29 December 2014

Review: Us Conductors

Us Conductors
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautifully written. The story does go slowly, so not a good choice if you're looking for a page turner. Termen is a sympathetic and contradictory character - eccentric genius inventor, quick to love and loyalty, naive and bumbling, but capable (perhaps only just) in the spy game he's fallen into. Every character in the book has a presence, however minor. 5/5

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16 December 2014

Review: MaddAddam

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall I really enjoyed this trilogy, even if Oryx and Crake was a bit of a weak start. This final book took a bit of time to warm up as it slowly knits together the reminisces of Zeb with the events leading up to, during, and following Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. The main voice in this book is the sage Toby, as she tells the stories of Crake, Zeb, and others to the Crakers. i listened to the audiobook, and while it took me awhile to warm up to the voice of Zeb (which I did) the rest of the characters were excellently read. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys both literary and science fiction because this is a beautiful blend of both.

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09 December 2014

Review: The Bear

The Bear
The Bear by Claire Cameron

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The child narrator just isn't my thing, and I felt like the voice was possibly too young for a 5 year old. The premise of the book and the writing was good. The wrap up was good too - the ending was very poignant. Others might read this and get more out of it, but it just wasn't for me.

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08 December 2014

Review: Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising
Truth in Advertising by John Kenney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alternates between biting sarcastic humour about the vacuousness of advertising, consumerism and social detachment; and touching passages about grief, loss, and finding love. Liked the touching passages better than the biting humour, but I wonder if the contrast between the two made them that much sweeter. Not my usual read, and a bit of a slog for where I am in my reading right now (that is, staring down a pile of books that just aren't getting me jazzed), but a good book nonetheless.

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