When you start reading Space Slugs, you may find it hard to stop. And once you reach the very first introduction of an actual space slug, you'll be hoWhen you start reading Space Slugs, you may find it hard to stop. And once you reach the very first introduction of an actual space slug, you'll be hooked.
What can i say? It's a light-hearted read with sub-plots to make some soap operas jealous. The fun the author had in writing this come sthrough straight away. While there are certain things I would ahve liked changed, both for personal and non-personal reasons, in the grand scheme of things, Space Slugs, in either this or the unedited, serialized version, is worth the few hours it takes you to read it....more
The sequel to 'A Moth in Darkness' doesn't disappoint. The evil threat from the sidelines in book one has now decided to rear its head and wreak moreThe sequel to 'A Moth in Darkness' doesn't disappoint. The evil threat from the sidelines in book one has now decided to rear its head and wreak more havoc. This is the book of the world, I think. More than anything, it's the marvelous world Frances Pauli created for the Changeling Race trilogy that powers this book--the magic, the laws, the myth and the order of it all.
Another great book for converging subplots, as well, as seems to be Pauli's specialty....more
As in a lot of Frances Pauli's fiction, the subplots are in control of this book. Betrayal, deception, fear, and the ominous, ever-lurking threat of sAs in a lot of Frances Pauli's fiction, the subplots are in control of this book. Betrayal, deception, fear, and the ominous, ever-lurking threat of something nasty on the horizon--it's all hear, mixed in with the central romance plot to beautiful effect. No loose-end left unconnected...unless it was on purpse.
The biggest surprise in this book to me, as a high-fantasy reader, is how much I care about the humans. The regular old humans. They get my iterest more than any elf or fairy in the book, hands down. I like it--it reminds us all that humans can still be moderately entertaining.
All ina ll, I recomend this book, especially if you like the old, Celtic fae legends....more
I first ran across The Cyberiad in desperation. It takes me next to no time to read books, so I quickly drained every last inch of our bookshelves byI first ran across The Cyberiad in desperation. It takes me next to no time to read books, so I quickly drained every last inch of our bookshelves by eighth grade, and the library had nothing.
My dear lord. Before I get into the writing itself, let's not forget the briliant translation, and this book would not be easy to translate, between alliterations, rhyming, and the sheerly brilliant nonsense (I use brilliant so much because one simply can't use that word enough when speaking of this book.), he had a Herculean challenge and met it.
Now, when it comes to the writing of Lem himself, you reach a new level. Most science-fiction fans will gladly preach the gospel of the European sci-fi authors, and Lem is unquestionably a great among them, in no small part due to The Cyberiad. While fans of hard sci-fi may find the ridiculous, operatic, humorous, pseudo-scientific stories pretty much revolting (though I doubt it), no one can deny the uniqueness of his worldbuilding (surprisingly deep, for nonsense) or the fabulous anti-hero, Trurl.
I feel terrible not being able to give more, in case someone hasn't read it, but it would not be right to reveal the glory here. Suffice it to say that this should live on every bookshelf, genre-bound or literati, and should be reread often and with much gusto. A true piece of art....more
Warning: If you take Christianity very seriously, don't even touch this book. You probably won't like it. If, however, you're open to it, welcome to tWarning: If you take Christianity very seriously, don't even touch this book. You probably won't like it. If, however, you're open to it, welcome to the mind of Christopher Moore.
Lamb is a piece of pure, literary chocolate. From the first scene, you know what you're in for, and for Moore, nothing is really off limits. This book fills in the years mysteriously missing from the bible, all told from the point of view of Biff, revived from the dead. In-between his writing of the gospel, you also see what happens when you get revived after 2,000 years and stuck with an annoying angel, all to great comic effect.
