I finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for the So Popular! for the cbr10bingo. Now, the book is not bad. Not by a long shot. I just found it slow. Therefore, I thought I was going to have to review only half of the book. There is a lot of buildup leading one to think course there is going to be a big explosive ending! Wrong. It somewhat fizzled at the end. However, it kept to the tone of the book. The whole book was just watching these people live and grow and die. I felt as if […]
I saw this book on Kindle and having first read it when I was a teenager I decided to revisit and see what I thought of it now. The picture here is actually the cover it had when I was an impressionable teenager in the 1980s! Even when I read it this was an old book – having first been published in 1963 – and it is aimed at the young adult market with a teenage protagonist. The novel is a baby space opera, set in a future where humanity has explored the stars and met an alien race (the […]
CBR10Bingo – Birthday! (Ursula LeGuin October 21) To paraphrase Octavia Butler is talking about her novel “Survivor,” her book she kind of abandoned to out of print status: it was her Star Trek novel. This means that ultimately what she felt was happening in that novel was too conceit-heavy, too tropey, and too much about discovery of a weird alien race and then turning into a kind of hackneyed sci fi Golden Age schlock. In the two first Hain novels, there’s a kind of teetering on the edge of being “Star Trek” novels, where it’s just a different planet with […]
Bingo Square (Round 2): This is the End In this final Hugo Award winning novel of The Broken Earth trilogy, Jemisin finally takes us back to the Shattering, the beginning of the Seasons and explains exactly how the world as Essun and Nassun know it came into being. There have already been many reviews singing the praises of this trilogy so I am going to keep it short and basic. Hoa has been the narrator throughout the trilogy but in this one, he finally narrates his own origin story while also telling the story of how Essun and Nassun reach the final […]
Bingo Square (Round 2): Center/Free Space I was originally going to use this as my brain candy spot, but it didn’t quite fit that category for me. There was just a bit too much going on in the first few chapters for it to be pure fluff, and required more attention than my tired brain was expecting. There are absolutely absurd and hilarious moments, but with all the details of the all different parts of the galaxies, it also demands slightly more reader attention than your average brain candy. Over a hundred years ago, galactic powers had a huge, destructive […]
This weekend was either the worst weekend or the perfect weekend to start and finish reading The Power by Naomi Alderman. It’s a what-if novel – what if first teenage girls and the women awoke within themselves powerful abilities that made them the physically dominant gender? What would change? How would it change? And how quickly? I have a feeling that Naomi Alderman is a big N. K. Jemisin fan because her writing style feels very similar, just … stilted. Like it’s not how she naturally wants to write, it’s an affectation. I’m a huge Jemisin fangirl so I feel you, […]
CANNONBALL!!!! Sorry. I just can’t believe that it happened this fast for me. Back in the olden days of CBR 3, I read mostly shortish YA books and still struggled to eke out 52 books and reviews by the deadline. Now that I am drunk on CBR 10 early completion power…..let’s talk Naomi Alderman’s “The Power.” The premise itself is very simple. Young women begin to have the ability to harness electricity and manipulate it. Its source is a mysterious skein located in their collar bones. Once the young women are aware of this, they discover that they can also awaken […]
Episode 1-37: Brothers Gotta Hug! Wherein I review: 143. The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal #4) by Jonathan L. Howard Where I wax romantical about how much I love the Johannes Cabal series. And the joy of a solid 4th book in a series.