Fantasy

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan ~ Book review

natural-history-of-dragons 5 stars

Absolutely one of the best beginnings of a series I have read in a long time! I loved this and will definitely be reading the following book [book:The Tropic of Serpents|17910078].

Terrific story written in a Memoir style of a woman who is passionate about dragons and her quest to study them, draw them and know the behaviour of dragons.

I loved the way this book was written and had to remind myself several times that Lady Trent was a fictional character. Think of her as the Dian Fossey of Dinosaurs.

And the illustrations of Trent’s drawings scattered throughout the book are wonderful.

I hghly  recommend this novel for anyone who is interested in the lore of dragons and a strong female anthropologist ahead of her time.  (And yes, I know, it is fiction, but the writing is wonderful and you tend to forget that this is not a true historical account; it’s that good!)

I will definitely be reading all in this series.

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The 5th in the series is expected to be released on April 25th, 2017 by Tor Books

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Curioddity by Paul Jenkins – a review

 

curiodditycover    5 Stars

Thank you to Lauren Diaz from St. Martin’s Press for reaching out to me and asking if I would like to review this book for an unbiased review. This was one of the best yes’s I have uttered! This book is pure exhilarating entertainment!

Image result for curioddity by paul jenkins

Welcome to Wil Morgan’s world. He is a middle age man who has learned that life holds no magic, is not wonderful, and at it’s very best, living is a very mundane thing to be endured. This all about to change…drastically.

Enter an old man who is the curator of the Curioddity Museum who looks at the world in an upside down fashion and tries to teach Wil Morgan to unlook at everything. Throw in an swarmy, whiter than possible glaring white toothed villian, a free spirited woman, some ninja-bots, a clock tower that is destined to drive Wil Morgan insane, a rat vomit smelly elevator, and a cat-lady landlord and you are in for a crazy amazingly silly wonderful read!

Paul Jenkins is right up there with Ernest Cline and Scott Hawkins in creating a first novel that is unlike anything you have read, in a world that’s totally different. He has had many successes with writing characters for DC and Marvel Comics ~ Spider-Man, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, Hellblazer, The Inhumans and The Sentry. He also has written great characters for The Darkness, The Incredible Hulk and God of War video games. His first foray into novels is pure geekiness and fun!

If you loved the Back to the Future Series and Who Framed Roger Rabbit movie, then you will love this story. I could totally picture a new half animated hit movie in the making (it’s about time someone tackled another Who Framed Roger Rabbit type movie, hint, hint).

Welcome to looking at life upside down. Image result for upside down

This will probably be my best read for 2016. Go out and buy this one!

 

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The Library at Mount Char~ Scott Hawkins ~ A Review

Library at Mount Char  5 Stars!

This is one of the craziest bat-shit books I have ever read! And it is glorious.

It has every twist, gore, dark humor, inconceivable situation someone could possibly throw into a book and it works beautifully; the plot line is truthful throughout (although realizing it takes you for a wild ride!) Thank you Scott Hawkins for your unlimited imagination!

Right from the beginning I was like: Reaction-Library1

but I was also doing this: Reaction-Library2

This was my favorite read of 2015.

This story has everything from military nukes and secret meetings to lions and mad dogs and dead people who aren’t dead anymore. It has a demented sicko who wears a pink tutu as he kills what needs to be killed (and sometimes what doesn’t) and the sickest, saddest daughter-father story line a book has ever held. It has the best laugh out loud moments and can’t get your breath gasps along with a heroine so void of any really feeling that you don’t even notice it. It is wonderfully deliciously demented and the best book I have read for true escapism. It’s one hell of a wild ride!

This is a book you have to read for yourself. No review is going to do it any justice and I get the sad feeling that describing it will just make people not want to read it. Don’t do yourself that disservice; go out and buy it, steal it, borrow it, just get it and read it.

Word of caution: Be careful reading it in public. “Holy flucks” and “Shit that can’t be happening”, expressions, along with laughter and possibly coffee coming out of your nose, will have other people moving away from you very quickly and perhaps dialing for assistance (theirs, not yours).

Get this book now! (Really …go!) Carolyn has a plan …

(Did I mention it has a library to die for?)

 

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The Returned by Jason Mott ~ A Review

thereturnedMy rating: 4.5 stars

What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep, many years later, maybe decades later?

I read this early on this year. This was a very good read. Not sure why I didn’t give it 5 stars, but something, very small, was lacking, although I can’t put my finger on what. Maybe I’ll need to rethink my rating, because I’m not sure what more I could have wanted. It was an easy read and kept me interested from the beginning. It also is a book that the more you think about it, the more you realize just how deep it goes, without you knowing that it has left many questions, many wonderings.

In the Author’s Note section of the book,  jason mott writes:

“TWELVE years after my mother passed away, I can hardly remember the sound of her voice…In July 2010, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of my mother’s death, I dreamed of her. The dream was a simple one: I came home from work and she was there, at the dinner table, waiting for me. For the course of the entire dream, we simply talked. I told her about grad school and life in general since her death. She asked me why I still hadn’t settled down and started a family…

  Not long after that, I cornered a friend over lunch and told him about my emotional unease…Sometime later in our lunch, as conversation was running low, my friend asked: ‘Can you imagine if she actually did come back, just for one night? And what if it wasn’t just her? What if it happened to other people, too?’

   The Returned was born that day.”

Back to my first question: What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep?

No, seriously, think about that for longer than a second. What would you do? How would you welcome them back…or would you?

The dead do not age; you do. Time does not move on for them; it does for you. How and would they fit back into your life?

What if only some of the dead returned? What if your loved ones didn’t come back?

How would you feel as one of “The Returned”? Would the joy of being reconnected with the person/family you love, outweigh the disappointment of not being accepted back fully, of being viewed as “different”, “weird”, “strange”, “not one of us”?

I loved one passage in particular in this book; it has stayed with me for months:

  ” She thought then of what her mother had told her once about death. ‘Death is only the beginning of the reunion you did not know you wanted’.”  (pg. 139-140)

The more I think about it, the deeper this book gets.

 

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ~ A Review

OceanAtheEndoftheLane  5 Stars  ~ Brilliant.

Full of allegories and myths and imaginings that are weaved into what a 7 year old boy’s mind can handle. This book is layers upon layers.

It is too early for me to write about plot and meanings within meanings, as many have not read it yet. I’m sure in weeks to come many will talk of the meanings in the imaginations. This one is deep. As deep as the Ocean at the End of the Lane, which on the surface can look like a pond.

Two of my favourite passages:

pg. 112

I shook my head. “I’ll bet you don’t actually even look like that,” I said. “Not really.”
Lettie shrugged. “Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”
I said, “Are you a monster? Like Ursual Monkton?”
Lettie threw a pebble into the pond. “I don’t think so,” she said. “Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t.

…a couple of paragraphs later

“Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.” She thought for a moment. Then she smiled. “Except for Granny, of course.”

and page 146:

“Do you still know everything, all the time?”
She shook her head. She didn’t smile. She said, “Be boring, knowing everything. You have to give all that stuff up if you’re going to muck about here.”
“So you use to know everything?”
She wrinkled her nose. “Everybody did. I told you. It’s nothing special, knowing how things work. And you really do have to give it all up if you want to play.”
To play what ?”
“This, she said. She waved at the house and the sky and the impossible full moon and the skeins and shawls and clusters of bright stars.” 

Sigh. Only like Gaiman can write.

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