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Ready Player One – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

Well, wasn’t that a fun little dose of nostalgia slapped in with a lot of adventure?

As an 80’s baby who mostly remembers the 90’s, you won’t get far in this book without reminiscing a lot. Video games, music, toys, you name it. I definitely had fun “membering.”

As much as I would love to give this five out of five stars, I cannot. The issues were small but ever present. While the author doesn’t delve too deep into the planetary issues that create this depressing world where people escape to virtual reality, I have a hard time believing that if the planet was dying that every single person (homeless or not) would freely be using all this electricity to escape. I mean really think about it, try to imagine just how much electricity is being used while millions of people are playing the same video game all day, every day.

My second issue is that the danger doesn’t seem real. Wade is able to navigate every issue with minimal consequences. At no point was I sweating for the main character, thinking to myself, “Is he going to get through this? Is something bad going to happen to him?” He escaped death once by mere accident and ever since then he’s been able to outsmart a company with thousands of workers. No one was catching on in the slightest. He’s the smartest boy ever.

Despite that, it was fun and I’m forcing my husband to read this book as he is an avid gamer. Once he’s finished we’re heading to an arcade bar in Detroit inspired and named after this novel. I reward him when he listens to me and reads.

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Monstress, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

5 out of 5 stars

Maika Halfwolf keeps eating her arm. That’s the price of power. You sissies just cannot handle what it takes to harness the power of a god. That’s not Maika’s problem and she’s on a quest for answers. Appendages be damned.

This installment is better than the first. The first was awesome, this one is splendiferous.

Dark, intriguing fantasy with bloody amazing artwork. Monstress is easily shooting to the top of my favorite comics list.

From Spooky to Sci-Fi

September through October was my horror/paranormal marathon reading in honor of the Halloween season. November means it’s officially Sci-Fi month! I’m ready for the change but before we leap into a new genre, here’s a recap of a spooky two months of reading.

Book Reviews:

Fire & Ash

Gather the Daughters – Book Review

Curtsies & Conspiracies – Book Review

A Monster Calls – Book Review

The Witchfinder’s Sister – Book Review

Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

Kitty Goes to Washington – Book Review

A Season with the Witch – Book Review

Raven – Book Review

Recipes:

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

I consider the season a success and I am ready to plunge head long into science fiction month.

Do you plan to participate in Science Fiction month? How so?

 

Raven – Book Review

Legends Saga #2

2 out of 5 stars

DNF at 63%

This installment just lost it’s pizzazz for me. Which is unfortunate because I love Edgar Allen Poe and having a character cursed by the dark poet seemed like it would be a lot of fun. It also included one of my least favorite tropes; the love triangle.

It was a difficult decision to abandon this one since it wasn’t bad by any means, but it lost it’s flair and without that flair, well…there just wasn’t much there. I probably could have pushed through to the end since it’s a short book but when you’re not feeling it, what’s the point? I thought it through like this, “Do I really care what happens to any of the characters at the end?” The answer is no, except maybe for Rip but still not enough so to continue.

A Season with the Witch – Book Review

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

3.5 out of 5 stars

The allure of Salem, Massachusetts is a large one if you’re someone who revels in Halloween and/or history. We all know the basic outlines of the Witch Trials but this book just proved to myself that I don’t know enough. Now, this isn’t the book to pick up if you’re looking to learn about the Witch Trials like myself, but it is the one to pick up if you’ve been wondering just how weird Salem gets around Halloween.

It was interesting to find out that Salem only really began putting an emphasis on Halloween a few decades ago. It sounds like a divided town. One where half the residents want to be known for arts and culture and the other half is proud of all the Halloween fun. One half thinks they are disgracing the legacy of the victims of the witch trials, while the other half thinks that they are honoring them.

The first half of the book is an examination of the city’s entire history, the second half gets more into the weird stuff. While I enjoy history, I didn’t exactly enjoy the manner in which the author recited the lore. I cannot pin point the exact reason that it bothered me but, I’ll go with mildly boring. The second half was more entertaining, hearing from real life residents.

LOTS of typos.

Overall, a decent travel book to inspire people to check out a legendary American city and have some spooky fun.

