After reading Battlehymn this book became my back seat reader. I try to keep a book in the backseat of my car so that I have something to read when myAfter reading Battlehymn this book became my back seat reader. I try to keep a book in the backseat of my car so that I have something to read when my wife is shopping or I am waiting outside a doctors office. I would recommend this Book to anyone who is a Robotech fan but to no one else. The writing is excellent but since I am not a fan of Robotech I found this extremely long and boring....more
Similar to Pulp fiction in the way the story is told, Max is what it is described as, a psychological thriller. With all the twists and turns I had noSimilar to Pulp fiction in the way the story is told, Max is what it is described as, a psychological thriller. With all the twists and turns I had no problem keeping up, I knew who a person was even if they had not been mentioned for several chapters. There was no time that I had to stop and think "I know that name, Who was that again?" the characters were memorial and fleshed out enough that you couldn't forget even the least of them. Max was an excellent book that I would have rated higher if I had not been disappointing with the ending. Whenever I thought I had the story figured out, or thought that I had the mystery solved I would be proven wrong with the next chapter, that at least kept me reading. Anyone who was a fan of the television show St. Elsewhere can probably guess what kind of ending this story had....more
Books like Anne Frasier's Hush are the reason I read. Hush was for me, one of those rare books that once you begin to read, you can only stop after thBooks like Anne Frasier's Hush are the reason I read. Hush was for me, one of those rare books that once you begin to read, you can only stop after the last page is read. This is an easy five star rating from me and I would highly recommend Hush....more
300 years ago a plainswalker (think wizard) made a continent disappear, now the continent is coming back and the plainswalker has no idea what to do.300 years ago a plainswalker (think wizard) made a continent disappear, now the continent is coming back and the plainswalker has no idea what to do. He gathers together a band of misfits who have no purpose, to go on an adventure that has no goal and fight battles that they can neither win or loose. The team consists of a young girl who has no special powers and does nothing throughout the entire story but she is actually 1000 years old. There are two lizard men warriors (that's original, it made me think of Cpt. Kirk fighting the umm...lizard man). Two other warriors are with the group but their main purpose for being in the story is to get cut up and die and then there is the female barbarian, written like a man with the only female quality being that she is referred to as a woman or a female. This group has no reason to be together and when the first member of the group dies, the group falls apart and splits up. The wizard fixes the problem without any help from anyone and the book ends with a cliffhanger.....I can't imagine anyone bought the second book.
This story is about nothing, the characters do nothing and have no personality so the reader really doesn't care that they do nothing....more
A machine becomes sentient and decides to eliminate the human race, we've heard it all before. This story has been retold many times since Skynet firsA machine becomes sentient and decides to eliminate the human race, we've heard it all before. This story has been retold many times since Skynet first sent a Terminator back through time to kill Sarah Connors. The movie "The Terminator" introduced this scenario to the public and people have been retelling the story every since, so why read this book? Let me tell you why,
This book in written in a style similar to a documentary, it's as if you are reading a cold case file. The events in the story have already happened and the reader is shown portions of the story in sequence from the first robotic "mishap" to the stories conclusion.
The robots are not your typical "terminator" bots but they evolve to handle different situations and environments. Robots have specific roles and the roles are not what the reader would ever expect. Some of the ideas behind the robots designs are ingenious and some concepts are seriously creepy, I could have never thought up something so original.
The story covers a wide range of emotions and feelings, people change throughout the story and we (the readers) get to tag along and see how it develops. I do however wish the author would have played around more with discrimination and trust among the human survivors but that's for another story.
This is a book that laid around my house for months, I didn't expect much from it and therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at the originality of it. More people need to know about this book....more
For me this was a disappointing addition to this series. Israel is at war (so what's new)The Arab nations want to destroy Israel (do I need to repeatFor me this was a disappointing addition to this series. Israel is at war (so what's new)The Arab nations want to destroy Israel (do I need to repeat myself?) A Mega disaster hits New Jersey and all the American people do is go Oh! (but then again, it is New Jersey) Terrorists attack America and our government is more concerned on how they can twist this to blame Joshua Jordan. There are too many stereotypes in this book to consider commenting on in any detail, dramatic situations where someone would be praying for help are turned into opportunities to preach and Global Warming takes a hit (for those that believe that global warming is real) There were enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning but overall this felt like reading an old news paper....more
The heroes of the world are gathering for the great hunt, they will set out in a quest to find the Horn oThe Wheel of Time just keeps getting better.
