Great noir-ish murder mystery, set against the interesting backdrop of post-war Berlin, covering every type of intrigue and manipulative relationship. Great noir-ish murder mystery, set against the interesting backdrop of post-war Berlin, covering every type of intrigue and manipulative relationship. It was a time period/place I'd not read about before and it gave me a lot of food for thought on the aftermath of the war. ...more
I just finished Tony Talbot’s great new book Medusa. This is the second book of Tony’s I’ve read and I was not disappointed.
We meet Lissa Two – captaiI just finished Tony Talbot’s great new book Medusa. This is the second book of Tony’s I’ve read and I was not disappointed.
We meet Lissa Two – captain of a strange ship with some interesting technical skills – in an apparently post-apocalyptic world of water. Giant ‘seasteads’ form the main areas of civilisation and Lissa uses her ship – Connie – and the particular powers she has, to salvage items for sale in the underground souks in her own seastead home. A random meeting with a man thrown from a strange flying machine; the mysterious disappearance of an apparently strong seastead and Lissa’s own questions about Connie provide the ingredients for a fast-paced, cocktail of adventure.
I really like Tony’s writing style, he has a real way with words (helpful if you’re a writer, I know!) But what I mean, what really stands out in this book for me, was his ability to create a world you felt completely transported to: there is beautiful description throughout the book, whilst he walks his characters through the fast-paced plot, leaving you the feeling that you could reach out and touch the world Lissa inhabits. Now and again, I would find myself noticing something, not because it jarred, but because it just flowed so naturally. Unfortunately, some of the best examples I highlighted would need spoilers to explain – so I’d say you have to check it out to know what I mean.
Medusa is one of those books you get sucked into quickly and struggle to find a place to pause, when reading – you just want to know ‘what next’ the whole time. Especially once Lissa’s questions start taking her down interesting paths, it gets even harder to stop: I read the second half of the book in one day. And it was worth it! :)
Overall, I’m going 4.5* for Medusa, I thought the characters, pace and writing in the book was even better than Eight Mile Island, the main reason it gets the same rating is because I loved the way EMI sucker punched me in it’s concluding chapters. I didn’t get quite the same left-field shock as I did with that one, but overall, I would say I enjoyed Medusa more and if you’re thinking of trying one of Tony’s books, this is the one I’d recommend.
Recommended for: fans of dystopian YA / post-apocalyptic world settings; I think people who liked the relationships in Angelfall would enjoy this, as well as Hunger Games / Blood Red Road fans looking for something with a feisty female protagonist in an unusual setting....more
**spoiler alert** Apart from sharing my name with the author - which was very exciting for me when I was eleven years old! - this was one of the first**spoiler alert** Apart from sharing my name with the author - which was very exciting for me when I was eleven years old! - this was one of the first books I read that 'sucker punched' me at the end, with the twist. These days I would see it coming a mile away, because I've read lots of books in the years in between, but I always remember this as the one that made me go - "Wow - I didn't see that coming."
At eleven years old, although I'd read a lot, there had not been much with a misleading narrator, where their point of view limits the reality of the story. Nowadays, I still love this as a device...because no matter how hard you try - you always want to believe the character you're reading about, you want to believe that they see everything.
So it gets 5* from me - for my eleven year old self :) ...more
I enjoyed reading this, especially with it being a random 'library' choice, I picked up as I walked through. I'd seen it around on GR in the past andI enjoyed reading this, especially with it being a random 'library' choice, I picked up as I walked through. I'd seen it around on GR in the past and thought 'why not?'
It was a quick and absorbing read, once you got into the narration style. Saba was an interesting heroine, not too perfect, impatient, flawed and pretty 'real'. I didn't always like her, but could see where she was coming from. The surrounding cast of characters threw in some more appealing people and made the story tick along well.
