Rather cool tale from Ennis and Woo. Pretty standard fare in terms of the idea behind the story - ancient evil unleashed, about to destroy the world,Rather cool tale from Ennis and Woo. Pretty standard fare in terms of the idea behind the story - ancient evil unleashed, about to destroy the world, only the chosen ones can stop it - but the writing and art make it all work....more
In the proud tradition of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series - a series Sanderson is finishing for the late Jordan - comes The Stormlight Archive: TIn the proud tradition of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series - a series Sanderson is finishing for the late Jordan - comes The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings.
At 1000 pages apiece and a planned 10 book series, this series also follows in the proud tradition of using 100 words where 10 would suffice.
If you can get past the padding, this is an epic tale, interesting world, interesting characters, and years of entertainment....more
I'm a member of several discussion groups on Google and Facebook, and every month or so another promotional post arrives from Bill. He seems desperateI'm a member of several discussion groups on Google and Facebook, and every month or so another promotional post arrives from Bill. He seems desperate to not interact with any of the communities he promotes this book to, but would certainly like them to pay him money for the privilege of reading his wisdom. That makes Bill a spammer.
But it is worse than that. When confronted on his actions he is unapologetic, suggesting that he'll keep spamming as long as the groups don't ban him. I don't know about others, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
As to Bill's book. The sample I read was obviously tainted by my bias against Bill's spamming of every group he can find. But even if I set aside my bias, I found Bill's work to be novice level philosophy dressed up as amazing insights. I certainly wouldn't have made it past the free sample, let alone pay money for this nonsense. This is a classic example of cherry picked ideas and explanations. Volcanoes? What about the Sun? What about the weather? Just two examples of religious inspirations that (from my albeit shallow reading) Bill arrogantly ignores.
So in summary: don't waste your money on this book, if only for the fact that Bill might stop spamming every discussion forum and crawl back to his little cave....more
Have you ever wondered if werewolves are sexy? Apparently it isn't just Rule 34 that has the answer on that question.
Moon Called is the first in the hHave you ever wondered if werewolves are sexy? Apparently it isn't just Rule 34 that has the answer on that question.
Moon Called is the first in the highly successful Patricia Briggs series. Mercy Thompson is the local mechanic, a shape shifter, and a lightning rod for trouble. First a runaway with problems starts work at her shop, bringing his problems with him. Then her friendly neighbourhood werewolves get dragged into the start of a civil war. And then it appears the local witches and vampires are involved. Then Cthulhu rises... Okay, I made up the last bit.
Patricia's Mercy Thompson series are not normally the sort of book I would choose to read. Being a guy, I have all of these prejudices about sparkly vampires, sexy werewolves, and novels clearly aimed at that market. Which is stupid on my part. The Moon Called has as much in common with Twilight as Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. In other words, I could have been enjoying this series earlier if not for my misplaced prejudice.
This was a fast paced novel that was highly entertaining. One thing that stood out to me, though, was the novel kind of ended without really finishing the story. This made the ending feel a little unsatisfying, but at the same time it felt like a more natural story, especially for a series. I suppose it is refreshing to have a novel unafraid to not have an epilogue or tagged on final chapter that ties up all of the loose ends. And this open-endedness doesn't feel like a deliberate setup for a series, rather it feels like a genuine limited world perspective: we don't get to know everything because the characters don't know everything. I will be reading many more Patricia Briggs novels....more
Have you ever wanted a thriller to star not one, but two book store owners? Well, this is the novel for you!
That's right, our favourite book seller isHave you ever wanted a thriller to star not one, but two book store owners? Well, this is the novel for you!
That's right, our favourite book seller is back in action. This time Cotton Malone is caught up in a CIA operation called King's Deception. See what Steve Berry did there. Cotton and his son Gary get caught up with the CIA, SIS - better known as MI6 - and The Dedalus Society's deadly spy games. King's Deception is their game and Cotton has to blah blah the McGuffin surrounding Elizabeth the First before the blah blah.
I'm a big fan of Steve Berry's novels. They are always entertaining and well thought out thrillers. Berry is the writer Dan Brown wishes he was, but then takes a swim in his pool of money to console himself. As is typical with this genre, Berry seamlessly mixes the modern day with the historical McGuffin in a plausible and interesting manner. But for me, I found this to be one of Berry's weaker novels.
My main fault with the book was that it was a story being recounted between the narrator and reader analogues, with the first and last chapters book ending the actual story. I hate this sort of story telling. It always feels hackneyed, even in films. At least flashbacks only last a short time, this is like having 95% of the story be a flashback. In this case you could cut the first and last chapters out and it would be a perfectly reasonable novel, so the additions of these parts feels superfluous.
