Dy's Take

May 15, 2012

Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets by Glenn Yeffeth (editor)

Filed under: Essays,Humor & Satire,NonFiction,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 23:29

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This collection had some gems that stuck with me.. and a lot of tedious reads that didn’t. I started it in 2008 and it floated around the house for 4 years being read here and there til I finally resolved to finish it. Which I have done. Holding on to it for the moment due to the occasional gem (the fictional disciplinary report for John Crichton upon his return to Earth is pretty much worth the purchase price all by itself).

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March 12, 2012

The City & The City by China Mieville

Filed under: Book Club,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 09:48

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5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 31, 2012

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Satire,Sci-Fi,YA — Dy @ 17:05

(08) Uglies #4

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey

Filed under: Disappointing,Fantasy,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 13:01

(07) Whoosh! Bam! Pow! #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 12, 2012

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,Series I Like,YA — Dy @ 12:54

(03) Uglies #3

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 9, 2012

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,Series I Like,YA — Dy @ 14:53

(02) Uglies #2

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 4, 2012

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder by Marlene Dotterer

Filed under: Book Club,Indie Author,Romance,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 12:50

(01) Time Travel Journals #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

December 31, 2011

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,YA — Dy @ 12:38

(102)  Uglies #1

I really enjoyed this.

The reader was phenomenal!  I have to wonder, though, who on the production team disliked the character Shay.  The “voice” used when Shay was speaking was nasal, whiny and petulant, even when she was happy and she was the only character with a specifically annoying voice.

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.

The concept behind how such a society could function was hard to grasp until I read book four, but that’s a discussion for another post. What I would LOVE to read, if Westerfeld wants to revisit this world, is the story of the transition — someone who was around when the Rusties were wiped out; who survived it, and who was instrumental in building the new world. In particular, I’d love a sympathetic view of the people behind the Pretty — how they justified it to themselves and each other as well as the tech revival that occurred in the wake of the Rusties downfall.  I fell hard for this world and want more. More history, more future… MORE. Please.

December 27, 2011

The List by J.A. Konrath

Filed under: Indie Author,Sci-Fi,Thriller — Dy @ 23:21

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September 26, 2011

Carnival by Elizabeth Bear

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 18:58

(75)

April 3, 2011

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

Filed under: Sci-Fi — Dy @ 23:47

(29)

I read Butler’s Fledgling years ago — a brilliant new take on the vampire thing and what felt like the promising beginning to a new series — then Ms. Butler died and I gave up hope.

This was a random book given to me by a friend — I started scanning it while organizing my books and… spent the rest of the day reading it . It was THAT good. Brilliant, and dark, and harsh. Sci-fi, but so character-driven that the fantastic elements were almost unimportant. Plan to acquire the rest of the series posthaste!

March 21, 2011

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

Filed under: Sci-Fi — Dy @ 18:58

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I liked this. I didn’t care much one way or another when DH made me watch Bladerunner last year (I’d never seen it) and I decided to read the inspiration for the movie.  The story was good, but too much of it was internal and related to faith and emotion for it to make a good movie in its raw form.  May have to watch the movie again, now, and see if I enjoy it more.

Overall?

4.5/5

January 6, 2011

Ignition City, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis

Filed under: Alternate History,graphic novel,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 21:54

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I’ve decided, after reading a couple of his books today, that I like Warren Ellis’ stuff.  It’s dark, and grim, but it’s also smart and thought-provoking.  ‘Scuse me while I go search the library database for more of his work…

This was an intro into a new world, same as No Hero, though not the same world. This was more steam-punk meets UFOs with a dash of Firefly. A good book and while crude, in some places — these are graphic novels, emphasis on the first word, NOT Archie comics — the gross factor was far lower than in the other 2 GNs I read today.

4/5

No Hero by Warren Ellis

Filed under: graphic novel,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 14:26

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Post contains spoilers — enter at your own risk!

 

 

Thanks to my geeky husband I am much more of a graphic novel/comic reader than I used to be.  I read mostly one-offs and short runs; I don’t have the patience to wait for the next issue, though I do love the X-Men and if Gambit was a real person he’d definitely be on my freebie list.  Mostly I read bound collections from the library.

This was a little on the gross side, and I never saw Act 3 coming, which I liked. My favorite part was the last 2 or 3 panels, where the author shows what happens in the aftermath. Sure, the good guys were really bad guys, but they faked being good and actually did some good along the way. And now they’re gone and no one is around to do good, even as a front…

4/5 – I took off a point for the nasty visuals/over-gross factor.

December 28, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Filed under: Sci-Fi,YA — Dy @ 17:46

(81) Hunger Games, book 3

This was dense, really dense.  I understand why everything in this book was included in a single volume, but I would almost have rather had the first half, pre-disillusionment, included in book 2 and allowing book 3 to really home in on the betrayal and ugly truths aspect of the story.

 

 

 

****SPOILER ALERT — read the rest of the review at your own peril****

 

 

 

And, after all she’d been through I would have liked a little more detail on Kat’s post-war life than what we got in the epilogue. She deserved it and after 3 books full of man’s inhumanity to man I kind of thought I did too, as a reader.

4/5

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