjoy alien stories, right? So I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one, and was not disappointed. Boy, did it deliver + a lit...moreIt's no secret that I enjoy alien stories, right? So I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one, and was not disappointed. Boy, did it deliver + a little more on the side, too.
Kitty's getting off jury duty when her life changes in a matter of seconds. As she watches a human morph into some sort of alien creature, she doesn't think twice about reacting. With her pen. Yeah, she takes out the creature by stabbing its most vulnerable spot with her Mont Blanc pen. But that's not the end of it. Actually, it's just the start because very attractive men start showing up and whisk her away to their secret facility.
Here, she meets the very alluring Martini who's quite open about his interest in her, as well as a bunch of other 'agents' from Alpha Centauri. Along the way, she finds herself caught up in the middle of their latest operation, and even discovers several family secrets. This is one action-packed story filled with one surprise and secret after another. It was way cool!
I loved Kitty. She's quick-thinking, has a sharp tongue, loves rock music, finds a new and dangerous way to use hairspray, has a great relationship with her parents, and accepts every new challenge as it pops up--including Martini. Although, I have to admit that I had a soft spot for Christopher, and really liked her rapport with Reader.
This is a series I'm more than willing to get stuck into. Loved this book, it was so much fun! Oh yeah, I just ordered the second book. Can't wait for it to arrive.
Just reading the blurb and the title for this book was enough to grab my attention. And that very creepy cover sure deepened my interest.
When I start...moreJust reading the blurb and the title for this book was enough to grab my attention. And that very creepy cover sure deepened my interest.
When I started to read this book, I found myself a little lost in the narrator's set up of this world because there was so much going on, and so much to be explained. However, as the story moved into the second chapter and I settled into Avery's tale, I understood exactly why it was vital to drop all of that info on the reader at the very start. Getting the who's who out of the way helped me get my bearings and understand exactly what Avery was and what he'd gotten himself into. It helped me slip into this very dark and brutal dystopian society very smoothly.
Avery Cates is a criminal. For the right price he'll kill whoever he's hired to eliminate. He doesn't care who it is.
But when he gets himself caught up in some big trouble with the System Cops and attracts the attention of the very freaky Monks from the Electric Church, everything becomes a lot more complicated. When he's given an opportunity he can't pass up, he takes it. All he has to do is kill the founder of this mysterious religion. And to do that he'll have to head into the middle of their operation, with a group of misfits that include his only friend, Gatz, female twins who come in very handy, and a Techie who refers to himself in the third person. Along the way, he even manages to pick up a scary Gunner who might not be who he says he is. For the right amount of money, they're all willing to risk their lives.
This story is an action-packed thrill ride that had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to turn the page, to see what was going to happen next. Trying to keep up with Avery's very dangerous life was exhausting and exhilarating, because every time he thinks he can take a deep breath, more trouble finds him.
The Electric Church is a fascinating and totally engrossing book with everything that makes the noir-futuristic-cyberpunk genre so appealing. It's well written, gets under your skin, and throws you into the middle of the action. Avery Cates is the ultimate anti-hero. A killer who drinks too much and doesn't bathe near enough. Yet, he's trying to make his way in an insane, horrible and very violent world the only way he knows how. And I really liked him for that.
I also loved that what starts out as a way to get a huge payout turns into an ambitious attempt at changing a corrupt system that ignores and destroys the majority of the population.
This is a series that I really want to lose myself in. I thought this one was fantastic, so I can't wait to read the next book.(less)
I read the first book in the Avery Cates series, The Electric Church, last month. And as soon as I did, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second...moreI read the first book in the Avery Cates series, The Electric Church, last month. And as soon as I did, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second one. Let me just say that it didn't disappoint.
Several years have passed since the first book and Avery is still a criminal. A rich criminal with a bad-ass reputation. He lives in New York with his crew and still wears the title: Avery Cates, cop killer. That's a tag that he'll never shake and sure as hell gets him into a lot of trouble in this installment.
When he's taken by someone and forced to his knees in the snow with a gun pointed at his head, Avery's pretty sure that his life is over. Instead, he's injected with a lethal virus that starts killing everyone around him. Anyone who comes in contact with him becomes infected, so the body count starts right away. With his crew. He's killed a lot of people, but knowing that he's killing everyone who gets close, really affects him. Especially the death of his very young crew member, Glee. Which pretty much haunts him the whole way through.
