Dystopia Chronicles is the follow up to Atopia Chronicles. I would definitely recommend reading AtoI won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
Dystopia Chronicles is the follow up to Atopia Chronicles. I would definitely recommend reading Atopia Chronicles first. In fact, I had to go back and do some skimming since it was a year and half since I’d read it and I was lost in the beginning.
This book was well written and I found it easy to get into the characters and storyline. This book has some returning characters that are off Atopia and looking for their friend’s, Willy, body. There were plenty of sub-plots when the characters get separated but it didn’t feel disjointed like the serials did. We got a better look into Terra Nova and the Commune that have their own versions of technology when they were looking for Willy. I found a lot of the technology jargon easier to understand since there was a glossary at the end of the book. I found it right away since I had a paper book. I also read this book in some large chunks and I didn’t feel lost in the terminology, like I did when I read Atopia Chronicles.
I found it interesting how hard it was for them to rely on their own body or their own mind when they were disconnected from Terra Nova or Atopia. I can already see glimpses of that in our society and can see a future that we would easily adapt to without thinking of the ramifications of it. The good vs evil between Jimmy and Bob was a bit strange, in my opinion, but I have a feeling it was leaving little clues as to what will happen in the next book.
I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
This book was just as thrilling as the first book. The first book was a realization that ‘something really bad is happening’ and the second book is a’This book was just as thrilling as the first book. The first book was a realization that ‘something really bad is happening’ and the second book is a’ run for your life’ book. The book picks up where the last one left off with the rise of the vampires and taking over the city. The characters are trying to survive and deal with what’s happening.
The introduction of the Ancients and their relationship to the Master is interesting. This becomes a huge puzzle, the rag tag group must figure out, so that they defeat the Master and control the outbreak of the vampires. Another player, Eldritch Palmer, that has been pulling the strings in the background financially to bring about this plague, finds that money can’t buy everything.
The book is very fast moving and some of the showdowns just make you come back for more. Loved this book and didn’t hesitate to move onto the third book in this trilogy. ...more
I wasn’t interested in this trilogy until I saw the trailer for the show. I’ve pretty much avoided any vampire themed books because I mostly think ofI wasn’t interested in this trilogy until I saw the trailer for the show. I’ve pretty much avoided any vampire themed books because I mostly think of the romanticized vampires of the past. I thought that this take on vampires was great and loved the horror of it.
This book lays the groundwork for the horror to begin with an airplane that is cloaked in mystery. Could it be a possible terrorist attack or a disease? I liked the cast of characters that are well developed and liked they‘re a mismatched bunch. The book gradually lays out the story of each of the characters along with the vampires rise in the city.
I picked up the next book in the series immediately after finishing this one. ...more
I thought this was an easy and enjoyable read. I would give the first half of the book about a 3 star and the second half a 4 star. Alex is camping inI thought this was an easy and enjoyable read. I would give the first half of the book about a 3 star and the second half a 4 star. Alex is camping in the woods and comes across Ellie, an eight year old, camping with her grandfather when the EMP strikes. Ellie’s grandfather dies and Ellie is forced to join Alex in the search for answers and a safe place. Ellie was lucky that Alex was so patient because Ellie was nothing more than dead weight with an attitude. She slowly changes as they continue their journey. They come across their share of dangers and finally meet up with a young solider, Tom.
The threesome makes a good team and find some safety but still don’t have a lot of answers. They decide to hit the road again and it doesn’t work out well for them. Alex ends up in a town called Rule and that is where the story line really picked up for me. She has an uneasy feeling about the place but leaving would be certain death. She makes the best of her situation until she finally decides to escape. There is that little hook at the end that makes you want to continue onto the next book just to find out what happens. ...more
I really liked this book. I was a little hesitant to read it since there were a lot of lukewarm reviews. I watch the show but haven’t read any of theI really liked this book. I was a little hesitant to read it since there were a lot of lukewarm reviews. I watch the show but haven’t read any of the graphic novels. When I was watching the show it made me constantly think about what had Philip Blake had been through to turn out like that? This novel was a great back story on his character. You get a really good look at his journey through the zombie apocalypse to when he arrives in Woodbury. You also a little backstory on what happened to his daughter, Penny. I thought it had every bit of the action, adventure and drama that’s in the show. The little twist at the end is what made me pick up the next book. ...more
I picked this book up and hoped if I actually read it then it would help me retain the Sanskrit name of the poses. I have a teacher that follows thisI picked this book up and hoped if I actually read it then it would help me retain the Sanskrit name of the poses. I have a teacher that follows this book closely and often quizzes us on the Sanskrit names for the poses. I’ve had it for a while and I pick it up often to check out certain poses but never really sat down and read it. Some of pictures can be quite intimidating when I first started out and I thought I’d save it for a later time.
