As you may have noticed in the review immediately preceding this one, I bought this book in the emotional wake of having finished book one, The Hunger Games, of this series. I liked Catching Fire too, though not as much as the first one. The first one has such a great pace, I think a sequel would have had to be unfathomably mind-blowing to be better, much less “as good.” So, with that in mind, I definitely recommend this one to anyone who liked book one and is wondering if book two is worth it. It is. Continue reading Book Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins→
This book was tough for me. I had a really hard time getting into it, and actually stopped twice during the first hundred and thirty pages and read other books (one is the last review I did, the other was Of Mice and Men, which I was tempted to review, but decided not to because everyone already knows that book is amazing anyway). All that said, I think in ways, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is a beautiful book. I think the writing is wonderful. It’s just that the story started slow for me. And the ending, well, let’s just say the last two pages were so completely unsatisfying I can hardly articulate how vexed I was. Continue reading Book Review: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons→
Nathan Lowell’s novel Quarter Share is a very pleasant read. It’s about a young man named Ishmael (yes, Ishmael like in Moby-Dick, and the author is having some fun with that), who, through an unfortunate set of events, finds himself suddenly on his own and forced to leave the “nest” as it were. He seeks his fortune on a space freighter, and the novel is underway following that experience.
I think the best part about this book is that it is a place to go and spend some time. It is a setting in which you can drop right in and experience what is happening in a very real-seeming way. Lowell is meticulous in his construction of the ship and real duties performed by its crew. I’m not a bio-tech or an engineer, or even a coffee connoisseur, but it’s all rendered very believable for me. Much of this book, in its authentic feel, speak of a fine eye for detail, a mechanical bent and real experience or at the very least research on the part of this author (in the back of the book a short bio on Lowell tells of a career in the United States Coast Guard, which is the root of the perspective he brings to this book). Continue reading Book Review: Quarter Share, by Nathan Lowell→