Thursday, September 11, 2014

Philip Reeve / Mortal Engines / Steamy Dystopia / Brilliant World Build

The blurb on the back of the book
It mentioned Philip Pullman fans
How could I resist

Philip Reeve had me in his grip immediately
The world build, our future
Nothing less than amazing

Mortal Engines is tough to categorize
Steam/Dystopia is the best I can do
But, But, But, it is so much more

I'm late to the game with this one
First published in America in 2001
So happy it found me

Civilized life is On The Move
Monstrous cities on treads
Constantly battling one another

Only the strong survive
All others are incorporated
Captured citizens become slaves

The class structure is an outrage
Three distinct protagonists
Each doing their bit to make a good story

A bright daydreaming boy
An intelligent daughter of privilege
And Hester, with her disfigured face
  and enough moxy to carry the story alone

YA readers get on board
Series Title: The Hungry City Chronicles


My personal listening of late
Not lost in the past, the music stands
Bob Dylan's second and sixth LP/CD
The freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Scalzi / Old Man's War / Terrific Idea, Terrific Book

John Scalzi's Old Man's War
Just kept showing up
John Scalzi is all over the web
Just couldn't ignore it any more

Cracked the book and disappeared
The premise was intriguing
Life trundles along on Earth
In the far reaches of space, War!
War that has gone on for generations

Unique is who fights the war
Only the very old can enlist
If you are old and looking death in the face
Enlistment entices with the hint of rejuvenation
Prolonged life and health
Who wouldn't sign up?

The trick is in how they prolong your life
I'm not telling
Discovery is too rich

The attrition rate in the army is atrocious
Most recruits do not make it to discharge

Who do we fight?
Aliens, Lots of Aliens
Lots of different Alien Cultures

A must read for Sci-Fi and Space Opera readers
Looking forward to the next book
The Ghost Brigades
Series title: Old Man's War
5 books and counting


Music revisited and worth it!
Blue Nightfall
Jimmy LaFave

Thursday, August 14, 2014

David Gordon / The Serialist / Nothing Like It / Outstanding First Novel!

David Gordon stopped me in my tracks
I sat down and read The Serialist
Nothing else mattered

I constantly wanted to stop and highlight
Library book, No Highlighting!
I constantly wanted to stop and tweet a quote
No time for foolishness, I'm reading

Harry Block is a writer
Not literature, pulp
Harry's life is a trash heap

Harry gets an invite to visit prison
A serial killer wants to talk
The killer wants to tell his story
He wants Harry to write a book

Calamity becomes Chaos
The body count begins to rise

It's up to Harry

I have my own copy now
A rare event
Highlights and quotes to ensue


Music
I'm taking this one home
Putting the player on repeat
And Cranking It Up!!
Guitar Town
Steve Earle


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

M. R. Carey / The Girl With All The Gifts / Skim Cream, The Very Best

As a young boy we often drank raw milk
One of the delights of raw milk
The cream rises to the top
The reward, Skim Cream
Skimmed from the top of the two gallon jug
The very best cream known to me

The Girl With All The Gifts
Nothing less than Skim Cream
It has risen to the top of many of my lists
So good is this book
It will be double shelved
A copy in Fiction
A copy in Science Fiction

M. R. Carey has out done himself
Literary Fiction, Literary Speculative Fiction
Literary Dystopic Fiction, Literature
Call it what you will

Engaged
Does not describe the reader state
Start this story knowing
You will be occupied

Monday, July 21, 2014

James S. A. Corey / Cibola Burn / The Very Best Space Opera slash Speculative Fiction

It's not often I come back to rattle about a 4th book
Cibola Burn is an easy exception
Book four of the Expanse series  /  (post bk.1)  (post bk.2)
James S. A. Corey is knocking me down

The series gets better with every book
The character development is phenomenal
I'm totally invested
I'll follow these people anywhere

The story becomes more complex
Right along with the characters
This is speculative fiction at its very best

I can't bring myself to give any more of the story away
The reward of discovery is too satisfying
The reader is constantly being rewarded, never sated
I hunger for more


Music
Wrecking Ball
Emmylou Harris