Friday, February 28, 2014
When Chava and Ahmad meet they recognize each other for something other than human immediately. Their friendship blossoms upon realizing they can finally be themselves around each other because they both carry the burden of this same secret. Just as things finally seem to be going right both of their pasts catch up with them. Chava's creator has come to reclaim her and Ahmad's captor has finally managed to track him down after hundreds of years.
I was enthralled with both Chava and Ahmad. Their unique circumstances and challenges made both of them interesting to read about. Their plots entwined at the end in a fascinating way and the final conclusion was amazing. I looked forward to listening to this every morning and every afternoon during my commute.
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Monday, February 24, 2014
Dexter's observational point of view and limited emotional range is fascinating to me and it has stayed consistent throughout the series. The story itself wasn't as interesting to me as some of the previous books. I didn't feel that there was much mystery in who the perpetrator was; in fact, I figured it out way in the beginning of the novel. The cliffhanger, however, is enough to keep me around for another book.
Books in the series:
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter in the Dark
Friday, February 21, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Brom brings the wild character of Peter Pan to an adult audience by including cursing, betrayal, torture, and even death. Peter isn't mischievous, but he is wild and conniving. Readers will learn of Peter's history and how he became the infamous Child Thief.
Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie
Friday, February 14, 2014
I am always pleased with the layouts and artwork of this particular series. I enjoyed watching all of the pieces come together in issues in these issues. Wonderwoman was a great inclusion in this plotline, as were the many familiar monsters from Greco-Roman mythos.
Books in the Series:
Drown the World
Monday, February 10, 2014
At first I was uncertain of how I felt with the swapping point of view between Sydney and Adrian for each chapter, but I enjoyed it after a while. Adrian's voice gave additional introspection on his character and on their relationship, which, I felt, was very much needed. I still don't understand Rose's or Sydney's attraction to him, but I understand him as a character much more now.
I was disappointed in this novel for a number of reasons. While I enjoyed the character development and relationship building, the main focus of this book, it did little to really move the plot line of the overarching series. One of the original appeals to me for the Bloodlines was that Mead actually used a bit of chemistry when creating alchemy formulas (alchemy is, in fact, the forebearer of modern chemistry). Unfortunately, she seems to be abandoning it in favor of magic because it doesn't require explanations.
It was an okay read and I plan to finish the series out. I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I have some of the other ones.
Books in the Series:
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent
The Iron Thorn - Caitlin Kittredge
Friday, February 7, 2014
I originally listened to the first book, Divergent, back in 2011, so it had been a while since I had visited this dystopia. After seeing the trailer for the new movie, I decided to pick up the second installment in the series. Unfortunately, this second novel simply served to remind me why I chose not to continue the series in the first place.
On a surface level, the author figured out how the system of the five factions would work to keep society going, but more detailed features of every day life just aren't fleshed out enough to make it believable. The two main characters, Tris and Four, are formulaic and uninteresting as is their relationship. Tris is supposed to have features from three different factions, and the other characters and Tris, the narrator, are constantly reminding the reader of this, but the author fails to really show what sets Tris apart from everybody else in this sequel or its original. This book also suffers from a common pitfall of many middle books, where a whole lot of events happen but very few of these events add to the plot or the character development. And finally, the climax reveal at the very end turns out to be exactly what I expected.
This series doesn't do the theme justice, and I'd highly suggest skipping it in favor of one of its many predecessors.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Truman Show
Monday, February 3, 2014
The first person narrative made it easy for me to fall into the narrator's thought patterns and share in his revelations. I like how the author seemlessly merged his later research to his current revelations during the interview with the angel. Many people will find their eyes opened with the information on scripture and new world views. Earl's personal revelations are effectively expressed through his interview with an angel. I think many readers will find themselves moved to do their own research and seek out answers for themselves.
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
Futurama: Godfellas (Season 4, Episode 8)