I read this years back after the TV show ended its run. I wasn't disappointed at all with the book. Few authors can capture the voices of TV character...moreI read this years back after the TV show ended its run. I wasn't disappointed at all with the book. Few authors can capture the voices of TV characters and Martha Wells did an awesome job here. I felt like I was watching another episode of the show in fact, it made me wish this was turned into an episode. :D Great exploration piece, enjoyed another peak into Sheppard's ATA gene difference which made me also wish the show's writers have expanded more into that mythos they've put forth. I thought it would delicious background to play around while the team where in the Pegasus Galaxy.
Oh, seeing Joe Flanigan in all the challenges Wells put the character through would make all Sheppard fans want more. Rodney and Sheppard's camaraderie (which sometimes mean trading barbs with the scientist)was executed very nicely and we see a briefly that he cares for the major in his own huffing way. :) Teyla fighting against the drug etc. (less)
I've read this several years ago but I was first introduced when I heard the theme song aired along the classic movie trailer as part of a feature in...moreI've read this several years ago but I was first introduced when I heard the theme song aired along the classic movie trailer as part of a feature in cable. I was captivated by the lyrics. Who can't get intrigued when the lyrics went "Hidden on the pages is the answer/To a never ending story..." and then "Rhymes that keep their secrets/Will unfold behind the clouds..." the book had a straight ticket to my heart. It took quite a while to get a copy since I had to order it through the publisher as my book shop was no longer carrying it. As I opened the book, I was transported back to childhood. I was quite enthralled with the idea of a kid going inside the book and becoming a character. The themes explored in the book were: helping to be imaginative to explore possibilities, how stories themselves benefits people by giving them histories and futures. I'm sure there were several more but these ones have stuck in my mind. What else, Auryn, the magical pendant was cool to have but it must not be used so flippantly. I like the hints left in the book that Mr. Koreander, was also a visitor of Fantasia and now Bastian holds that mantle. The movie versions of the book I've seen was Neverending Story 2 and it's too bad the first film hasn't been re-aired. Anyway, I won't talk much of the movie version now since this is a book page. (less)
I'll start with "Angels at Christmas" There was a nice balance of angelic presence and the human affairs in the story that really tickled me. I think...more I'll start with "Angels at Christmas" There was a nice balance of angelic presence and the human affairs in the story that really tickled me. I think I felt Macomber's sense of humor by way of the angels interaction with each other. I could easily picture every scene in my mind very easily as if I was watching a Hallmark or Lifetime movie. *hint* I had goosebumps when Shirley (one of the prayer ambassadors) appeared to Anne Fletcher letting her know that Heaven and her (co-prayer ambassadors) have heard her prayer requests. It was through this angelic visit which she translated to her paintings will later help in Anne's monetary needs further on. I was chuckling that our three angels found it challenging to bring two stubborn hearts together. Roy Fletcher was unfortunate to experience his mom's divorce and the consequent betrayal of his fiancee's action who used him to get close to his father had left him very cynical. He had painted every woman (and Julie - the angels intended) to be after his money and nothing more. I felt Julie's frustration of not getting through Roy that she wasn't interested with his money but Roy always thought it was an angle so it later led to their quarrel. It seemed all lost but as they say, "actions speak louder than words" and Roy had to learn to open his eyes again to Julie's integrity and love that she brings. I enjoyed the ease of how Macomber tied things in the story, nothing was left hanging or wasted and each plan of the angels neatly found its resolution in the end.
"Where do Angels go" The second story and while I expected this one would referenced back the "Angels at Christmas" it didn't and I wasn't affected too much by it as I had thought. There were three lives who needed divine help and this time around angels: Mercy, Shirley and Goodness were sent to Earth respectively unlike from the previous story where all three joined forces. The three stories didn't feel disjointed to me because Macomber seamlessly gave each character a chapter. It gave sufficient room for us, readers to get acquainted with the characters. The introductions weren't too long, their stories started just at the "middle" of their lives and went from there. I couldn't help by get tugged at the heart in Carter Jackson's story and Harry Alderwood's. I was also moved by Beth and Peter's story too but the first two would get me going to reach for Mr. Klennex. I like that this story had three angels in separate missions since I was curious how they would do on their own. While the angels did meet at some point, it was more to touch base with each other's progress. (less)
I saw this book series a couple of years ago and decided then not to get buy it since I said "the boy with a prophecy" story line was no longer appeal...moreI saw this book series a couple of years ago and decided then not to get buy it since I said "the boy with a prophecy" story line was no longer appealing to me and I was also weighing on things after reading Harry Potter. Yeah, I couldn't help but compare them but I won't and I deliberately pushed it out of my mind when I finally bought "The Sea of Monsters" last month. The verdict? I was wrong to have hold out this long to read this series. I shouldn't have been apprehensive at all. The writing was very engaging and again, it always surprises that there are writers who are able to make first POVs very light and not taxing to read as this book presented (and I believe the tone for the rest of series).
