Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story gets a bit dark. I am outside my realm of knowledge as I have not seen this movie version or any of the others from here on out until the conclusion (which I sadly can't actually remember very well since I only paid half of my attention to it.) For a "YA" story, this dies not pull punches. My issues are with the fact that NOTHING seems to have been done to the followers of "HWMNBN". Potter knows who the enemy is. That means so does all the rest of the Hogwarts staff...yet Malfoy is not dealt with at all? And the Minister needs to be slapped. I guess that allows for a few more books in order to wrap things up. Still...I did find that little bit infuriating.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet!

The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet! The Zee Brothers : Zombie Exterminators (Non-Illustrated Edition): Curse of the Zombie Omelet! by Grivante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very good start. Sure, there are always little hiccups when a new author breaks onto the scene, but look past that and have some fun with this off-the-wall tale. You will find yourself grinning way too often once you let the story envelop you. I do suggest the illustrated version because I have seen the art work and it really adds a nice touch to the story.

Now I am off to listen to the audio version to further immerse myself in this tale.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: I Am Legend

I Am Legend I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of this classic for quite a while. I last read it back in the 70s and decided to revisit it to see if it was as good as I recall. Actually, it is much better. So much is in this story that you can see being borrowed by the post-apocalyptic writers of the modern era.

What I also wondered as I re-experienced this classic tale was just how can Hollywood mess this up so badly? The story does not need any special tweaks or re-writes. It is an amazing story about the mindset of a person left seemingly all alone surrounded by vampires (not zombies). This would be a wonderful movie...IF they actually did the story that was written.

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Review: The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy)

The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy) The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy) by K. Makansi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book as a gift. It does not fall into something that I would have grabbed on my own. I will say that, overall, the story is actually very enjoyable. It is set in a very human post-apocalypse where genetic and bio-engineering are part of what has destroyed as well as what keeps humanity alive.

It wastes no time getting the action started. I actually had to backtrack because it was so sudden that I thought I missed something. Actually, what you get is the crux of one of multiple driving story lines that run through book one and set the stage for what I imagine will be a very interesting series.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: H.M.S. Surprise

H.M.S. Surprise H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So far, this is my least favorite offering. The first two have me invested enough to continue, but this just seemed to plod. A bit heavy on Stephen's journal entries and ruminations. Yes, there are some interesting moments, but for a book with such a good beginning simply faded for me and the middle had me almost putting the book down for good and actually skipping on to book 4 in hopes that it is better. Let's hope that it is.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before the daily soaps, there were stories like this.It is incredible how much culture has changed over the centuries. One instance in particular that is related in this "letter" format tale would be considered rape and child molestation by today's standards. No, there is nothing graphic, it is just an observation of the arc of the stories taking place in this classic. Overall, a fun diversion for a rainy afternoon.

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Review: The Chimes

The Chimes The Chimes by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I understand that Dickens is considered a literary genius. I get that he is almost hallowed ground for some. I just do not fall into that group. This story is fine. Read it around the holidays to get into the mood, but overall, I found this to be just okay. It is overdone in places and while it is a period piece, I simply cannot put it on the same shelf as "Christmas Carol."

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