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review 2017-02-28 00:49
I Ended Up Missing Futurama
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Honestly I think that for the most part I was bored by this book. I think the fact that I am a girl that has grown up reading Stephen King, none of the plot points in this book were surprising to me.

 

Dark Matter follows the character of Jason Dessen after he is abducted by a mysterious man in a mask and finds himself in a place that's familiar but is altogether different than the world he is use to. Jason spends most of the book trying to find his way back to his beloved wife and son. I do wish that I've got a better sense of Jason I feel like Crouch did not do a good job developing him. The only thing that this book is focused on is Jason and his family. And I think the way that his wife is elevated into this book into this prize is just a bit off-putting but thank goodness Crouch redeems himself in the end with that whole storyline.

 

We do get an interesting side character that is Jason's companion throughout his adventure but then disappears halfway through the book which disappointed me. I had so many questions left about this character and what their ultimate fate was.

 

Jason's wife Dani unfortunately wasn't developed as much as I needed her to be. We get glimmers of this character's strength, her ability to see beauty, her artistic ability, but I needed more if I had gotten more I think this would have easily been a 4-star book.

 

I thought that the mysterious man was kind of a joke because I kind of called who this had to be and once again this person's justifications for what they did was total crap. I kind of rolled my eyes a bunch thousand since all this book did was made me long for Futurama who did better with this same type of dilemma.

 

I kept waiting for this infamous twist that everybody kept talking about and it just was kind of a joke to me. Anybody that has watch Futurama would have definitely gotten there before the main character did.

 

 

I do think that though the overall plot was interesting, I wish that Crouch had pushed things a little bit more. I wanted to see more darkness in the story.

 

The writing was okay I think Crouch tried to explain the science behind this whole book, but I am always of the mindset that you don't need to over explain things to readers, it just often leaves you with plot holes like I saw by the time I got to the end of this book. The flow was really off after about one third of the book and it didn't really adjust itself until almost the very end.

 

The book taking place in Chicago was interesting to me and I really do wish that Crouch had use the setting a little bit better. He initially did use Chicago very well in the first couple of chapters and then it just kind of became a backdrop with nothing behind it. I could almost see this being staged in a theater somewhere and you would see a backdrop and the words with Chicago written on it to represent the city.

 

The ending is I think supposed to leave you with hope but all I did was leave me with more questions than answers.

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review 2017-02-27 19:48
Skitter
Skitter: A Novel (The Hatching Series Book 2) - Ezekiel Boone

They’re back and I have been waiting too long to read this sequel! The spider’s infestation has infected the whole world including the U.S. Every country is coming up with their own plan of attack to rid themselves of this deadly crisis. These black-legged creatures are making their way into barns, homes, garages, anyplace which is dark enough for them to lay their egg sacs. It’s staggering the amount of egg sacs these arachnids are producing and it’s staggering the number of arachnids these egg sacs will produce. Their destruction has everyone on edge.

 

This was a great novel that carried over many of the features from the first novel. I liked that they had many of the same characters. I also enjoyed that it showed many of the main characters relying on others to assist them in their work. The main characters were not handing out commands, it was a team effort, people went to the main character for guidance and support and the main character welcomed input from others. I enjoyed the thoughts and the sights from the other parts of the globe and the community. The stories of their initial reaction to what was occurring, how they tried to prepare for what they thought might occur and their thoughts for their future, all of these changed depending on where that person was located and who that individual was. It was interesting following these stories throughout the novel. I didn’t think this novel was as intense or as creepy as the first novel, it was more of a deeper look into the behavior of the spiders and analyzing it. I am not ready to wait for another sequel though. Seriously, another cliffhanger?

 

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-27 17:17
The Little Paris Bookshop / Nina George
The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel - Nina George,Simon Pare

Physician heal thyself.

As the book jacket tells us, “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared.”