But that's not the worst of it, he soon finds himself taken from one place to another, but eventually ends up in the custody of SSF. Beaten to a pulp, kept alive only when they figure out that to keep him close means the virus is kept at bay, he's carted around. He winds up in Paris. This is where the location of the person who engineered this virus is supposed to be, but it only makes matters worse. As Avery catches up with some old friends--Kieth, Gatz and Belling--he also encounters those freaky Monks, who are still causing havoc. Betrayal has never been this horrible and unexpected.
I love the unpredictability of this series and that no matter how close to death he gets, he still manages to survive another day. In a world where most people don't get old, that he's well into his thirties seems a miracle. And I don't doubt that more hellish and horrible things await Avery in future installments, especially now that New York has fallen. I totally want to be there for the ride.
The Digital Plague is a fast, action-packed story that packs a punch. It's dark, gritty, violent, and has plenty of attitude. This book will get your heart pumping because things never stop. I also need to mention that I love the writing style. It's a very well-written book that's so vivid, it's almost like watching a movie in your head.
This futuristic-cyberpunk-noir series is a winner!(less)
After reading THE ELECTRIC CHURCH and THE DIGITAL PLAGUE I couldn't wait to get stuck into the third book in this series. This is one seriously dark a...moreAfter reading THE ELECTRIC CHURCH and THE DIGITAL PLAGUE I couldn't wait to get stuck into the third book in this series. This is one seriously dark and awesome world. It's very bleak and dangerous, plus Avery isn't exactly a good guy, but you still can't help but like him. lol.
Avery Cates is a gunner. He's also an old man who's been through a lot in his life. Well, okay, he's really not that old, but in his world youth is already considered a long life, so you can understand how someone several decades older would be viewed. He's pretty much reached his limit, and seems ready to just give up and relax for a while. Let someone else take up the fight.
This book was a trippy read that I really enjoyed making way through.
The story starts out simple enough, with Avery on his knees and bound by a System Pig. Then he's in Las Vegas stalking a Russian, before signing himself up for some serious trouble when he agrees to track down and kill Director Dick Marin. That sounds simple enough, doesn't it? But soon, I was taken back to Avery's stint in the worst prison in the world--Chengara. A place where People of Interest are dumped, and eventually processed. Which, ah, means that they disappear.
So, two different stories seem to be going on--one in the present and one in the past, to let you know exactly how Avery got to The Star. Of course, after that happens, everything got spun around and I kept thinking: what the hell is going on? In a good way, of course. I don't want to go into it too deeply because I'll give everything away, and trust me, the twists, turns, and surprises are definitely worth it. And a lot of things get answered about Avery's very peculiar behavior and how he can be in two places at once.
This cyberpunk-noir nightmarish world is so bleak and horrible that you just can't help but cringe at the horrid state of it. Everything's collapsing and a war between the SSF and the army is making everything worse. As if the digital plague didn't wipe out enough of the population. Poor Avery goes through hell, and is pushed to his physical limits so many times that you just can't help but feel bad for him and wish he could have a holiday already. He's also forced to place his trust in a variety of very colorful lowlives--one of whom betrays him severely, and changes the path of his life--as well as cops.
The Eternal Prison is as gritty as it gets. It's another full-throttle, action-packed, violent romp filled with unpredictable situations, the expected attitude, and more explosions. Not to mention a sick and twisted plan--that's much worse than the Monks--by one corrupt individual who wants to take over the world. Or at least, he wants to replace everyone in it.
This is a series that I don't think I'll ever get sick of reading. I love that it's so darn clever and well-planned. I love that little hints were constantly dropped like bread crumbs that don't seem to matter but then turn out to be vital to finding your way out of the labyrinth. And it just doesn't rest until the very end.
Every book makes matters worse than the one before, and I can't help but wonder if Jeff Somers has any clear vision of an end to Avery's series... I hope he doesn't, because I'm hooked. Bring on the next one! (less)
I've heard great things about this book, and boy, I have to say they were all spot on. My gosh, this book was a wild, fast-paced ride through an aweso...moreI've heard great things about this book, and boy, I have to say they were all spot on. My gosh, this book was a wild, fast-paced ride through an awesome new world. I really, really enjoyed every second of this book and can't wait for the next one.
It's a Sci-Fi. Man, it's just so darn good! Honestly, you've gotta check it out. Jax was an awesome and very real heroine. And March? Ah, yeah, March. Anyway, just do yourself a favour and read it. :D You won't be sorry.(less)
Both the hubby and I read this very cool Serenity comic today. Okay, it covers what happened between the last episode of Firefly and the movie Serenit...moreBoth the hubby and I read this very cool Serenity comic today. Okay, it covers what happened between the last episode of Firefly and the movie Serenity. It was great! Had that same ol' feeling to it as the show, and explained a few things that weren't quite answered in the movie. It's definitely worth checking out -- though it's not exactly cheap. But that's never a problem for a brown coat, right? Lol!
