Oct 222015
 
Review: The Martian

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre. I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. […]

Jun 172015
 
Review: The Library at Mount Char

This book takes a little bit of time to get into, and to really understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it. So very worth it. By the time you get to the end, the story will have blown you away. It’s hard to describe the book, but my description would be if someone asked a person high on a variety of drugs for story elements, and then a great writer wove a story around all the ideas. Basically it’s a crazy mess of a story that was told wonderfully. That’s the only way I can think to describe a […]

Jun 032015
 
Review: The Fold

This is science fiction done right! I was sucked into this story about Mike with his brain ants, and his investigation into the teleportation project that just feels wrong. Mike has a photographic memory, which he describes as ants in his brain, and hates it. His desire for a normal life is so extreme that he goes out of his way to avoid overstimulating his ants. So he works a normal high school teaching job, doesn’t read, and doesn’t do anything exciting with information. But that all changes when his friend Reggie convinces him to audit a secret government project. […]

Apr 152015
 
Review: What You Left Behind

While I felt this story started off a bit rocky, it turned into a thrilling, and surprising read by the end. I didn’t realize before reading that it was the second in a series, but it stood alone quite well. There are a few remarks that hinted at a prior story, but nothing that stood in the way of enjoying and understanding this story. This book had several twists and turns, and in the first half, had several story lines that seemed very disconnected. I had a bit of trouble seeing the point to everything that was happening, but things […]

Aug 042014
 
Review: Gone Girl

This book made my head explode. In the best and messiest way possible. I tried really hard to think of a way to describe this without swearing, but I can’t. This book is a serious mindfuck. There, I said it. And it’s true. The start of this book seems relatively normal. Nick comes home and his wife is missing and there appears to be signs of foul play. He’s obviously a suspect in the case. The story is narrated in alternating viewpoint chapters, one for Nick and then one for Amy. Everything progresses as expected, and it’s easy to see […]