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All reviews - Books (5)

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 7 March 2013 08:40 (A review of Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End)

I hadn't actually read many zombie stories before this. It was free to borrow on my Kindle, part of the lending library for having a premium Amazon membership. I'm very glad that I chose to read it. It's a great story, translated from it's original Spanish version very well.

The story follows an unnamed man as he and his cat fight to survive in an infected world. It's told in first person, from the point of the main character as he writes in his blog and journals. The man is from Spain, and travels around the country in the aftermath of the zombie takeover. He finds that even the living have become brutal, and takes on various adventures in the hopes of surviving and not being turned.

Apocalypse Z is nothing new or groundbreaking. It doesn't add any super fresh ideas to the zombie theme, but it's still an enjoyable read. It's well written and entertaining, and very descriptive despite being in first person. I very much enjoyed it.


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Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 7 March 2013 08:29 (A review of Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2))

I started this book within a day of finishing the prequel, Cinder. Both books were absolutely fantastic. They're fresh takes on old tales, and kind of do a similar thing as the TV show Once Upon A Time, in the way that the author interconnects multiple fairytales into one story.

Scarlet introduces a new fairytale into the series: that of Little Red Riding Hood. She's a feisty redhead from France, who's investigating the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother. She gets help from a shadowy newcomer in her small town, who only offers the identity of Wolf. They embark on a quest to find Scarlet's grandmother, while avoiding the unknown enemies who are fighting to keep their schemes secret. Meanwhile, Cinder is on the run after an embarrassing mishap in her home city, and has the whole world looking for the fugitive cyborg. Her quest for answers and avoiding death and imprisonment brings her to France, where she searches for Scarlet's grandmother, and later Scarlet after learning of the grandmother's recent disappearance.

The book has as many interesting turns as the first, and is a good next installment in The Lunar Chronicles. It's a shame the next book won't be out until next year.


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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 7 March 2013 08:14 (A review of Cinder (Lunar Chronicles))

Cinder is a very interesting new take on the Cinderella story. It's set hundreds of years in the future, after a couple more World Wars. By this time, humans have long since settled on the moon and become a new race called the Lunars. The first installment in this series introduces you to the main heroine, Cinder. She's a cyborg who was a adopted by a man who very soon after died of the plague that's currently terrorizing most of Earth. Left to be raised by her stepmother and stepsister, Cinder is unwanted by her family and an outcast to all those who know her as a cyborg. Things start to change when the plague hits close to home, which is soon after Cinder meets the charming prince. But Cinder doesn't find a happy ending yet -- it's only the first book, after all. Prince Kai is forced to become emperor at a young age, and things start getting tense between he and the Lunar queen when she comes to Earth seeking a marriage alliance. Cinder finds herself trying to protect Kai and the empire, while at the same time dealing with her horrid stepmother.

There are many twists and turns in this story, and even though I found them to be predictable, it was still a very enjoyable book. I like Cinderella tales that don't center on a pathetic damsel in distress, and Cinder is definitely not that. This book is a very good introduction into the series, and the second is equally good.


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Jurassic Park: A Novel review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 3 March 2013 11:01 (A review of Jurassic Park: A Novel)

Like many movies, the Jurassic Park film by Steven Spielberg has many differences from it's literary source. The book itself, as always, is far more detailed. And honestly, it's as if the film and book are two very different stories. Yes, both revolve around a dinosaur theme park, and yes, many character names are kept. But that's where most of the similarities end.

The book by Michael Crichton is fantastic if you're interested in science. You don't have to be a genius to understand the concepts in the novel, but it helps broaden your understanding of the many steps involved in making the park. It stills centers around Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler, who are not anything more than coworkers, and still receive the opportunity of a life time to visit a one of a kind resort. They are brought there by Mr. Hammond, an old man with serious ego and anger management issues. He's stubborn, blind to the bigger picture, and refuses to see the common sense right in front of his face. And naturally, things start to go horribly wrong under his watch. When the park becomes unstable, Tim and his little sister Lex are left in the care of Grant, and much more happens in their time loose in the park than was ever shown on screen. Meanwhile, the rest of the characters are left to fend for themselves in various other parts of the park, including the resort's unfinished hotel and a couple other spots intended to provide modern luxury inside the park.

Overall, the book is very enjoyable. I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton and this is one of his best. Jurassic Park is a detailed, intelligent read and offers a much broader story than what's seen in the movie. I highly recommend it.


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The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) review

Posted : 4 years, 7 months ago on 1 March 2013 09:37 (A review of The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1))

To this day, the Bartimaeus Trilogy has continued to be one of my favorite series that I've ever read. It's extremely underrated, and even as an adult I still enjoy reading these books, even though they were probably meant for the 'young adult' group.

The first book in the series lays down all the bricks so that the reader can understand the world. There are many similarities with our world, like geography and basic inventions. But it stands apart from ours for the most part. In this series, which focuses on London, the government is ruled by magicians. Magicians on their own are plain humans, but they are trained in the vast art of summoning magical beings from The Other Place, a separate world where these spirits flow freely and are not tied to certain forms. Being in our world causes them great discomfort, and they are brought here against their will. They are slaves. Magicians use them to hold power over the 'commoners,' aka non-magicians.

The story follows a young boy named Nathaniel, whose extreme intelligence allows him to summon a strong spirit from an early age. But though he's very smart, he's not prepared for the wit and wile of Bartimaeus, the djinn he summons. They set out to bring revenge on someone who wronged Nathaniel, and end up caught in a much bigger plot involving treason and mass murder.

The Amulet of Samarkand is a fast-paced, intelligent novel that leads the way perfectly into a wonderful and unique new world. Bartimaeus' humor is amazing. All the main characters are well developed, and have complex relationships. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in fantasy.


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