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review 2018-11-14 16:29
My Review of H.G.Wells' The Time Machine
The Time Machine - Greg Bear,H.G. Wells

The Time Machine is a multi-layered, dually structured novella, with the main plot lingering on both Physicalism and philosophical supernaturalism. It is a social doom prophecy which explores a model of society on the brink of chaos, as a consequence of social injustice.

 

From the perspective of a listener to the tales of a time traveller with questionable credence, the story narrates the physical embodiment of magnified industrialism, in the form of human evolution. Visiting the distant future, the traveller sees a utopian society with a suspiciously perfect lifestyle. He is acquainted with the Eloi, a weaker and smaller descendant of the humans, people who were of devoid of any tactical or logical sense due to the absence of any societal hardships. He questions the sustenance of such fragile creatures and their worldly existence.

 

Soon, he discovers the dark underbelly of the seemingly majestic superficiality - the Murlocks. An evolutionary product of the working class; beastly creatures who have been plagued by reality, and hardened by the horrors that come along with it. After countless generations of the nurturing of such a delicate dichotomy, they finally seek revenge and the destruction of the ones responsible for their existential predicament, the Eloi. Armed with physical strength, and, more importantly, common sense, their victory seems inevitable. However, the traveller does not stay there long enough to witness the outcome, escaping to a few other eras, including the death of our planet, and returns home to tell his story.

 

The entire journey is just an exacerbated fictional manifestation of our socioeconomic structure. While the intellectualism of the upper class made a solid base for a left-wing order, their weakness and stupidity due to indulgently isolated upbringing have favoured for greater power to the working class - the clearest form of emergent Socialism. While the novella superficially seems to be purely fantasy-based, it subtly weaves these political themes in a way that meaningfully completes it.

 

The fact that none of the listeners (except the narrator) believe the time traveller's story could be symbolic of humanity's ignorance to such consequences, and his sudden disappearance at the end may hint at the fact that our chance to fix these issues has been missed.

 

The futurism of this story can undeniably keep anyone engaged. His visit to the end of our planet can also be seen as an explicit expression of the doom prophecy. However, I feel that his visit to the beach, where he is visited by giant crabs, is truly unnecessary. Otherwise, this book is truly ahead of its time.

 

The multiple perspectives that can emerge from this story truly make it one of a kind. It was the book that created this genre, and I would say that it is a must-read for anyone looking for a mind boggle.

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text 2018-11-14 14:52
ARC REVIEW Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom

 

Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas, #1)

 

Once Upon a Time in Texas #1, A good Autumn read that takes place just before Halloween and ends with a Christmas epilogue. I adored this book! Maggie and Travis meet at a Halloween costume party, Maggie dressed as slutty Red Riding Hood and Travis as a Wolf. Instant sexual chemistry sparked between them they snuck off together not knowing each others real names and for Maggie not knowing what her Big Bad Wolf actually looked like only to part quickly after but not before Maggie's best friend slipped Maggies's number on to his phone. Travis is fresh out of the military and stuck in his hometown taking care of his nephew, Henry, whose mother just died of cancer and Travis' worthless brother is in jail, again. He's trying to earn money the best way he knows how, especially since the property taxes on his Dad's, now his, ranch are overdue. Maggie is the owner and operator of her own business, Petal Pushers, with her landscaping degree she made a name for herself, now she views Travis as competition, and really annoying, and too sexy for his own good. They wind up getting hired for the same job but for different reasons and the more time Maggie spends with Travis she realises how wrong she was about him. 

Travis recognizes Maggie as Red Riding Hood right away but because he was the one wearing the mask Maggie doesn't recognize him. With her number in his phone he makes contact. Through text messages they flirt and sext and Travis falls in love. Maggie is torn between the her Big Bad Wolf and Travis, and what will she do when she realizes they are one in the same. Between the adorable Henry, the loveable Mrs. Garza (I want one of her) and Maggie's two best friends Claire and JD the secondary cast of characters is just as entertaining as Maggie and Travis. I really did like everything about his book. Overall, it ends up being such a heartwarming story with an endearing cast of characters.   

 

 

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review 2018-11-12 20:44
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (audiobook)
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky,Mel Hudson

This book is still unadulterated awesome the third time through (second time by audio).

