Skipping around in the order of this series, Mayenne is number nine. In this novel Earl Dumarest is early in his search for Earth. He has some clues bSkipping around in the order of this series, Mayenne is number nine. In this novel Earl Dumarest is early in his search for Earth. He has some clues but no strong leads. When the space ship he is travelling in hits a disaster it is marooned in deep space with little hope of succour when an apparent miracle getting them to a planet.
But is it really a planet? Not entirely, it is a vast consciousness or awareness that knows little about humans but is very bored...
This is the premise that allows our hero Earl to do all the things he does best, with his general stoic perfection. Women swoon at his feet (of course) and the one after whom this book is named is quite interesting.
I really do not entirely understand why I find this series so addictive. The writing is route, what my Dad used to call 'pot boilers' because they are so standard to write. I have tried reading other E. C. Tubb books and they do nothing for me so it isn't the writing. Anyhow, Addictive they are I can no more stop reading them than one can stop eating potatoes chips after the packet is opened....more
While I enjoyed this book a lot, it took a while to read and I did not feel it flowed quite as well as the first book by this author that I had read,While I enjoyed this book a lot, it took a while to read and I did not feel it flowed quite as well as the first book by this author that I had read, Altered Carbon.
I felt that the first third of the book felt a little too much like like work; as though we were purposefully setting up the plot and characters, it was well enough written, the concept was great and some of the characters and locations very memorable, but it was not quite the delight to read that I was expecting. Then the story took off and I was hooked.
In this very cyberpunk very science fiction novel Kovacs, who we know from Altered Carbon (and I am not sure I would recommend it to someone who has not read Altered Carbon) is fighting a war as a mercenary in a top unit, on some world. He is tempted into joining an individual who has the location of a archaeological prize that is unique and could make his fortune. (This bit underwhelmed me, I never felt that his motivation to break with his unit and go on a wild goose chase with a dodgy charter made sense).
Wrangling the deal with a corporate to get them the team and equipment was where it started to get interesting and the end was, as I said good except that it totally left the story open ended. It was an ending that practically screamed "To be continued" and I really, really do not like that in books. Even when I know there is going to be another, it feels lazy.
So, still a good sci-fi but I had to restrict myself to three stars. Read it though if you like sci-fi, cyberpunk or good action writing. The things that bothered me would probably not occur to many other readers, and even with my criticism it is still a very good story.
A long time since I read this one last, it was almost like reading it for the first time.
Part of the city watch series, Sam Vimes is hijacked by LordA long time since I read this one last, it was almost like reading it for the first time.
Part of the city watch series, Sam Vimes is hijacked by Lord Vetinari and Sybil into being the ambassador for Anke Morpork in Uberwald where a King of dwarves is to be crowned. (and I can't begin to describe how much my spell checker hates that last statement).
Once there of course crimes worthy of Commander Vimes crop up complicated by the fact that he is not in Anke Morpork and is not a commander of the watch here.
While the above is the basic plot, the gorgeous thing about this book is its take on the 'gothic' fictions, Uberwald is a cheerful mock up of every dark and drear kingdom of supernatural ever dreamed up on contemporary fiction. The Vampires all have lisps, the dwarves are very... dwarfish, the werewolves are less than wolves and humans both. All myths have fun made of them with equanimity which still allowing PTerrys basic social equality theme to come through nicely.
The Fifth Elephant is, I believe, number 24 of the discworld series, I have been reading them out of sequence since it was the city watch series I wanted to pursue. Jumping from number 19 to number 24 the increasingly dark tone of PTerry's writing becomes very obvious, I personally like it. Much as I loved the chaotic humour of the very early novels, I like, even better the more mature writing in these latter novels....more
In a far distant future, human civilization expanded to the stars but then came home again. At home it created Diaspar, the city of cities and inhabitIn a far distant future, human civilization expanded to the stars but then came home again. At home it created Diaspar, the city of cities and inhabited it exclusively, needing nothing beyond its walls, as all the rest of the world fell into arid deserts. Now no one leaves the city, though its thousands of inhabitants are functionally immortal they have strong inhibitions again open spaces and even the idea of leaving Diaspar is too much for most of them.
Our story starts with Alvin, recently come of age he is a Unique, instead of having emerged from the pattern of a pre-existing citizen he is new and seems to have no inhibitions at all about leaving Diaspar, he only lacks the means ...more
I was exceptionally disapointed by this book. Having enjoyed the first in the series I went on to this one with similar setting (our leading lady is tI was exceptionally disapointed by this book. Having enjoyed the first in the series I went on to this one with similar setting (our leading lady is the sister of the first) I had firm expectations.
I don't expect everyone (or maybe anyone) to share my distaste, but I absolutely LOATHED the portrayal of the leading lady: Pippa is meant to be 'a scientist' and leaving aside the fact that I do not really think that was a term used in the 1800's the way she is written is appalling.
Apparently, being a female scientist means that you have no sense of humour, no awareness at all of social customs (thought only when in the presence of the leading man, she does fine elsewhere), always blurt out everything you think, with no filters.
Pippa is believable as long as she in not around Cross, she often condemns herself as 'odd' but that is understating it. She is written as though she suffers an intellectual handicap. My bet would be on Aspergers, WAY up the scale or possibly severe autism. In any case, if she had carried on like that in that day and age I suspect she would have been in Bedlam.
As a scientist myself, I found the stereotype, unfunny, unsexy and close to unreadable.
