Quite a clever book that I called from the start as to what the 'door' was. It kept me locked in most of the way but near the end it got a little goofQuite a clever book that I called from the start as to what the 'door' was. It kept me locked in most of the way but near the end it got a little goofy, hence the three stars. Overall, a solid book with good writing and pretty good characters....more
I enjoyed the overall plot and story of Fluency though I felt this was challenge after challenge hitting the main character without anything tying theI enjoyed the overall plot and story of Fluency though I felt this was challenge after challenge hitting the main character without anything tying them together. It picked up by the end though which left it open for a sequel and pulled this book back into the 3-star range. Overall: a good, quick read....more
I rarely give out five stars, but Stephen King has outdone everything I've read this year. 11/22/63 is a fantastic time travel novel that brings an enI rarely give out five stars, but Stephen King has outdone everything I've read this year. 11/22/63 is a fantastic time travel novel that brings an entirely new dimension to the genre. It's an everyman tale where there's no scientists or impossible technology. Just a simple man trying to make a difference. I do think the end dragged on just a little, but 11/22/63 ended in a great place not to lower its rating. Overall, a fantastic book and one I may revisit in the future....more
The Clockwork Giant is an interesting tale of a steam punk Victorian city consumed by engineering, divided classes, and a girl trying to navigate it aThe Clockwork Giant is an interesting tale of a steam punk Victorian city consumed by engineering, divided classes, and a girl trying to navigate it all. Petra is an interesting character with a mysterious background that draws you in pretty quick. Brooke Johnson's visuals and world building are fantastic and I could easily picture the city as a real place.
While I found the plot a little thin for a novel-length work, I do keep in mind that this book is aimed at younger readers and that's where it's ideal audience can be found. Each character felt real and they were interesting enough to care about. I would've liked to see more of the mysterious guild or an exploration of the engineers, but this is a love story more than a technical story.
The Clockwork Giant may not be for everyone, but it's an original idea with good characters and a lot of promise. I can see younger readers loving this, while it's entertaining enough for adults. ...more
The Frontiers Saga starts off as a fascinating book with a strong opener dealing with United States and then galactic politics. Unfortunately the firsThe Frontiers Saga starts off as a fascinating book with a strong opener dealing with United States and then galactic politics. Unfortunately the first chapter is where the good stuff stops.
In Aurora: CV-01, Ryk Brown makes wild attempts to borrow pieces from all the space science fiction out there. Unfortunately the blend of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, and countless others fails hard. Paper-thin characters offer nothing for us to feel invested and I couldn't care less if someone's life was on the line. Shallow dialogue and lack of any plot development further derail Aurora. It is only because of the central plot that I kept trudging through this book, but it's at nowhere near a level to entice me to read the rest of this series.
I would have given this book three stars but the nail in the coffin is the lack of editing and gratuitous amount of stylistic errors littering this book. I must ding Aurora: CV-01 a whole star because of this. Sentences repeat themselves as if banging readers on top of the head to get a point across. Ryk Brown also breaks a cardinal rule over and over with multiple point-of-view changes mid-scene. One moment you're in the mind of Captain Nathan, the next it's the thoughts of some random person you don't care about. Whole paragraphs make no sense and others drag on. I was relieved to know at least Ryk Brown ran a spell check on this book before self-publishing it.
Aurora: CV-01 is a textbook example of what is wrong with the self-publishing world today. It is glaringly obvious that Ryk Brown did not have an editor or anyone with writing / critiquing experience edit the book. I would bet good money that he typed 'The End' and then 'Publish' on Amazon five-minutes later. No editor would allow a book with this many stylistic errors be published, even as a self-published title.
Ryk Brown does himself a great disservice by not having this book edited because the main concept was interesting enough to keep me reading. Unfortunately a lack of editing, borrowing too much from Star Trek (I could envision the entire story taking place on the Enterprise), and offering a story with no depth is what ultimately sank this book. While I won't read them, I can only hope these issues were resolved in the other installments of the Frontiers Saga....more