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MarchMarch by Geraldine Brooks

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I am not an audience for this book, so take the review with a grain of salt.

I really disliked both POV characters of this book. It is clear that we are supposed to dislike them, but we are also supposed to sympathize with them, and I could not manage that with Mr. March. I still want to smother him with a pillow.

Meanwhile the POV change was very unexpectedly jarring. I've read an explanation as to why the author chose to do it that way, but it did not change my feelings about it.

There is a lot about slavery in this book. This does not reflect on the quality of the book, but it is a topic that I have a lot of difficulty reading about, and it contributed to the general feeling of gloom in this novel.



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thornsilver: (girl with notebook)
I am so tired of software that works perfectly fine being "improved". I was trying to upload a song to my Amazon Music account yesterday. Except Amazon Music uploader was not able to see it on my computer (local music player saw it just fine), and there is no option on the Amazon Music Uploader to go and search through folders. Finally I have given up and side-loaded the song on my phone, but I am still pissed.

That was how my yesterday evening was mostly spent anyway. (After I threaded my eyebrows and did some food shopping. I have more cake now.)

Started a contemporary romance novel. Why is that women do not call men on being creeps even in the situation where they are demonstratively safe from reprisal? (No, I know why, I am just being very unhappy about it.) Of course the main character also does not tell her female friend (even politely) to take the man she keeps shoving on her and fuck him herself if she likes him so much. Maybe it's just me being old. I would have done it. Probably in those terms too if the first polite rebuttal did not work.
thornsilver: (fall pumkins)
I managed to not do anything useful at all today. Among other (non useful) things, I have been sucked into "Ex-Heroes" by Peter Cline, which is a novel that takes superheroes, adds zombie apocalypse and stirs. Yes, it has been done before, and, yes, it is not without problems with both racism and sexism, but it is entertaining at least. And, while it makes me wince once in a while, it is not up to do the levels where I want to throw the book at the wall, so that's that. For what it's worth to you. (I kind of like Stealth as a character. Of course I am reading her as aromantic asexual, which may or may not influence my opinion, and probably not what the author intended there. Ahem.)

In other non-productive news, I have been trying to watch TV lately. As in TV shows. And now I realized I severely begrudge the time I spent watching things. I am keeping "Blindspot" on Monday and "Scream Queens" on Tuesday, but I am done with trying the rest.

Insurgent

Oct. 9th, 2015 11:21 pm
thornsilver: (fall pumkins)
And it is fucking hot and humid again. It's 1/3 into fucking October. I vote that anyone who questions climate change can legally be hit with a rotten trout. Ahem.

I have gotten a bit of my motivation back by the second half of the day. (The nausea and the body weirdness that the new antidepressant causes are still... really really noticeable.) So, I've gotten my big girl panties on and went to the mall to buy a pair of winter boots (last winter was so not fun without them) and a pair of jeans (because I currently have no pants I can fit in, beyond a pair of yoga pants and the pants from my pants suit.) I did not actually try the jeans on at the store. I was completely out of spoons.

Also, I have finished the "Odd" series by Dean Koontz. The mysteries are actually OK, but I just can't deal with him changing the rules of supernatural all the time. Also, the ending was very much WTF.
thornsilver: (kitty tastes the rainbow)
ArmadaArmada by Ernest Cline

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I just looked at the back cover praise blurbs of this book, and I really have to wonder--WHAT were these reviewers smoking?

I have tried several times to come up with a coherent review as to how bad this is, but every time I felt totally inadequate to the task. Still, I feel like it is my responsibility to warn you.

Basically, you should only read this book if you are a 12-year old male rabid gamer, who is not much of a book reader (so you will not be turned off by the shortcomings of "Armada" writing style and poor editing), and who somehow managed to not be exposed to a million better interpretations that pop culture already created for this plot.

(Seriously, what were they smoking, and can I have some?)



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Secrets

Jun. 29th, 2015 12:47 pm
thornsilver: (raptor squad)
I wish I had lots and lots of money. I'd manage to talk my mom into retirement, get my uncle to come her from Kyiv, and then spend the rest of my disposable income explaining to people the difference between science and faith. Very important. (Of course the way things are going, I will never have even a little bit of money. Got another "we are no pursuing you application at this time" e-mail this morning.)

Read a couple of pages into "Dirge", another book by Alan Dean Foster. Humanity just met aliens so pretty that humans literally stare open mouthed at them. Who is taking bets on the horrible ways these aliens will try to destroy humanity?

Yesterday found out that one of my most favorite shows "Medical Investigation", that have not been released on DVD for some unknown reason, is available in chunks on YouTube. I'd rather give the legal owners money, TBH, but you work with what you've got.

