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review 2018-02-26 21:25
The conscientious killer
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

I have to be straight up about the fact that it took me several weeks to get through this book. This is not because I didn't enjoy it because I actually did quite a bit...it's just that once I put it down I didn't feel that overwhelming urge to get back into it again. 

¯_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian (or utopian depending on how you look at it) young adult novel about what would happen if technology progressed to the point where disease, poverty, and even death were overcome. What would be humanity's biggest problem? If you guessed overpopulation then you're absolutely correct. The solution to this problem was to create the Scythedom which consists of specially recruited and trained individuals who seek out and 'glean' (strike down, kill, murder) members of the community. The Scythedom is purported to be a morally sound group of people who have the capability to decide who to 'glean' for the sake of the greater good. The Thunderhead which is the name for the evolved information cloud (think Google on speed) oversees the majority of day-to-day operations with the exception of this group of people. What could go wrong? When morality and mortality are inextricably intertwined is it possible to keep your objectivity and still be a good person? Can you be a conscientious killer?  If you enjoy asking questions about ethics, justice, and what it means to be truly 'human' then this might be one that you should check out. If you're squeamish about graphic depictions of death then I don't think this is the book for you. The sequel titled Thunderhead is already out and as the title suggests the primary focus is going to be on the all-seeing eye of the world. (I had it in my possession but didn't get to it before I had to send it back out to another reader. Maybe something to look forward to later in the year?) 8/10 but I had to take a few points off because it wasn't my first choice to pick up and continue.

 

What's Up Next: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

 

What I'm Currently Reading: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-08-12 00:00
The Immortality Curse: A Matt Kearns Novel 3
The Immortality Curse: A Matt Kearns Nov... The Immortality Curse: A Matt Kearns Novel 3 - Greig Beck This is a new take on the Noah’s Ark myth. It is not always new takes of old mythology actually works but this one was indeed not bad. The story starts off by presenting the mystery that Matt eventually will dig in to in a rather gruesome way.

At the beginning Matt is rather reluctant to take on the case but, of course, he is eventually convinced. This is actually one of the things that I am not so happy with in this book. Matt is rather reluctant and downright wimpy and whiny most of the time. I much prefer Greig Beck’s other hero, Alex Hunter.

The story is rather interesting and presents a rather plausible version of the Noah’s Ark myth. Well apart from the whole immortality part of course but it is fiction after all. Matt is finally convinced by a rather attractive FBI agent (who’s character I quite liked) and a not so attractive old woman (who’s character was…interesting).

As we go along a few more characters are added into the mix, some of them with a rather shot expiry date and some of them less so. Like for example a fairly likable Arabian prince, a not so likable nurse/bodyguard and a few other characters of various levels of “despicability”.

During the course of the book our friends have to fight their way trough hired thugs, back stabbing treacherous “colleagues”, other treasure seekers and of course the true guardians of the ark in order to finally unravel the mystery and find the truth that they seek.

One the whole the book was enjoyable to read, definitely above average, but it falls short of getting a top score.
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review 2017-05-29 19:00
Review of "Stakes & Stilettos" (Immortality Bites #4) by Michelle Rowan
Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen

This was okay but kinda meh for me compared to last three books.  

 

An overnight read so clearly not a bad book.  Just didn't seem to connect as much.  The main characters stayed in character at least; I think I just wasn't into the plot (or the introduction of newer villains or villainizing of familiar characters).  

 

This did not exactly end on a cliffhanger like other reviews said.  For me it ended at a logical breaking point with the characters resolved to deal wth situations this book came to  after the reveal of big villain and villain's plans (resolving all that is likely what the next — presumably final book — will cover).

 

Not really details or points I can put my finger on -- just not connecting to this one.  Not a lot of happy moments; they never seemed to catch a break beyond still being together.  I don't think I really bought into some of the sudden twists (very meh on some villain motivations that cropped up).

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text 2017-05-29 03:56
Reading progress: 18%.
Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen

 

Well, there's twist as to the secret identity of the "Red Devil" vigilante.

 

One that might be fun and interesting.

 

Or that could turn cheesy and too predictable.  

 

(It's not really in keeping with the first three books of this series so really could go either way, hopefully not ruining what we know of the involved character.)

 

More pages will tell ...

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text 2017-05-29 02:51
Reading progress: 9%.
Stakes & Stilettos - Michelle Rowen

And for a nice change of pace, Mr. R has selected the fourth book of a paranormal series I have been meaning to continue.  

 


It's been a good mix of intense storyline, humor, plus romance that doesn't suck with a heroine determined to hang onto herself.

 

Reviewers say has a bit of a cliffhanger ending so I had been waiting for next book in series to publish -- during which series fell off my radar.

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