Dragon's Egg is a fascinating story by Robert L. Forward about life that has arisen on a neutron star, and explores the hurdles such beings would face. A neutron star is passing near our solar system and scientists take the opportunity to study it. Meanwhile, life is evolving at an incredibly rapid rate on its surface. In a world dominated by unimaginable gravity, intense magnetic fields and literally white hot temperatures, nuclear life arises. I loved this book for its depiction of life evolving in otherworldly conditions while still feeling plausible. Dragon's Egg explores how a species could arise and become a civilization and eventually make contact with aliens (the aliens being the Earth scientists orbiting the star). It's unlike any book I've ever read, and I look forward to getting ahold of the sequel, "Starquake".
John Dies at the End could be described as a combination of "They Live", "Cabin in the Woods", and "Scary Movie". It is a comedy/horror about what happens when two trailer trash boys are forced to learn horrible revelations about the world they think they live in. After unwittingly taking a drug dubbed "Soy Sauce", David and John gain temporary, often useless and uncontrollable powers that allow them to interact with an uncooperative spirit world. They fight monsters made of cold cuts, alien-infested humans, low-level Elder Gods, and TV psychics. Lovecraftian and irreverent, this book is the first of three books written by Cracked.com author David Wong. I loved this book so much that I ended up reading the other two, "This Book is Full of Spiders" and "What the Hell Did I Just Read".
A girl has a family tragedy and spends her days with friend to get over it.
Fruits Basket is the type of manga that I could read any day, especially when I am looking for a feel good book. Each character goes through their own trials that revolve around the main character. With a hint of magic and romance, this is simply a manga about healing and forgiving.
by Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich/ Voronina, Olga (EDT)/ Boyd, Brian (TRN)
The perfect classic piece to pick up for Valentine's Day.
Heart wrenching and genuine, "Letters to Vera" showcases a collection of letters Nabokov wrote to his wife during the times in which they were apart. Introducing the collection of letters, Brian Boyd and Olga Voronina give an overview of the history of Nabokov and Vera's love before allowing readers to dive into their difficult, yet true, love story.
A suspenseful tale featuring an agoraphobic protagonist
I found myself halfway done with this book a day after I picked it up. Finn's novel reminded me a lot of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," but it portrayed a female protagonist who was deeply flawed, terrified, and carried a sometimes funny and relatable narration of someone experiencing trauma. I loved every nail-biting sentence of it.
This book made me think about fungus in a different way. Fungal infections plus massively increased mental abilities create suspicion around one brother. The second brother has to figure out the problems as his first assignment at the NSA. Add into the mix, a father with Alzheimer's and an ever-expanding list of world leader assassinations. A must read for science lovers.
Your Alexa Has Been Forcefully Placed In A Human Body, What Happens Next Will Warm Your Heart
Former ship Justice of Toren is determined to exact righteous vengeance upon a being who wronged her, only to find that no longer being an AI with a near infinite wealth of knowledge and having only one, singular, flesh and blood body as opposed to several connected together, brings a whole new set of obstacles she didn't really anticipate. Now going by the name Breq to avoid suspicion of her true nature, she is stuck smack dab in the middle of a centuries-long galactic conspiracy, and is going to need to find help to complete her mission, whether she wants it or not. Merciless in her worldbuilding, Leckie leaves the reader in the middle of this new society she has built, with little to no explanation of this galaxy they find themselves in. Intimidating, at first, but leaving the state of the world in the hands of the readers assumptions is a refreshing change of pace, and makes for an engaging read. Highly recommended to all fans of Sci-Fi alike!