Kitty Goes to Washington – Book Review

Kitty Norville #2

3 out of 5 stars

Kitty Norville is a character that a lot of people seem to have a problem relating to, at least in the beginning of the series. To a point, it’s understandable. She’s a werewolf but not the bad ass she-wolf everyone is used to in virtually every urban fantasy werewolf story. She’s kind of a coward and rolls over easily. She’s jumpy like a cat instead of a fearsome predator. These attributes are actually why I keep reading. It’s a change from your usual she-kicks-all-the-ass-immediately-and-no-one-can-step-to-her urban fantasy trope.

This is the second book in the series and she’s slowly growing a little more backbone. She has been requested to speak in front of a committee in Washington D.C. on the behalf of vampires and werewolves. Creatures that were recently brought to public light. A scientist has been doing research on the virus’ that cause these different states of life and wants to continue to receive funding from the government to do so. As with all politics, there are others who hope to prove that vampires and werewolves should be exterminated. They are an affront to God. And yet others, who wish to use werewolves in the military as super soldiers.

Because Kitty is good at getting into trouble, she just might become a science experiment herself if she’s not careful.

Overall this series is okay. I keep reading because of the different type of heroine. The writing isn’t particularly strong but the action is interesting enough to see where this goes in the next installment of the series.

Too Early for this Shit – Netgalley

It’s not even Halloween and I’m already thinking about book resolutions for the New Year. (They’re the only resolutions I ever stick to!) I’ll go more in depth at a later time but this is a post in which I’m asking for your opinion.

For the last year or more, I’ve been thinking about joining Netgalley. I’m afraid of commitment but excited at the prospect of reading more ARCs.

What has your experience with Netgalley been like? Should I take the plunge?

Tell C&M the ways of the book force.

Godsgrave – Book Review

Book Two of the Nevernight Chronicle

5 out 5 stars

Mia has essentially graduated assassin school and moved onto being assigned targets. Despite being on the job constantly, she’s always working on her plan to exact revenge against those who killed her family. However, the Red Church may have different plans and do not care about Mia’s agenda. Nevertheless, she’s a clever girl and will figure out a way to enact her plans. (Plus, can you really tell an assassin, “No”?)

This is a fantastic edition to the Nevernight Chronicle, not only do we have one thing we love (by we I mean me, but you should too), assassins, let’s add gladiator battles in an arena. An arena where they can make giant courses come up out of the floor to make the fight more difficult at that. The story hops back and forth between the recent past and how she came to become a gladiator and the now, her training and developing relationships with other gladiators. Why must an assassin become a gladiator to get to her target? It’s all about precise timing and taking out two enemies at once. And does it really hurt an assassin to know even more ways to murder someone?

There is only one path to vengeance and it’s paved in blood and glory.

Mia’s just here for the blood.

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Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars overall

I’m not a short story person, so I’m pretty proud of myself for reading this. It was nice having a book to just leave at work to read on my lunches and I found a couple new authors to look into.

If I Had a Hammer by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse short story. Tara and JB are doing a little remodeling after their twins are born and release a negative spirit. Conveniently, their nanny is a psychic and helps to solve the mystery surrounding the spirit and how to get it to move on. 2.5/5 stars

Wizard Home Security by Victor Gischler
A wizard in a wizarding community has his house broken into and all his expensive spell materials stolen. This is the story of his funny failures at securing his place. (Example: a zombie bear sentry.) 3/5 stars
Continue reading Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

The Witchfinder’s Sister – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

A slow, smoldering fire that just kind of burns out.

Most accurate description I can think of.

It’s a very interesting premise but unfortunately, the author spends a very long time trying to get you to connect to the main character, Alice. However, I never really made that connection. I think Alice was just too timid for my taste, though I understand fully that women only had so many options in those days. Your life was tied to the men related to you and to not be homeless or in this case, drowned as a witch, you had to keep their favor. Alice does small rebellions but nothing to make much of a difference in the lives of the people suffering her brother’s wrath.

The drama was slow paced as well, I think in attempt to build anticipation, which it did. The repercussions for her brother were pretty mellow dramatic in the end. (Which is where my small fire comparison comes in.) The story leaves off with a clever little twist that I enjoyed.

Overall, a worthwhile read if you’re looking for some entertaining (only mildy so) historical fiction.