So, if you can stomach some religious parody (and you might learn something--I did), pick it up. Now. Don't even finish reading this review--pick it up and go....more
I admit to watching the movie first. So, going in, I expected the book to be an amped up version of the movie (the fantastic movie). How wrong I was,I admit to watching the movie first. So, going in, I expected the book to be an amped up version of the movie (the fantastic movie). How wrong I was, and how good it felt.
Lauren Weisberger's original book and the movie adaptation are more like third cousins than siblings. You can see the similarity, but one of them is far more interesting. The book, if you were still questioning. The book tugs at you, rips you apart, and you let it. You want it to cut across your belly. Sure, it has it's light-hearted moments, and they are so wonderful I have some of them permanently bookmarked in my copy, but it's the darker side--Lily's story, Andrea's relationship, Miranda's marriage--that pulls me back to this book over and over again.
Grabbing a book this small, a reader can easily shelf it for a good month or two, if they are unwise to the glory of Katey Hawthorne. While the book iGrabbing a book this small, a reader can easily shelf it for a good month or two, if they are unwise to the glory of Katey Hawthorne. While the book is an absolutely amazing book to read on a cold day, wet day, boring day, it deserves to be read aside, as well.
The tension and panic of the characters grips you and pierces you, carrying you along for Sam and Hansen's wild ride. Unlike many erotica books, you actually really care what becomes of these two characters and, unlike a lot of women writing gay erotic fiction, she understands that they're both men. The emotions come hard, ahve to be read into, aren't as splayed out as they would be in a straight relationship. It's masterful, and along with her fantastic characters and the backdrop of the superpowered (awakened) world and the expert understanding of college-age dialogue, Hawthorne manages a rare thing:
She makes you want to read the rest of her work (which I do reccomend). Every author wants that, and she has it, so kudos to her.
If I had to complain, there are a few things (of course, when reading these, one must consider that this is a first book.). The more intimate scenes, on ocassion, seem to falter, are sort of interchangable at times (though not every time, by any means). It's also a little confusing as to who is speaking, at times, which is a risk any writer runs using fixed first-person POV.
Would I reccomend it? You bet your bonnet. It's a nice, light read. You chuckle, you get a little prickle behind your eyes, and you come away three hours after starting knowing you've read a good book, and with a romantic hopefulness....more
This book, right here, is where Card shines. Personally, I find a lot of his fiction lackluster. Rainy day reads at best. However, when you pick thisThis book, right here, is where Card shines. Personally, I find a lot of his fiction lackluster. Rainy day reads at best. However, when you pick this up, it captivates you from the beginning. He, one of the great names, has been there. He got rejected, he learned, and he's passing on his knowledge to us.
The main problem I see is the last two chapters, but the front three are divine. They force you to think, which is what you often need if you're reading a how to write book.
I can't say much more about it--a book to keep in hand if there ever was one....more
Non-romance writers: don't run away. I don't read this for the romance writng aspect either, at least not specifically. All around, this is one of theNon-romance writers: don't run away. I don't read this for the romance writng aspect either, at least not specifically. All around, this is one of the best writing books I've read, and I've read plenty of them in the past.
Both entertaining and informative (What more could one ask for?), Rebecca Vinyard manages to pull you into the fantasy: you can write. It's the first time I really got the bug, way back in my freshman year of high school, and it stuck. She provides exercises to help you, ideas, advice on all things from rejections to query letters, and generally managed to demystify publishing. Now, I'm the first to admit that these books can quickly go out of date, but only to an extent. The writing advice is still sound, and will be for years and years to come.
A great bookshelf turn-to, when in a pinch or jsut straight-up bored....more
Oh The Giver. It lands in the category of mediocrity. I can never say this book was honestly bad--it was well-written with a somewhat interesting worlOh The Giver. It lands in the category of mediocrity. I can never say this book was honestly bad--it was well-written with a somewhat interesting world (although a bit too akin to This Perfect Day for my liking) and a good, shall we say, precursor to the dystopian genre for many a youth (as this seems to be required reading from grade 5 to grade 8).