Nina George nails the grief experience in this novel. I freely admit to crying through the final 100 pages, but in a good way. It was like receiving a book prescription from Monsieur Perdu, as when he counsels one woman early in the book: ”And this book, which you will please read slowly, so you can take the occasional break. You’ll do a lot of thinking and probably a bit of crying. For yourself. For the years. But you’ll feel better afterward.”

Indeed, I did feel better afterward. I wish this book had been published back in 1996-1999, when I really could have used it! Instead of shutting my feelings down, just as Jean Perdu has done, I felt exactly the same way: ”He felt as if there were stone tears inside him that left no room for anything else.”

The grief process is so hard and yet so necessary! To carry them within us—that is our task. We carry them all inside us, all our dead and shattered loves, only they make us whole. If we begin to forget or cast aside those we’ve lost, then…then we are no longer present either.

Jean Perdu is certainly well-named. As his surname indicates, he has lost his life and must work through his grief to reclaim it. I loved his note-taking during his grief process for the Encyclopedia of Emotions—taking note of small emotions on his way to processing the big ones. My own reaction to grief was to quit reading, a big mistake in hindsight! How I could have used a Jean Perdu in my own life.

Books are integral to my life and I am so glad to have the joy of reading returned to me.

He wanted her to sense the boundless possibilities offered by books. They would always be enough. The would never stop loving their readers. They were a fixed point in an otherwise unpredictable world. In life. In love. After death.

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review 2017-02-27 16:00
Ama Historical Spiritual Fiction that is a MUST
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery set during the Age of Enlightenment. A novel about China, eastern philosophy, enlightenment, love, magic, Gods, Ama, Portuguese priests, the settlers of Macau (Macao) during the 16th and the 17th century.
Beautifully written wisdom of ages.
Alchemy of soul within the alchemy of love.
Through the eyes of 12 narrators: Ama-s friends, Gods, & spirits, Historian, Lover, Alchemist, Reuben, Father Benedict, etc.
A-Ma explores the human and social alchemy through the historical events in Macau: Dutch Attack, Chinese Calendar Reform, missioners work, Witch Hunt, through the eyes of Gods, Goddess, Amas father De-Nobille, a Portuguese Alchemist, her mother spirit, her lover.
We also follow a universal spiritual journey that is within each one of us: the path from suffering to love. Each character chooses their-own path to God and each path leads to Divine, whether it is called Christ or Buddha or Tao.
Spiritual not religious.
Must read at least once!

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review 2017-02-27 15:37
Ooooh!
IvX (2016-2017) #5 (of 6) - Charles Soule,Jeff Lemire,Javier Garron,Leinil Yu

Things are ramping up, ready to come to a close with next issue.   This shouldn't come as a surprise: this was branded as a mini-series from the beginning and all the issues are labelled as 1 of 6 on both Amazon and Marvel's own website.   Having said that, I got the variant cover: 

 

 

Medusa both uses Johnny Storm, her boyfriend - or ex? - during this to contain the X-Men, but also calls Black Bolt her husband (although I was under the impression she had divorced him: she said he no longer had a right to her and started dating again, at the same time as she deposed him as King of the Inhumans.)

 

Still, I kinda loved Black Bolt and Medusa as a power couple - and it turns out I still do. I love the thought of them getting back together!   Other than that, it's not really one-on-one like in the first issues, but the larger battles are just as interesting, and in my opinion, as well thought out.   

 

Looking forward to the conclusion.  I also think Uncanny Inhumans may be ending.  It makes sense: ResurrXion is coming up soon, and then Black Bolt, the Royals and the Secret Warriors will be the three new Inhumans series.   (And yes, that X is supposed to be there.  It's an X-Men/Inhumans event.)  I'm sorry to see Uncanny going, but I'm glad for the Black Bolt solo series.  I love him the most of the Inhumans, so I'd rather a series where I'm guaranteed to get some BB in there.   The Royals will also most likely center around him a good part of the time, at least more than Uncanny has, so I'm willing to go with the flow for now.

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