I really wanted to like this book. Truth be told, I couldn't bring myself to finish reading it. I may have out-grown Mercedes Lackey. Maybe too many a...moreI really wanted to like this book. Truth be told, I couldn't bring myself to finish reading it. I may have out-grown Mercedes Lackey. Maybe too many authors can spoil a story. This is the second book I haven't been able to bring myself to finish reading since I started keeping track on GoodReads.
Where I picked my copy up: Through the Humble ebook Bundle offer in the fall of 2012.( Humble Bundle )
It would seem like an odd coincidence that I en...moreWhere I picked my copy up: Through the Humble ebook Bundle offer in the fall of 2012.( Humble Bundle )
It would seem like an odd coincidence that I ended up reading this book shortly after having a discussion about John Scalzi and his body of work at a dinner not too long ago...In reality, it was the next book on my Kindle.
This is the first book by John Scalzi that I have read - though I am familiar with other books. (Red Shirts, Agent to the Stars)
Old Man's War is a truly enjoyable read. For me, this is achieved by a truly relate-able and very likable character. The character John Perry lends a very humanistic view to a very alien landscape. (Even if he does come dangerously close to being a Mary Sue - which is oddly enough mentioned, though not using those exact words.)
The concepts in Old Man's War are classic science-fiction. The human race is trying to carve out a place for itself in the larger universe using technology - technology that they didn't necessarily invent.
The concept of the "Super Soldier" has been explored throughout science fiction. Most often I've seen it explored through serums and augmentations. I liked the transfer of consciousness approach. I appreciated the underlying question of what makes us "human".
I can certainly see myself reading more of Scalzi's work in the future.(less)
This is the second book my soon to be 13 year old niece has recommend to me. She read it for her language arts class this year. (I was also told by my...moreThis is the second book my soon to be 13 year old niece has recommend to me. She read it for her language arts class this year. (I was also told by my sister that my niece actually read AHEAD of the class schedule because she liked it so much.)
This was my niece's first foray into Dystopian fiction - she said as much when she told me that she'd never read anything like it before when I asked her why she recommended I read it. It will certainly be an interesting discussion the next time I talk with her.
I'm not going to go on and on about why I liked or disliked the book simply because I haven't really sorted my thoughts completely as a reader.
However, I will point out my favorite scene in the book is when Jonas returns home after a training session with the Giver and asks his parents if they love him. They chastise him for using such an "antiquated" word...
This scene, simply put, took my breath away. That alone was worth picking the book up to read.
A year ago, almost to the day, I added this book to my to-read list on GoodReads after seeing it in the bookstore. I didn't really know anything about...moreA year ago, almost to the day, I added this book to my to-read list on GoodReads after seeing it in the bookstore. I didn't really know anything about it, but the cover and title intrigued me and I was looking for possible titles to buy for my birthday. (Never ever doubt that a cover can pique interest...)
I snapped it up on the Kindle and promptly moved on to something else. A lot of something elses. (This is apparently a theme with me and books in general.)
The Map of Time finally came up in my queue on my Kindle and I dove right into it.
This is the first book by Spanish author,Felix J. Palma, that I have ever read. And, I have to admit it was quite a heady ride to read. When you read the synopsis and it says "...it's a triple play of intertwined plots." It isn't joking. This can confuse a reader if they aren't prepared for it. This particular style of writing is not for the faint of heart or readers that want a straight forward tale.
I love the concepts Palma explores through The Map of Time. His portrayal of Victorian London is quite possibly one of my favorites. Skeptics abound in world where Science & Fiction seem to be melding into one.
The single unifying entity through out the book is the author H.G. Wells, one of the "founding fathers" of what will become known as science fiction. Palma balanced his portrayal of the author beautifully by intertwining known facts within his fiction. I enjoyed every moment Wells appeared on the page.
