In brief, the story starts with Athena Hera Sinistra fleeing a mutiny on her father’s ship in a lifepod before she manages to collide with a "DarkshipIn brief, the story starts with Athena Hera Sinistra fleeing a mutiny on her father’s ship in a lifepod before she manages to collide with a "Darkship" and is picked up by it's pilot. The story then opens up and leads us on a merry adventure that slowly adds pieces of information about the society, people & history as it progresses.
It didn't take me to long to get through the book, as I was desperately reading to find out where the hell the story was going to take me next as it did capture my interest although I did struggle at times during the middle portion of the book.
The only thing I really didn't like was the Romance plotline, I just felt it was rather weak and felt tacked on to try and ensure that various events could occur.
I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the more light-hearted and adventure aspects of the Sci-Fi Genre.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Short Stories which are set 3 years after the final story seen within The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmThe Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Short Stories which are set 3 years after the final story seen within The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, in which Sherlock Holmes was seen to have supposedly died.
Arthur Conan Doyle managed to work a resolution of this "false" death very well in the first short story showing that Holmes had been missing for a valid reason, one that actually tied into the very story that he had "died" in.
Other than this, I have to admit it was pretty standard Sherlock Holmes fare with him using his deductive reasoning to solve plenty of crimes and issues of importance. At times because of the length of the stories, the plots can be a little weak but they usually keep you guessing right until the end about what has actually happened and I did enjoy them all.
I decided to read this novel after I entered my thirties and wanted to read a Christopher Pike book so that it would bring back some of my fonder memoI decided to read this novel after I entered my thirties and wanted to read a Christopher Pike book so that it would bring back some of my fonder memories of my youth.
Basically, a group of teenagers find themselves all alone when everyone else in the world seems to vanish into thin air. The Teens are pretty standard un-imaginative characters and they begin to die off in strange manners.
We then end up with a rather whacked out ending that didn't really feel like it closed out much of the storyline.
Overall, I can't say I was that impressed, the middle seemed okay enough but the beginning was very slow and the ending just didn't do much for me.
The really nice thing about this book is that it can be obtained for free as an E-book!
The novel is based upon a Manuscript which is hidden away durinThe really nice thing about this book is that it can be obtained for free as an E-book!
The novel is based upon a Manuscript which is hidden away during an attempted revolution against a capitalist oligarchy, before being found centuries later. The Manuscript is introduced and interspersed with footnotes of a scholar who is reviewing the manuscript centuries in the future.
Overall, I have to admit I enjoyed the book hugely. The political speeches and discussions made by one of the characters are brilliantly written and explained as they attempt to stand against the oligarchy that is being formed. I also liked the way that even in 1907 Jack London foresaw a war centred on Germany’s attempt at empire around the same time that WW1 really did begin. The one let down I did have is that you don’t actually find out how the oligarchy fell in the end. I would have enjoyed reading the actual success of overthrowing the dictatorship and creating their glorious future.
In all seriousness, if you like dystopian or political novels then I can’t recommend this book enough. However it can be very dry due to it's subject matter, so you have been warned!
The Dig is a novelisation of an old PC Game that was created by LucasArts. I would like to say that I have never played the game so I can’t tell you iThe Dig is a novelisation of an old PC Game that was created by LucasArts. I would like to say that I have never played the game so I can’t tell you if it follows the storyline of the game or not.
But let me get onto the story plot itself, it starts out like a pretty standard asteroid on collision course with Earth story. As you can imagine therefore, at first I found it rather boring as I have seen & read this type of thing many times before. This boredom though changed to irritation though due to some of the characters, but this is probably just a by-product of the game.
Anyway, the characters stop the asteroid and they end up being transported to some alien world. This is where the majority of the novel takes place, with the crew trying to solve a variety of tasks and challenges in an attempt to return back to Earth.
The story basically ends with a mushy ending in that everyone seems to end up perfectly happy and even the dead are brought back to life
Overall, I did enjoy parts of the novel, but I just feel that a good story was let down and it could have been so much more
"Weekend" was one of Christopher Pike's first books to be published and there are very few supernatural aspects to it unlike some of his later books."Weekend" was one of Christopher Pike's first books to be published and there are very few supernatural aspects to it unlike some of his later books. The basic premise of the book is that there was an “accident” to a beautiful young teen who doesn’t actually die, but is now very ill. Then the very people who were with her when the accident occurred get invited to a weekend party at a luxurious mansion on the Mexican coast. Whilst there, various strange incidents occur, and a couple of people attempt to use rather dodgy means to try and find out what exactly caused the accident.
have to say that “Weekend” is more of a mystery story than a work of horror in my opinion. Like all mystery novels you do end up spending a lot of time wondering about what happened in the past and what is happening now in the present. Overall, Christopher Pike does do a good job of keeping the suspense going right until the end. However, I did find the ending rather ridiculous as there was poisonings, explosions and all sorts yet no one bothered reporting a thing to the police!
I actually enjoyed this book as a light easy read that would be able to pass the time during the bus or train journey to work etc.
