I gave Quarantine three stars on GoodReads. This book was okay, but it didn’t grab me that much and I will never reread.
The main character, Nick, is aI gave Quarantine three stars on GoodReads. This book was okay, but it didn’t grab me that much and I will never reread.
The main character, Nick, is a PI. He used to be a cop, but now is a PI. He left after his wife died when his house was destroyed by a terrorist group.
It begins with him hired to find a woman missing from one of those place that takes care of those so mentally challenged they cannot care for themselves. I thought it was going to be a mystery in a science fiction setting.
Sadly, Nick solved the mystery relatively quickly. I wish it had gone on longer, but it didn’t.
I almost bounced off the long explanation of the world rules – what the science is, how it affects life and so on. The writer brought Nick’s past experiences into it, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The science eventually involves quantum mechanics and brain mods.
I am not that into quantum mechanics, but the idea of brain mods is fascinating. Our hero has a brain mod that keeps him from distraction, keeps from feeling anything and others. He even has a mod of his dead wife, to keep him from grief. She pops up at odd moments. (As a side note, if you could have any character as a brain mod and have it show up at odd moments in your life, who would it be?)
So Nick gets caught by the villains and they put a loyalty mod on him. So he basically can’t betray them and can’t save the kidnapped woman.
He – and everyone else the villains have saddled with a loyalty mod – decide no one else can be as loyal to the thing than them, because no one else has a loyalty mod. So there. Lots of mental gymnastics in this and I loved it. This was my favorite part of the book.
The end was a bit odd. It sounds like Nick ends up in a refugee camp. The world is torn apart, under the weight of the quantum mechanics brain mod (that is what the villains were researching). Lots of people in this city end up with it, willing or no, and it rocks the world.
In terms of character arc, there really isn’t one. So that’s a zero. But the plot is interesting. It was a little meh for me, but if you like hard science fiction based on quantum mechanics, this is for you. ...more
The Color Purple was my pick for #nanoremo, the month where you read that literary classic you’ve always wanted to read but somehow never actually gotThe Color Purple was my pick for #nanoremo, the month where you read that literary classic you’ve always wanted to read but somehow never actually got around to reading.
I have to add, this is the first time I’ve picked a real literary type classic (I usually pick a more genre-ish classic). This book is very popular and there is a movie, and so I knew some things about it. Namely:
1) The main character suffered sexual abuse in childhood 2) The main character is black. 3) The book is written as a letter to God.
I had somehow forgotten that that it takes place in the south. I never knew that it was written in the dialect of the main character and not in standard English. And I never so much as guessed that the main character was lesbian. I mean, really! No one told me! It wasn’t in the movie trailers.
The dialect made The Color Purple a challenge to read, not least because I don’t know many people who talk like that. But I got used to it. It only took me a couple dozen pages to stop stumbling over the grammar. Later, when the sister started writing to her, the proper grammar was a shock.
So . . . there were moments that that stood out.
One thing that stands out for me is how she stopped getting her period as a teenager. She talks about girls who bleed have babies and then she says she stopped bleeding. She was relieved, and considering her step-father, that isn’t surprising. But it’s a shock – never get your period again, never have a child. Well, she had two by that point. Even so.
The other moment was when she realized her children were NOT also her siblings. It was so emotional, so intense.
In fact, there were lots of emotional, intense moments in this book, so many they are impossible to list. For such a short book, it was packed. Overall, it was a pleasure to read. I am really glad I picked this book. I thought it might be hard to read, but it wasn’t. (I’ve read harder books. This wasn’t even in the top five.) ...more