I enjoyed this story of a young college lecturer quite a bit, but it is the writing itself that really stood out to me. It is hilarious in a quiet kinI enjoyed this story of a young college lecturer quite a bit, but it is the writing itself that really stood out to me. It is hilarious in a quiet kind of way, if that makes sense. Full of wordplay, and extremely British. I didn't read the novel particularly quickly, because I felt I had to slow down to really appreciate the way Amis writes. It is very wordy, which I mean in the best possible way. It is really enjoyable seeing this world of academics, snobs, and social misfits through the eyes of Dixon, who is simultaneously a participant and observer of this at times ridiculous culture....more
On October 14, a large number of people from all walks of life vanish in the "sudden departure". No one is sure if it is the rapture, or some other unOn October 14, a large number of people from all walks of life vanish in the "sudden departure". No one is sure if it is the rapture, or some other unexplained phenomena. The Leftovers follows the citizens of Mapleton in the years following the event as they try to cope with this startling loss. Some sink into depression, others seek answers from mysterious organizations and cult leaders, others try their best to return to normal life. All try to adjust to a new life, knowing nothing will ever be the same again.
The action of this book takes place after the "sudden departure". We never get to see the event itself, but some to understand it through learning about the lives of those left behind. The book is more a suburban character study than a sci-fi novel, as the premise might sound. I find that more interesting though, learning how real humans would react to a situation so bizarre. I really enjoyed the writing, and all of the characters felt very real. Part of me wishes more plot lines were wrapped up, but it is interesting to think about what the characters will be doing after the action of the book.
I am becoming an Octavia Butler addict. With each of her novels, I start not knowing what to expect, then I completely fall in love with her characterI am becoming an Octavia Butler addict. With each of her novels, I start not knowing what to expect, then I completely fall in love with her characters and unique plots. The African-American female voice is one that is so rarely seen in science fiction, and Butler's books offer a wonderful perspective.
Parable of the Sower is set in a post-apocalyptic world of sorts. The economy has collapsed, the temperatures are rising, and society is quickly crumbling into chaos. This future version of the world feels very real, which makes the novel even more haunting and startling. Even the science fiction element of the story, Lauren's hyperempathy that forces her to feel what others feel, is written in a way that feels plausible. Nothing incredible, like zombies or aliens, have destroyed the lives of these characters. Life has slowly deteriorated to a point where there is no going back to the way things were. Lauren and her group must survive in this new world, and Lauren must find a way to establish Earthseed, her new religion which she knows in her heart to be true. ...more
As a fan of the show and the subsequent movie, I tore through this book. It is a brand new mystery, but feels just like an extended episode of the shoAs a fan of the show and the subsequent movie, I tore through this book. It is a brand new mystery, but feels just like an extended episode of the show. The plot starts right after the events of the Veronica Mars movie. [If you haven't seen the movie, look away now] (view spoiler)[Logan in away in the Navy, Keith is recovering slowly from a major accident, and Veronica is now leaving her law education behind for a life as a private investigator (hide spoiler)]. It is spring break in Neptune, and seediness abounds. After a girl disappears from a wild party, and Sheriff Lamb does next to nothing to help, Veronica hired by the elite of Neptune to find her and maintain the illusion that Neptune is a safe place to come visit.
If you are a fan of the show, you will enjoy this book. I have to say, I liked this story better than the movie. Many beloved characters are in it, and even a few characters from Veronica's past who I didn't expect to see. It has witty dialogue, pop culture reference, realistic characters, and a gritty mystery plot.["br"]>["br"]>...more