My expectations of this book were very different from what I experienced. I didn't know it was a novella, for starters. Also it was several weeks between reading the blurb and starting the book so I expected the story would lead me right in to the plot.
At first I wasn't sure where it was going so I went back and read the blurb. Okay, so...
The blurb placed me somewhere in the book but I'm not really sure where. For me, it wasn't at the beginning. Once past the half way point I felt really tied in but I didn't get as immediately into the characters as I would like.
About the point where I expected a big finish I found the words The End and the last 12% was the beginning of the second book in the series. I kept reading because I suddenly found myself much more into the story than I thought and needed more.
I will move on with the series, definitely. Kellison's fantasy is always unique and her worlds are comprehensively built and definitely worth jumping into. So much of her characters shines through it isn't hard to have a good sense of them and for me, her characters remain in character which is always appreciated. When taken with her vivid and fun writing, I found a novella that held me and kept me going just to see what she was going to show me next in spite of the time it took me to engage with the bigger plot.
Give this one a try, the author's website says it's still free for a limited time. (less)
I Am Happy to Be Me was written by Sean Adams, a twenty-one year old man with Down Syndrome. He shares the joys of his life and tells us how precious h...moreI Am Happy to Be Me was written by Sean Adams, a twenty-one year old man with Down Syndrome. He shares the joys of his life and tells us how precious his family, friends and faith are. Recommended for everyone.(less)
I received this book free from Netgally in exchange for my honest review.
This is a fantastic collection of Philip K Dick's early works, specifically s...moreI received this book free from Netgally in exchange for my honest review.
This is a fantastic collection of Philip K Dick's early works, specifically short stories from the first three years of his career. I liked the foreword, placing the stories in the context of the publications in which they were first published.
Each is engaging, smartly written and whether it appears early in the story or ambushes you at the end, dark.
I had to ration these, reading one every day or two. Nearly all I have read before or seen adapted in film such as "Second Variety" though I don't recall the title of the movie. Invariably, things didn't end well for the characters and left me with plenty to think about. Not the least of which was how cleverly I was caught in a surprise twist appearing sometimes as close to the end as the last few characters.
Absolutely, completely recommended. If you're a fan and don't have his early works in one place, pick this up.(less)
I received Hidden from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Sucker for dragons? *raises hand*
I really enjoyed Hidden.
Tessa's great grandmother So...moreI received Hidden from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Sucker for dragons? *raises hand*
I really enjoyed Hidden.
Tessa's great grandmother Sophie is the last living person in her village to remember the day the adults disappeared and the fog came. Since then, nobody stepped into the fog and came out alive. The fog lived up to every creepy expectation I had including what makes it, what's in it and what's on the other side.
When Sophie dies, Tessa, Bastion and Connor leave the village as other trios have regularly done for decades. They expect their step into the fog will be their last though each leaves with the hope it won't.
In their quest to get help and save their village from a deadly illness, they find things they didn't expect.
I liked Tessa and Bastion together though would have liked to see them together more. (view spoiler)[Tessa's choice to abandon him for his own protection makes sense. In a man it would be honourable but for a young woman it's selfish. Bastion returns to the village, thinking she's done the same. He's done it to protect her, which we expect of him as the hero. (hide spoiler)]
Nobody is completely good. Each has their own flaws and gives us reason to judge them. I felt free to make up my own mind about the characters which allowed me to either cheer them on or shake my head, wondering why they don't avoid the wrong choice. (cue ominous music)
And the antagonist? Didn't like her at all, didn't feel I was supposed to and yes, I really wanted her to get it in the end.
I also liked the fighting and of course the dragons. The fog doesn't extend forever and I don't think the true reason the village was hidden is revealed. I'm more than sufficiently intrigued to need the next in the series, Hunted, and if it were out now I'd be nose deep in it.
Recommended for older YA readers. I wouldn't for my twelve year old due to the obvious off-sceen sex but in a few years that will change to a definite yes.
Four dragons out of five.
Loved the dragons and the heroine. I would have loved more foreshadowing but the pace, mystery and creepiness moved things along just fine.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I really liked this fun sci-fi. It had planet busting alien ships, bullies, evil rob...moreI received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I really liked this fun sci-fi. It had planet busting alien ships, bullies, evil robots, heroes and a princess.
I must admit I started this book with a groan. The introduction was a rather wordy 'historical' look back from the future and I wondered what I'd gotten myself into. Kids my daughter's age would be a great audience for this book but I know from experience she would have lost interest reading the introduction and put it down.
But then the story started and my initial opinion was completely and humbly forgotten.
Earthman Jack got ambitious and didn't let up.
With each new challenge, Jack grew up a little more. Who would have thought mastering video games would one day save your life? Honestly, I don't think that anyone other than a fifteen year old Gamerbox master could have pulled this off. Surrounded by great sidekicks and bad guys who get plain worse every time you turn around, Jack faces every plot twist with more guts and humour than I thought possible.
Earthman Jack vs the Ghost Planet is a fun and exciting for everyone galactic adventure. Like the car chase that doesn't let up, this one takes over and drives you along. I truly look forward to finding out what Kadish does with this amazing world (err, eight star systems) he's created.(less)