Science Fiction

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?)

 

Categories: Book Review, Fantasy, favorite author, Science Fiction, Suspense | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

 

Categories: Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction, Goodreads, Mystery, NetGalley, Science Fiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unwind by Neil Shusterman ~ A Review

Unwind  4.5 Stars

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Holy_Shit

This is one book that will stay with me for a long time.  Great ethical brain-scratching how sick can a society get plot. Right up there with A Handmaid’s Tale dystopia read. A disturbing but fascinating read.

I’m was very surprised that this is aimed and marketed as Young Adult because there are some very heavy issues discussed.   Bravo and Kudos for starting the discussion early.

The plot of this book is that abortion is illegal; all children are born and wanted, but a parent can decide when their child is between the ages of 13-18 to unwind them.

Imagine being alive for 13 years and then being “unwound” (sacrificed/killed) because you are not up to society’s standards or you are brought into existence knowing that your parents have made the decision to have you “unwound” later in life as an ultimate sacrifice to help society, through the donation of your organs.

Pro-choice vs. Pro-life has come to a compromise.

I may actually up this to 5 stars once my head and heart has some distance from this book.

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Genesis by Bernard Beckett ~ A Review

Genesis  5 Stars

WTF!! (What the Future!)

A philosophy book based on the future, rooted in Aristotle, Plato’s Republic and Socratic thoughts.
The Original Sin is revealed at the end … and I’m not telling you what it is.

Summary

A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World.

“‘Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.’”

Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero.

It’s late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ruined, plague-ridden world, its citizens safe, but not free, and living in complete isolation from outside contact. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight.

Until a man named Adam Forde rescued a girl from the sea.

“Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join the Academy. Is your answer ready?”

To answer that question, Anaximander must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic’s history, the nature of being human, of being conscious, and even what it means to have a soul.

And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront the Republic’s last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

My Thoughts

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages that it surely going on my physical bookshelf at home. I got a copy from the library for this read, but this is one book I know I will go back to many times.

THIS IS A MUST READ, and Re-READ FOR EVERYONE!

(How can I go back to fluff reads after reading a novel of this magnitude?…)

A small novel, but very powerful; it left my jaw dropping at the end of the story; I didn’t see the ending coming in this one.

This book had so many wonderful thought-idea-provoking passages. Worth the read, just for the surprise. Lots of food-for-thought, philosophy-style. Very short, interesting book, with an intriguing format.

Which came first, the mind or the idea of the mind? Have you never wondered? They arrived together. The mind is an idea. ~Genesis

In the end, living is defined by dying ~Genesis

Help us all on this path of evolution.

Categories: Book Review, Philosophy, Science Fiction, Utopias, Young Adult | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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