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Shame: Conception: Pt. 1

Shame: Conception: Pt. 1 - Lovern Kindzierski, Alexander Finbow, John Bolton I guess someone who isn’t inside the industry should probably write a review of Shame. So I three stared it, but let me make it clear that I maintain the right to make Shame four stars once the second one is released. It was a little shorter than I would have liked, but not the amazing “I need more” too short, it was the bad “where’s the rest” too short. This book was not recommended to me. I did the unspeakable and picked it up off the shelf because the cover sang to me. The inside of the book fulfilled to promise made by the cover of being beautiful and a little depraved. The story flows well, the art suits the story and it over all promises to be a worthwhile series. However, as I said in the beginning, it’s leaves you wanting more because it feels unfinished. I would advise waiting until the second is released before reading this one.

Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman I liked it!

Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity - Yuko Shimizu, Peter Gross, Mike Carey, Bill Willingham I think I may change this to five stars tomorrow. I REALLY liked it...

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Okay, I finally read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I somehow missed it high school (but get tortured with Ethan Frome thrice) and thought that since I subjected so many high schoolers to it while recommending summer reading at Borders, that I should probably get around to reading it. I knew the premise well before I picked it up (I love my freedom of speech). I think, however, since I understood a little of what I was getting before I opened the book it suffered from the weight of my expectations. I knew going into it that I agreed with the author but didn’t know if I actually liked him. As it turns out, I don’t. I direly wanted to love Fahrenheit 451 and I didn’t. I dragged myself through the first hundred and forty pages (no mean feat when the book is only one hundred and eighty). Bradbury wrote in a way that I found rather dizzying. It seemed that you jumped from what Guy was thinking, to what he was doing, to a possible outcome of his actions, to something that happened ten years ago, back to what he was thinking now. I struggled with it a lot, which caused me to not want to read incessantly, so the book took forever to get through which was a bit disheartening for someone who can usually knock out at least a hundred pages a day.I think, I would have liked this book much more had I read it in a more structured environment. If I had a teacher telling me to read 20 pages a night and then got to discuss what was going on with other humans that were experiencing it at the same rate as me, I would have found my reading experience much more enriching.I will still recommend it, but with disclaimer from now on.


Chalice - Robin McKinley I finally read Chalice. It was recommended to me about five thousand years ago and I finally bought it about six months ago, so I figured it was probably about time to read it. I liked it, I guess. Here’s my thing with Robin. She’s the author I find myself most able to get lost in. I love Damar, I named my car after Constantine from Sunshine (that beast owns me till I’m 30, so it’s more of a commitment than it sounds), but Chalice just didn’t grab me. It’s not very long, at a mere 265 pages and I really feel I could have supported another 30 if she’d fleshed out the world more. I long ago accepted that Robin McKinley builds a world, writes a story in it and then walks away. Unlike every other fantasy author on earth who builds a world with their first novel and then live in it until they die (and some of them even groom replacements so the world they build will outlive them). Chalice was plopped down in a magic kingdom of indeterminate size with an untraditional ruling hierarchy that never quite got explained and some type of religion that is important to the story, but again is never fleshed out. I have I willing suspension of disbelief that is probably unparalleled by any living person, but even I couldn’t see past the lack of knowledge the reader is given about the willowlands. I liked so many things about the book but just never managed to get lost in it the way each of Robin McKinley’s other books have trapped me. I will however say that reading this book did sort of make me feel warm and cozy, like I was Curled in a comfy arm chair in front of a fire, and sometimes the feeling a book invokes is more important than the glaring holes in the plot.

Shades of Gray (Icarus Project, Book 2)

Shades of Gray - Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge Shades of Gray was alright. It has been a long time since I read Black and White, three years almost, and Shades of Gray suffered a bit from me forgetting some pretty important things. If I had read the first book before starting this one, it would have been a four star book and not a three, but too many things were casually eluded to that the reader needs to know to appreciate the story. You cannot read this book without the first one being at least a little fresh in your mind. I didn’t love the Now story. It felt rather disjointed. The flow was off and it seemed like a lot was going on that tied together only loosely with some plot points got touched on only briefly than forgotten about for fifty pages to get wrapped up as part of the nice neat package at the end of the book. The Then stole the show. The addition of the story of the earlier generation of extrahumans added an entire new dimension to the series. I loved them. It also added a new perspective to Black and White. Then was very cleverly done and really enriched the series.The Interludes just aggravated me. They didn’t have to be in the book and really didn’t add anything except extra pages. They might have been to give the reader an additional perspective of what was going on in New Chicago, but it didn’t work.All that being said, I’d read another Icarus story if one was released and not feel even a little like I might be wasting hours of my life that I can never have back (I’m looking at you Ethan Frome). Shades of Gray isn’t great sci-fi, but it’s fun, light and possibly the perfect book for me to be reading the week leading up to Christmas.