The only thing is... it leaves me wanting more. I love this wonderful 'verse and I love the characters. Ah, that Joss Whedon's a storytelling genius!(less)
Chasing the Dragon has the now familiar level of action and interesting plot that the other two books I've read in this series had, but there was some...moreChasing the Dragon has the now familiar level of action and interesting plot that the other two books I've read in this series had, but there was something different about this book. It didn't have the same sense of intensity that the others had, and I don't know why. And even though it was well written, I found myself skimming forward in a few areas. Once again, it was mainly in the POV of others.
Having said that, I still can't help but wonder where else Lila's headed.(less)
Selling Out is another action-packed, interesting book that expands on Lila's life, as we get a taste of her human side and the family she left behind...moreSelling Out is another action-packed, interesting book that expands on Lila's life, as we get a taste of her human side and the family she left behind, and she starts to understand a few truths about why she was really made/saved from death. The spirit of the elf she carries inside (Tath) becomes like an inner voice that both helps and frustrates her, and she even gets herself an imp companion. (less)
This is another book that has recently been made into a TV show. While the concept sounded intriguing, when I found out it was based on a book, I deci...moreThis is another book that has recently been made into a TV show. While the concept sounded intriguing, when I found out it was based on a book, I decided to read the book instead. And wow, I wasn't wrong about the concept. It's amazing.
For two minutes, after the Hadron Collider is turned on during an experiment at CERN, the entire planet blacks out. And during that time, everyone has a vision of the future - 21 years into the future. Many are astounded by what they see in their futures, while some are totally confused because it shows people they don't even know yet. A few others don't see anything at all. But what every single person in the world shares is the devastation that follows.
At first it's on the huge scale of planes falling from the sky, people losing control of their cars, or falling down the stairs, but it ends in simple realisations and arguments about whether the future is set, or can be changed by free will. It's an awesome point to bring up. As well as how seeing a snippet of what's to come in your future can affect the present. How it can change and make you question what's going on in your life right now. How does it change your dreams and aspirations, or even the relationships you cherish, or knowing that you'll be dead? It's a fantastical concept that is explored perfectly in this book.
The story is told in several points of views, with some statistics thrown in. Mostly it's the POV of Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides - the two physicists who got the world into this mess in the first place. Their vision - or lack of one - drives their present in a way that pretty much takes over their lives. Especially for Theo, who happens to find out that not only will he be dead in 21 years, but he'll be murdered. The story of chaos and the loss of so many lives, becomes the tale of one man's determination to prove that the future is already set, and another's to figure out how he can change the path of his life so that he'll be able to stop his own death.
Flashforward is an intoxicating book written in a very casual, yet informative narrative that'll keep you turning the page. The plot was weaved in a way that kept me interested from start to finish, and I wasn't disappointed when I got to the end and found all the separate threads tied together. The last part of the book takes place in 2030 and slowly reveals how everyone's life turned out, leaving the reader with a great sense of closure.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and keep finding myself thinking about it. There might be a lot of technical, scientific things mentioned, but I loved that it didn't take away from the human side of the story.(less)
When I read the blurb for this book I couldn't decide if it was a futuristic, an urban fantasy, a Sci-Fi, or just a straight out fantasy. I just knew...moreWhen I read the blurb for this book I couldn't decide if it was a futuristic, an urban fantasy, a Sci-Fi, or just a straight out fantasy. I just knew that I wanted to read it. After I started it, I found out that it's pretty much a mix of all of the above. Just like Lila is a mesh between human and machine.
After the Quantum Bomb, the world changed forever. Even the name changed, Earth is now known as Otopia. But more importantly, the fabric between the dimensions was torn, opening up the way to five other realities. Humans can live alongside creatures from other realms. Demons, elves, elementals, and all types of faery live amongst us in a world now deep in magic and technology.
Lila Black is a woman, but she's also a machine with an AI. After a mission that almost killed her a few years back, her body was fused with carbon and metal alloy to become an efficient machine with enough weapons to have something handy for any situation.
When she takes the job of guarding an elf who happens to be the lead singer of a very popular band, the story seems very grounded in a recognisable world. But when someone attempts to kill and in fact take Zal from this realm and into Alfheim, she has no choice but to put her trust in the elf responsible for her 'upgraded' physical condition. The one who almost destroyed her.
