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Review: Spectre by Phaedra Weldon

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 02-09-2008

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Spectre (Zoe Martinique, Book 2) Spec­tre by Phae­dra Wel­don

My review

rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars
Hmm. Spec­tre feels less like a sequel to Wraith than a chap­ter two, if that makes any sense. Both books are full-sized nov­els, but they’re so close­ly relat­ed that book two wouldn’t make any sense with­out hav­ing read book 1 (and the novel­la in between). Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Spec­tre ends on a cliff-hang­er. I hate that.

At least I know (from her blog) that Wel­don is work­ing on the third book. I can only hope that it comes out soon and wraps up all the loose threads with­out intro­duc­ing new ones that aren’t left hang­ing again.

I do have to agree with anoth­er GR review­er who men­tioned that the main char­ac­ter car­ries on more like a 13-year-old kid than a 28-year-old woman. I have to agree. I under­stand that los­ing one par­ent ear­ly might, for some peo­ple, lead to a clos­er rela­tion­ship with the sur­viv­ing parent—but give me a break! Zoë appar­ent­ly needs to move across the coun­try to learn to live with­out Mom­my. Or maybe Mom­my should move?

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Review: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 30-08-2008

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The Atrocity Archives The Atroc­i­ty Archives by Charles Stross

My review

rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t give many 5-star rat­ings, but The Atroc­i­ty Archives deserves one. You may need to read it with a web brows­er open to look up ref­er­ences using Wikipedia or Google, but if you enjoy Torch­wood, Men in Black, or Snow Crash, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

The vol­ume actu­al­ly includes the nov­el and a novel­la, The Con­crete Jun­gle. Both are good read­ing, and I rec­om­mend giv­ing your­self time to enjoy the fore­word and after­word, as well.

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Review: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 30-07-2008

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I fin­ished read­ing New Moon, which was much, much more dra­mat­ic (emo­tion­al­ly) than Twi­light. As in, Bel­la goes into a zom­bie state for months, and the book just has blank pages with the names of each month as place hold­ers – Octo­ber, Novem­ber, Decem­ber, Jan­u­ary, etc. I (and most every­one I know) have han­dled divorce bet­ter than this kid han­dles a teenage breakup! And her par­ents nev­er put her in ther­a­py why? (I think she should have been in-patient, myself.)

I couldn’t let go enough to read this book from the intend­ed audience’s per­spec­tive. I kept think­ing that there’s no way I’d let a child of mine get involved with any­one so clingy. She wants to be with a guy 247, and no, I am not exag­ger­at­ing at all. These books are a case study of depen­dent per­son­al­i­ty dis­or­der. The fact that they are so incred­i­bly pop­u­lar is wor­ri­some to me.

Vampyres of Hollywood Review is Up

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 27-07-2008

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The review is more detailed than what I post­ed here.

TCM is pret­ty cool, if you’re will­ing to read new books by unproven authors and review them. Hope, you’d prob­a­bly do real­ly well with it – lots of them are eBooks, which I have trou­ble with read­ing on a screen. They have sep­a­rate mail­ing lists to find review­ers for “adult” and “gen­er­al” pub­li­ca­tions, as well as sep­a­rate lists for the reviews them­selves. If you’re will­ing to review adult mate­r­i­al, I’ve got­ten the feel­ing that they have a dif­fi­cult time find­ing enough peo­ple for that side.

This is the first book I’ve actu­al­ly reviewed for them. I start­ed to review an adult nov­el, but couldn’t get past the first few pages for all the mechan­i­cal errors. They had no prob­lem with it, no fuss­es.

I think many of the review­ers are authors, because if you’re a review­er, you can get your own work reviewed and fea­tured, free.

Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 09-07-2008

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SunshineWow. That was a good book.

It was a lit­tle hard for me to get into at the begin­ning. This excerpt is from the first chap­ter, and if you don’t feel as – jan­gled? – as I did, per­haps it’s just me. But I kept at it, because there was so def­i­nite­ly some­thing there.