It is not even all that hot outside, but I had to turn on my air-conditioner, because I woke up sticky, like I was covered in honey or something. I hate waking up as it is. That was worse. Now, I am trying to talk myself into doing anything, anything at all that is vaguely productive. Starting with a shower and brushing of teeth. I gotta say, it is not looking too well.
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Because I currently have an attention span of chicken on speed, I am reading a lot of books at the same time.

1. "Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse", an e-book re-read. I attempt to re-read it from time to time when I feel like reading about the end of the world. Yes, it's my light relaxing reading book.

2. "Osiris" by S.J.Swift, an e-book. Post Apocalyptic dystopian SF. That I have been reading on and off for a very long time and am still unable to finish. It is just so long! (Something that it took me a bit to figure out, because it's an e-book, so I can't tell.) Also, kind of slow moving.

3. "Panic" by K.R.Griffith, an e-book. An Apocalyptic kind of zombie book. I keep starting it from the beginning and getting lost.

4. "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter Handbook" by Debbie Stroller. Borrowed from the library. I actually used to own this book, but it got lost during the move. I have not been crafting for a while, so I am wondering if this can re-new my interest maybe.

5. "Bryony and Roses" by T. Kingfisher. An e-book of a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", but cooler. T. Kingfisher, by the way, is Ursula Vernon by any other name, and her imagination is phenomenal.

6. "Douglas: Lord of Heartache" by Grace Burrowes. A historical romance e-book. Pretty standard fare.

7. "Threshold" by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor. Borrowed from the library. This is a second book in an old fashion exploration SF which seemed to have disappeared into other genres currently in fashion. Not a very insightful or special read, but pretty fun anyway.
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Kinda. Sorta. And, yes, I know it's two words.

I have been struggling through the trilogy with a lot of stubbornness. It is not that they are bad books. They are actually pretty good. It is just that I over-identify with the characters for some reason, and so I cannot deal with this dystopian setting at all. The first one was actually not so bad once they got to the Central(?), the second once was... unbelievably difficult, and I am getting through the third one by the expedience of not reading more than 20 pages a day.

On the other hand, I have giggled through "Etiquette & Espionage". It has absolutely no value. None. It's just gigglitious absurd children's book set in a steampunk setting. You should read it. Especially if you liked Harry Potter. Especially if you are a girl.
thornsilver: (curious cat)
My blood pressure seem to be trying for record heights today, so my head is periodically killing me.

I have attempted blueberry muffins. The things that came out... were not muffins. Very tasty, but no where near muffins. Weird. My baking usually works good.

And I also did he laundry, and the machine refused to squeeze the water out of my load, so I had to put it in the dryer still dripping. Worked out OK after hour on medium heat though.

I am diving back into "Catching Fire". I am currently at about chapter 9, which is where I abandoned it the last two times. I just get... let's go with "upset"... that the protagonist keeps ending up in situations where nothing they can do. Identifying? Who, me?
thornsilver: (derek)
It's pretty obvious that they are not going to hire me, since the only things in my favor is my MBA and my long stay with my previous employer.

Paid the bills I had on my desk. (Late with paying conEd again, because I forgot! Embarrassing.) Found out that the credit card company really did not get my check, since it was bounced back by the post office for not having a stamp on. I still want to know why it took them three weeks to send it back though. Fuck.

Sent the building board of directors a request regarding change in the apartment ownership. Am going to push this further, but after the New Years, I think.

Still reading Lara Adrian. Tru fax: I am actually interested in the plot, but her romantic and sex scenes bore me to nausea. Ward is actually better at vampire romance. (And kick-ass vampires.)

Having a lot of difficulty staying with any book. I read pretty much everything in little bits now, because I have to take breaks for boredom exceeded.... If you have any exciting books to recommend, I'd be grateful.

Other than that, same old, same old.
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This is a first book in the series, and for an overused medium of Urban Fantasy, I enjoyed it immensely. Also, I immediately started slashing the main character and his "pet" demon.
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1. Anne Bishop "Queen of Darkness"
2. Chris Dee "Cat-Tales Book 3"
3. Chris Dee "Cat-Tales Book 4"
4. Chris Dee "Cat-Tales Book 5"
5. Susan Andersen "Burning Up"
6. Cherise Sinclair "Master of the Shadowlands 6: To Command and Collar"
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I am attempting "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss spoilers )
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John Hart "Iron House" I got this book from Goodreads in a giveaway. This is a thriller's thriller. There are gangsters, super cool killer dudes, psychotic breaks, deadly secrets, scarring childhoods and true love. I found the language a bit too Gothic sometimes, but I enjoyed the characters a lot. You have gotta love Michael. As for Abigail... Well, you'll have to judge that one for yourself.