 

I love how it came down to the acceptance of the other through empathy and I love the alien spider mentality. Also, Holsten's mini-breakdowns were plausible and really fun to read.

 

Seriously, it's unadulterated awesome. Intelligent spiders in space battling the last humans for the control of the only habitable planet around. Guess who wins? You'll love the answer. I know I do. Plus it's a fun ride and at one point we have a decanted subculture running around on a sleeper ship. The spiders even have crazy biotech and literal ant computers (sort of like Hex).

 

I especially love how the spiders manage to out-humanity humanity.

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review 2018-11-12 03:46
The Gathering Storm, The Wheel of Time #12 by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan
The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan,Brandon Sanderson

There was an understandable amount of fanfare around the release of 'The Gathering Storm'. Jordan's death in 2007 left many fans wondering if they would ever see the end of the beloved series. The announcement that Brandon Sanderson would finish the series was a relief - though I had never heard of him - and anticipation began building. 'Knife of Dreams' had began the process of moving the many and varied story-lines back towards the single arc of the march towards the Last Battle. 'The Gathering Storm' reaps the benefit of that with two killer story arcs.

 

 

Rand has been trapped in his flesh case of emotion ever since his capture and beating at the hands of Elaida's Aes Sedai. He has been moving ever more towards hardness and retreats further from any hope of a life after confronting the Dark One. As he moves into Arad Doman to head off the Seanchan and attempt to repair the kingdom that has arguably suffered the most at the hands of the Forsaken, he is about to be pushed beyond the brink. Cadsuane, Nynaeve, and Min can do little but watch, and Aviendha is dealing with her own problems and avoids Rand, which probably doesn't help his situation. He has an interesting meeting with Tuon, now at the helm of the Seanchan Empire.

 

Egwene, however, is one hundred percent winning the game all the time. Her imprisonment in the White Tower continues to work to her advantage. Siuan, Gareth Bryne, and, shockingly, Gawyn along with some back-up singer Aes Sedai POVs lead up to a satisfying climax to the divided White Tower story-line. Just imagine me gushing for several paragraphs. I loved every minute of it.

 

Plain and simple - this is the best overall book since 'The Shadow Rising', a bit ironic seeing as how the breakout star of that book - Mat Cauthon - is the sole liability of 'The Gathering Storm'.

 

On my first read of the book when it came out I didn't really notice the discrepancy in Mat's character - he had never been a favorite, and there is too much awesome going on elsewhere in these pages - but on this reread with everything being experienced so close together the difference was glaring.

 

Sanderson does an excellent job of continuing the story that Jordan left behind, but he's not funny and his attempt to conjure Mat's 'wool-headed' conception of women came off as misogyny rather than charmingly naive. That opening diatribe at the opening appearance of his character was almost painful.

 

But, I never did mind about the little things.

 

Wrapping up, there is very little Perrin here - he examines some wagons - and Faile takes care of some business. Thom is with Mat and holding on that letter of his....

 

The Wheel of Time

 

Next: 'Towers of Midnight'

 

Previous: 'New Spring'

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review 2018-11-12 00:11
Keep you guessing until the last pages
The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager

What I enjoyed about this one is the twists and turns happening all throughout the novel. You think it’s one thing, but it’s leading to another, yet out comes another possible solution to the mystery however it ends up being another red herring and so on. The guessing games keep the book on your toes.

 

The plot flows through smoothly, alternating between past and present so you get a feel for the background story on the events leading up as to why Emma is back. There were times where you had to question her sanity  because her behavior was erratic and unstable. As mentioned before, the guessing games throughout the novel kept the plot going and exciting to read. Expect mean girl behavior and shenanigans, and Emma’s character overall isn’t too likable but tolerable at the most. Vivian isn’t any better but the role she takes upon herself as a ‘big sister’ is endearing and gets instant idolization from Emma.

 

What I loved the most about this book is I wasn’t expecting such a great ending. I was thinking it was going to be a lackluster one at the most with a simple explanation as to what was behind the girls disappearances. It’s not until literally, the last pages of the novel where you get hit with a mega surprise and it was instant mind blow. I was left shocked for a fair amount of time as it was expertly done.

 

I heard more good things about Sager’s other works so I’ll definitely be picking them up. Hope they’re just as good as this one!

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