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The Hobbit

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Bilbo Baggins is a reasonably typical hobbit: fond of sleeping, eating, drinking, parties and presents. However, it is his destiny to travel to the dwarflands in the east, to help slay the dragon Smaug. His quest takes him through enchanted forests, spiders’ lairs, and under the Misty Mountains, where he comes across the vile Gollum, and tricks him out of his ‘Precious’ – a ring that makes its bearer invisible, and wields a terrible power of its own.

The Hobbit

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (6) This is more of a children’s book and seems a little slow at times, especially since I already had a good feel for Tolkien’s world thanks to The Lord of the Rings.  
  2. Story – Staying Interested (7) It is a really short novel and there is plenty of excitement to keep you interested.
  3. Story – Finish (8) The book finished well and sets up The Lord of the Rings well. It just felt a little rushed at the end for me.
  4. Characters (7) Bilbo is a good lead character to get behind. I like the lesser characters but they lack depth with how many dwarves there are that all seem too similar.
  5. Writing (6) Tolkien creates a wonderful world that I love to get lost in. I have read several of his works and sometimes they feel like reading ecyclopedias but I love the world he created and all the history that goes with it.  

Overall a 34/50 or 3.5 rating from me. I decided to get this review out since a movie is coming out so soon. This is a great story for those who enjoyed The Lord of the Rings.  I loved what Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings and it makes me really excited to see the Hobbit on Dec 14. I usually complain when too much gets cut out of movie adaptations so I won’t complain about it getting split  into three movies. As long as they use it to add some depth to characters and plot because I can see three segments to this book.

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Warm Bodies

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories,no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

 Warm Bodies

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (7) Considering this book takes place within the head of a zombie I was it did not take to long to get into this one.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (7) This is an interesting twist on zombies that I enjoyed.  I was only put off by some of the things the author tried writing about.
  3. Story – Finish (7) The book finished well and I would be interested in reading the planned sequel. Still not sure if I will though.
  4. Characters (7) I really like the main character R and the minor characters. But the main female lead is a low self-esteem slut that makes it hard for you to not want R to eat her.
  5. Writing (3) Isaac Marion is one of the worst authors I have ever read when it comes to how he  tries to get his message across. Either he is stupid or he thinks his readers are. I understand the zombies can’t speak well and have small vocabularies that leads them to swear a ton. But in order to get the idea that the lead female tries to act tough (by swearing enough to make a sailor blush) but is really softy inside with self-esteem issues (by having her be slutty enough I would not want to touch her with a pole). Add in the fact that the zombies which are supposed to have no strong desires except to occasionally eat brains seem to be sex addicts said to get naked and rub against each other and watch porn. Marion has the potential to be a good author but I don’t know why he went this way to get his message across.

Overall a 31/50 or 3.0 rating from me. I decided to get this review out today for Halloween and since a movie is coming out in a few months. This is a really interesting story that I really enjoyed at times. I only wish Marion did not feel the need to push things that did not need to be in there. I don’t know if he did it for shock value or what but this is a story I probably would have read in one sitting that turned into a grueling week where I wanted to read what happened next but would get annoyed enough to keep putting the book down.  I’m actually really interested in the movie because I think the script will turn out better than Marion’s own words.

Shadow and Bone

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (6) I don’t have a Russian background and this is a strange almost fairytale type world. Add the two together and it took a little longer than I hoped to get into this one.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (7) The story is interesting and I enjoyed it. The only problem is that it was really predictable to guess what would happen next. I like surprises but everything here screamed predictability.
  3. Story – Finish (7) It ended well and I will be interested to see how the story progresses.
  4. Characters (6) Stupid main characters drive me crazy and when the book is so predictable I assume the main character must be dumber than me if they could not see it coming. The characters are fine but I don’t love any of them. Some of the minor characters were actually my favorites and I’m interested to find out what happened to them.
  5. Writing (8) Bardugo writes a good story that is easy enough to follow even though it has strange Russian references to me. Her only drawback is the predictability.

Overall a 34/50 or 3.5 rating from me. Leigh Bardugo has written a good story and I will be excited to read the next installments.  Other readers may enjoy this book even more than I did, perhaps I was just really lucky at guessing what would happen and others would not be annoyed at predictability.

The Host

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

 The Host (The Host, #1)

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (6) Harder to get into than Twilight due to an  alien being the main character.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (8) Once I got into The Host it was a more enjoyable read than Twilight.
  3. Story – Finish (8) The book ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger to show the possibilities of a sequel and left me wanting more. I’ve been hoping for a sequel since then and it looks like it finally is happening.
  4. Characters (7) Some different characters than other stories I read having an alien as the main character. I liked many of the characters but I don’t think I felt strongly one way or another about any of them.
  5. Writing (9) People may be hard on Stephenie Meyer but she does a good job of keeping a reader engaged and does not do anything to break that by being overly descriptive or trying to act too smart.

Overall a 38/50 or 4.0 rating from me. Stephenie Meyer does a good job with this book and left me wanting more. I feel she improved from her Twilight Series as an author and though people may question her and how this story may have been a bit of a rip off but I still really enjoyed it.

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