Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Skin Game


Skin Game
Skin Game by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Damn damn damn....Listening to "Kickstart My Heart" as I write this. Seems like an appropriate one.

I love this series. These characters, and the way Butcher is steering them. Damn damn.

Not much of a review, but wouldn't you be reading the book anyway? Get to it, son.



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Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: The Fever

The FeverThe Fever by Megan Abbott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC copy of this book from NetGalley.

3.5 stars.

I don't remember high school being this rough. But then, it was a long time ago. This mystery/thriller with a dose of contemporary drama was pretty interesting. The pace was right on, and I enjoyed the characters. Most specifically the POV characters of the Nash family.

The story does jump around a lot, like there are lots of distractions in place to confuse the mystery aspect of the plot. But then things get tied together pretty well, for the most part.

A little weird, but engaging and encourages lots of page turning...

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1


Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1
Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1 by Max Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I got this eARC free from NetGalley.

Oh yes, I wanted to love this. I saw Max Brooks at a signing last year, and he had these little promo cards with The Extinction Parade cover art on them, which he signed. He told us the concept behind the story, a rather unique take on the zombie apocalypse. Wow, I was psyched and ready to dive in!

I was a little let down. I mean, the art is fantastic, and I still love the concept. Plus, the vampires don't suck. Well, I mean they do, but no more than they're supposed to.

Lots of buildup. Lots of ambiance and mood setting. So, I'm ready to see some kick ass stuff, and then it ends. I guess we'll have to wait until Volume 2 to see where this is going, eh?

That's cool. I'll check it out. I'm intrigued.

EDIT 5/9/14: After posting this review, I found out that what I had read was in fact half of the upcoming graphic novel. Where I thought it was issues 1-5, it seems it was only 1-3. Yes, this is clearly indicated on the NetGalley site, but I tend to avoid reading blurbs too carefully, for fear of spoilers.

That said, my review stands as rated. Sadly, I probably would have rated it higher had I been able to get the whole story (at least through the first story arc) rather than a sample. I was left hanging without closure, so my rating reflects that. Hopefully I'll get a chance to read the whole thing at some point.

Note to the publisher: Samples won't get you the best reviews for your product. If a reviewer is willing to spend the time reading and reviewing your books, you should make the whole thing available for them to properly grade the entire work.



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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1


Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1
Max Brooks' The Extinction Parade, Volume 1 by Max Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I got this eARC free from NetGalley.

Oh yes, I wanted to love this. I saw Max Brooks at a signing last year, and he had these little promo cards with The Extinction Parade cover art on them, which he signed. He told us the concept behind the story, a rather unique take on the zombie apocalypse. Wow, I was psyched and ready to dive in!

I was a little let down. I mean, the art is fantastic, and I still love the concept. Plus, the vampires don't suck. Well, I mean they do, but no more than they're supposed to.

Lots of buildup. Lots of ambiance and mood setting. So, I'm ready to see some kick ass stuff, and then it ends. I guess we'll have to wait until Volume 2 to see where this is going, eh?

That's cool. I'll check it out. I'm intrigued.



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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Peacemaker


Peacemaker
Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I had fairly high hopes here after reading the blog, so I quickly requested a copy from NetGalley, which they provided.

That said, my hopes weren't entirely met. I did enjoy the story, and I very much liked the characters and the 'near-future' Australia setting with a Western (USA) flavored theme park. It really had the feel of a good blend of Western and Urban Fantasy.

The story wasn't disappointing, it just didn't stand out and wow me. There was a lot going on with the plot and it seemed to take a lot to keep up with all of it. Most of it came together fairly well by the end, except of course what we'd expect to linger in order to move the story from a novel to a series.

I'm fairly interested in where the series plot could go and I'd like to see more development of the characters. But since I wasn't amazed by this one, I'm not sure when I'd get a chance to explore any sequels. There aren't any out yet, and I'm not sure this will stick with me very much by the time the next one is available. Still, we'll see. There's certainly room to grow here.



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