For those of us who grew up with darker tastes, but just can't seem to let go of innocent tales
Should you enjoy any retelling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, pin this onto your sprawling list. The darker the better, I say. The book begins with Alice, as we all know and love her, in a jail cell, rotting away with blood-clotted hair and fire on the mind. Soon, she finds that the Jabberwocky has escaped into reality, and she must break herself free from prison (both literally and figuratively, as it always seems to happen) to arrest the monster's existence and send it spiraling back into its hellish home. With the help of an odd cellmate who sparks her kerosene memories, she takes fate by the horns and creates her own fate which no fire could destroy. Alice finds herself doing exactly what she does best-- searching for that ever-elusive White Rabbit. Maybe he'll know what she needs to rediscover her Wonderland. A bit akin to American McGee's Alice. Both dark, both twisted, both new iterations bounding with unique elements that only seem to work with our girl Alice. Death, blood, and absolute nonsense.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested or even skeptical about the darker side of the paranormal. This is not just a compilation of scary stories, it is the complex break down by Ed and Lorraine Warren of why these events occur. The way the book plays out is very unique, first the reader gets a basic introduction to the paranormal and then with examples of cases that the Warrens have worked get an intense scientific perspective on what causes these demonic episodes and even how they are identified and categorized. It feels as if one is reading a textbook of demonic and religious history and how it bleeds into peoples lives today. Anyone who is skeptical about the paranormal would have trouble denying it after finishing this book.
Given both my cat allergy and my immunity to the supposed charm of any animal, "Dewey: The Libary Cat Who Kept Touching People" was the last book I expected to leave my mind blown and my soul shivering. And yet, here I am, over two months later and the proud owner of a fluffy orange tabby I named "Dewey" even though the shelter told me his name was already... something else. I wasn't listening. With modern life so full of trauma, disappointment, and the impending apocalypse, the story of a bunch of small town simpletons having their day made by seeing an incredibly common animal is just the thing to give you perspective, to help you see that maybe if we all took more time to appreciate the simple, beautiful joys available to us in every square inch of God's fading masterpiece we call The Earth, we'd all sleep a little bit easier, our dreams slathered in dew... Plus we have like forty copies, so please, seriously, buy them all from us. Also, if anybody wants a really ill-tempered cat, I just got this cat that I'm totally allergic to...
InEcho Ridge, secrets are either buried or come back to haunt you!
Karen McManus continues with her intriguing teen mystery novels, this time in a new setting, but an even more twisted tale! Ellery and her brother, Ezra, are sent to live with their grandma in Echo Ridge, and as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen. A huge fan of true crime, Ellery learns about the tragic past of its town, with the disappearances of Homecoming Queens, one of whom was her aunt. Malcolm, a resident of the town and younger brother of the prime suspect from the last disappearance, shows up at the wrong place at the wrong time when warnings begin to appear across town, cautioning citizens that the kidnapper will strike again. Can he and Ellery solve the case before it's too late? The author presents a strong addition to the mystery genre, and she does so in a great way that revolves around teenagers and uses techniques for uniqueness and modernity. So many questions pop up and, like any good mystery, plenty of people are keeping secrets and sneaking around town, keeping the reader in the dark until the climax. While this book was incredibly enjoyable to read as soon as it came out, I found that I did not enjoy this one as much as her previous title, "One Of Us Is Lying." My reasoning is because in this book, you only hear from Malcolm and Ellery's point of view, where in the previous book, you heard from four different characters, having a stronger sense of character depth and development. This book didn't have that as much, and there were some really interesting minor characters who deserved more attention. While in this reviewers opinion, this book wasn't as enjoyable as her debut, if you like her work, this will still satisfy and make you want to continue to read whatever twisting plot she comes up with next! Enjoy the read!
Back with a vengeance, Holly Black's amazing YA Fantasy "The Cruel Prince" has gotten a sequel, full of lies, secrets, twists and betrayals. Holly Black is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, her prose are absolutely amazing and her characters are incredibly unique. Usually with YA/Teen Fantasy the main character is an all good, do it by the book, perfect moral compass and can do no wrong, where with this series, it's the exact opposite. No character is entirely good or evil, nothing is black and white. Everyone betrays everyone, and even Jude Duarte, our cunning heroine, lies and cheats and manipulates in order to get her way. This story takes place five months into Cardan's reign as king, and unbeknownst to everyone else in the realm, is controlled by Jude. Both are figuring out quickly how the court runs, and sooner than later, realizes that its more difficult to stay in power than to attain it. Tensions with the undersea folk rise like the tide, and war may be on the horizon. Secrets and conspiracies also escalate within the court, and someone close to Jude has betrayed them all, but who could it be? Also, what exactly are Cardan's feelings towards Jude? Their relationship continues to become more complicated, and Jude begins to question everything? Does she also have feelings for him? Does he actually have feelings for her, or are they more malicious and calculated than she thinks? So many twists, so much tension, its turning out to be such an amazing series, highly recommend!