The heroes of the world are gathering for the great hunt, they will set out in a quest to find the Horn of Valere. Prophecy says that the horn can call the heroes of old back from the grave in the last battle. Rand al'Thor knows two things that most don't, one is that the horn has already been found (he was there when it was found) and the second is that the horn has been stolen by a Darkfriend. Not only did the Darkfriend steal the Horn of Valere but he also managed to steal a cursed item that a friend has been carrying. Without that item, that friends life will slowly dwindle away. Just when Rand thought all his troubles were over he will be pushed to the limit to see how far he will go to help a friend. ...more
This book was exactly what I expected, Battlestar Galactica's original series television debut. There are small differences between the book and the sThis book was exactly what I expected, Battlestar Galactica's original series television debut. There are small differences between the book and the show but this is definitely worth reading to any SciFi fan. For fans of the original series this is a trip down memory lane and a return to our youth....more
I received Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time series, book 1)through Goodreads first reads giveaway.
"Lews Therin Telamon wanderedI received Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time series, book 1)through Goodreads first reads giveaway.
"Lews Therin Telamon wandered the palace, deftly keeping his balance when the earth heaved. "Ilyena! My love, where are you?" The edge of his pale gray cloak trailed through blood as he stepped across the body of a woman, her golden-haired beauty marred by the horror of her last moments,"
I read that at the bottom of the very first page and I was immediately hooked. By the time I reached chapter fourteen I had done something I have done with no other series, I ordered the next two books in the series online. Not only did I order two Wheel of Time books but also the first book in Robert Jordan's Conan series. I have found the Author and the series that I have been looking for and will be reading Robert Jordan's writing for a long time.
Jordan created a realistic and believable world and populates it with likable, mischievous and sometimes, hilarious characters. The protagonist, a young farmer named Rand, is forced into a journey he didn't want with people he would rather not associate with. Trying to stay one step ahead of the half man/half animal and all vicious Trollocs and their eyeless but all seeing commanders, the Myrddraal, Rand will find trouble enough just keeping the group together. But the Dark Lord who searches for them has eyes everywhere, among human and animal alike.
My personal feelings, I see that many reviews compare this work to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, while there are similarities, there are also similarities between the U.S. Navy (boys in blue and white) and the Smurfs. This story stands on it's own and if it is a rewriting of Lord of the Rings, it is a rewriting without the songs, riddles and poems, without the silliness that prevented me from reading any further than the Two Towers.
When young Miss Wood arrives in Wyoming to take a job as a school teacher, her wagon is caught in a flood and overturned. The school marm is rescued bWhen young Miss Wood arrives in Wyoming to take a job as a school teacher, her wagon is caught in a flood and overturned. The school marm is rescued by a handsome stranger who rides off before she can thank him. The stranger is the Virginian, a rough and rugged plainsman/cow boy who lives his life by simple rules, rules that Miss Wood will never understand but will come to respect.
The Virginian started out slow and at times seemed to ramble before finding it's footing. With comments like the following quote,
"The Virginian looked at her with such a smile that, had I been a woman, it would have made me his to do what he pleased with on the spot."
I felt as if I were reading a Gay western. The story starts out being told by a traveler who is visiting the area, then the traveler vanishes only to make a short appearance near the end of the tale. The author rambled on about raising chickens, how no sane person would ever believe in any kind of a god and finishes with an incredibly long sermon justifying hanging, as long as the individual is hung in private.
If you can get past the slow beginning and prepare yourself to overlook the preaching, the story really is worth reading. The landscapes are described in beautiful detail, the characters are believable and realistic and there are plenty of dramatic moments that you can't wait to see play out. Shorty and his pony made me feel like crying, Balaam made me want to kick his a$$ and the girlfriend,well, Lizzy Borden comes to mind but I think the author wanted us to like her.
This book starts at the end of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis leaves Richmond Virginia while Abraham Lincoln enters the Confederate Capital triumphantThis book starts at the end of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis leaves Richmond Virginia while Abraham Lincoln enters the Confederate Capital triumphantly. The volume carries us through the Lincoln assassination and his long funeral train, the capture and release of Jefferson Davis, the later lives of both families and the death and funeral of Jefferson Davis. This book does not read like history, James L. Swanson uses news articles, books, journal entries and personal letters from the period to create a comprehensive, linear story that reads more like fiction, this is the book for those who have never read a history book....more
Talking animals are not something I would normally enjoy reading about. My wife found this in a box of books for only $3.00 so I figured that I mightTalking animals are not something I would normally enjoy reading about. My wife found this in a box of books for only $3.00 so I figured that I might as well give it a try.