This is really a 3* story for me: Mad Max-esq dust bowl future worlds, with cage fighting heroines and crazy-freak dictator types are not my favourite settings for an apocalyptic world. There were some nice references to the previous 'wrecker' inhabitants, but it did feel too familiar and it would have been nice to have a more original backdrop. What bumps it up for me was the narration style: the way Saba describes her world and reports the dialogue of others gave it an interesting twist. ...more
Nice little addition giving some of Zed's perspective on his early meetings with Sky. It helps give you some background to why he behaves as he does -Nice little addition giving some of Zed's perspective on his early meetings with Sky. It helps give you some background to why he behaves as he does - the only oddity for me, was that it was not written in first-person, as the other books are. It that sense, it gave you more information, but told you, more than showed you - slightly distanced from the character, it feels different from the main books. An interesting detour nonetheless. ...more
I jumped straight to this book from Finding Sky - and this gets the full 5*
Picking up a familiar group of characters from another angle was a good sta I jumped straight to this book from Finding Sky - and this gets the full 5*
Picking up a familiar group of characters from another angle was a good start - as we had the backstory and saw what happened when soulmates (who knew about the whole system) react when they meet.
I loved Crystal from the beginning - different from Sky in book 1 and probably more interesting a character from my point of view. Xav - the main man of interest in her world in the early chapters is also probably more my type - so I found their relationship development more fun - more sarcasm and eye rolling, than brooding and nervous.
There are some mildly cheesy elements to the book - James Bond-esque action included - but you know what, it worked. Venice as the backdrop came to life well for me (I've been many years ago) and if you do suspension of disbelief and just go with the story, then you can sit back and enjoy it. Let's face it, you're reading about Savants, with a multitude of psychic gifts, in the first place.
I read this in just over a day and enjoyed every minute. Meeting Phoenix in this book, I'm looking forward to finding out more about her in her own story (book 2). I think with the explanations given, you can easily read the books out of order, without losing anything - although why you'd be as silly as me to read them out of order, I wouldn't know. ...more
**spoiler alert** I'm a little on the fence about Goddess and I've ummmed and ahhhed over how to rate it - I've hovered around 3.5* - 4* and will stic**spoiler alert** I'm a little on the fence about Goddess and I've ummmed and ahhhed over how to rate it - I've hovered around 3.5* - 4* and will stick here.
I've obviously been sucked back in to Helen's world and enjoyed it, as I read the book in two days and stayed up until 1am this morning to finish it. Perhaps, I'm a little disappointed in how the book has come together - a lot happens in this final instalment and I feel as if there could have been a fourth book in there, splitting out the events and giving a bit more time to spend with the characters and relate to the events affecting them.
There are a lot of characters, and with several long standing main characters going through significant changes in this book, I almost felt as if I didn't get chance to spend enough time with them to get the full effect. Because of this, some of the key emotional scenes, reliving the battles and losses of the Trojan war lost some of their impact for me. (Maybe on a slower re-read, I'll pick up more). I would have liked a bit more Ariadne and Jason - as they have been so involved earlier, but they felt a little sidelined. The one newbie that I really liked was Andy - she was a nice addition and I think fitted into the 'cast' of the play the most effectively.
The other part I'm not sure about, is whether I would have preferred not to know the truth behind Daphne's lie so early in the series. Unless it was a completely sucky book, which gave no happy ending (which doesn't happen often) you knew that Helen would find a way to be with Lucas. I was waiting for the reveal throughout, and I wonder if I would have felt their emotional turmoil more if I still believed they were related. It's a small thing, and probably personal preference, as I like twists in the tale. I remember feeling so sad for Helen and Lucas, when they believed they couldn't be together initially - once I knew it was a lie, I was waiting for the revelation that would allow them to be together.
Overall, it was a good read, there is a lot to taken in for the conclusion to come together. I enjoyed it - but would probably have enjoyed a four book series better :) ...more
Being written in so many voices, there are some I really liked and others I didn't - the dog being one of the best :)
I loved the detail in the book sBeing written in so many voices, there are some I really liked and others I didn't - the dog being one of the best :)
I loved the detail in the book surrounding the artistry of the illustrators, and although the overall story didn't hold my interest as much as others, I enjoyed the style of story-telling and the depth of the world building. ...more