Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Blaze

Blaze Blaze by Kristina Stanley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect sequel to the first book in the series.
Starting with an out-of-control fire (the title gives it away).
Not much to say, more of the same, with a little more suspense, but may be I was just in the mood and knew what to expect.
Recommended, a little romance, no sex, still like the setting in the mountains and the small-town feel, but some is a bit much. Would advise against reading these books back2back and will certainly take my time before reading the third one or buying more.

Did not feel like reading this as fast as it should be (2 days/a weekend) and will most probably miss my reading goal of 2 books a week / 104 books a year this yeas, although I did not read much of the big ones: A song of Fire and Ice #03 not even started, Atlas shrugged still at the beginning and a few more books only started, but did not really get into them. Some books long on my "currently reading list" should be moved to "abandoned" as they are DNF-material (like A Darkling Sea).

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: Strange Dogs

Strange Dogs Strange Dogs by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shorty, hm, novella? Paid 1,99 Eur for it, which I consider way too much, sorry folks. Should have been free as a teaser for the series. And this is listed as 80 (print) pages on Amazon, but the story is only half of that, the other half is teaser for two other books by different authors.
Which I really do not read most of the time (unless I already now the author, but chances are then I will by the book from which the excerpt/start chapters are anyway).

Nice weird story, told from the POV of a child (10-12 yrs I guess, not sure wether it is mentioned).
Also this planet-system is the one which is mentioned in Babylon's Ashes, so some background from Babylon's Ashes should be known. Not sure how the next book (will be published in a few days) connects to this, so not sure wether this is required reading.
My guess is yes, when it plays a larger role in the next book, no, if not.

With the still high price, recommended for fans or try to borrow it.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Babylon's Ashes

Babylon's Ashes Babylon's Ashes by James S.A. Corey
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This is one of the ebooks, where I wanted to wait for price to sink under 10 or 9 Eur (Us$ 12-11), and now it did, so I bought it, although today (October 24th, 2017) 3 pre-ordered ebooks where published and my Kindle greeted me with "not enough memory ...". Time to delete some more issues "Der Spiegel" (weekly German news-journal) and "The Economist" (weekly news-journal).
Deus Ex Machina ! Not to spoil anything. But well done.
As usual alternating POV-chapterwise.
... weird, dead alien technology with effects we don’t understand ...
Still going strong for me, while this could work as a standalone, I do not advise to read it without the other books before, you miss out on too much.

Recommended series, as is the book. The next book will be published in a week, but I might wait again for the price to sink lower.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Punk 57

Punk 57 Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

YA? NA? Whatever.
One of the best books I read this year (2017).
believable, convincing teens growing up, complicated, but interesting romance, a few NSFW sex scenes. Abuse and bullying, veering into rape. A little social media used expertly - could have been more for my taste, but maybe it was more realistic this way, with RL playing a more important part, but the threat of Facebook and Youtube always showing clips forever playing a dark role of exposure and making the bullying last also forever, when in the past it would have been over and forgotten by some in weeks or months.

Not sure wether this counts as a standalone, as there are books about some of the minor characters, but I guess that is only in the same world, so not considered a series.

A strong, important book I recommend highly, worth way more than the 5stars I can give, one of the best books I read this year, both with a message and entertaining. Would really like to see this filmed.


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review: A Deep Thing

A Deep Thing A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Got this rather cheap, the blurb read interesting. Also at the end with the notes about the author I discovered it was a female author, which is always a plus for me. Except for the romance.
Solid 4* for a debut. Contains too much romance for my taste. Some scenes where way too long and not to spoil the end, while I thought it would take a turn into SF, it was more fantasy. And this way also more like James Rollins, what with the trust-no-one vibe and the conspiracy theories. Felt also a bit too long for me, as I took altogether too long to finish it, a sure sign it was not as suspenseful as I hoped.
As I read Hans Hass and Jacques Cousteau in my youth and despite my disability I swam then (Baltic Sea sometimes or when the family went to a swimming pool), the diving was what interested me most in this book and the short passages where rather interesting and felt real, like the author had experienced this kind of cave-diving herself.

With a debut or when other pieces fall into place I tend to overlook some things, so others might consider this a 3star book. But I saw no mistakes, not in the logic of the story, nor in the writing (grammar etc.) - sometimes in speech it felt like I would have said it with a word or two more, but maybe I am just more used to some UK expressions, from a different English-speaking-country (I am a foreigner, German born&breed, still living here).
Standalone.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: The Ice Twins

The Ice Twins The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Finally resolved to FF this, too much inner thoughts, not enough action.
The setting could not save it, together with some strange pictures these where the only good things about the book.
At times it reminded me of a Gothic Ghost Story, a little Horror here and there, veering into supernatural, some twists, nicely done the one in the end (with the 6 months later), but basically boring. Not my kind of book, have The Fire Child bought as this and The Fire Child where both recommended to me, and the reviews I read where 4 or 5 stars. Well, will look fast into that one to abandon it.
In the last years I fell for such bad drivel as Gone Girl, have yet to DNF Girl on a train, and maybe others (or I might not even start them). Looks to me like the whole genre "psychological thriller - unreliable narrator - drunk/drugs/mad" is not for me. Whatever, time is too short for such bad books.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Origin

Origin Origin by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guilty pleasure, 5star recommended page-turner of a book!

It follows the same formula or blueprint as the other books about Robert Langdon: namely someone gets killed, or something awful happens and Langdon has to discover who what when or whatever together with an always good looking female, but no sex, little or no romance usually, this time there is a little romance. Most times the couple is under time pressure and has to act so fast, they skip sleeping, eating and a lot of times bathrooms breaks - except then something significant happens in a bathroom (I seem to remember that from the Da Vinci Code). Ok, maybe I exaggerate, but basically that is the plot-structure in these books. Sounds boring? It is anything but, as with Inferno, #04 in the series, this book has themes which concern us all, and it delivers a lot of food for thought, also, staying mostly in one big area in Spain, not as much background noise of historical descriptions as in the last books, or maybe because it was more interesting to me, in the other books I skimmed these passages, as I think they where rather boring and most times did nothing for the story for me.
Hope this gets filmed, as the other books about Robert Langdon.

Not wanting to spoil anything, I cannot really say more, except that again, this book has a deep view of Religion and shows some of the things which went wrong. Also shows all sites of the trouble some have with Religion and its believes, juxtaposed with Science and what is troubling there.
What little there is of love, there is also Gay love, nicely integrated.

Two of the main twists (the main baddy, later named the Regent) I guessed early on, both where confirmed pretty late in the book.

Would have been a fast read, but some things made me think, so I took more time and I might look up some more info about places, art, architecture, which will also take time. As with the last book, I would like a link section so I could look at everything online (a virtual gallery might even exist, but I have to search for it).

Highly recommended, a fast page-turner and guilty pleasure standing high above others with the brain fodder it delivers.

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