Category Archives: BOOKS

Summer Book… Two!

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I just loved The Neverending Story movie when I was young so I have always wanted to read the book. They are VERY different , the movie only covers the first half of the book, before Bastian becomes a whining pain in the ass.  I didn’t love the story,  mostly because the character was so unlikable but I think that was the point. However I loved Michael Ende’s incredible imagery and his gift for language and texture. One thumb up.

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First book of the Summer

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Well the silver lining of this early summer cold is that I have had some extra time to read. Bruce Sterling’s Heavy Weather has been on my radar for years twice I had picked it up and put it back down without getting through the first chapter.  Then I really wanted to read it but could not find our copy any where.  I don’t know if I lost it or lent it to someone but it was gone and worse it was out of print so we had a hard time scaring up another copy. Then this Christmas my husband surprised me with this copy which he magically procured from deep in the inter-tubes. Last I decided it was time. It is a dense book and you have to be a bit of a weather nerd to appreciate it properly but I am so yay. I did have to push through some of the really type A post-apocalyptic science fiction but over all a very enjoyable read. Thank Sweet Babboo for finding it for me. You are my F-6!

What I’m Reading – A Pleasant Surprise

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I was not sure how I felt about this book when I started reading. The tempo was very slow, the story meandered a little bit, I didn’t know where it was going. But I didn’t hate it so I pushed on and some how before I knew it I was lost in the story, swept up in the tiny delicate details.

I don’t want to say too much because this is the kind of book that would be destroyed by a spoiler, suffice to say it was one of few times in recent memory that I was surprised by an ending. I probably won’t reread because I know how it ends but I will read more by the author.

What I’m reading…. All Hail the Rat Queens

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Oh my god! This is just the best thing EVER! I keep trying to find the words to describe how amazing this graphic novel is but I  am stumped. If you are a super cool D&D nerd like me you should read this RIGHT NOW! If you are a super cool D&D girl so much the better!
I actually play in an all girl game (technically) and The Rat Queens is essentially what we aspire to be. It is funny, fierce and Uber violent!  I am a hard core fan after book one. I can’t wait for the next one.
This review is a natural twenty critical hit of awesome!

What I am Reading – Wickedly Divine

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Okay, I love a good graphic novel but I am kind of fussy about them. I am not a really into super heroes, mostly because I don’t have the time or the energy to catch up on 50 years worth superhero  history. But John, my brother from another mother, knows exactly what it is that I am into so when he put this in my hands, eyes sparkling, I knew I was in for something special.  I don’t even know where to start, The art is stunning, it never misses a beat. I stopped several times to just take in what was on the page and appreciate the work that went into it.  And the story was just as great. As a religion nerd I was  fascinated by the premise “The narrative focuses on a group of people with superhuman powers known as “The Pantheon”. Each member of The Pantheon was at one point a normal person before being chosen to merge with the spirit of a deity. It is said that each cycle of The Pantheon will not live past two years from the start of the series, and that every 90 years the Pantheon is reincarnated”  (Thank You Wikipedia)

I can’t wait to read the next book, I am truly jazzed! In the mean time John advised me that a TV show based on the book has been green lit by Universal TV.  I am not sure how I feel about that but we shall see…  in the mean time I give this book two divine thumbs up!!!

What I am reading – Coyote Blue

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Can I just say how much I love Christopher Moore?! Gil and I pick 5his book up ages ago, he read it and I forgot we owned it. It was fantastic. Funny,  thoughtful, irreverent which is what I want from a C.M book.
The story itself was complex enough to be interesting but not convoluted and hard to follow. The characters were rich and the imagery perfect, I can close my eyes and see everything in my minds eye.
I like books that make me laugh out loud and this book certainly qualified.  It will be going back on the shelf for a reread.

What I am Reading…. I heart Robert J Sawyer

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So I am a little bit tired today because I stayed up WAY too late with my nose stuffed in a book. This happens every time I read Robert J Sawyer. I just cannot put him down.

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There are lots of reasons why I love this author starting with his commitment to staying true to his Canadian heritage. He builds stories based in Canada in settings that are familiar to me, with strong Canadian protagonists who talk about issues and politics relevant to me.
I also love that his science fiction is not so…. out there. It it real life with a twist, almost plausible. He questions the ethics and responsibilities of technology and the social impacts of advancement.  He gives his readers a compelling look at what humanity might look like to outsiders. His characters feel like REAL people.
This book made new laugh, cry and curse in anger. It made me think about my life and my marriage in a way I have never done before. What more could you want in a book? Not much  which is why I give this book two huge thumbs up and I am putting it back on the shelf to read again or lend to a friend.