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review 2017-10-17 04:17
Andromeda Strain - audiobook
The Andromeda Strain - David Morse,Michael Crichton

 

 

Wow. What can I say about this book? It was soooo boring. So much scientific jargon, military times and reports, stuff that I think I could have glossed over if I was doing the reading. But, listening to the audiobook, the narrator reads every word and I can't really skip over them. I will admit I lost focus from time to time. I really tried, but I just couldn't do it.

 

I've seen many positive reviews about this book and I purchased it on sale. I was really looking forward to a creepy, deadly, alien organism invasion story. In the end, I'm not really sure how the story ended. It was sort of a letdown. I am planning to watch the movie and see if taking all the superfluous stuff out helps.

 

Anyway, it was fairly short and I was anxious to finish it, so there's that. I read this for the Aliens square because the organism was alien in origin (at least I think it was).

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review 2017-10-14 23:48
Book Review of Ros by Dee DeTarsio
Ros - Dee DeTarsio

 

An out-of-this-world love story . . .

 

Ros is a supernatural encounter with a female from our cosmos: E.T. meets Starman. With the clock ticking, Micki tries to save Ros, who only has a few days left to find her way back home. The bonds of this most unlikely friendship are tested on the run, as they realize that love truly does transcend time and space.

 

Review 3*

 

This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.

 

Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to like her a little more. She is a divorced mother of two who unexpectedly has a close encounter of the third kind when an alien spaceship crashes close to her house. As she tries to help the alien, Ros, get back home, she finds herself running from the US Navy and facing a dangerous cult who will stop at nothing to capture the stranded alien. Will she succeed in helping her new friend?

 

The blurb is slightly misleading. I thought I would be reading a space romance. However, the story is more about friendship than romantic love. Having said that, I really enjoyed watching the sisromance (can't call it bromance) grow between the two main characters. Ros's character comes across a little one dimensional in my opinion. I think this is because the author may have struggled to imagine what an alien is like, while trying not to make her too human. There is an ET type feel to the story, with action and adventure thrown in along with some quirky characters. I actually loved Micki's ex mother-in-law, Rhoda. She's an eccentric character with the beginnings of Alzheimer's, but she's as sharp as a tack when she wants to be. There are also a few other interesting characters, like Captain James Kerk of the U.S. Navy, and Stanley Brower, Micki's neighbour.

 

I must admit that although the story was interesting, I found it easy to put it down and read something else and then come back to it. I'm not sure if this was down to the author's writing style or if it was my mood at the time of reading. There are some scenes that had me laughing, but I think the author was trying too hard to use wit and it fell flat at times, especially where there was a need to ratchet up the feeling of suspense for some of them instead. Having said that, I especially loved the scene where they steal Stanley's RV and find him in it. Then there's the one... Nope, you may just have to read it to find out more. I did find myself becoming rather emotional near the end and even shed a tear or two. The ending was slightly unexpected, but it left me feeling satisfied.

 

Dee DeTarsio has written an intriguing story. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced, but it kept me turning the pages. The flow of the story was pretty good, but some scenes could have been shortened for more impact. Would I read more of her books in the future? Perhaps. I am not ruling it out completely. I need to reduce my reading list first.

 

Due to some profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love chick-lit or science fiction genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-10-01 13:04
Stinger is Way too Talky
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon

I have to say that it appears besides "Boy's Life" I'm not destined to like any of Robert McCammon's books. "Stinger" dragged forever. I almost DNFed it, but I just decided to finish it so I could count it as a bingo read. I ended up not caring about any character we are introduced to, I wasn't scared, and I just went than goodness when I got to the end. 

 

The dying town of Inferno, Texas is on its last legs. In a few months when the local high school closed there won't be anything left of the town. When a spacecraft crashes, the remaining members of the town are left to fight off an alien calling itself Stinger. Stinger is after another alien that calls itself Daufin. 

 

Ultimately I think if the book had been edited a bit more, or we stuck with very few POVs that it could have worked better for me. I also didn't really like Daufin that much. Taking over the little girl named as Stevie and using her as a "guardian" isn't something that I thought a good alien would do. 

 

The writing didn't move me at all. And McCammon has been able to make me cry due to his writing. I just felt bored. The flow was pretty bad too. I think jumping between 10-15 characters is what did it. Some chapters were long, some were only a few pages. 

 

The ending unfortunately fell flat for me. 

 

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text 2017-10-01 12:51
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon

Sorry. I could not get into this. Way too many characters and the writing was so so. I found myself bored and wanting it to end. I was meh towards the alien Daufin and just wanted Stinger to die already since he got tedious as anything. 

 

The main plot about a dying town that gets rocked by an alien invasion should have been good. Instead I found myself wishing I had read something else. I just didn't feel a sense of urgency or worry for what I thought as of the main characters.

 

Also the ending with Ray being obsessed with breasts..that's a no. It was off-putting and ruined the tone of what came before. We get it, Ray is oversexed. I wanted him thumped since I was sick of reading about it.

 

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text 2017-10-01 04:39
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon

Ok this is just not holding my interest honestly. 

 

 

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