Sunday, 18 June 2017

Zodiac




Book 23 of 2017 is Zodiac by Stan Lee.

This is the kind of thing I'd usually prefer in movie form but it was not too bad. The most unfortunate part is the Skywalker like whiney young male protagonist. He gets less annoying but his inner voice might best be left internal.

The series isn't off my To Read list yet. Let's see how the characters grow over time.

3 tigers out of 5.


Should I read this? If you like comic book style stories.
What did I learn? Young males can be a little fragile.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dust



Book 22 of 2017 is Dust by Hugh Howey.

This is the third and final book in the Silo series. It is a very good sci-fi series and one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a good spread of ideas and characters. The writing is good. The plot is well structured. The tone is mature. I was glad this was not a young adult style tale.

This book is the weakest in the series but it does end well. Overall, I would give the series 4 out of 5 stars and this book that as well. It might be that it was the more predictable of the books.

4 silos out of 5.

Should I read this? Absolutely!
What did I learn? Long sci-fi series do not have to be a tedious chore. They can be very enjoyable.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Shift



Book 21of 2017 is Shift by Hugh Howey

This is the first middle book in a trilogy since Two Towers that I have loved and not wanted to put down. I demolished this in days and even woke up early to read it. This makes sense since Wool leaves you in a state of wondering what is happening and why.

The character development is more solid than Wool. The history and cunning plans are laid out and understandable. This brings it all together and now I'm waiting for Dust to smash it home.

5 silos out of 5.

Should I read this? Yes. Read the whole series. This is very good sci-fi.
What did I learn? I have to finish more of the series I start.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Primates of Park Avenue



Book 20 of 2017 is Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin.

I've avoided reading this book because I expected a bragfest from a WASP that would leave me mostly disgusted. I was pleasantly surprised.

The cheeky anthropological dissertation style structure made this much more palatable. It was like watching these crazy rich women through the scratched perspex of a modern day zoo. Thoroughly disturbing and fascination all at once.

4 Birkin bags out of 5.

Should I read this? Yes but don't consider it science.
What did I learn? Women are women.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

AlterWorld



Book 19 of 2017 is AlterWorld by D. Rus.

This book was enjoyable after I got used to the inside a video game delivery.

It is sexist and that was cringeworthy. There are no strong female characters, which disappointed me. The main character comes across as a nerdy gamer teenage boy. Once you get past that, it is not too bad.

The writer seems to like the word guffawed a lot. It gets old. So, the writing isn't brilliant but the story is fun.

3 giant zombie teddy bears out of 5.

Should I read this? For gamers. I'm not a gamer and liked it so maybe.
What did I learn? Even gamer books are sexist.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Legend




Book 18 of 2017 is Legend by Marie Lu.

This is another young adult series that I will continue to read. Both the main female and male characters are likable and multidimensional.

The premise of the boy from the wrong side of the tracks mixed with the girl learning that the world she assumes is right may not be what it seems is interesting.

To be honest, the lead female character is strong and forceful. She is fun to read.

4 twists out of 5.

Should I read this? Only if you enjoy young adult novels.
What did I learn? I love female characters written by women.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Art of War



Book 17 of 2017 is The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

It felt like the right time in my working life to re-read this. It is a short read. The first and last time I read it, I was in my early 20s and I didn't see why any of it mattered. Working in the corporate world 15 years later, it seems more relevant.

Even though this is a 2000 year old Chinese military text, I read it thinking of European warfare and American business. I guess in the end, strategy is strategy.

3 strategies out of 5.

Should I read this? Yeah, every couple of years.
What did I learn? Confusion is a tactic.