It’s a very complete book and gives you effects and precautions of each pose that I find helpful. There is a section in the back that you can reference for certain health issues. I referenced those often for an asana sequences when I first started out and trying to figure things out.
Much like anything you are doing or interested in, you do more research on it and deepen your knowledge of it. I felt that I got a lot out it. ...more
I won a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought this was a great read and is the 1st of a 4 part serial story. This part doesn’t gI won a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
I thought this was a great read and is the 1st of a 4 part serial story. This part doesn’t give a lot of details about the characters but is driven by constant action. My experience is that the character development builds as the series continues. This is speculative fiction dealing with alternatives realties/alternative universes that may or may not have the chance to alter history.
Brian is the main character who is interning for a pharmaceutical company, Omega, who possibly are conducting experimental drug trials on people. It’s confusing at times because you don’t really know who is pulling the strings, sometimes it seems that maybe the alternate Brian or maybe it’s Omega. Brian’s has a series of effects dramatically changing his life. He has a wild dream, only to find out it may not have been a dream after all when he meets the women in the hospital. This part ends with Brian taking another pill.
I have read a lot of serialized fiction this year and have really enjoyed them. This one is no different and I will be finishing the series. ...more
I loved this book. I was one of those teenage girls that went crazy at the sight of Duran Duran and haI won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
I loved this book. I was one of those teenage girls that went crazy at the sight of Duran Duran and had my walls plastered with their posters. When I was at that age I liked their music and them but never really knew a great deal about them other than what I read in magazines. Now that’s its 25+ years later I was interested in a look into the real John Taylor. I really enjoyed the nostalgia of their music when reading this book. John would mention a song or give a few verses of a song and it would be going through my head as I was reading and often throughout the day.
I appreciate that he tells the story without dishing dirt or giving every salacious detail of their rock star life. I appreciated that he can tell his story without trying to cause rifts with people that are mentioned in the book.
I enjoyed the 1st half of the book most. I liked his story of his upbringing and how he was introduced to music. I was just starting to get into music when Duran Duran was getting big so I didn’t really know much about their early years when punk was big and everything that went with it. I was really quite surprised about how much attention John and Nick paid to the clothing, hair and makeup along with the music. Of course, I think back to the 80’s and early 90’s and wonder what I was thinking when I thought my hair looked good when it sky high. I guess the stars were shinning down on them to since their success took off like a shot. I thought since they were from England that they had quite a bit of success there before hitting big in America. I didn’t realize how young John was when everything took off either.
I’ve read quite a few memoirs and it seems that they either find something that grounds them or they get swept up into the lifestyle. John was no different but luckily he was able to find the help he needed and people in his life that help ground him. I read Duff Mckagan’s memoir and was surprised to find John in it and John mentions Duff in his memoir too. It seems strange since they seem so different but I guess music will always bring people together you least expect. I suppose it's also about trying new things and reinventing oneself.
I really loved reading John’s memoir and loved all those pictures that are in the book. I still am picking it up to look at those pictures. ...more
I received a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
I really enjoyed this book. The book started out a little slow for me, since it took soI received a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
I really enjoyed this book. The book started out a little slow for me, since it took some time to establish all characters, before the story really picks up. At first, I thought that this would be story based off the book of Revelations but it really had its own little twists and turns that really added to the story.
The book starts out with Aaron Davis becoming this young tent revival preacher that miraculously heals people. His popularity explodes and he rises to power and begins preaching a new way of living. The Brotherhood of Man is established as a supposed peace keeping force but foreshadows the rise of Antichrist and his army. Lawrence made Aaron a very interesting character. I was expecting Aaron to follow the cookie cutter characterization that I’ve read in other books but he took in an entirely different direction. At first, I didn’t like that we only got a public view of Aaron but it really added to the mystery of him. I knew it wasn’t going to follow the standard storyline of the Antichrist.
I also loved that the author added the ultra-secret Masonic society into the mix that also had their own agenda. Add to that, a rebellious American President that doesn’t bow down to Aaron Davis’s Brotherhood of man’s plans. There were times that something big happens and wasn’t sure who was pulling the strings behind the scenes. The book did not end the way I had anticipated it would.
It gives me pause to think that we are a society of mostly followers and often following blindly. This could very well be a plausible scenario that we would only realize what is happening before it is too late. ...more