However, I feel no emotional attachment to this book, and very little with any character aside from the Giver himself, and then only minimally. I never did. Jonas, Asher, Fiona--they could be anyone, to be honest.
There's really nothing more to it. If you can find the book cheaply enough, pick it up, otherwise just grab This Perfect Day and get something all grown up and twenty times better....more
I would love to tell you this book is gilded in literary genius, that it's a book everyone has to read. In good conscience, though, I can't. It's notI would love to tell you this book is gilded in literary genius, that it's a book everyone has to read. In good conscience, though, I can't. It's not terrible, but you'll find yourself weeding through stories that simply shouldn't have made the cut. That said, every story has at least a bit of merit, whether the unique (if ill-executed) concept of feathers as fuel, played to mediocre comic effect, the strong foreshadowing of a race of near humanoids (although nothing else to speak of for redemption in the story) or the utter and complete brilliance of a story like "In Her Eyes, the Skies", which I still hold as one of the greatest sci-fi shorts I've come across from a modern author.
Of course, there is a level of comedy superbly executed as well, mainly presented through "Tri-Copier 6000XT" and the antics of its main character, Dylan. The ending will leave you a little unsure, but all the more in love with Dylan.
My suggestion? Buy it (especially since it helps SETI), but buy the ebook....more
I admit, I saw the movie and wrote off this book--I know better than that, but it happened. However, when we started passing it around my writing grouI admit, I saw the movie and wrote off this book--I know better than that, but it happened. However, when we started passing it around my writing group as a joke, we discovered something--it's a good book. Bella is a very self-aware young woman and, in general, a very good character. The vampire clans (aside from the exception below) are unique characters as well, and easy to bond with, and the rest fo the cast, while slightly lackluster compared to the rest of the cast, still stick in your head.
Now the issue--it's not a small issue, either, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the book. Edward is the issue. Aside from the fact that he's very pretty, I cannot fathom what Bella sees in him, really. he's always trying to leave her. Okay, at first I can see the goodness in his refusal to be around her, but if he loves her, he should be able to realize she doesn't want him to go away, yet he still insists on it. Maybe Bella is more tolerant than I am, but I'd explode on him and give him a piece of my mind if he kept at it so long, no matter what his intentions.
And, for the book to overcome that flaw--you know it has to be amazing. The vampire lore--the part that caused such an internet uproar--is some of the most brilliant vampire lore I've read or heard about. It was logical, well thought out, and all together well-done.
I'm a part of the reformation, I admit it. I'm kind of in love with the series now....more
I read this in sixth grade. Okay, probably not the best time to read it, but even then I was hooked.
Let's start with the world: it's been done. It reaI read this in sixth grade. Okay, probably not the best time to read it, but even then I was hooked.
Let's start with the world: it's been done. It really has. Body-swapping stories are common fodder in science-fiction, and this is without doubt science fiction.
What's really striking, though, is the seriously messed-up folks that it follows along the way to the end. Sure, there's interest, there's a good bit of social interaction, but you find yourself uneasy about the main characters, and that's when a book really pays off for me. Is it noble to switch bodies continually just to work continuously on your art and allow yourself to sleep, or is it detrimental and horrendous, or is it both?
Definitely a book to take a look at, whether your first, second, or tenth look....more
One of the least known works of wonder that came out of this era's science fiction. Originally published as written by A. Square (pun obviously intendOne of the least known works of wonder that came out of this era's science fiction. Originally published as written by A. Square (pun obviously intended), it brings about a unique look at the world, and some real headaches if you bother to think about it too much.
With the square, we see Flatland, Lineland, Pointland, and our own three dimensional world, all through the eyes of a square (or, as it were, A. Square). We see the subtle ways in which they tell one another apart in Flatland, the esoteric mating ritual of the lines in Lineland, the self-centeredness of the Point, and a possibly painful look at our own society with the self-believed, all-knowing cube.
A brilliant piece that deserves everyone's attention, literati or otherwise....more