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Killbox by Ann Aguirre
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Oct 05, 10

bookshelves: science-fiction, pick-of-the-litter, part-of-a-series, romantic-sci-fi, action-adventure
Read from August 31 to September 03, 2010

Why, oh, why can't we give books 10 stars? If it were at all possible, I would. I would give this book one hundred stars. I finished this today and already I'm in withdrawal. I didn't want to stop. I tried, I tried very hard, to read Killbox as slowly as possible, to savor the story. But like any attempts of mine to savor a rich piece of chocolate, to let it melt on my tongue and slowly infuse my senses with its deliciousness, I failed miserably. From the first page, I got so caught up in the story, I couldn't not turn the pages as fast as my eyes devoured the words.

There's no way I can coherently describe the story to non-readers of this series. I'm nowhere near eloquent enough. I am in complete awe of Ms. Aguirre. She has created a series so rich, so lifelike, so real, even though the story is set in space and features aliens and concepts so totally science-fiction in nature. Despite that fact, or perhaps because of it, her characters live and breathe. None of them are perfect; each one has fears and hopes and character faults. In other words, they are three dimensional, just as real human beings are. And the relationships between them are real, not picture-perfect ideals, but messy, hard, fractious, delightful, fulfilling, full of mistakes and missed opportunities and moments of wonder. This alone would make the books wonderful reads, but the storytelling, the weaving of these characters' actions into wonderfully exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, emotional stories, make Ann Aguirre's novels top-rate, in my opinion. Plus, she made me cry. I can't tell you how many years it's been since I've cried while reading a book; too many to count. But she did it, and I'm not a weepy person. That's the mark of how involved Aguirre makes you become with these people--Sirantha Jax, March, Dina, Hit, Vel--that when they feel pain and loss, you feel it, too, and cry because of it. Though I know it is impossible, for my part I hope Sirantha Jax continues her adventures through many, many more books in the years to come; unlike chocolate, I can savor them as much and as many times as I like without getting fat.
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Lolly's Library I'm almost foaming at the mouth with anticipation. I've preordered my copy from Amazon and am waiting with barely-contained impatience for it. I love these books!


Lolly's Library It's here, Killbox is here! As much as I'm liking my current read, it has to be put on hold while I read Killbox. There's just no waiting for me to read this book!


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faeriemyst I've heard of this series, and seen others by Ann Aguirre, but seeing as there are zillions of books out there, I haven't found the time to pick one up yet. And of course, I'm a slow reader now so a lot of the time I dread starting a new book. How sad is that? I digress. Great review, you can definitely tell this series made an emotional impact and that's got to be a great feeling to the author (whether or not she knows it right now). :) Every book should be realistic, and it doesn't matter if the setting or characters are out of this world, the author should make you feel like it's authentic through and through. And you won't get fat as long as you don't eat chocolates while reading the book. :D


Lolly's Library I came across this series by an act of sheer serendipity. I was browsing the paperback shelf at my library, picked up the first book, liked the cover and was intrigued by the back cover synopsis. I tore through that first book so fast, even I couldn't believe it. Right afterwards, I immediately ordered all three books from Amazon and preordered the fourth one as well. I have never had this kind of immediate attraction to a sci-fi series. What's behind this dread of starting a new book? Is it because you think you won't be able to finish it in time? Thanks for the thumbs-up on the review; always nice to hear. I agree, every book should be realistic, but a lot of times, an author can't quite manage it, especially when it comes to sci-fi. You start throwing in aliens and space travel and other out-of-this-world concepts and it's like the author gets overwhelmed or perhaps even lazy, figuring that making real characters is unnecessary. And I never eat chocolates while reading; talk about an overload of pleasure! ;D


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faeriemyst Yikes, I forgot about this, it got swamped in my inbox. :D