As a reader I really enjoyed trying to parse out how events and characters were connected. As a writer I truly appreciated the homage Palma paid to a genre that inspired so many technical advances.
After I read Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, I immediately pre-ordered Scarlet the moment I could and proceeded to wait in anticipatio...moreAfter I read Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, I immediately pre-ordered Scarlet the moment I could and proceeded to wait in anticipation.
The moment Scarlet arrived in my Kindle library I sent a quick note out to my sister and mum letting them know it had arrived. My sister read it immediately and I held off as I was in the middle of another book. Six books later I finally picked Scarlet up to read.
Just as with Cinder, I was blown away by Marissa's storytelling. I read the entirety of Scarlet in two days.
I loved the strength of Scarlet's convictions and her tenacity. There was nothing "little" about this Red Riding Hood. Once she has decided on a course there is no stopping her which makes for interesting situations when she realizes that things aren't as simple as they appear to be.
While this is Scarlet's story, we still keep up with Cinder and her progress that continues from the first book. Marissa deftly weaves these pieces in and we begin to see the larger picture of the over arching plot and how things might proceed in the subsequent books.
The moment I finished Scarlet I called my mum to see if she had read it yet only to find she had just started reading so I couldn't gush over it with her. So I gushed over the book with my sister.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Scarlet and yet again have to wait patiently for the next book in the series to be published in a years time. (The next book will feature the tale of Rapunzel.)
Quite an enjoyable read. I was very much amused by the naming conventions Fforde used for his characters. The Eyre Affair is a wonderful introduction...moreQuite an enjoyable read. I was very much amused by the naming conventions Fforde used for his characters. The Eyre Affair is a wonderful introduction to a rather quirky world.(less)
I am loath to admit that I picked this book up late 2011 and that it took me well over a year before I read it. I picked Out of Time by Monique Martin...moreI am loath to admit that I picked this book up late 2011 and that it took me well over a year before I read it. I picked Out of Time by Monique Martin up as a Kindle Freebie and it was promptly "buried" under a slew of other books.
I won't lie, I had never heard of Monique Martin before and was a little hesitant to give Out of Time a shot when I realized it was an Indie Release. (The last few Indies that I've read had me perilously close to wielding a red pen and wondering what happened to editing profession.)
According to the synopsis though, Monique was combining some of my favorite elements of fiction - time travel & the paranormal; so after I finished reading a rather thick non-fiction tome I decided to give Out of Time a read. I'm glad I did.
From the very first page I was taken in by Monique's prose. It was eloquent and flowed effortlessly across the page (or screen if you will.) It was rather refreshing and throughout the book I kept pausing in wonder.
We are introduced to Simon Cross and Elizabeth West who are from the onset very much opposites and very much attracted to each other. It was lovely to watch their relationship unfold and blossom. Monique may have written the sweetest and most endearing love scene I have read to date.
At it's heart, Out of Time is a romance. Pure and simple. The fact that they travel back in time is secondary, and any paranormal aspect is tertiary.
It was a little surprising at how quickly our time-travelers adapted, but not so much so that it was jarring. Truly, what can one do when one is cast back in time and must wait for 6 weeks for the possibility of getting back to the proper time?
The paranormal aspect of the novel could have been completely left out and Out of Time would still have been a good read. There were of course hints of it, but it was for the most part overshadowed. The "bad guy" King, happens to be a vampire as well as a gangster. I wondered why this aspect was even put into the book when I realized it was a likely tie in to Simon's Occult Studies. However, emphasis on this aspect came rather late in the novel and it was hard muster the care - King was a "bad guy" even without being paranormal.
Overall, Out of Time is a wonderful romance set against a 1920s backdrop. It is an enjoyable read.(less)
Finished! An actual review of the book will be posted via my blog in a few days once I've sorted out what I want to say about it. For now - I found th...moreFinished! An actual review of the book will be posted via my blog in a few days once I've sorted out what I want to say about it. For now - I found this to be very illuminating.