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review 2017-07-08 04:45
Review - Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill
Sea of Rust - C. Robert Cargill

There are not enough stars to indicate how much I love this book! We're only half way through 2017 but I'll go so far as to say that this is my favourite book this year and I honestly can't imagine anything that would knock it off that spot. I loved this from the very first chapter and literally couldn't put it down. I cracked it open within 10 minutes of it falling through the letterbox and didn't look up from it again until the last page was turned.

It's very rare for me to gush about a book but this one is just made of awesome. I'm all about Post Apocalyptic fiction and I can't get enough of it. It's usually zombies that I favour but really it doesn't matter how the world ends, just so long as it DOES end. Nuclear, aliens, plague, climate change...it's all good. Apocalypse by robot though is rare enough to get bumped up the TBR list every time. I thought Robopocalypse was good when I read it a few years ago but Sea Of Rust just blows that one out of the water.

I was hooked right from the get-go when Brittle's (great name) interaction with Jimmy got me right in the feels. Gah, my heart broke a little bit. Best introduction to a character I've read in a long time. All of the characters were easily pictured though, even the very short lived secondary ones, due in part to absolutely pitch perfect dialogue. Mercer is the best kind of villain, the kind you love to hate without really hating them, and the interactions between him and Brittle never got old. I was on the edge of my seat more than once when things looked bleak for Brittle and I alternated between racing to the end to see how it all came together for her, and trying to pace myself and spin it out so it lasted as long as possible. It was a thing of beauty to watch it all unfold and I could happily have read on for another 400 pages. I marvel at the mind that brought this concept to life and made me forget at times that I was reading about robots while at the same time ramming it home that this was a world populated by machinery. Mr Cargill is a very talented man.

I would LOVE to see this made into a movie and have no doubt that it won't be long until I get my wish. It's just crying out to be on the big screen and I can't wait! This fellow can definitely write and I'll follow him wherever he goes from now on. Hugely enjoyable story and I can highly recommend it without hesitation. Best book of 2017!

*I received this paperback from the publisher*

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review 2015-09-07 22:32
Good plot, but not my type of story
Dreams and Shadows - C. Robert Cargill

I am torn about this novel. I liked the idea behind it; the folklore plot is always a favourite of mine. This is a dark twist on the often overdone plot line. There’s a lot of the violence and nasty side of the fae, which is often glanced over in well-known stories. I don’t think there are actually any fairy folk in the novel who have nice sides. Most are evil, or will bring humans to a sticky end; whether they mean to or not. I liked this nod to the traditional folklore.


I also liked how the children were represented. Both Ewan and Colby were taken, in one way or another, from their normal childhood and brought to the fairy realm. Both suffer greatly as adults. Instead of the story ending with them returning happy or enlightened, both are cursed and haunted by their experiences. It felt real, and I liked that.


What I hated, was how the novel tried after a while to become a morality tale. Thinly veiled religious teachings are suddenly flung upon you as you’re immersed in the story.


Personally, that’s not what I like and some of doctrine I actually disagree with strongly on a personal level. Which therefore pretty much ruined my enjoyment of the story.


I think if you like that aspect, can ignore it or aren’t bothered by it, this is definitely worth reading. But I won’t be picking up the next in the series, which is a shame.

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review 2014-12-14 16:55
Wish I'd connected more with Dreams
Dreams and Shadows - C. Robert Cargill

I'm trying to figure out why this book didn't rank higher than 3 stars for me. The premise of these two boys whose friendship in the fairy kingdom changes both their adult lives was great. The mythology is interesting and the writing is good. Despite all that, and really being sucked into it at times, there were other moments when I found myself flipping pages, not emotionally connected.


I think the parts that resonated most with me were Colby's and Ewan's lives, which really kicked up in the second half of the book. The "factual essays" on various creatures weren't of as much interest to me. I still think this book is worth the read, and I'm sure I'll continue to puzzle out which notes didn't work for me, since all the elements were there.

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review 2014-09-22 14:12
Dreams and Shadows (Dreams and Shadows #1) by C. Robert Cargill
Dreams and Shadows - C. Robert Cargill

While this story begins with the tale of two boys - this is definitely an novel geared towards adults. The first part of the story tells the history of Ewan, Knocks, and Colby. It all begins in the fairy courts - and eventually it seems to end there as well. The story is full of new legends and lore that are based in some of the traditional faerie legends that I have read in the past. It is at the same time both familiar and strange. This wonderful mix was what kept the book going for me. I loved the history and the interactions between the non-human folk. 

The downfall of this book was that even once I finished - I wasn't quite sure where the story was going. This is a series, so perhaps more will be "settled" in book two, but I was just confused as to what the point of it all was at the end of book one. It was also much more violent than I had expected - so if you like your violence behind closed doors and glossed over - this isn't for you. While it wasn't overly graphic, it was still quite descriptive and not my favorite. 

Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-dreams-and-shadows-dreams.html
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review 2014-05-14 00:00
Queen of the Dark Things: A Novel
Queen of the Dark Things: A Novel - C. Robert Cargill I did not read the first one, but sort of knew what to expect after reading a few reviews of the first book. It was twisty like the first one is described and I didn't get lost. Yes, I knew I was missing story, but it was only important to know that things happened in the first book, not exactly what.

The book switches timelines quite frequently and is also interspersed with excerpts from a "book" that explains the mythology of various dark things. While it was quite interesting and kept me reading, it also kept me at arms length from the characters. I was never fully immersed into the plot despite my continued interest. I also need to say that even though it also skips timelines without fanfare, you don't get lost. I questioned it when it first happened, but it was obvious that is what happened and it gave you information you needed for the quest Colby was to embark.

In the end I give this book 3 stars. I actually enjoyed it and loved how the author brought together all kinds of mythology and folk tales to life. I especially enjoyed seeing La Llorona and Coyote. Coyote has always been my fave and because I know the La Llorona legend so well, I enjoyed seeing his dealings with her.

I recommend this to people who want something really different and like retellings of different mythology.
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