Nov 122015
 
Review: Feed

This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother. This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, […]

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. […]

Oct 152015
 
Review: The Drafter

Yes, yes, and yes. This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in small chunks, but it costs her as she can’t handle having both timelines in her head. She relies on an anchor to help her sort out her memories and cement only the rewritten part into her head, which means she loses the original timeline. Bad side effect: she loses time from before the rewrite as well. This premise takes a bit to comprehend, but once I understood it, the story was slightly […]

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. […]

May 202015
 
Review: Revive

This was a very exciting and fun story, with a ton of twists and reveals. These elements, which made for a great read, make this book extremely hard to review. There are so many surprises which affect everything that happens after that point, that mentioning almost anything would be a spoiler. The story is told with alternating present time events, and flashbacks as Sophia remembers things. It was never confusing, and lent to the mysterious feel of the story. It helped me connect with and understand Sophia as she never seemed to know anything that the reader didn’t. It made […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Feb 202015
 
Review: The Windup Girl

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a long time, and finally had a chance to pick up the audiobook version. Unfortunately, my experience with it fizzled quite quickly. I found the story very slow and I finally gave it up and DNF’d partway through. The plot seemed to move really slowly, and the characters blended together so that I had a hard time separating their stories. More than once I mixed up who was who. The narration of the audiobook was okay, but I think part of the mix ups came from the fact that there was no […]

Feb 192015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Stitching Snow

Initially I liked this book. The setup was good, the world building was interesting, and the action starts right away. At the onset the main character, Essie, is introduced as a tough, no nonsense girl with serious fighting skills and limited social skills. Which is fine, it’s just I’ve seen this type of main character so many times. It doesn’t feel very fresh to me anymore. But I was willing to let that go because hey, maybe her character would develop more so she’d feel more unique. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for me. As the book went on, Essie’s character […]

Feb 042015
 
Review: Echo 8

This is a science fiction story with a strong romance element. It has a love triangle that is complex and very fun to read. Unlike most love triangles, the circumstances dictate that there isn’t really a “who will she pick” angle, just a lot of layers that made it feel unique. I found the romance in the story was hot and steamy, but also very fast. The relationships proceed at a breakneck speed which seems almost too fast, until you realize the entire book moves at the same speed. Then it starts to make sense and seem less rushed, but […]

Feb 032015
 
Review: Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

This was such a depressing robot story. Eliot may have a noble and sad quest trying to collect the pieces of his missing robot girlfriend, but his “ends justify the means” attitude was not very pleasant. Due to his attitude, Eliot himself is not a very likable character. His drug addiction doesn’t help his case, no matter how sympathetic he is to the robot discrimination that permeates his world. The fact that he doesn’t care what he needs to do in order to put Iris back together is not noble, and some of the actual actions he takes are almost […]