Despite that criticism, the book was entertaining and would rank 4 stars, but I'm giving it 3.5 stars. I'm taking half a star off for the book-ends on the actual story....more
Expletives in the title? Yeah, let's dash a few letters out, wouldn't want anyone to realise someone wrote a "naughty" word.
The story follows the adveExpletives in the title? Yeah, let's dash a few letters out, wouldn't want anyone to realise someone wrote a "naughty" word.
The story follows the adventure of Martin Carter, a bank manager in a small dying town. Martin's life is a huge disappointment, so instead of buying a sports car he robs his bank and goes on the run. Pursued by a security agency, meeting all sorts of interesting Aussie characters, and trying to find the elusive perfect breakfast, Martin does the midlife crisis in style.
As a long time fan of Geoff McGeachin's writing, it was a pleasure to pick up one of his humorous novels again, after reading his award winning Black Wattle Creek. Can't have humour in a book and have it win awards. There are rules. Fat, Fifty and Fucked is Geoff's first novel and sets the template for his irreverent, humorous, fun, and foodie writing style that his Alby Murdoch novels utilised. I also think Geoff captures the stereotypical Aussie characters and humour in a way that few other authors manage, even if some would find this off-putting, despite how he doesn't go the full Alf Stewart.
Great adaptation of Stark's novel of the same name. If anything this adds to the fantastic Parker story rather than simply retelling it in graphic novGreat adaptation of Stark's novel of the same name. If anything this adds to the fantastic Parker story rather than simply retelling it in graphic novel form. ...more
Potatoes and Pirate-Ninjas: the reason you will read this book.*
I'm late to the Mark Watney appreciation society, since I only heard about this book aPotatoes and Pirate-Ninjas: the reason you will read this book.*
I'm late to the Mark Watney appreciation society, since I only heard about this book as a result of the movie trailer. I guess at least I didn't find out about the book after watching the movie and wondering if it was based on anything. The blurb essentially sums up the novel "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there." There you go, premise done.
To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, as I usually hate novels that try to be hard sci-fi. I mean, if I want to read a physics text book I'll grab the one on my shelf, not some of the "plausible" made up stuff that hurts my needless exposition aversion gland. So to find a hard sci-fi story that manages to be so entertaining was no small feat. The humour was a big part of the reason for the enjoyment. I felt that this addition was very important to not only the characterisation of Watney the space-nerd - because nerds are normally only funny to laugh at - but also in how too many novels would have taken the same premise far too seriously.
So now I'm looking forward to the movie. This should adapt very well to the big screen, and Matt Damon seems like a great choice for Watney. Hopefully Ridley Scott won't go all Prometheus with The Martian and we'll have a great adaptation.
* Because you'll wander what the hell those things could possibly have to do with a book about Mars. ...more
If Dexter is Dead, does that mean alliteration dies with him?
The final instalment of delightfully dismembering Dexter sees the titular protagonist inIf Dexter is Dead, does that mean alliteration dies with him?
The final instalment of delightfully dismembering Dexter sees the titular protagonist in prison for a crime he didn't commit, which really means the cops aren't trying very hard. His friends and colleagues - the ones that are still alive at least - have abandoned him, his sister Deb thinks he is getting a dose of karma, and Detective Andrews is doing his best to frame him. Good thing he has a brother. And Brian never causes problems in Dexter's life.
As a huge fan of the Dexter novels - the TV series: meh - I have been looking forward to reading the final Dexter adventure for some time. I'd like to say the anticipation set me up for disappointment, but I'm pretty sure it was the series running out of steam. That isn't to say that Dexter is Dead isn't an entertaining read, more than it doesn't hit the normal highs I've enjoyed from the earlier novels in the series. Which means that finishing the adventures of Dexter now (or a book or two ago) was probably a good idea. Dexter's luck finally running out, hammering home some of the central points that many have missed previously (yes, Dexter isn't smart), and finally (spoiler alert.... from the title) killing Dexter, was important for the series.
I'd say this book is mainly for fans of the series who want closure. It is just a pity the end wasn't a highpoint....more
Interesting series from Justin Jordan. Quite a departure from the fantastic Luther Strode series. Can't give this more than 3 stars because it feels lInteresting series from Justin Jordan. Quite a departure from the fantastic Luther Strode series. Can't give this more than 3 stars because it feels like I've read most of this before. Although it does hold the promise of something more which will make it worth reading the next instalment. ...more