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review 2016-09-20 22:56
The Last Star
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

I finished this over the weekend.The series as a whole was alright,but this last book couldn't keep my interest at times.Without spoilers you basically got the same group of characters.My favorite being Ringer (for badassery) not sure if that's a word but very descriptive.My least favorite Cassie,she's so damn whiny.


Some people will really enjoy this book,it just didn't do it for me.

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review 2016-08-18 21:42
Have you ever wondered how the world will end?
Withered + Sere - T.J. Klune


It's a pretty bleak thought isn't it? and it's admittedly one that I try not to contemplate too often because seriously how much depression does one need in any given day? No matter how I look at it this is not a question that would or could ever produce a cheerful ending. 


In 'Withered & Sere' TJ Klune does just that. He makes us look at what is left after the world has ended 'in a wave of fire'. It's not pretty or cheerful, but it is scarily realistic. This is a world that I not only can't imagine existing, but I can't imagine existing in. It's a world where hope is a luxury few if any can afford. Survival is the prime directive and sanity is a matter of perspective. 


The world we are shown is 100 years after the one we know has been destroyed. Our guide in this world is a man known as Cavalo who lives in what use to be a correctional institute along with a mutt he calls Bad Dog and a robot known as SIRS.


'Withered and Sere' is a heartbreaking and thought provoking look at one man's life in  this world that few of us would dare to imagine.  Cavalo struggles not only to exist in this new world but to hang onto his rather tenuous sanity while doing so and it is through his eyes that we are shown not just the devastation caused on a larger scale but the impact it has wrought on an individual level as we watch him battle the ghost that haunt him in a world filled with monsters who would destroy him.


Cavalo's past is filled with so much pain and heartache the fact that he retains any sanity at all is a testament to his strength and ability to endure. He keeps himself isolated from what remains of the world as part of his effort to survive but finds his world begins to unravel when an encounter in the badlands leaves him with a mute hostage whose very existence seems to create conflict and draw more attention than Cavalo has ever wanted all while stirring feelings in Cavalo that he had long ago imagined ceased to exist. 


'Withered & Sere' is unlike any TJ Klune book I have ever read...actually it's unlike just about any story that I have ever read, it paints a picture of a world that I hope never to see but can all to easily envision existing. There are monsters and not all of them can be recognized by how they look, there are good men doing evil things...things that are meant to ensure the greater good but more often than not lead down a dark path to even darker places...places where evil men prey on the weakness and cowardice of others...places where survival simply means who can strike the fastest with deadly force.


This is a world left behind by unimaginable destruction and ruled by chaos and it's a world where knowledge is power and the price for that power is often paid in blood. I  can truly say this is not a world that I want to live in but it is one that I want to read about. With the first book in this series TJ Klune has created a world that is both terrifying and riveting in it's savagery. The characters are as fascinating as they are scary and what could happen next has me wanting to read more with a mix of both anxiety and anticipation. 


Immemorial Years is not a series for the faint of heart. It's for the adventurous reader who's willing to test the limits and step outside the box. There is no great love story here or steamy romance but there is an incredibly well written story that might leave you wondering 'if the world ends tomorrow...how will it happen?'

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review 2016-07-25 03:41
Where'd The People Go?
Yesterday's Gone: Episode 1 - David W. Wright,Sean Platt

One of those books I didn't know I'd like so much.I mean I'd read the blurb and thought this sounds interesting.But within the first 10 pages it pretty much had me.

Basically it deals with the U.S.,it doesn't mention any other countries.One evening all the humans disappear.With the exception of a scattered few,NY,MO.,LA.,FL.,CA..With only a smattering of people in each state.And the type of people really varies,from a psycho killer to a man just looking for his wife and son.And all these people are subconsciously going to the same area.

I wouldn't say this is YA apocalyptic because of the graphic violence.There are creatures that have to be killed,or do the killing and it can be messy sometimes.

I would definitely recommend it. 


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review 2015-10-31 10:26
The Girl in the Snow - Tony Talbot

Like most of Tony's short stories, this one captures a single concept and gently prods it. This one could very easily be turned into a bigger story. Who were these people? How did the world end up as it is depicted in the story? Who was the girl?

It raises a lot of unanswered questions. Questions I'd like to see Tony try to answer in a longer piece. :)

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review 2015-06-20 04:59
It's like watching a train wreck...
I am Forgotten - J.A. St. Thomas

I am Forgotten started off really well.

If you're after a book that will sucker-punch you in the guts, kick you in the butt, or smack you across the face with 'wake up and deal with this shizz' it'll be this book.


The really creepy, I wanna eat you, I'm gonna devour your soul type zombies. It was epic and creepy and a little bit soul-crushing in the first 30%.

Then, things went off the rails.


I didn't really like Jackson. He was meant to be a 16 year old boy, looking after his eight year old sister. At times his 'voice' sounded perfect for a 16yr old, at others it was so immature I thought I'd roll my eyes out of my head, and then occasionally his 'voice' was that of someone far older than 16. All up, I don't think he felt like a properly created character. His maturity level was shifted depending on the scene and made for annoying reading.

After about 50%, I wanted to stop reading. Things got crazy. They got so 'out there' that I wondered if I'd accidentally started reading another book on my kindle without meaning to. The level of 'crazy' that occurred was as polar opposites to what I'd expected from this book.

PLEASE PLEASE do not start a zombie story that has a great start to only screw it up with all that fantasy crap at the end.

I am a fantasy fan, I really am, but I don't think this was well done. The amount of supernatural beings that were added to this story made it clunky and slow to read. It felt too much, too hard to follow and just plain annoying.

The writing was good for the most part, only a couple of minor typos. A couple of things I noticed:

78% - ...bound at the waste (waist) and shoulders...
81% - ...and his tails (delete s) wags...

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