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review 2017-10-16 02:52
The Girl in the Tower
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden does not disappoint with this second installment of her Winternight Trilogy. It seamlessly continues the story of Vasilisa as she strives to find a place for herself in a world that does not take kindly towards change and independence, despite its desire to forget the unfathomable traditions of the past. While this is a book where the charm of magic and pagan mystery tries to maintain a steadfast hold, it also does not shy away from the very personal issues of identity and belonging, as well as delve into the broader concerns of power, politics and duty.

I think that duty becomes one of the main conflicts within this story, as the characters begin attempting to reconcile their sensibilities and personal wishes with the eventual need to follow through with the tasks and responsibilities they are expected to fulfill. This holds true for both women and men, as the reader witnesses with both Vasya and her brother Sasha, as well as many of the other characters met over the course of the novel. The reader is also presented with the alternative, the individuals who have already had to assume their respective roles, forced to learn to adapt and derive a sense of pleasure from the various situations within their control.

There is a lot of truth presented in this book, and Arden does not attempt to provide simple answers to many of the questions and issues that arise. Magic can only go so far in supporting the natural order of things.

This is truly an excellent work, and I personally can’t wait for the next installment.

Copy provided by NetGalley

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review 2017-10-15 19:46
Artemis
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I loved Andy Weir's previous book The Martian so when I found out about Artemis I immediately went to Netgalley to request it. This book follows Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara who is a porter (and also a smuggler) in Artemis the only city on the moon. Jazz is struggling to make ends meet when someone comes to her with a highly illegal task to do but with a reward too good to pass down. Jazz finds herself pulled into something way bigger and more dangerous than she thought it was.

 

Jazz was a bit of a mystery to me at first. I was really curious to see how she became a lowly porter. Once her past was laid out I was a bit disappointed. I think that is when I started to like Jazz less and less. She was definitely funny at times but her attitude could be a bit annoying especially since she only had herself to blame for the position she was in.

 

Sometimes I felt that this was a bit bogged down in too much discussion about pressure and chemicals mixing, basically in science. It is understandable that there would be some discussion about that but it got to be a bit much at times for me.

 

Overall I did enjoy this book and will definitely be reading more from Andy Weir.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2017-10-13 07:20
A Container Full of Naked Vikings, What's Not to Love?
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel - Neal Stephenson,Nicole Galland

After discovering why magic died out in 1951, governments all over the world are trying to bring it back to their own advantage. Not to be left behind, the American government gets together a rag tag bunch of people to work on the problem. They succeed but find out that manipulating time isn't as easy as they thought...

 

This book was just fun. Yes, it has obvious flaws (in detail as much as in pc) but looking past those it is just a fun romp through history with lots of interesting characters. Not to be taken seriously.

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review 2017-10-12 23:45
The Treatment...?????????
The Treatment - Suzanne Young

Book Title:  The Treatment

Author:  Suzanne Young

Narration:  Joy Osmanski

Series:  The Program #2

Genre:  YA, Sort of Dystopian

Setting:  Oregon

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

I wasn't feeling this, I don't know, the love triangle was beyond annoying in this second book...and I'm just wondering how I gave the first book 5 stars…smh.  It wasn't a bad follow-up, just kind of juvenile…with a less than believable storyline…all culminating in a somewhat rushed ending.  Hhhmm…that sounds kind of bad, huh? I will say that it's overall message is attempting to be redemptive...and, it almost got there.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I think this was the ending to Sloan and James stories…and I'm not really feeling like I want to read anything else taking place in this world, so…probably not.

 

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review 2017-10-12 23:00
The Murders of Molly Southbourne: Or what if you kept spawning evil clones?
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

This was a very quick read chronicling the life of Molly Southbourne. It reads like a whip fast memoir giving you snippets of her life in fast succession, some of them only a paragraph long. It would be easy to sit down and read this cover to cover (as is I read it in two sittings). The central idea, essentially of evil clones arising from any of Molly's spilled blood, was an interesting one but not terribly complex. I didn't find myself craving a longer story when I finished this - it was perfectly suited for short form, and in fact it felt very short story like to me. It also felt more like sci-fi than horror, which was fine but not what I expected. I liked this story, and the ideas, but all in all I wasn't blown away. I'm interested in trying more books from Tade Thompson, and would recommend this as a quick diversion to anyone attracted to the central concept.

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