What are you, Dr. Laura? Finish it in time for what? Mainly I'm afraid I'll start it, not want to read for days, even weeks, sometimes months, pick it up again, and then forget everything I had already read, therefore I'd have to start over again. It's happened plenty of times in the past. Not to mention, I just can't find a book that hits the mark, if that makes any sense. Every series I've read, I'm going to have to start over again because I've forgotten events, and worse, who some characters are; it's disheartening sometimes. The only good thing is I know my memory and attention are better than they were a year or two ago but it still stinks I have to re-read stuff. *end of session, for now*

This conversation reminds me of the review I wrote for The Reapers Are the Angels. Someone made a comment on my review at Amazon and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to respond, everything I thought up came across bitchy, or worse, defensive, so I ignored it. Every book of fiction has its own logic, and if something is off in the world within, readers have a right to voice their opinion. If you disagree, fine, but don't say I'm wrong, because I'm not, I just have a different take than you. Anyway, I haven't read much sci-fi so haven't run into that yet. Maybe for you, I only like chocolate if there's peanut butter involved, or mint. :D


Lolly's Library Hey, that happened to me, too, so don't fret.

No, at least I wasn't trying to be, I was just looking for some clarification, that's all. Unless you'd like to pay me $100 an hour to hear your problems, then I can be Dr. Laura all you like! LOL I understand what you're saying. I go through periods where every book I pick up just doesn't connect, and I just don't know what I want to read. And as far as series, I've started several that I'm going to have to go back and re-read because I can't remember the details. So, you're not alone. As long as you feel your attention and memory are getting better, that's at least one good thing. Believe me, I can empathize with you. *session recorded for future reference* ;D

Sometimes that's what you have to do, ignore those kind of people. I don't know what it is in some people, that they have to argue with you when you don't share their opinion. WTH? What, no one on Earth is allowed to have their own thoughts and opinions? Crazy. Sometimes it's tempting to go ahead and respond with something bitchy, just to get it off your chest, but we all know in the end that it won't do any good and just set off a bitch-fest. But it's still tempting. Chocolate is special all by itself, but when you add peanut butter, ooh, yummy and terribly dangerous! :D


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faeriemyst Yeah, good luck getting that $100/hr. LOL Doesn't that suck? There are so many books out there and then we have to go back and re-read others first. That's why I like series that are already completed or at least have many books already out. Hey, who said you could record anything? I'm suing! ;P

I went back and re-read what the guy had to say to see if I was being too sensitive, I wasn't. Apparently not. Guess I'll have to join the heard and be a sheep now. Baa. ;D Yup, that's why I don't reply to anything right away if it upsets me. That's what you're here for! I can bitch to my heart's content. *snicker* I love the special holiday Reese's: pumpkins, eggs, trees, whatever else they do; I just about died when they came out with the Big Cup. Yummy! Now they have a bag of smaller, snack size pumpkins for Hallowe'en so less calories, which is nice when you're trying to be good. :) Not so easy if you have a whole bag though. ;P


Lolly's Library Hey, a girl can hope can't she? LOL It does suck. I like those kinds of series, too, it makes it a lot easier on the ol' noggin, but then there are always those first books which are just too irresistible to not read and there you are, sucked into a new series. :P Ha! Could luck with that; you'll get blood out of a stone sooner than you'll get any money out of me. ;D

Well, if you do join the herd, remember, you need to remove your brain first, otherwise you might be tempted to, you know, think for yourself. Baa. True, I am open for bitching, 24/7. And the best part is, for you anyway, is that I can't get away from it. Unless I wanted to delete this life and create a new one and, really, who wants to go through all that trouble? LOL Those holiday Reese's are evil; I get the Reese's eggs on Easter and, oh my, I have to restrain myself! Now you've gotten me hungry for them; I need to go out and get some of the pumpkins, dagnabbit! The snack size is good, but, as you pointed out, not if you gobble down the entire bag and not doing so requires so much willpower. Can't. Resist. Call. Of. Reese's!


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