Category Archives: 4.5 Stars

Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

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Hot damn this was good. Long? Yes. Clocking in at over 1,000 pages it was really, really long. But despite that, it didn’t feel long. I really enjoyed reading it, all the way through.

Enjoyed.. I’m actually surprised I can call what I got from this enjoyment. It was sad.. And depressing.. Hopeless at times. Not to mention the fact that I have issues with claustrophobia. Reading a book about people stuck in a dome? Oh. My. God. So anxious. Seriously, I feel anxious right now just thinking about having read it. But! Despite all of that, I still wanted to be reading it, still kept picking it up and turning the pages and wondering what was going to happen next.

This probably ranks up there at the top of my King favorites list. Granted, I still haven’t read that much by him, but I have a feeling this will stay towards the top. Part of it was timing. I read this in October, for Halloween and such, and had no idea when I started that the book was also set during Halloween. Part of it was the concept.. It’s fascinating. What would happen in something like this happened for real? How long would it take people to panic? And part of it was just that Eau de King. That special something that King has.. His amazing story telling ability.. The way he has of making characters come alive and jump off the page.. King just pain rocks.

4.5 stars. Loved it. Highly recommended!

Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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This is so close to a 5 star review. So so close. I loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I usually don’t read on weekends (at least not during the summer, I try to get out and enjoy it while it lasts), but I stayed in all weekend finishing this. Yeah, a whole weekend. I’m a slow reader, so sue me. I savor the words. Why not 5 stars then? I don’t know.. There were some slow sections that took a little effort to push through (not much, but still a little), things like that. Overall, it just wasn’t a perfect home run for me… But it was damn close.

Apparently this book is something King has never tried before, Alternate History. I wouldn’t know whether he’s tried it or not, I’m still a King newbie. I’m slowing making my way though his repertoire, but it will be a while before I can call myself a veteran reader. But if this was his first time with Alternate History.. He did damn good. The premise of the story didn’t intrigue me at all at first glance, but King drew me in anyway. What it comes down to is that he’s a damn good writer and a damn good story teller. Sitting down to read some King feels like sitting down to be told a story by a master story teller. Sometimes a really disturbing story.. But that doesn’t matter, you couldn’t stop listening even if you wanted to. It’s hypnotizing.. Seriously.

I really don’t want to say anymore than this, I don’t want to spoil anything about the story. I could tell you how the ending made me feel, but that would be a clue to its content. I could tell you what some of my favorite things about the story were, but that would be a dead giveaway. I’ll just leave it simple.. This book was good. Really good. Read it. You won’t regret it.

Review: Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia

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I’m a one book at a time kind of girl. Once I start a book I finish it, there’s no switching back and forth for me. So you can imagine my distress when, in the middle of reading another perfectly good book, I heard from a friend that there was an eARC for sale of the newest Monster Hunter book.

Crap.

I needed to read it. Had to read it… Now now now! But what about the other book? I can’t just abandon it… I should probably finish it first, and then move on to Monster Hunter Legion once my plate is clean…

No. No! Not happening. I absolutely could not wait one more moment, I needed me some MHL like I needed air. So I didn’t just walk.. I ran to my purse to get my debit card so that I could snatch up a copy as quickly as humanly possibly, and then immediately fell onto the couch and began reading.

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Quickie: The Corpse King by Christopher Kellen

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I was pleasantly surprised but this short! I’ve read quite a bit of self-published work lately and this ranks up there with some of the best I’ve read. Of course, it helps that this is Sword & Sorcery…a favorite of mine. 😉

There were a few things that bothered me – the section when D’Arden meets the old man felt a little off and I would have liked a bit more depth in some places.

One of the things I would have liked to have seen given greater explanation was the magic system. I do realize that this short story is prequel to a full trilogy but I feel that each portion needs to be able to stand alone. In this story the magic isn’t explained – it’s taken for granted that the reader had some prior knowledge of the series.

I rather enjoyed it and I’ll go into reading the first book in the trilogy (Elegy) with a lot more excitement.
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Review: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

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This book was quite a pleasant surprise! I didn’t really have any expectations going into it, a friend had  recommended it so I gave it a whirl. And damn.. I ended up really liking it.

It could have been five stars, if not for one tiny gripe.. Sometimes the little asides, the history parts (the letters, you’ll know what I mean if you read it), got to be a little tedious and dry. Luckily they tended to be pretty short, and weren’t always that bad, so it didn’t take away from my enjoyment too much. But still, it brought a five star down to about four and a half.

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Review: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

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I’m going to preface this review with a brief.. Prologue. Honestly, I just can’t think of anything else to call it, so I’m going with prologue. My review has a prologue. Deal with it.

I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre. Science fiction? Not so much. It’s always driven me nuts that science fiction and fantasy fans are sort of lumped together. Yes, we are forced to share a space at most book stores. But the two genres are so different. I love fantasy.. Swords and castles, heroes and villains, imaginary worlds and magic, all of it. Science fiction though… Admittedly, I haven’t read much of it. But what I have read has always seemed so bogged down by techno babble and science mumbo jumbo, it always ends up feeling like work to read it. I read for enjoyment.. Not to learn how a flux capacitor actually works.

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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #13: Standalone)

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Small Gods (Discworld, #13)Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

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I don’t even know how to express just how much I loved Small Gods. I really, really, really enjoyed reading this. Sure, that may have been because my boyfriend’s great love of turtles has rubbed off on me. It may have been a devious glee at the thought of a petulant little god who never considered that he should do anything for his believers. The great library and the hilarious stereotype of the philosophers in Ephebe certainly didn’t hurt. Nor did the penguin. Or the history monk. Vorbis was creepy as hell, which added a slight touch of reality. Seriously, go read this. Now. Go!
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