I've only seen the movie and haven't read the first book and I didn't feel lost reading the second installment. There was just enough back-story, referencing some situations from the first book that didn't bog me down.
I was also aware from reading the online boards on the Net that the movie didn't follow the first book and huge chunks of it were left out so with that in mind, I plunged ahead and read "Sea of Monsters and it was an exhilarating ride! I especially like when Percy discovers his abilities at the same time as the reader. It gave him a vulnerability that I think brings a connection to a new reader. He also found out about himself too in the process (after meeting C.C -> another highlight of a familiar myth) and still doesn't understand what it all means. Usually, I get annoyed with characters who seemed to be in the know than our lead hero and any information they have, they remain coy or worse go cryptic in their dialogue that doesn't make any sense until several books later (were you've completely forgotten about it) to make the connection. Here, Annabeth related the part of the prophecy to Percy and left it at that. Riordan, I think took special care on how much he can divulge and also gave Percy a mind set that appeared like "Okay, I'll deal with that later until I get this monster or threat taken care of first." It was sort of a cue for readers that he'll be asking further about it once he can.
I was grinning at the humorous chapter titles. It described very much Percy's situations and I thought that was creative. The cliffhanger was a jaw-drop and I wonder if Percy also has a gift of premonitions. I guess I'll know more when I do read the first book and on to Titan's Curse. (less)
This was an enjoyable book for the Holidays and surprisingly, I got a little invested while reading it. I was a bit shocked that Emily had taken her h...moreThis was an enjoyable book for the Holidays and surprisingly, I got a little invested while reading it. I was a bit shocked that Emily had taken her husband for granted and didn’t clue in Dan of her nearly impulsive (if monumental) decision of adopting baby Jane. I was sure their marriage was heading for the rocks yet Dan astonishingly, showed his own maturity by seeing her side (even if he was strong-armed into it). One theme seemed to center the book and its other characters which was taking chances. Emily hoped to take baby Jane in since she have given up her own child (Sara years ago) for adoption and while Emily and Sara have bonded later in years, Emily still felt the hole in her heart that refused to heal. Sara in the meantime was faced with a commitment from Luke. Her own insecurities stemmed from her adoption experience leaked in that, she questions herself if she can build a family with Luke and if Cape Light was indeed the town she can settle for the long haul.
The authors explored the characters insecurities and led them to realize through their characters' respective actions to reach an understanding. Another inspirational book from the two authors. I hope to complete the book series soon. (less)
The first of the Flynn Brothers Trilogy which centered on the older brother Aidan Flynn, who along with his younger brothers have inherited the ancest...more The first of the Flynn Brothers Trilogy which centered on the older brother Aidan Flynn, who along with his younger brothers have inherited the ancestral plantation (complete with ghosts) from their recently departed relative, Amelia, in New Orleans.
The story was about treachery and ghosts helping the living to obtain justice and correcting the wrong.
Aidan Flynn, a former FBI agent turned PI was practically a thorn to everyone’s chest when he dogged the coroner, and the police department for the results of the human thigh bones, a sample of the dried blood and Jenny’s dress that he had acquired through his own investigations surrounding his new property. He was such a no-nonsense guy that like Kendall I was beginning to think if he was for real.
Kendall Montgomery was a close friend of Amelia who suddenly began receiving visions when she hadn’t before. I thought at first I was going to be bothered by this but as I read more of her circumstances and background that I ended up thinking that it was a likely explanation. Although I wish more of Kendall's ESP background was explored in the book just a little more. She wasn't a damsel in distress kind of a girl but she got tested and was able to put up of a fight against the killer as much as she could. I felt there was more about her than author Heather Graham was letting on. I thought there were more about Kendall than meets the eye except there were none, save for the what was revealed on the pages. I could imagine easily Kendall's dislike and discomfort when she first met Aidan. I think her caving in and for falling for Aidan came quickly from her instincts. It was also her instincts that dispelled her doubts about the guy. She knew she could trust and depend him.
I was a little bit wary about the vision sequences and the messages left for the protags to make sense. I felt it was rushed in parts but I was still caught up with the shivers and all. I think the only believable scene was with Henry and I think there could have been a couple more dream sequences for Aidan to jar him out from his realist frame of thinking before realizing perhaps Kendall had been right about the ghosts.
I think the research in handling evidence and the standard of protocol in processing forensic evidence was thought out in the book.
Author Heather Graham weaved the subplots into the main story nicely and I didn’t expect the killer at all. Everything was pointing at one of Kendall's friends so the revelation was a jaw-drop surprise. It wasn’t explained why that person became like that so I chalked it up as an off-book story. If the brothers will be re-visited again for another series, maybe some of the events will be further fleshed out.
