Monthly Archives: March 2014

KayKay #CRB6 Review #12 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 The Rosie Project

I normally read science fiction and fantasy, but last year one of my favorite books was ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette“, a beautifully written story with a quirky lead.  This book followed along that vein.  The story of Don Tillman (who is undiagnosed, but has Asperger’s), a genetics professor.  It’s about fitting in, it’s about being yourself, it’s about growing, it’s (of course) about love.  I gave this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

Don Tillman has had no luck in finding a serious relationship.  He has decided to initiate his ‘Wife Project’, a long questionnaire meant to find his wife (at the end he has a beautiful revelation that it was really to find someone who would accept him- instead of someone he could accept).  He meets Rosie and decides to help her identify her father (since he is a genetics professor, he can run the DNA test) and they go on several adventures getting DNA samples- hence The Rosie Project.  He finally realizes, that despite the fact she has failed his Wife test, he loves her.  He then initiates The Don Project, so he can be with Rosie.  He modifies his social behavior, but he doesn’t change himself.

What did I think about this book?

I loved that the story is told from Don’s point of view.  His friends know he has Asperger’s, but don’t want to tell him.  Instead they ask him to do a presentation on it (and he still doesn’t get it).  It was great to see him fall in love- and act irrationally, and try to rationalize his behavior.

Favorite Lines?

“I have heard the word stunning used to describe women, but this was the first time I had actually been stunned by one.”

Final Thoughts?

-This book made me feel good

KayKay #CRB6 Review #11 Night Broken (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs

 nightbroken

This book falls into my “Procedurals” category (series in which each book is about the main character solving a problem).  I’m not a fan of procedurals, but I am a huge fan of Mercy Thompson.  She is a kick-a$$ female character who can take care of herself, but she doesn’t have to go at it alone.  She is married to the Alpha of a werewolf pack and, although the pack has some issues, they pull together as a team.  I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

Christie (Adam’s ex-wife) is in danger and comes to stay with Adam and Mercy.  It seems Christie has caught the attention of a volcano god who doesn’t understand when a relationship is over.  Never one to have one problem at a time, in addition to dealing with an insane volcano god, a fae Gray Lord wants the walking stick that Mercy gave to Coyote.  (A minor problem next to the angry volcano god).  The pack comes together (despite Christie’s efforts to cause animosity) with Coyote and Mercy’s half brother and Stefan(a local vampire that has a crush on Mercedes) and defeat (but not kill) the Volcano god.  Mercy gives back a walking stick to the fae, but it again returns to her at an opportune moment (with special Coyote enhancements).  The pack also takes two new members, a submissive wolf and a tibicena (the volcano gods pet dog/people).

What did I think about this book?

I loved it.  The pacing of this story is amazing, 1/3 of the book you start hitting what feels like the climax and it keeps going from there.

Mercy is just an amazing character.  I did wish she was more assertive with Christie.  I also liked Honey, she lost her husband in the last book.

Favorite Lines?

None

Final Thoughts?

-I can’t wait until the next one!

-Possible plot point for next book: Zee’s son Tad is on the fae reservation and is not able to leave.  Perhaps the next book will be Mercedes getting him out.

KayKay #CRB6 Review #10 Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach

HonorsKnight 

Honor’s Knight is the second book in the Paradox series by Rachel Bach.  The series is told from the perspective of Devi Morris, a peasant mercenary who just wants to be a Royal Knight for the King.  She is continuing her service on The Glorious Fool and trying to figure out what she is and how to accomplish her goal.  This book uncovers more about the true mission of The Glorious Fool.  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

Devi Morris is continuing her service on The Glorious Fool as (self proclaimed) Head of Security.  We find out several key points in this book:

-Caldswell and Rupert belong to the Joint Investigatory Spatial Anomaly Task Force, whose members are commonly called Eyes.

-The ‘daughters’ are copies of Maat, a plasmex user who can kill the huge phantoms that destroy worlds.

-The Eyes use the daughters to kill giant phantoms and save worlds

-Devi is carrying a virus that may be able to kill the plasma monsters without using the daughters.  She finds she can destroy the phantoms, but doing so attracts the Lelgis.

When Devi’s newfound abilities become known both Caldswell and Brenton (currently enemies) both want to use Devi’s power.  She has to find a way to save Maat and the daughters, herself and the worlds without eradicating all of the phantoms.

What did I think about this book?

-I was surprised that despite Devi seeing more of what is going on in the universe that she still has the goal of becoming a Royal Knight.  It seems that fighting Phantoms is much bigger than that.

-Devi is a kick-ass female lead, but sometimes I feel she is one-dimensional- always tough, angry and stubborn.

Favorite Lines?

“Memories are unruly things by nature.  Some come when called, but most do exactly as they please, vanishing when you need them and popping up when you’d much rather they didn’t”

Final Thoughts?

-I gave this book three stars because I felt like the pace was slow.

KayKay #CRB6 Review #09 The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

TheRepublicOfThieves 

The Republic of Thieves is the third book in the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.  In the first two books Locke is constantly struggling to get ahead of his situation (although he just seems to dig himself a deeper hole).  He’s still behind in this installment (and starting on death’s doorstep), and this time he’s faced with a political battle to win and a love to recover.   While I thought this would be the last book in the series, I was surprised at a twist that could extend Locke’s adventures.  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

This book switches in time between the beginning of the Gentleman Bastards becoming a team and the present where Locke is battling fellow Gentle(wo)man Sabetha in a political contest.  They are both pawns of two factions of the Bondsmagi, who entertain themselves by competing to see whose political candidate wins.  In prior books Locke is matching wits against others, but now he’s finally up against someone with the same training that he has had.  The twist is that Locke finds out that he used to be a Bondsmagi who lost his love and in his attempts to get her back, wiped out a large population of people (the plague) and caused him to jump into another body.  His new body is not magical and he did not (and does not) remember his past life.  In the end Jean/Locke and Sabetha tie in their competition, Sabetha leaves without Jean/Locke, the Bondsmagi fall apart and there’s a promise of something else coming.

What did I think about this book?

-The relationship between Sabetha and Locke- I greatly anticipated the introduction of Sabetha- Locke’s long lost love, and fellow member of the Gentleman Bastards.  Unfortunately, in the showdown between these two brilliant minds, Locke was pulling punches, trying to win back the love of his life.

-The structure of the story alternated between past and present.  Before each switch, there would be a cliff hanger (sort of what George RR Martin does at the end of each of his character chapters).  That is not my favorite thing, it feels gimmicky.

-The Play (The Republic of Thieves)- I will admit to skim reading some of the lines of the play (OK, most of them), so I’m not sure if the play was even relevant to the story.  Since it’s the title of the book, I assume it held some relationship with the story (other than just the name of the play they were performing).

-The twist.  So….Locke has a history, which has been hinted at all along (his mysterious origin in the plague, his hidden name, etc.).  We find out now that he was a Bondsmagi (before he destroyed his body and ended up in a child’s body).  This now opens up even more books and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, I was ready for the tale to end with this book.

Favorite Lines?

“The fact that Locke didn’t die instantly may be given as proof that a human male can survive having every last warm drop of blood within his body rush instantly to the vicinity of his cheeks.”

Final Thoughts?

– Patience’s prediction for Locke:  “Three things must you take up and three things must you lose before you die: a key, a crown, a child…You will die when a silver rain falls”  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??  This alone makes me interested in the next story.

-I still love Locke and Jean’s relationship.