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 in...moreI 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. (less)
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 the...moreI 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. (less)
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I thought this was a great read and is the 1st of a 4 part serial story. This part doesn’t g...moreI 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. (less)
I loved this book. I was one of those teenage girls that went crazy at the sight of Duran Duran and ha...moreI 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. (less)
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I really enjoyed this book. The book started out a little slow for me, since it took so...moreI 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. (less)
I love this series more with every book. E.B. has such good insight of the Native American and Nors...moreI won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
I love this series more with every book. E.B. has such good insight of the Native American and Norse ways of living and integrating them into her books. Maggie and Winn take a backseat in this book and it focuses on Benjamin and Makedewa returning after their year away from camp. Benjamin is captured for an unknown future that brings in 2 new characters, Jora and Agnarr. Makedewa returns to Rebecca in hopes of finally winning her heart.
I’ll admit Benjamin’s story really drew me in and really wanted to see where the story with Jora and Agnarr would go. Benjamin always seems to scrape by without finding any real happiness. We are teased with the prospect of happiness for him, but will it happen, or is it just another betrayal? I’m will be interested to see where Makedewa and Rebecca’s relationship goes and if Rebecca will truly soften him.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I am sad that will be the last book since I’ve enjoyed this series so much. I wish this book would have been a full novel rather than a novella. I was really starting to get pulled in when it ended. (less)
This is a book about when our society slowly collapses. It follows Jasper and his “tribe” as they navigate their way through it. The book seems plausi...moreThis is a book about when our society slowly collapses. It follows Jasper and his “tribe” as they navigate their way through it. The book seems plausible as unemployment rises and there isn’t enough to go around. There are many people that are forced to be gypsies and move around an order to survive. The story follows them around as things continue to worsen and they are forced to make hard decisions on what they need to do survive. I thought the book was good but the story just rolls on without any real climax and the ending was a little disappointing.
All in all it was a good book and it was interesting enough to hold my interest.(less)