Inside Out – Maria V Snyder

The Pop Cops’ prophets preached that Outside could only be attained after a person’s life ends. And only if the person worked hard and obeyed Inside’s laws. If a scrub was worthy, his inner soul would travel to Outside while his physical body would be fed to Chomper. Most of the scrubs believed this Pop CopContinue reading “Inside Out – Maria V Snyder”

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

“I know, ain’t evils in no life nor cruelties in no red hell can change the vally heart of Ice Cream Star.” Sandra Newman’s novel The Country Of Ice Cream Star is going to cause some fights, cause some clamour among the finger-wagging ranks of the sensitive literati. People who care about books (and whoContinue reading “The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman”

Everything About You by Heather Child Book Review

Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister’s. It adopts her sister’s personality, recreating her through a life lived online. This data ghost knows everything about Freya’s sister: every date she ever went on, every photoContinue reading “Everything About You by Heather Child Book Review”

Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Months ago, Ciere would have cast her illusion outward, like throwing a sheet over a table. It would cover everything, but the pain was debilitating. Now, after months of careful practice, Ciere reaches out and  imagines the world the way she wants it. She visualizes the frozen white fields, the twist in the road around a clump of trees—the trees that make a perfect place toContinue reading “Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones”

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Book Review

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when peopleContinue reading “Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Book Review”

Mortal Engines – [The Hungry City Chronicles #1] – Philip Reeve

The great Traction City London lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism. Tom, an apprentice in the GuildContinue reading “Mortal Engines – [The Hungry City Chronicles #1] – Philip Reeve”

Sand (Sand #1-5) by Hugh Howey Book Review

No luck. I haven’t had any with recent books. I’ve wrongly thought that sometimes a large size might be an indicative of a good story line but as with Drood, size doesn’t matter. 30% into the book, I couldn’t find any connection with the characters, the plot was dull and what promised to be anContinue reading “Sand (Sand #1-5) by Hugh Howey Book Review”

The Hunger Games Book 3 * Mockingjay * Suzanne Collins

I haven’t enjoyed this one as much as The Hunger Games to be honest. While the first book was fast-paced and written well and to the point, the Mockingjay offers a pale hero version of Katniss, lifeless and placid. One that’s sick and tiring easily, one that has to negotiate with the political leaders ofContinue reading “The Hunger Games Book 3 * Mockingjay * Suzanne Collins”

Orson Scott Card – Elephants of Poznan

I’m a massive fan of Orson Scott Card. He got me hooked with Ender’s Game and then I got into the Alvin Maker series. To my surprise, I received an Audiobook from one of my friends with a story I had not read or come across before. The Elephants of Poznan. About the story TheContinue reading “Orson Scott Card – Elephants of Poznan”