Review: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

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

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 24/7, 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.

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Vampyres of Hollywood Review is Up

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.

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Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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