I would recommend this to the over 18-crowd due to the steamy love scenes and spine-tingling ghostly visions. (less)
It's a story about love reflected by Michael and Faye, a young couple facing challenges brought about Faye's affluent background, a story about old lo...moreIt's a story about love reflected by Michael and Faye, a young couple facing challenges brought about Faye's affluent background, a story about old love lost experienced by Esther Huish and her Thomas and lastly, a story about forgiveness to initiate the road of healing.
I like the way author Richard Paul Evans weaved the words quite flawlessly that you can hear them sing in his prose. Even though it was set in Michael's POV, I wasn't bored reading the book, which was a surprise for me. Usually, I am apprehensive reading books in first person point of view.
All the characters were relatable and I could empathize with Michael and Esther were going through so don't forget Mr. Klennex. I've seen the movie version and I think the changes weren't too drastic. It suited the flow of the movie and still kept the heart of the book. The court scenes were tightened thus enhancing the drama. I thought that giving Michael a fuller happy ending, the healing bought by forgiving was more substantial. I also like that they decided to make Michael's father present in the movie (whereas in the book he had already died) which was one of Michael's second chances after sorting things with Faye.
All in all, I love it and would definitely revisit Esther, Michael, Faye and even her over-bearing father. *girnz* (less)
This was the last installment of the Flynn Brothers series and while I wasn't able to get the first two books (Deadly Night and Deadly Harvest) respec...moreThis was the last installment of the Flynn Brothers series and while I wasn't able to get the first two books (Deadly Night and Deadly Harvest) respectively, this book could be read as a standalone. I was quite apprehensive when I do buy serialized books out of their order because they have the tendency to be in the middle of the one huge story arc that I try to grapple to understand. Fortunately, it wasn't the case here. There were references to the previous books especially to Zach's other brothers line of work and what they had encountered but it was very limited and not jarring enough to dislodge the reader's concentration. The reading was smooth.
What drew me to buying the book was the title and the name Caer (pronounced as Kyre) which was different sounding to Caerphilly, Wales but I had a feeling it might have some ties to that area. So when I started reading the book, I was excited to learn that Caer is a nurse from Ireland and the rest of the action sets in New England which are my fave settings for books.
I was thought the author explored about banshees and mythic Ireland meshed well with the missing friend story. I was continually wondering about Caer and what the hints sprinkled in story meant. I only knew about Banshees from what I've seen in Charmed and other related cable movies. The romance factor was well taken care of, imo. It wasn't like Zach and Caer were stuck in the room and made out at once but you will know the two were bound for each other. The buildup was there even if Zach was portrayed at the beginning as possible sleazy fella. However, I think I was expecting a lyrical visualization of the attraction of the two (Zach and Caer) especially when she permitted him to be very close because I felt that Caer being attached to that part of the unseen world would be written differently. Anyway, beyond that I still thought it went well for the book.
The one thing that derailed me a bit was when Zach's apparent deduction of the glass shards in the jam as a ploy. I felt I wasn't convinced that the only town's grocery shop crate supply was tampered by the killer. The possibility of ingesting it ended in the Sean's household and there were no other mentions if there were other situations around town. If the killer tampered the jam supply wouldn't there have been similar if fatal incidences?
All in all, I like how it all ended without giving too much away. I can't wait to complete the series since I have now "Deadly Night."I wonder how it will go for me reading the books backward.
I was curious when I saw this new set of Starfleet Academy series. It was thicker than the previous ones I've read from the Star Trek:The Next Generat...moreI was curious when I saw this new set of Starfleet Academy series. It was thicker than the previous ones I've read from the Star Trek:The Next Generation series. Wow! I never thought it would be an engaging read. Author Rudy Josephs kept me close at the edge of my seat as I thumbed quickly through the pages just like the race in the first chapter. It didn't lose steam because mystery came in a form a dead first year student in the morgue and the following day, another student in ICU. It made one think if the rigors of Academy life had anything to do with it, well, maybe. I won't say anymore lest for spoilers. ☺ The ending was sort of left hanging just a little bit. I can't help wonder if and when Lynne will be summoned to face the panel to account for her past choice? What about Jim Kirk? Was it right for him to do what he did to the rest of the files?
Another thing that I noticed were the fonts used in this book. I thought it lent to an easier read for the book. I'm glad they chose kind of font.
I don't know how much input an actor will say about one's likeness on the book cover, but Dr. McCoy wasn't captured well here. Initially, I thought it was different doctor but since the art reflects what's in the story then I hope in the next book outing, the cover art we'll get some relative likeness of Dr. McCoy. ☺(less)