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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-13 06:17
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles – March Edition

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 12, 2018.

 

2017

 

15195

 

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Find my review here

 

 

 

25667918

 

 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Review here

 

16029965

 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 My review

 

 

234225

 

Dune by Frank Herbert

FirstSecondThird, and Fourth parts.

 

 

2892446

 

All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak

The review

 

 

2016

 

668473

 

The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters

I love reading books by this author because they portray human interaction in all its forms. They bring out what most of us would prefer that it remained hidden the darkest corners of her hearts. The stories show how people are capable of kindness in the unlikeliest of situations. But they also show what we’d do when we think no one is watching. With issues like the mistreatment of transgenderschild rape, and oppression of women, these stories hit you like a sledgehammer. You realize there is nothing fictional about her fiction. This story is no different. It deals with the fragmentation of a person’s psyche after returning home from a war. War breaks something inside you, no matter which side you are on.

 

 

2015

 

6567017

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Really fun book!

 

 

47510

 

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

I don’t remember much about this one but the fact that it makes fun of everything that has become cliché in epic fantasy.

 

 

2013

 

 

4137

 

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Sedaris books are funny af.

 

 

2012

 

12993240

 

How Gods Bleed by Shane Porteous

An old review:

 

Loved this book!
the book is about people belonging to a city that is the first line of defense for humans. If the werewolves ever tried to take over the human empire, this would be where the first battle would take place. Naturally, the people living in such a place have to be extraordinary-always alert and ready to defend. Add to that a king who would do anything to ensure his people’s survival and warriors who worship him. Could it be more awesome?Yes, it can. The king not only wants to win every war, he also plans to make the werewolves fear him and his warriors. The tricks and maneuvers that the king uses to instill fear in the werewolves are just.. wow! Then there is Cada Varl- the coolest immortal you’ll ever read about. He’s the best and yet he never gloats but just goes on being his rockin’ self! And of course, the 6 Helluvan warriors (poor 7th best warrior) were just that..one helluva adventure!

 

 

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Zombie Killa by Jason Z. Christie

I got this book for free from Making Connections to read and review:
I started the book and almost gave up right then. Not only did it start slow-but then Shaun of the Dead did too-it also had a lot of jargon and big nerdy words that I couldn’t get at all. And the first mention of Router wasn’t all that, either. Then the book picked up its pace and proved me wrong. Zombies, Pirates, Ninjas, Nerds, Smart-mouthed women..the story had everything! And it was exactly the right length. The humor was just my type and despite some (okay, many) references that I didn’t get, I loved it! Zombie fans, you just can’t miss this one!

Oh, I almost forgot “F**k you, High-C!”

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review 2013-01-31 00:00
Pageburner
Pageburner - Jason Z. Christie,Johnnie Christie I got this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, from Making Connections. Get your copy here.

What I liked about it:

the science bits!

Jason-how easy it is to go from being smart to thinking you know what’s best for everybody else.

Paige-she knew she was good & let others know it too.

What I didn’t like:

all that drug use.

the ending-I dunno, I expected more or something different would happen.

Jason’s books are what you need when you’re feeling blue. They make you laugh out loud-the humor’s good and the quirky characters keep you reading.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2012-12-15 00:00
Radar Love
Radar Love - Jason Z. Christie,Johnnie Christie
I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.

You know those movies where you root for the bad guys because they aren’t actually bad?

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This is one such story. This book is about two people in love-Chris and Janique and to what lengths they’d go to stay together.
Granted this book tries to make light of the issue of drug use but lesser so than in other books by the same author.
Chris is the guy we’ve all met-he’s the student who gets bored in the class because he knows everything already. Janique is the spoilt rich girl who finds new depths when she applies herself. The couple face a lot of opposition from the girl’s parents even before they go “Boonie & Clyde” (minus the killing).
Once apprehended and thrown in jail, they decide they wont let that deter them from living together forever. Then starts the awesome scheming and manipulating of the system while still in prison.
I enjoyed every bit of the book but of course, the last half was my favorite just because it was even more fast paced. The action, humor and quirkiness doesn’t let up even once. Give this one a try, if only to read a fun book!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2012-12-10 00:00
Perfect Me
Perfect Me - Jason Z. Christie
I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.

This book is irreverent…it is racist…it is sexist…it is sci fi.


The Inappropriateness:
“It was time, she decided, to visit Oracle. Oracle Jones was her black friend, wise and hip. And a prostitute, but that has no bearing on our story. In fact, I’m not sure why I mentioned it. But there it is. Black. Prostitute.”


The Characters:

Sherman Oakes:


Loneliness
I’m so alone
There seems to be no point
At times
Drink Lucky Lager
Much of Sherman Oakes’s income was derived from writing jingles and ad copy. He referred to himself at parties as a literary prostitute.


Gorlax:
“Sherm, what up?”
“Gorlax, my nigga! What’s happenin’?”
“S.O.S. You know. Listen, I need this girl’s heart.”
“Uh, you’re the fuckin’ Gortician, dun…”
“Naw, shit ain’t like that. I need this bitch to fall totally in love with me ‘n shit.”


Vnew:
Vnew Vreal was suiciding again. He usually did so on Saturday nights, due to the stress he had acquired during the course of the workweek.

L’viv:
Long, long ago, she had given up her twin sons. As a result, L’viv was tried and convicted of tampering with the males, a federation offense. Her sentence was banishment to the penal planet Faggotron for life.

Judas:
She was the black-hearted, icewater-veined archvillainess of the multiverse. She didn’t know or care why, she just was. And she loathed Sherman Oakes like she loathed kittens, sunshine and balloons.

AngVenn:
“Shermie! Howfore art thou?” AngVenn was enamoured of creative anachronisms. Or perhaps she just thought it made her sound sophisticated. Either way, it made Vnew nervous.

Prail:
“Those look awesome.”
“Oh, these are just the protos. The real games are played in 9D on Earth2.”
President Gorlax walked from screen to screen, enthralled.
“Prail, these are…fucking great. I had no idea you were so dynamic.”
“It’s just a pastime,” she said modestly, “A hobby. My big sisters –“
“Fuck your big sisters, Prail. You’re the shitbomb!”
“Is that good?”
“In this case, yes.”


The Humor:


“On Gortician, a promotion was survival. Firings were literal. You were incinerated, and your successor’s first job was sweeping your ashes up for Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Gortician’s recycle center.”


“Got any new ways to torture and kill people?”
“Hmmm,” said the voice. “Did you try stabbing them?”


“Of course. That’s one oh one stuff.”
“Shooting?’
“With extreme prejudice.”
“Burning?”
“Yes.”
“Strangling?”
“Naturally, I mean, I strangle people while I’m sleeping, even.”
“Crushing?’
“Sure.”
“Mangling?”
“All the time.”
“Hmmmm. Can we think about this?”



This book isn’t for everybody but I enjoyed every second while reading it!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2012-07-31 00:00
Six Stories Short & Sweet
Six Stories Short & Sweet - Jason Z. Christie I got this book for free, from Making Connections. Get your copy here.

The Time Traveler's Girlfriend:
Falling in love with your uncle's wife shouldn't be a problem, if you can travel through time!

Mars:
What lengths would you go to avoid someone?

Write:
Love makes a writer out of a guy.

Third Testament:
Two robots do what humans fail to do-live and love!

Forward to Termination:
A highly controversial take on the events of 9/11 but then Jason likes to shock his readers.

Big Top:
Another shocker. Socko the clown falls in love.

My favorites were the first and last stories.
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