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Book Review – Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

“Tell me, tutor,’ I said. ‘Is revenge a science, or an art?” This was recommended to me when I was whinging on Tumblr about wanting to read some really dark fantasy, and this one is definitely dark fantasy, and it’s definitely not for everyone. But I loved it. What it’s about: Um… so if Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton had a baby and that baby, it’s likely he’d end up like the protagonist, Jorg. Jorg joins a group of maundering thugs at the age of like 10, and then when he’s like 14 decides he wants to be the king, and everyone should be very afraid. What I thought: Okay, this is definitely not a book for everyone, and this is why: Jorg is about as awful as a person can get. He’s a murdering, torturing, raping, pillaging psychopath. He’s impossible to like. But this book isn’t about liking Jorg. It’s about understanding him, and that’s where this book really shines. Interspersed within the story of Jorg doing his awful things is the story of how …

Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

So many people have recommended this to me, and it took me a long time to get around to reading it. But once I picked it up I just couldn’t put it down. What’s it about: Narcissistic (yet hilarious and clever) boy stalks narcissistic (awful) girl. What I thought: Unlike most thrillers, this doesn’t revolve around a mystery, but is more of a character-driven story, and it’s all narrated by the stalker, Joe. And he is a great protagonist. I was sceptical when I had read other reviews of this book where people said that it’s difficult to not like Joe. I was like “how could you ever sympathise with the stalker? just no.” but despite the fact that he does awful, awful things, he’s also really funny with an excellent sense of humor and the social commentary is excellent. It also doesn’t hurt that the people he’s doing those awful things to are HORRIBLE. Beck, the stalkee, is just the worst, and it’s really difficult to feel sorry for her. There are so many awful characters in …

12 Days of Bookmas – What to buy – The Tech Geek

Hello! Sorry I have missed a few days and I don’t know if I will be able to fit them in, but I’ve just been super busy and had a wee run in with a spider, which took me out for a whole day. Anyway, I have one last set of recommendations (I know I didn’t make it to 12. Oh well) for all the Tech Geeks out there. 1 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline If you happen to find someone who hasn’t read this book, then this is the perfect gift. This book is SOO good. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love it. It’s about a group of nerds on a massive scavenger hunt in an infinite online universe while a group of corporate A-holes try to sabotage them. It’s also full of 80’s pop culture references. Get it here: The Book Depository, Amazon. 2 – An Ereader I absolutely LOVE my eReaders. Yes. EReaders. I have two. I love them both. EReaders are a fantastic gift to get someone for …

Book Review + Giveaway: Cypulchre by Joe MacKinnon

“If you can’t kill the dreamer, kill the dream.” What’s it about: Paul, an exiled, schizophrenic, neuroscientist hacker who invented the CLOUD, a virtual reality internet-like thing that is difficult to explain but is totally bad and has allowed the Outland Corporation to basically control everyone and everything, teams up with some rebels to destroy his creation and save his estranged family (and the rest of humanity). What I thought: I really liked it. It’s got everything from CLOUD addicts and mad-max-esque gangs to tech geniuses and gun-toting men of the cloth, from android strippers, to bionic samurai and even giant insectine war-robots. How can that not be awesome? Paul is an interesting character. Although I didn’t exactly buy his schizophrenia, he was definitely unhinged, and his actions constantly surprised me, and not always in a good way. I would have liked to see a lot more of the other characters though, as well as more of the CLOUD and the world in general. I think it could have been more thoroughly explored. I also …

Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

“When it fails, they do call it madness, Lazarus. But when it succeeds, they call it genius.” This review will not contain spoilers for either book in the series. Oh my! Wow. What a great sequel! There was a lot riding on this sequel to The Queen of the Tearling (see my review here). With these books being set in such a bizarre world, it would have been so easy for this to all fall flat on its face. But It really didn’t.  We get to know a lot more in this book about The Crossing, and I think Erika put this very unconventional world together incredibly well. We are back in the kingdom of the Tearling, with the queen, Kelsea, having to deal with some pretty disastrous (but completely right) decisions made in the previous book. I wont go into more detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, so this will probably be a fairly short review. This book is quite different to the first book in the series, mainly in that it …

My top books of 2015 (so far)

So we’ve reached the half-way point in the year. That wonderful time when we think “thank the stars that it’s half over” concomitant with “holy crap! how is it halfway through the year already!” I have to say I’m not particularly impressed with my progress with reading this year. I haven’t read anywhere near as many books as I wanted to by this point, but as I am in the final year of my PhD I will have to cut myself some slack. But here are my top five books of 2015 so far (in no particular order). 1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown I absolutely LOVED Red Rising and pre-ordered this one as soon as I could. Now while I know that I loved this book, I can’t really put my thoughts into any kind of logical thread. While I was reading it I was suffering from appendicitis/in hospital/recovering from surgery so I’m a wee bit scattered on it, but I know that I absolutely loved it! You can see my review of Red …

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

“Someday we will be more than words in the dark.” I have to say that I am in agreement with most of the reviews I’ve read about this book. That up until the 75% mark, this book would have been a solid 2.5 stars. It is the last 25% that bumps this book up to 3.5 stars. What’s it about? A small number of refugees from the kingdom of Winter are trying to reclaim their homeland from the evil Spring kingdom, who killed their queen and enslaved and brutalised all their people. But no one really knows how hard this has been on one of the young refugees, Meira, because trying to save her people is really getting in the way of Meira being Meira. Until she gets a nice hard reality check right in the face, gets over herself and becomes pretty awesome. What did I think? I know my intro might make this book sound bad, and for the first 75% or so of the book, Meira is a whiny, although often hilarious, little brat. But …