Review of 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/6311/22/63 by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have heard it said “that is life is stranger than fiction,” and in the instance of this book it proves to be half-true at least. Especially given the real world history event at the focus of this book’s plot, the JFK assassination. While some of the events did happen, they are altered to suit the story in such a way it makes a brilliant, thought provoking tapestry.

Given the English teacher protagonist Jake/George sent down a rabbit hole , to stop Lee Harvey Oswald is odd, but smart choice. As Jake is forced to confront what is right, and what is wrong. Using a notebook given to him from a old friend he explorers Derry Maine first, to try to understand what he is told is true. Trying to save a former student of his, and his family from being killed by their drunk father on Halloween. Managing to succeed in that not once, but twice he arrives in Texas after a short stop in Florida. Living on borrowed time, he takes a substitute teacher position in Jodie, Texas. As he waits he meets Sadie who falls into his arms, literally. Eventfully Jake/George becomes a important member of the school in an unexpected way. Managing to fall in love with Sadie. Unfortunately time travel is not without residue, as she tragically dies to save JFK and his wife. Going back through the rabbit hole, he realizes his noble actions had horrible consequences. Returning once more to the past, he does what is necessary to keep the horrible future from happening. While I wont spoil the ending, it will surprise you.

Review of The Broken Ones by Stephen M Irwin

The Broken OnesThe Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Old style Noir with a dash of occult,and supernatural aspects. While a little slow to start, the world seems off as ghosts now live along side humans. Most of the people know who there ghosts are, everyone but Oscar. As things progress, the ghosts seem to be more harmful than helpful as ritualistic, and violent murders occurs. All with children as victims. Of course Oscar gets stuck with the case, and becomes almost obsessed with solving it.

Review of The Games by Ted Kosmatka

The GamesThe Games by Ted Kosmatka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting premise with the idea of using genetics to build, or create unique gladiators whose only purpose is to die in a public spectacle. Of course that happens much later, as this focused on only one of the gladiators creation. Which is one of the cons of this book, since I imagine getting a account of the individual gladiators creation would be interesting. The characters are a little cliché, and don’t get as much development as they should. Yet, in a sense that allows different viewpoints on the American gladiator, and its unique creation.

If you want a small, but interesting read I would suggest this book is for you.

Review of Amped by Daniel H Wilson

AmpedAmped by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book isn’t as good as I expected, since I enjoyed some of his previous work it still manages to be a decent read. There is some noticeable similarity in the plot to WWII era Germany, with the amps taking place of the Jewish people, and the Pure Priders standing in for the Nazis. Of course with the expectation, of taking place in a different era, with different technology. Yet the similarities are clear. While that may not be intentional, it is extremely apparent.

Downside to that, it makes some of the characters like Lyle and Senator Vaughn cliche and bland. Even the main character Owen is a little cliche, as he is forced to run from his life, after his father is killed in a explosion. Leaving his “normal” implanted life as a teacher behind he is thrust into a world of military conspiracies, cover ups, and political agendas.

Review of A Dance of Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly this book and its predecessor take place in same area of time. However this book focuses more on Jon Snow, Tyrion, Daenerys, and several names who are more secondary characters in this game of thrones. The secondary characters help move the plot forward, without obstructing the goals of the main characters. This is a welcome change of pace, (in my opinion) since reading the events that revolve around a small handful of time gets tiresome after a time.

Maybe about 2/3 of the way through the book, the plot lines connect. That makes the pace of the book slow some, as it brings in the rest of the characters. Given the length of this book, not to mention length of the other books that make up the series it is a long read. If your a fan of fantasy novels, this book would be a welcome addition to your shelf.

Review of Virals (Virals, #1)

Virals (Virals, #1)Virals by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like most of the more popular young-adult series,(the hunger games, The mortal instruments), the main protagonist is a women. Since this is the first book I have read by the author, I wasn’t sure what to expect outside of what the book jacket told me. The pace is solid throughout, and would make the book a good vacation read I think. Given the short sentence structure that is seen throughout the book, it will keep any fan of young-adult books entertained. Within the first fifty pages, the book hooks you in, and refuses to let go.

This book tells, the story of Tory Brennan and her friends as they uncover murder, cover-ups, and more. The four main characters would be considered “nerds,” in their world. Given their parents academic standing it makes sense.Of course nothing is as it seems, when they uncover an old, dirt covered dog tag, and wolf-pup locked in a lab. As they begin to figure out who the dog tag belongs, they are unknowingly drawn into a cover-up that goes back 40 years. In a slightly predictable method, things get bad and most dangerous to the main characters near the end of the book as things finally come together. I’m not sure I would the ending is “happy,” but it leaves the reader wanting more of the series.
Given how well known the author is, I am surprised this book isn’t more well known.

Review of A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire,#3)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this book is defiantly the most violent of the ones I have read so far. Despite the fact that there are more weddings than battles, the weddings are at least “interesting,” to say the least. Even though perhaps, depressing may be a more accurate statement. This book focuses heavily on the Night Watch since the wildings are gathering to go past the wall. Of course depending on the reader one may say that is more interesting than the weddings, that take place. I will admit this book is defiantly not for the faint of heart, than again the same could be said for the whole series.

Despite the deaths of several main characters, the twist at the ending is well worth the emotional torment. However, it is defiantly worth the emotional damage that is felt throughout the book. I will admit I rejoiced at the death of King Joffery, his death was something that was needed to move the story forward. As to some of the other deaths, not so much was rejoicing could be felt.

The book defiantly adds a lot of depth to several characters, as they face challenging choices. Including Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, Sansa Stark, Bran Stark, Stannis and several more others.

Review of A Clash of Kings (A song of Ice and Fire,#2)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book defiantly, without question picks up were the Game of Thrones left off. The books pace is much faster then the previous book, which had a lot more politics in it that drove the plot. In contrast this book has much more war, which defiantly accelerated the pace of the story in my opinion. A lot takes place in this book, that impacts the landscape as well the plot. Hopefully A Storm of Swords keeps the pace of the story alive, unlike so many that have died in this book which is a lot.
This book increased my loathing for Ceresi and Joeffry. It feels like Tyrion is the only Lannister that seems to have a brain in that family. I definitely felt sympathy for both of the House Stark’s daughters who are not in pleasant circumstances that seem to worsen throughout the book.

Review of Envious

EnviousEnvious by Katie Keller-Nieman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book from goodreads.

To be honest I thought the book had a difficult start (in my opinion), before it took off. It defiantly has a unique premise as a whole, even though I wished it focused more on the memories/visions over the romance but as they the book progresses they combine very well.

Cassandra, Aurora and Eric are the books main characters and are linked though some past event (which is found near the end of the book). The two girls both have feelings for Eric, but only aurora is dating him. Aurora has this strange hold on Eric. Even though if Eric is away from aurora, he is himself. Eventually Cassandra realizes this and tries to get Eric over Aurora.

The book can best be summed up in two word, those are love triangle.

Review of The Night of the Swarm (The Chathrand Voyage, #4

The Night of the Swarm (Chathrand Voyages #4)The Night of the Swarm by Robert V.S. Redick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book concludes the journey of the Chathrand and the journey to destroy the threat posited by the nilstone and the swarm. It is very week written conclusion of the journey of Paazel, Thasha, Neeps, Hercol, Neda and so many others as the world falls apart around from various threats. The book concludes in a semi-round about way but it wraps up what happens to all the major characters after the threat of the nilstone and the swarm are no longer in there world.