Maryn Sinclair "Sexual Persuasion" This is a work of a erotica. This is the author's first book. The erotic parts mostly do not work. I have to admit, I have bought this after reading the first chapter where the hero and heroine meet for the first time, and *that* had plenty of heat and sexual tension. The rest of the sex scenes made me mildly disgusted instead of hot. Also, the further I read into the book the more I started to dislike the guy. Not a good combo.

Samantha Kane "The Courage to Love" This is a threesome erotica book set in Regency period. You would think you can do no wrong with that. Boy, would you be disappointed. I realize that it is supposed to be a fantasy, but even my fantasy goggled don't bent the light enough to make these people behave believably. I am 100 pages in, and I think I am reading on a train-wreck principle. And don't get me started on Very.
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OMG, this is so damn good!

If you have not read "Feed" by Mira Grant, the first book of this trilogy (and why haven't you?) you are in for a treat. Not only does this book has zombies, an awesome explanation for zombies, and delicious world building (with zombies), it also has a first class thriller plot and plenty of characters to sympathize with (and hopefully not see eating by zombies).

Do yourself a favor and go get this right now. Just be warned that it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger.
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I think the easiest way to review "Wastelands" is to go through its stories one by one.

"The End of the Whole Mess" by Steven King is an oldy but a goody. Like "Frankenstein" it is covering the dangers of human hubris.

"Salvage" by Orson Scott Card is neither here nor there. Perhaps it would have touched me more if I was a Mormon.

"The People of the Sand and Slag" by Paolo Bacigalupi is a gem of this collection. This story cuts like a razor blade, exposing the pulsing nerve of being human. If you decide on not reading the whole book, please do yourself a favor and go to Bacigalupi website where you can read this short story for free.

"Bread and Bombs" by M. Rickert is heavy on politics. In addition, I am still not sure what happened at the end.

"How We Got In Town and Out Again" by Jonathan Lethem is absolutely nothing special, even in its dealings with virtual reality.

"Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels" by George R. R. Martin reminds me about SF stories I read in my younger years. It feels simplistic and dated.

"Waiting for the Zephyr" by Tobias S. Buckell is an interesting take on the end of the fossile fuels.

"Never Despair" by Jack McDevitt was so uninteresting I had to go and look up what the story was about.

"When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" by Cory Doctorow is clever and chilling in its description of the world that is falling apart.

"The Last of the O-Forms" by James Van Pelt shows a scary and original Apocalypse.

"Still Life with Apocalypse" by Richard Kadrey is not a bad read, though it is less of a story and more of a glimpse.

"Artie's Angels" by Catherine Wells is a rather annoying re-working of Arthurian Legend.

"Judgment Passed" by Jerry Oltion a clever take on Rapture and those it left behind.

"Mute" by Gene Wolfe is confusing. If anyone ever figures out what happens in the story and why does it belong in this collection, please let me know.

"Inertia" by Nancy Kress puts an idea on its head and makes an illness a salvation rather then the ending.

"And the Deep Blue Sea" by Elizabeth Bear is exciting and gets a special mention for its gallery of man-made catastrophes.

"Speech Sounds" by Octavia E. Butler is yet another showcase of what exactly makes us human.

"Killers" by Carol Emshwiller is sad and slightly disturbing. It deals with the nastier side of human nature.

"Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus" by Neal Barrett, Jr. has everything and a kitchen sink. For example, it has sex trade, sentient animals, androids, virtual reality, and actuaries turned to piracy.

"The End of the World as We Know It" by Dale Bailey is a meta on the apocalyptic tales out there.

"A Song Before Sunset" by David Grigg is a meditation of values and culture.

"Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack In the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers" by John Langan is a rather surreal adventure tale. I am not sure that it belongs in the collection, because it is less of an exploration of the end of the world and more of an action movie. Also, some people found it stylistically rather irritating, but it did not bother me.

In short, I enjoyed "Wastelands", but less than I thought I would. Take that as you will.
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If "Dragon Keeper" was my first book by Robin Hobb, I would have been completely sure that the woman doesn't know how to write. Every conversation in the book can be cut in four and still carry the topic across. The dumping of the same information continues in the text entire. It is not even as if the topic is approached from the different directions. No. It's the same direction.
Repeated with almost the same words! It makes me want to hit my head on my desk. Did no one actually edit this book? What the hell?

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