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review 2017-02-06 14:07
Book #846 - 340,985 Pages Read
The Rock Rats - Ben Bova

Follow up to The Precipice, this one picks up after Dan Randolph's death as many are racing to the asteroid belt to claim the riches that it entails. Many familiar characters from the previous novel return as Martin Humphries continues his evil ways to prevent anyone but him from gathering the resources everyone so covets. It is debatable what Humphries wants more, the money or the woman he clearly cannot have, Amanda, who happens to be married to one of the ones Humphries is trying to knock off. Bova manages once again to mix politics, science fiction, and human emotion in ways that he is so well known for. Of note also is Bova's treatment of Pancho, who was tapped to succeed Randolph after his untimely death. Pancho pretty much inserts herself into the line of fire as the leader of those who oppose Humphries, much to her peril. Bova has another winner here.

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review 2016-10-14 14:36
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

I vaguely remember watching the movie when I was little (and being utterly terrified). I always wanted to read the book (but was probably too scared) and I am so glad I finally got around to it.

This was such a fantastic read. This was one of those books that when you are reading it, you inhale every page and when you aren't reading it, you just think about the next time you can seek in a few more chapters.

It was suspenseful and creative and smart. I loved Mrs. Frisby's character. She is a strong, independent widow who is very brave and capable.

Also, I loved the whole NIMH backstory and was actually able to appreciate it now that I'm older. (I can't believe it took me this long to realize NIMH is an acronym).

Awesome story that you won't be able to put down. Not as dark as the movie (from what I remember). Not a violent book, which is good for younger readers, but a bit dark with allusions to death.

I highly recommend this book.

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review 2016-09-09 04:18
The Rats by James Herbert
The Rats - James Herbert

Let's see if I can get a good pictorial reference here for The Rats...



Obviously not even close. Remy just wants to make you a meal, not make you the meal.




Closer...but still, Jenner was really just evil all on his own.



We've got the size going for us here...but comparatively to Herbert's rats, this guy is just down right adorable.





Ah. Here we go.




The Rats is about big friggin' rats. Really big rats. Dog sized rats that eat people. And they don't discriminate like some horror books. They don't JUST eat the well-endowed blonde girls...no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.  Fat, thin, young, old, hairy, ugly, dog....lion. Whatever. They'll strip the flesh right off you.


This book is only written for the horror lover. There's no mystery tied to the story, no intrigue, history, romance, nuthin'. Just the straight, old fashion bloody friggin' horror of giant rats running around London, planning massacres, and swarming schools and zoos alike.


We had this book at home and it fit the creepy-crawly square, and honestly? My other options were The Spiders (nope), Fangs (oh, snakes? nope), Killer Crabs (they're man sized crabs. Gross. nope) or Black Horde (I don't even know what the creepy things are on the cover of that one, but it's by the author of The Spiders, so...nope). Anyway, The Rats seemed like the least of these.


While this book hardly phased me with the premise being such over the top make-believe, I can't say that I'm too inclined to pick up any of the other 'nature-gone-wrong' books sitting on our home shelf. Never say never though. Halloween Bingo could have second round next year after all.




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text 2016-05-08 23:45
Lets do it for the kids!
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

This is what the kids want for the latest read aloud so here goes...

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review 2016-04-10 15:33
Domain (Rats #3) James Herbet
Domain - James Herbert

The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats are waiting.


To think this was first Published in 1984! I remembered for some time in the 80s, there was a panic to London and most of England, that England and America was going to go into nuclear war with Russia. James Herbert the English Horror king, he is. Tapped in to this, and the produced domain in all its Apocalyptic Horror!

The rats are back! Big angry frenzied horrible Rats. The cunning critters that can climb up a toilet if they wanted to and bite your bum Ew!!

But this time they are hardcore! they resisted the last attempt to wipe them out by humans, but there back because there world is now fucked, and its up to what is left of good old cockneys to survive not only the fall out but also the Killer Rat's!

True to form Not only has Herbert laid down his third instalment to his "Rats" series, but he blew my mind while doing it. A brilliant final part To the Rats trilogy with tons of settings in London and plots. I'm honestly quite sad it's the end to what was a great trilogy.

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