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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 2017-04-16 01:51
The Millennium Bug
The Millennium Bug: Is This the End of the World as We Know It? - Jon Paulien,B. Russell Holt

The world approached the year 2000, the threat of disaster due to a glitch in programming to our technological world was all the rage in the media only to fizzle out.  However Jon Paulien’s The Millennium Bug is not about Y2K, but about how Christians—more specifically Seventh-day Adventists—should approach the then upcoming calendar change to 2000 when thinking about the “end times”.


Almost 20 years ago, the world was getting both excited and anxious about the upcoming new millennium.  Besides the magically alluring numeral 2000, there were questions about if the change would adversely affect computers causing chaos and to many Christians if this change in millennium would see Jesus’ Second Coming.  Paulien examines all the theories surrounding the millennium with the Second Coming and why Adventists with their history of Great Disappointment were even getting infected with “the millennium bug”.  Yet while Paulien was informative with all the reasons why the calendar change to 2000 was just artificial especially in light of what occurred leading up to the year 1000, when he turned to what Adventists should concentrate on when thinking about “the end times” a lot of his writing would suggest checking out his a previous book of his on that subject instead of giving complete answers in this particular book.


While this fact was a tad frustrating, Paulien went a long way in answer many question dealing and surrounding various ‘end time’ theories in which millenniums are involved whether dealing with the age of the Earth or when the millennium of Revelation occurs.  The Millennium Bug isn’t perfect and in parts a bit dated, it is still a good quick read of information.

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review 2017-03-01 21:16
Short review of The Girl A The End Of The World, Book 1
Girl at the End of the World Vol 1 (city cover) - Adele Wearing,Various

This is an excellent anthology I would recommend to anyone to pick up and browse. Not all the stories hit my spot (hence the 4 stars) but with 21 stories (+ 1 song + 1 poem) included in this volume this is probably not surprising. They are, however, all good, solid entertainment. I'm pretty sure there's something for everyone in here and I look forward to reading Volume 2, which is in my TBR pile.

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review 2017-02-10 00:00
Me, All Alone, at the End of the World
Me, All Alone, at the End of the World - M.T. Anderson,Kevin Hawkes Review to come.
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review 2017-01-12 09:52
It's Not the End of the World
It's Not the End of the World - Judy Blume

Still relevant, still timeless.  I think.  Re-reading this as an adult nothing jumped out at me as anachronistic. 


My parents never went through a divorce, so I can't speak to the accuracy of Karen's POV, but I do know that as a kid it gave me insight into what my friends might be going through; hopefully it stopped me from sticking my foot in my mouth (as much).


Odd what you remember: Karen meets a new friend, Val, who reads the New York Times every Sunday cover to cover.  That was the most memorable part of the book for me - that and Val's foot shaped rug.

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