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review 2020-01-04 15:26
The Murders Of Molly Southbourne
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

Reading-wise, 2020 has been a blast so far. The upside of being sick in bed is that it gives a pretty good excuses for reading the books one might have accidentally bought in an end of year TOR sale. The Murders of Molly Southbourne was indeed one of those.

I didn't know anything about it going in, except that I had seen it passing my feed a lot some time ago. And I think it was for the better. I was definitely not expecting this kind of strange, original tale and coming-of-age of Molly and her 'hemophilia'. I'm still a bit surprised it was possible to put so much story in so short a novel.

The only downside for me was some thing, rather important for the worldbuilding and as far as I can tell not so very important for the overall story, where quite randomly dropped on the reader and never really explained well. I hope the sequel will take care of that. But don't let that stop you from reading this.

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review 2019-09-12 20:38
3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Survival of Molly Southbourne
The Survival of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

 

Molly Southbourne #2

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Unique Storyline
Creeptastic and Horror-if-ic
The Second Half of A Complete Story
Science Fiction

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (TOR.COM'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

The first book introduced a very disturbing story...that quite literally blew my mind with its sheer craziness. Unfortunately, the second book felt a little like he didn't really know where he wanted to go with the story...almost as if he was never really planning on continuing the story at all. Like an idea that never fully formed.

 

I want to say it was worthwhile overall...and it definitely wasn't $3.99 worthwhile. In fact, the more I think about it...the more I feel that this was better off without a sequel at all.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 2.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.7/5
The Feels⇢ 3.2/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3.5/5

 

Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 4.3/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...

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Book Cover⇢ It's better than the first book's cover...bloody hands aren't quite as creepy as a bloody nose.
Setting: This book is definitely the UK...London, mostly.
Source⇢ Own Kindle eBook
eBook Length⇢ 128 pages

 

 

 

I Read This For the square: Read by Flashlight or Candlelight

 

 

My Pic of reading of this in dark with only the backlight of my Oasis

 

 

 

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review 2019-08-31 18:26
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

 

Molly Southbourne #1

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Creep-tastic & Weird AF
WTF did I just read?
First Half of A Complete Story
Duology (of Short Stories)
Horror-if-ic
Sort of Science Fiction &
Sort of Fantasy


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (TOR.COM'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages. Under-handed is what that is. You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experience that I had with this book. Well done TOR...Reading of said book to commence soon, hopefully.

 

With an almost frenetic pace...or maybe that was just me, that day I read it. Whatever it was, I found myself racing to read this. I even found myself telling people at work about it. It was just so out there. The premise of this book had me thinking, no way would this plot work...but it actually did. At least for me. Overall, if I hadn't gotten this for free, I would have never read this series, because at eight dollars (roughly $4 a book) it's a little costly to me.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.7/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5 for the creep factor...
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ YUP!
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Book Cover⇢ It's Creepy.
Setting⇢ I'm not sure...maybe Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Source⇢ Freebie from Tor.com
Length⇢ 122 pages

 

 

 
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review 2019-08-05 17:05
Smart sci-fi done right
Rosewater - Tade Thompson

Kaaro is a resident of Rosewater, a community that grew up around an alien biodome that emerged in Nigeria in 2055. Unlike most of the residents he possesses certain psychic abilities, including the ability to read people, locate things, and enter the "xenosphere" that exists because of the dome's emanations. An unwilling member of a secret government agency, he discovers that an unknown cause is killing "sensitives" such as himself. As he is drawn into a fight for his survival, he uncovers secrets that change his world and reveal the true nature of the alien presence that defines his life.

 

Taro Thompson's book is one that I decided to read based on the considerable praise he received, and in this instance the book lived up to the hype. HIs premise is an interesting one, and from it he builds a world of considerable complexity that manages to be different while still remaining plausible. Part of his success in this regard is in how he teases his information in a way that just enough is provided for the nature of the story, without all of the information dumps that too many authors clumsily resort to in books like this. Yet it's the characters who make the novel worth reading, particularly the central figure of Kaaro. who for all of his abilities proves to be just as human as anyone else. It makes for a great example of smart science fiction done right, and I'm already looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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text 2019-08-04 20:24
Reading progress update: I've read 300 out of 390 pages.
Rosewater - Tade Thompson

I think it's a testament to Thompson's skills as a writer that I'm taking so long to read his book. I find a lot of novels to be skimmable in parts, but Thompson writes in a way that makes me want to take in every word. Still, I need to finish it today, as I still have those two other books I need to complete soon for upcoming podcasts.

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