I sped through this novel which in my opinion was a superb tale of mystery, fear & tyranny that stretched from an English country manor to the AmeI sped through this novel which in my opinion was a superb tale of mystery, fear & tyranny that stretched from an English country manor to the American coal fields.
It is written in a similar style to the first ever Sherlock Holmes novel "A Study in Scarlet" in that it is split into two parts, with Holmes solving the murder during the first part, before the motive behind the crime is revealed in the second.
All things considered, "The Valley of Fear" is a decent Sherlock Holmes book. The Murder and investigation portions are well written, the flashback is enjoyable with a strong ending and the epilogue adds well to the legend of Professor Moriarty. So, I would therefore advise anyone interested in the Holmes stories to make this one a definite read as it is probably one of my favourites.
The novel is set in the near future with most of the world seeming very similar to nowadays, one of the major exceptions is that that humanity has masThe novel is set in the near future with most of the world seeming very similar to nowadays, one of the major exceptions is that that humanity has mastered the ability to travel into the past. It is set at Oxford University where historians have been sent to the past, with this book following the first visit to the 14th century.
The science aspects of this novel are very light, we get no real explanation of how Time Travel works beyond some basic paradox rules. At times it was more like a historical fiction book as the really interesting and enjoyable parts of the novel were in the way it showed some of the issues faced by people in the fourteenth century.
I have to admit I finished the book feeling like I had been through a very emotional journey. You really do feel for the various characters and the ending is heartbreaking.
Overall, I enjoyed Doomsday Book a lot and am already looking forward to reading some more novels from Connie Willis.
The first thing I noticed when reading the book was that Justina Robson must have put a lot of research into the novel as I could imagine that some of the technologies detailed may really just be around the corner. However, I found that at times it did get quite deep into some of the technicalities and science involved and this felt a little bit to heavy at times.
I also found that none of the characters within the novel really appealed to me. I know that some of this was due to the characterisation being weak and inconsistent at times, especially in regards to the supporting characters. However, even the characters that were well rounded and consistent couldn't keep me interested in their predicament. I will say however that the characters were more realistic than some basic good and bad characters, with none of them being completely admirable or despicable in their actions.
Overall, I have to say that this was not a book I enjoyed hugely. The parts of the book that should have had me on the edge of my seat just didn't work due to both the overall slow pace of the novel and the characterisation. I suspect some people will really like this book, especially those who would enjoy a deep philosophical dive into psychology, personal freedoms, etc. in the near future but it just wasn't for me. ...more
"His Last Bow" is a collection of eight Sherlock Holmes short stories and is Conan Doyle's penultimate Holmes book. As always, the stories center arou"His Last Bow" is a collection of eight Sherlock Holmes short stories and is Conan Doyle's penultimate Holmes book. As always, the stories center around Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective who uses his intellect and wits to solve various crimes and mysteries.
One thing I did note about "His Last Bow" is that all the stories seemed a little bit longer than those in previous short story collections. I was glad of this as I felt it let Conan Doyle write more thorough stories. The stories themselves were typical of previous Holmes adventures with enjoyable adventures a and the superb Watson/Holmes pairing visible throughout. The various topics of the stories ranged between scaremongering, kidknapping, theft & treachery which again, is similar to previous collections.
Overall, this is pretty standard stuff from Conan Doyle and if you have enjoyed the previous Holmes stories then you will surely enjoy this collection.
The novel is at it's basic core, a comedic take on Armageddon. It is very colourful and has a superb and memorable cast of characters which includes aThe novel is at it's basic core, a comedic take on Armageddon. It is very colourful and has a superb and memorable cast of characters which includes an 11 year old Antichrist who isn't actually a bad kid, a Demon and Angel who team up together in an attempt to stop the end of the world and the last couple of Witchfinders in existence.
The story itself did sometimes ramble on due to the large cast of characters and their various sideplots that the reader has to follow. However, the overarching storyline kept me hooked so I was easily able to read through the sections that didn't really add much to the story beyond some easy laughs. I especially felt that the story did come together neatly at the end.
Overall, I found the book hilarious and I can safely say that if you like any other novels written by Terry Pratchett then you will enjoy this. It is full of his usual dry humour, satire and madcap antics that give the book a great feeling of fun.
For anyone who doesn't know, Jeremy Clarkson is a presenter on the popular BBC programme "Top Gear". He is opinionated, arrogant and doesn't hold back; indeed there are many people out there who can't stand him at all. However I have always found him to also be rather funny and I like the fact that he doesn't pretend to be something different, you always get what you see.
In regards to the book itself, from what I can ascertain, Motorworld was his first published book and is based upon the 1995 BBC television series of the same name. It is basically a collection of his opinions on the driving habits and car cultures of a few different places around the world. As always, he doesn't pull any punches and is sometimes so politically incorrect that it is unbelievable he actually got it published when you consider the PC times we now live in.
Overall, I found this collection to be funny and laughed out loud several times, although I do think that it is probably my least favourite of his books that I have read. To be honest, I am not sure why exactly, but I think it may be due to the age of the collection as some of the comments he makes about various places no longer match what I think the places are actually like now. Either way though, if you like Jeremy Clarkson then you will find this collection funny and if you don't like him then you will hate it. ...more