This was surprisingly well written. I'll have to keep an eye out for more in this series.
Triss is a squirrel who was raised in slavery, when she escapes her captives, she promises to return one day and free the slaves. Hunted by her former master and a crew of freebooters, Triss must find her way to freedom before she is recaptured....more
A kid was abused, he was removed from the abuse at age 12. This child went on to join the Air Force and write a successful book. Wow, really? No Bi-PoA kid was abused, he was removed from the abuse at age 12. This child went on to join the Air Force and write a successful book. Wow, really? No Bi-Polar disorder? No severe recurring depression? No Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? No crippling injuries? He not only finished school but apparently attended collage, a requirement for service in the Air Force. How can his life story be anything but a success story? I read this book and the thing I took away from it was, How could this guy cry about how bad he had it. If not for my Bi-Polar disorder,severe recurring depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I could tell you a story that would make you laugh at David Pelzer.
I decided to reread this book for one simple reason, I feel that having lived through an abusive childhood that perhaps I had a resentment toward Dave Pelzer for writing about his life of abuse. I personally have never been able to write about mine without suffering a severe bout of depression and self loathing. I decided to reread this with an open eye and mind, to look past what I know of abuse and to imagine that this happened as he says, I can't do that! I Hope that Mr. Pelzer does some good with his life, I hope that this story does some good somewhere, that someone reads this and decides to do good but my feeling is that if I want to read fiction, I prefer something a little lighter like Harry Potter. In my opinion Mr. Dave Pelzer made up this story, judging from my own abusive childhood I have to conclude that this book is a lie....more
There are a lot of people who can tell a good story but few who can bring the characters to life. The crew of the Voidhawk are brought to life in theThere are a lot of people who can tell a good story but few who can bring the characters to life. The crew of the Voidhawk are brought to life in the first book of the series and develop even more in this one. The reader follows along as each and every member is brought aboard and you very quickly begin to see who they are as individuals. This is the fourth Jason Halstead book that I have read and I am sure I will continue to read more, his ability to create a human character with abilities and flaws as well as hopes and dreams and then mix them in with other complicated individuals is nothing short of masterful.
Mr. Halsteads Voidhawk and Wanted series should be read by anyone who has ever wondered how much personality they should give to their characters. I am in awe that I have found no two denominational people in any of the four books of his that I have read....more
I have just finished reading the first book, His Majesty's Dragon and my rating is at a four for now. I have never read anything about dragons so thisI have just finished reading the first book, His Majesty's Dragon and my rating is at a four for now. I have never read anything about dragons so this was my first exposure to the sub genera. The story was a page turner for me, from the discovery of the egg to the first battle with the fighting adult dragon was an awesome adventure. Laurence and Temeraire's friendship grows as they train and Temeraire reaches adulthood but the books remaining populous tag along in a two dimensional world. None of the books supporting cast seem to be developed any further than an introduction unless something bad is going to happen to them. When a crew member dies during a battle, I found myself going back through chapters in an attempt to find out who they were only to discover that there was no prior mention of that person. I found myself hoping that I would get to know one particular dragon further only to discover that my hopes were in vain and the dragon will not return in other adventures.
The storyline is imaginative, descriptive, and fast paced. The history is well researched but I am in no way an expert in the Nepolianic era.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series and will be starting it today.
Throne of Jade: This series keeps getting better. The Chinese Emperor has laid claim to Tameraire and Laurence is forced to visit China in an attempt to keep his dragon. There is enough going on during this adventure to keep the pages turning. Murder attempts, gangs of murderous bandits, sea serpents and of course, dragons as well as an attack of a cold. It's on to the third book for me, I'll post more then.
Black Powder War:Laurence and Temeraire are called away from China to collect three eggs from Turkey, but nothing ever goes as planned does it? This was another fantastic journey in the lives of Laurence and Temeraire. I can no longer agree with my previous assessment of characters being two dimensional since the two following books seemed to have taken this into account. I will definitely be following along in the next volumes....more