I persevered, and by the last third of the book, when the author no longer needed to rub our noses in the 'odd' every page it actually picked up....more
A very fun historical romance book. Set in the early 1800's the rogue of the title lost his family estate and wealth through gambling and the malevoleA very fun historical romance book. Set in the early 1800's the rogue of the title lost his family estate and wealth through gambling and the malevolence of the man who had been trustee of the estate. He grows up focused on revenge and participates in building a gambling empire to restore his fortune. He then finds that his lands have been made the dowry of his childhood friend Lady Penelope Marbury.
This is the core premise for the romance which is elegantly handled with both likeable and believable characters and a romp of a courtship with a bit of naughty but nice lust and temptation thrown in for make weight....more
Not bad. Some nice graphics - I particularly liked the use of colour - and a decent story line.
the Titans are under attack from their former team mateNot bad. Some nice graphics - I particularly liked the use of colour - and a decent story line.
the Titans are under attack from their former team mate Jerico who is targeting both them and various bystanders to get their attention. Both the Titans and the teen Titans are trying for damage control but they are confused by the fact that someone else is hunting Jerico...
The story is pretty good and the characters are mostly well used, I really think they could have ditched the 'crime connection' it was irrelevant to this story and was a waste of time and space....more
A good solid continuation of the series that started with ‘Divergent’; this novel follows Tris after the invasion of her new faction and the social chA good solid continuation of the series that started with ‘Divergent’; this novel follows Tris after the invasion of her new faction and the social chaos of her world. In this story Tris and the small group Dauntless who escaped with her find temporary refuge in the Amity faction, I really enjoyed the chance to discover more about another faction and the corresponding expansion of the world Roth is showing us. While Dauntless is of course my favourite faction, Amity, Candor and Erudite all play their parts as the complex web of the plot becomes revealed.
I loved many things about Divergent; it was an almost flawless story of a young person growing into themselves, facing their fears and realising their potential, it was also immensely fun to read and gripping.
Insurgent does not do quite as well. The plot is at times a little less smooth, things progress... erratically at times, as do the characters. Occasionally I was a little mystified at the direction the story was going in and bits of it were repetitive. Is there a law out there that says that ALL American young adult books have to contain uncertainly and lack of trust in relationships? I must have missed reading the law, but I am totally over this hackneyed lack-of-trust cliché.
Other than that, it was a good book, similar to the movie for the first part it later diverges (pardon the pun) enough that it is not identical to the movie. The writing style is easy to read, nicely descriptive and the characters are well delineated, though I did not enjoy it quite as much as Divergent, that is really not a criticism since Divergent was pretty much my favourite YA that I had read in a long while.
I had only two things that I really objected to, the first as above, lack-of-trust-between-boy-and-girl-YAWN, the other is the same issue I had with the movie (view spoiler)[ was when Tris walked straight into Erudite, I get it is a plot development and necessary to get her there, however getting her there in this manner is idiotic. Since Tris is meant to be this intelligent, insightful, bridge between the factions type person it is not believable that she not realise how ineffective this tactic will be. I thought it might be a manner of building her character, or emphasising her roots in Abnegation, but if that was the intent, it was not followed up. So, at the end, it is just a senseless action irrelevant in any way to the progression of the plot. (hide spoiler)]
Both the things that I disliked are personal preferences however, many people would not notice them or care so I feel no qualm in saying that anyone who likes YA, dystopian of fantasy novels should enjoy this book thoroughly. I did, after all and will read the third one as soon as I get the chance. I am really looking forward to finding out what happens next. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is a different look at the Justice League to what I remember, way back, reading the original series.
It is a pretty good story, (apparently) combiThis is a different look at the Justice League to what I remember, way back, reading the original series.
It is a pretty good story, (apparently) combining several different legacies. as with any JL collection they are, of course, battling an ultimate doom. The ultimate doom on this occasion is the Ouroboros, which I thought a nice touch. There is a lot of origin stuff that occasionally made the story a bit disjointed but not too badly.
The artwork is patchy, some pretty good, some of the anatomy is, well, dodgy enough to distract you from the story. The dumb bikini Barda is in; well you can only really shake your head at that, but whenever drawing it the art seems to lose all track of human form. ...more
Apparently part of a series were stuff is happening that was never in the original books, thank you once again publishing companies for not botheringApparently part of a series were stuff is happening that was never in the original books, thank you once again publishing companies for not bothering to put a '#5" on the cover. How hard can it be?
Overall, despite missing the first few, I liked it. It can be read as a standalone graphic novel, the art is standard graphics, adequate but uninspiring the story is kind of interesting....more
This beautifully drawn, insightfully conceived and sensitively written story is a collaboration between aWow! I was kind of breath taken by this one!
This beautifully drawn, insightfully conceived and sensitively written story is a collaboration between a Quebec author and illustrator, it is translated into English (I don’t read French) so well that I at first found it hard to believe it was a translation.
Our main character Helene is living in an unhappy grey world, she is being bullied at school, she is lonely and insecure and she has to go to school where there is nowhere for her to hide.... Her escape is reading, and she is reading Jane Eyre. When she is between the pages of the book life gets more colourful (and so do the panels) and she leaves the insecurities behind. Then, she finds out that she will be going on a school camp for four nights. Four whole nights and there is no escape. Camp is bad, she is as unhappy there... Then she sees a fox and as if it is a trigger her life suddenly changes.
This is an exceptionally subtle story, it describes the feeling of being bullied and the internalised self image you get from being bullied, the insecurities of public spaces and the lack of trust you develop for everything in your life. The images describe the internal experience so well that some people who have had such experiences might find it confronting to read. Anyone who wants to understand bullying should read it.
finally anyone who is an artist, should be charmed by the exceptional combination of the story and the artwork combined. The artwork is what drew me in, perfect for the story it manages to be beautiful while being grey and desperate, hopeful while telling the story of hopelessness. Amazing. ...more