Wrapped in a futuristic package is a fantastical tale with places and concepts that will stretch the boundaries of your imagination. I enjoyed the seemingly simplicity of Lila, and how the further you get into the story, the more complicated and real she becomes. Things are certainly not what they seem with any of the elves she is forced to depend on, or work with along the way to saving Zal.
Keeping It Real is an action-packed book that'll keep you guessing at every turn. Just when you're sure you understand the elves and their peculiar ways, something else is thrown into the mix to totally confuse you. Double-crossing, possession, lust, and the very interesting concept of Games, are just a few things to expect in this fascinating new world/s. (less)
After reading Flood a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to read this one. The epic story that started while the world was flooded by the rising sea level...moreAfter reading Flood a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to read this one. The epic story that started while the world was flooded by the rising sea levels, continues in this installment. And becomes so much more than just a disaster story.
The book opens in 2041, when Grace Gray is taken to Colorado so that she can take part in Ark One. Here, the astronaut Gordo Alonzo gives her a test--she'll have to solve a murder. Of course, at the time I had no idea who Harry Smith (the murdered man) was. Or Holle, the young woman who's charged with showing Grace around.
So it was awesome when the story jumped back to 2025. Where we meet Patrick Groundwater and his six-year-old daughter, Holle. They're attending a meeting about the very secret Ark projects. And so begins Holle's life as a potential Candidate for Ark One. We follow her and a group of kids who will be trained from a very young age, intended to be part of the crew that'll be sent on a mission to find the projected Eath II.
The idea of using a warp drive and launching a spaceship using nuclear bombs is both fascinating and frightening. Yet, it works. I love how Stephen Baxter blends the human condition and science in a way that keeps you glued to every page.
The actual ship blasting off correctly is about the only thing that goes according to plan on Launch day, because half of the crew that was supposed to be onboard actually weren't. The mission to the stars doesn't start well, as the Candidates leave a very chaotic world behind. This pretty much sets the mood for the rest of the trip.
What follows is an amazing, negative, drab, and very claustrophobic trip in search of a new planet to live in, so it can become humanity's salvation. A journey that slowly disintegrates. It was one thing to plan and imagine how this mission would go, but what actually happens is a slow deterioration of spirits, hopes, and dreams. A bunch of humans packed into a tin can that keeps them all too close. Their offspring only add to the madness. Not to mention the Split--where one group goes back to Earth, another settles in the hostile Earth II, and the final group decide to spend another 30 years in search of a better possible planet, Earth III.
I was also very excited to go back to Earth and catch up with Thandie Jones, while getting a little taste of Ark Two.
Ark is another fantastic, epic, and at often times, grim adventure. It's a race for human survival after our planet has been engulfed by the sea. It's an amazing story of human endurance and corruption, when the hard decisions have to be made for the future. The cast is also amazing. Not just the characters we met in Flood, like Thandie and Grace, but also the strong Holle, manipulative Kelly, insane and complicated Zane, and headstrong Venus who never gives up on the ultimate quest.
I absolutely LOVED this book. And I have to admit... I'm secretly hoping that Stephen Baxter writes another installment in this world.(less)
Okay, the first thing that struck me about this book is how normal everything starts out. Miranda's your average teenager with divorced parents, two b...moreOkay, the first thing that struck me about this book is how normal everything starts out. Miranda's your average teenager with divorced parents, two brothers, friends who seem to get further out of reach everyday, and a tremendous amount of schoolwork. In fact, it reads like the diary of a girl living an ordinary life just about anywhere in the world.
It's not until she mentions that a meteor is supposed to hit the moon that the tone of her story changes. And when the moon does get hit by the meteor, it's knocked off its orbit and so close to the Earth that many horrible things happen--tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes...
All of a sudden, her teenage thoughts became a lot darker, the focus of her life shifts to survival, and the search for some sort of hope in this new hopeless world. Still, she keeps the journal going all the way, writing down everything that happens directly to her and her family, as well as what little they find out about what's going on elsewhere in the country, and world.
What an amazing, yet very bleak, journey. A very sad and hard story that made my heart ache for Miranda and her family, as well as cheer them on as they did everything they could to stay together. The amount of sacrifices they all have to make were harsh and raw. I couldn't help but admire them all, even during their very darkest moments. Because so many times, it feels as if Miranda is going to give up... but her fighting spirit surfaces again.
This is definitely a keeper! What an intense and suspenseful book! I loved it, even though it left me emotionally exhausted and close to tears.(less)