Beautifully bleak; rips your heart apart & bandages it up
It's easy to compare "Miles from Nowhere" to a book like Denis Johnson's "Jesus' Son". Both are told in fragmentary, seemingly disconnected vignettes. Both involve a troubled, seemingly broken main character, stumbling their way through a drug infested, scabbed-up underworld. Both highlight people who are screw ups, or are screwing up. And both grapple with the horrors of heroin. But for every similarity there is, "Miles from Nowhere" rests in a fictional world all its own. For one, "Miles from Nowhere" features a rich, believably messed up main character. For as memorable and as powerful as "Jesus' Son" is, the richness and depth of its main character are not the books strong suits. "Jesus' Son" does feature good characters, don't get me wrong- but "Miles from Nowhere" has the advantage of telling a coming of age story. We see our main character Joon as a very young woman, writhing from adolescence to adulthood. We see her truly grow, truly change, in a way that is transformative for both her and the reader. We see her make mistakes, seek redemption, and through the countless bad moves she makes, Joon and the narrative itself somehow absolves us, the readers, of our own sins. It is ultimately a book that tells you one thing: that you are never really broken, that you can never fall too far.
The Rape of Nanking is a gut wrenching story of the Japanese rape, torture and murder of the Chinese population of Nanking, China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It is difficult to put this book into words. What I can say is that there has never been a book that has disgusted me and hit me so hard in the stomach. Of all the history books I have read, this is easily at the top of my must-read list. This is not a book you will want to read, but it is a book you have to read.
How many people still believe in magic? Do you? Well, you should. When this book started getting popular, I was in my early teens and was...dubious. My Dad had taken me to the book store and I was allowed to pick a book and I remember standing in front of a huge display of this very paperback and debating with myself over whether I was "too old" to bother. Well, I think you can guess how that debate ended. I took the book home, started reading...and finished it the next day. We went back to the book store the next weekend, I got "Chamber of Secrets" and finished that one in a day too. I was hooked. These books are fantastic. Over the years, the movies have come out and made a lot of people think they "don't need" to read the books. They (you!) absolutely do. Rowling grabs you and won't let you go while you're reading these. If you haven't picked this up and read it yet, please do! This is a universe that stays with you, even if you're all done growing up.
If you are looking for a fresh voice, K.Y. Robinson is pouring it out straight from her soul. Her poetry is so raw and vulnerable, and offering a perspective that more often than not is overlooked. She, herself, is a plus sized woman of color, and her poetry is centered around that. Through her verse, she's able to nail every emotion a fat woman experiences in a relationship and she does so without it feeling forced, or contrived; it's an honest representation. Though I can't speak to the POC side, she does make you more aware of your own privilege and forces you to reflect on that. It's beautiful, it's unique, and it's art. I look forward to any and everything else this poet has to offer.
This cookbook is absolutely fantastic! It has a huge selection of recipes from all different types of world cuisine. The recipes are super quick and easy without losing the great flavors of the recipes that are traditionally more complex. I made the mole chicken in under an hour and it was to die for!
You thought you'd heard of everything...until a girl hugs a boy and he turns into a cat! Tohru Honda's life changes when she encounters a family cursed to turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac. Unable to tell anyone without having her memory erased, Tohru becomes mixed up with a plot thousands of years in the making and manages to turn this family's terrible situation right on its head. Fruits Basket is a heartwarming, timeless classic filled with unexpected twists and turns and heart-stopping realizations. There's angst, drama, crazy shenanigans, adorable feel good moments...this series has a little bit of everything, and no matter who you are, you're bound to find a character to love.
This is the story of a girl who is twenty-third in line for the throne and after a banquet turns deadly she is crowned Queen. She has to discover who killed the previous king and court and try to keep her own head. I was surprised to find out who was responsible for the deaths and honestly thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is a standalone which is refreshing after reading so many series and trilogies lately.
From the hit Podcast The Adventure Zone comes the much awaited graphic novels that delighted loyal fans and new readers alike. A trio of adventurers joined with a capricious DM (god) journeys to the center of the traditional D&D dungeons in search of their wayward employer. They learn about life, love, and slaughter along they way, like any good group of murder hobos, and have a great time doing it.