Book Review: January

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Another great start to the new year. Finished last year with 53 books. Not bad!

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Wow! What a crazy collection of stories. It is good fun and fun to read. A very easy and enjoyable read. I have it on audio and the narrator is great.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey: I have been putting off these books of Pern for no good reason. I don’t know why I was so stubborn because these are really great stories with a fantastic premise. If you like a good fantasy book with dragons and crazy planets read these books.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: After all the drama of the Twilight movies many people have blacklisted her books. Meyers is a great author. Just because of the poor acting that made the movies a joke doesn’t mean her other books are bad. The Chemist is another great story. Another strong woman main character that works to keep from getting killed. A must read for any mystery/ action lover.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: This is an award winning SciFi book. It is a fantastic read. While it takes a bit getting used to the “language” of Planet Winter, the most interesting thing is the inhabitants are genderless. Being a genderless culture has really affected the growth of the planet. If you love SciFi or just want to read something new. Try this book!

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:  Another great Post Apocalyptic story. It talks about genetic enhanced animals and a world gone awry. A young man, with flashbacks to his childhood, tries to make sense of the world around him.

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Book Review: December

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I almost forgot to post for December. It has been a busy few weeks, moving, house hunting, work, etc. I ended the year with 52 books.  Here are my last few…

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child I have read this story many years ago. It was the first in this series and by my favorite author. I am listening to it in audio book version. They kind of made the main character into Colonel Sanders. Oh well.

Burn by Ted Dekker This is one of my sisters favorite authors. This is a interesting story about choices. There are some great twists in it. If you want an easy read but fast passed this is the book for you.

The Darktower by Stephen King Now living in the home of King and the hype of this movie I felt that I would give this book a chance. It is interesting but slightly confusing. Hopefully many things get explained in the following stories.

A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg This is a classic scifi story. It starts out a bit odd but then takes off. They live in a world where the use of “I” or “me” is considered sinfully vain. So one talks about oneself in a roundabout way. Totally worth reading.

Book Review: November

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Wow I was thinking OMG I haven’t read anything. Which, of course, is totally not true. I have read a lot but I have also been super busy too.

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Fantastic post-apocalyptic story with a conflicted but strong female lead. I actually liked this one much better then Hunger Games as I feel it isn’t as depressing. However, it didn’t do well in theaters.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman: A somewhat vulgar classic Sci-fi that talks about the training and war in space and life once you come home. The story flows well and the characters begin to show depth as the story unfolds. Not your typical deep thinking story of that era but enjoyable none the less.

The Bone Clock by David C. Mitchell: If you have seen/read Cloud Atlas you know what you are in for. This story jumps around and makes many twists and turns. There is a lot to keep track of and takes a bit of dedication.

Book Reviews: October

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The Piano Man’s Daughter by Timothy Findley I got this book because of the cover art. It is a painting called Flaming June. I love that painting so much I have one hanging in my room. I figured that if the author was drawn to it too we might have something in common.

War of the Worlds by H.G Wells I had really forgotten how much I enjoy classic books. There was a different way of writing then.  I am such a hopeless romantic but I can’t help it! This story is not exception.  It is a fantastic story of Martians taking over jolly ol’ London. Slightly anticlimactic ending though.

Among Others by Jo Walton  This was an interesting book. It really was a story who reads as much as I do and her live beyond the books. It was a good read though a bit sparse. However, I did come up with quite a few new books to read.

Book Reviews: September

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A bit behind because all my traveling and moving prepping.

Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell; This was one of those books I grab because it was on some list (Arthur C. Clark award) and I randomly read one here and there to see if they are worth all the hype. This is a very interesting and well written story. It focuses around a Jesuit priest who travels to a new planet and comes back a broken man.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. As my favorite author publishes I read before the ink dries. This is a nonfiction story about an archeological dig in Honduras. It holds the same wit and character of his normal fiction story that you have to remember that its a true story.

Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker I love stories about travel and adventure. This isn’t the Tomb Raider but it has a lot happening. The characters are well defined and developed. Details about historical events and places seem well researched. I really enjoyed reading this story.

Book Review: August

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I might hit 50 books this year!!! So exciting.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: I really enjoyed this book. Its very easy reading and any oddity about alien species is very well covered. The story flows well enough though there are a couple spots that seem to jump forward abruptly. Overall very fun! And I highly suggest it.

Discloser by Michael Crichton: Still one of my favorite authors of all times. It is fun to read some of his older works. He was talking about the future then that is our present now. This story involves computer equipment that we take for granted in our every day life. Cell phones and virtual reality seems like old news but this old story brings back the days when it was still in the bright future. If you are a Crichton fan or just want a good mystery this is a must read.

The Well of Time by Tom Henighan: It takes a while to get into a saga. They are tedious and wordy. This saga is no different. In the first hundred pages the heroine faces death and destruction a half dozen times. She runs into three bad guys (or girls) and is still clueless to her quest. It is a great read if you have a rainy day and no ambition to move for about 10 hours. For those looking for something more fast pace I’d pick something else.  

Book Review: July

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I think I am up to 36 books this year, but who’s counting.

The Posionwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Just wow. This is a fantastic story about a  Southern Baptist Preacher who takes his family into the Congo to convert the locals. If you don’t know anything about southern Baptist Preachers, let me tell you they are fire and brimstone kind of people. The story is told from the voice of the wife and four daughters. I always am amazed when an author can break themselves into so many voices well. It’s not an easy thing. The end drags a little but totally a great read.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton This is a young adult book and reads very easily. It is a lovely story of an orphan trying to make her place in a male dominated world. Gives an insight into a culture that still doesn’t feel women are equal. It is fast and fun and adventurous. Great break from any serious reading.

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern This was a fantastic book! Lots of magic and mystery. The story keeps moving between characters and a few different years but beyond that its a straight forward read. The characters are well developed and deep. If you love the circus this is a must read!

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton As always Crichton produces a fantastic story full of interesting facts. This book has more information in it that you might feel like you should be taking notes. If you ever wanted to know about British criminals in the mid 1800s this is a must read. Intertwined in all these facts is a sly story about a train robbery.