Review: The Magicians

April 29, 2012

The Magicians
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book for the Sword and Laser book club and it was an interesting novel but not mind blowing for me. This was pitched to me as Harry Potter for adults but this has much less of a focus on the school and more on the people and how they grow up. Quentin is not always a likable character but he did keep me engaged in the book. I did greatly enjoy the characters and how throwaway characters at the beginning came back in the end much more important to both Fillory and Quentin. It was well written and I was drawn into the story every time I picked it up but when I finished, I was left with the sense of ennui. I may try the next book in the series to see what happens to Quentin but if I never get to it, that works too.

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Review: Four to Score

April 19, 2012

Four to Score
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great entry into the Stephanie Plum series. I enjoyed that Stephanie finally got to do the nasty with Morelli and it was very much worth it. The searching for her mark was ok but not my main reason for liking the book. The best part of these books and the one that Evanovich always emphasizes is the relationship of Stephanie with her family, Lula, Morelli, and Ranger. I’m already starting the next one so I can continue with Stephanie and her crazy life.

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Review: Robopocalypse

April 18, 2012

Robopocalypse
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great book. Comparable to World War Z in terms of narrating the war through different perspectives and documenting it from beginning to end, we learn of the creation of the artificial intelligence Archos and how it begins to slowly infect computers and robots throughout the world leading to Zero Hour when the world as we knew of it ends. Wilson is amazing because he has a PhD in robotics and therefore knows what the machines we use everyday are capable of and what our world with robots becoming more of a part of our lives could become. A fast read and so well done.

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Review: Warlord of Mars

April 12, 2012

Warlord of Mars
Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have finished the John Carter trilogy! It was actually a good ride. The books are all very quick reads but the action never stops. I read about 25% of the book in 30 minute burst so it only took two hours for this but quite good. Dejah Thoris and John Carter are still fighting to get together since she keeps getting abducted. The ending was very short but the last line was a perfect ending.

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The Gods of Mars
The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another entry in the John Carter of Mars series down and it was very good. We have now moved onto the Valley of Dor and the first appearance of the Holy Therns. I found it interesting the number of women that fall in love with John Carter but I suppose for the Barsoomians, his fighting spirit makes him attractive. I also did like that both the white men and black men of Mars were the bad guys and the red men are the good guys. It was a good fighting book and the short appearance of Dejah Thoris left off on a great cliffhanger- I wanted to start reading the next one immediately. I can already see how Burroughs’ writing has improved drastically from the first book to this one. A great read.

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A Princess of Mars
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I will admit that I discovered this series because of the movie “John Carter”. The book had several similarities to the movie but the writers needed to make changes to the script in order to make it palatable for today’s viewers. I will admit I liked the movie more than the book. Several people in discussing the movie have said that the book does not always follow a straight plot line but it also did not have some of the unneeded subplots that the movie did. I also kept in mind what Edgar Rice Burroughs said before writing this book: “…if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten.” I will not say that the book is rotten but it also is not high literature. It is not meant to be. It is a good way to pass the time and will keep you entertained for a few hours. I give it an extra star just for Burroughs being a bad ass in admitting he was writing crap and he was ok with that.

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