I received an e-book of The Devil's Metal through NetGalley and wasn't sure if the 1974 setting coupled with mentions of rock-n-roll demons was quiteI received an e-book of The Devil's Metal through NetGalley and wasn't sure if the 1974 setting coupled with mentions of rock-n-roll demons was quite up my alley, but once I was able to suspend my reservations, I was surprisingly well-entertained. Dawn is a small-town college student, part-time music reviewer, and a care-taker for her troubled father and brother. Her love for rock music and the band Hybrid open up a new world of experience, possibility and unimaginable danger to Dawn, who does her best to maintain her journalistic integrity while being a super-fan. Karina Halle's writing flows and held my attention from the beginning, though her repetitive use of the term "shag" in the first third of the novel could have been edited for interest, and in fair warning, there are a few depictions of drug use and sex that while explicit are honest in the context of the story. I definitely anticipate a second novel to tell Dawn's continuing saga as she approaches her 27th birthday, and look forward to it. ...more
The Heart Broke In is a timely, amusing, well-told story with engaging little science stories for the non-science-minded. Page 100 and page 189 in parThe Heart Broke In is a timely, amusing, well-told story with engaging little science stories for the non-science-minded. Page 100 and page 189 in particular are very entertaining and make me wish my science teachers were such exciting story-tellers.
A long time ago, read Harry, forty million grandfathers ago, your ancestor the single cell was big and weak and slow, but his neighbor the litle mitochondrion was full of energy. And the mitochondrion said to the cell, "Let me come inside you and live in you and I shall make you powerful, and your descendents will be too many to count," and the cell said, "What's the catch?" And the mitochondrion said, "I shall give you energy, but when I make energy, I shall put a little poison in you, and it will make you old, and you will die." And the cell said, "What's old? What's die?" And the mitochondrion said, "It is the end of you. But not yet, and you will have so many children that you will not mourn your end." And the cell agreed to let the mitochondrion in, and they multiplied together in the fertile seas of the young Earth, under the young sun.
I have to point out that I almost gave up on this book because the first 30 pages or so are spent fleshing out a character I found unlikable and distasteful but once the other, more relatable main characters are fleshed out, I could better tolerate the one I found so unappealing. ...more