Friday, September 2, 2016

My thoughts on ~ Sphere by Michael Crichton

SphereSphere by Michael Crichton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting read. As always love the balance of technical info and science talk with the narrative and tense story. Norman was an interesting character. I also really liked the way the various characters confusion and thought process was conveyed in the novel.

Read Nov 2015

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Review ~ Beauties in the Deep by Zachary T. Owen

Beauties in the DeepBeauties in the Deep by Zachary T. Owen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Creepy little girls and magical lands

I was impressed with the amount of background info and detail on the characters as far as short stories go. One of my main issues with reading short stories is my desire to know more about the characters and setting. It's a personal problem I know, short story means less space for world building and character backstory and development. I was happy to feel very familiar with Ivory and her family life by the time all the mystical bits and scary stuff came around. This one had a very dark fairytale feel for my but in a modern and realistic way. (Hopefully that makes sense?)

Read Oct 2015

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Graphic Novel Short Reviews ~ Rat Queens & Madame Xanadu

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & SorceryRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it can't wait to read more. Really looking forward to learning more about the backstories of these ladies. All the little tidbits interspersed within the main story has me itching to know more.

 Madame Xanadu, Vol. 1: DisenchantedMadame Xanadu, Vol. 1: Disenchanted by Matt Wagner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly the first half to three quarters was a five star with the last bits being more in the three range for me. Overall an enjoyable read for me, I'm really looking forward to reading the next volume.

 Madame Xanadu, Vol. 2: Exodus NoirMadame Xanadu, Vol. 2: Exodus Noir by Matt Wagner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this one more than I did Disenchanted and I generally enjoyed that. I found it easier to follow and more cohesive. It was really interesting the way the events of the past and the present wove together.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Short Stories & Short Reviews

Thought I would combine my short thoughts on three short stories into one post.  Hope you Enjoy.

Dead Leaves: 8 Tales from the Witching SeasonDead Leaves: 8 Tales from the Witching Season by Kealan Patrick Burke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly I felt like most of the stories are annoyingly predictable and weren't that scary. The very last one was my favorite out of them all.

Read Sept 2015

 Gator BaitGator Bait by Adam Howe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gritty and Fun

Fun and interesting little story. There were definitely moments I saw coming and little surprises as well. Even the bits I could predict were interesting to read when they finally came to happen.

Read Oct 2015

Paper - A Short StoryPaper - A Short Story by Kell Inkston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting little read. Honestly it read like a children's story to me, but a good one. Not sure if it's meant to be one but that's just my humble opinion.

Read Dec 2015

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review ~ The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The DovekeepersThe Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall a fairly enjoyable read. I definitely enjoyed and had more interest in some of the characters than others. The book is divided into four parts each focusing on a different woman. Overall the transitions are fairly smooth and blend really well building the world and the story. The transition from part one to part two is the most jarring but honestly even that one isn't that bad. I will say that at times I felt there was a bit of flowery prose and excessive religious reference and poetic analogies that I'm assuming were meant to heighten the drama and really just seemed over the top and to dramatic with their frequency.

Yael and Aziza were my favorites.

Read Sept 2015

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Graphic Novel Reviews ~ Saga Vol. 1 & 2

Saga, Volume 1Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A friend lent this to me and its got me hooked. I will be not only purchasing a copy of my own but the rest of the series as well. Intense right from the beginning and containing a host of quite interesting characters this first volume has left me itching to dive even deeper. Especially with the cliffhanger-ish (and hilarious inn my opinion) end.

Read July 2015

 Saga, Volume 2Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pulled me in and kept me engaged just like the first volume. The world of this series is incredibly complex and full of many crazy beings and somehow even thrown right in the middle of it it doesn't feel confusing. I feel super attached to these characters are can't wait to find out what happens next. Major cliffhanger at the end!!!

Read March 2016

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Written in Red

Written in Red Written in Red by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just finished this one and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. It wasn't a masterpiece of fiction but it was very enjoyable and kept me engaged and it's been a while since I've really fell into a book and thought about it so much so that has to count for something.

Written In Red follows Meg Corbyn who is what is called a blood prophet, basically when she is cut she sees prophecies, after she escapes from where they keep people like her to hide in the mini town of the courtyard. The area reserved for all the supernatural peeps living in that area (Lakeside). As the book goes on you meet (along with Meg) many of the non-human residents of the Courtyard and some human of lakeside, as well as watch as things get really crazy because the people who Meg escaped from what her back. Like really bad. Like bad enough to do some really stupid shit.

My Thoughts:

~The World~
In this world from what I can tell it's supposed to be modern day. Non-humans of various types from shapshifters to powerful elementals and more have existed for basically forever and when humans came around we tried to do our human thing and spread across the earth and act like we own and rule everything. Many fight back and forth ensued with the end result usually being the humans getting their buts kicked (or killed) in the end. As of the time of the book there ius an uneasy peace most places. Big cities will have a Courtyard where the non-humans known as The Others reside. Lakeside, where the book takes place, is a bot odd in that humans are actually allowed in parts of it. Honestly though this is mostly for observation and curiosity purposes on the part of The Others. I liked the world. I'm really interested in learning more about the different types of Others.

~Meg The Innocent Main Character~
I liked Meg, though I will say I hope there is more character development with her in future books. She had spent her whole life in a controlled medical environment and had little to know emotional connections/bonds or knowledge outside of what was deemed needed to properly deliver prophecies. So the way her character is makes sense to me. She is almost childlike in a way. It does seem like she is evolving a bit though from living in the outside world and interacting with others.

Tess intrigued me the whole book. She is a freaking bad ass in such a subtle I don't even have to say or do anything you can just feel that you don't want to be on my bad side. The whole book I was desperately trying to figure out just what she was. You do eventually find out and I wasn't disappointed.

~Simon aka Grumpypants Mcgee~
He read like a typical moody brooding romance novel male protagonist to me. I do feel like the animalistic side of him kinda makes that make sense though? I really kept expecting a bunch of romanc-y things to be going on but all the stuff that did happen was very subtle. I'm interested to see if romance does develop in the future.

~SAM The Adorable Puppy Boy~

Overall I enjoyed this and plan to read the rest of the series. I really liked how the book ended with a conclusion to the big epic crazy clusterf*ck of kidnapping attempts and shenanigans but still left a lot of uneasyness, loose ends and the like without feeling unsatisfying.

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