Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular -- until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can't ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life.Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated...and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime -- for which they must pay the ultimate price.
For those of you who are aware of this already, sorry but I'd thought I'd explain. Simon Pulse has a club, called Pulse It, where they send you a book once a month and you get to fill out a questionnaire about it. It used to be great cause I could review the book I got from them here and my readers could also read it to. But now, Pulse It is filled, so I'm not going to go on about a whole thing about why you should join and how much fun it is, but if you are already a member, send me an email and if you want we can talk about it.
Anyway, Skinned is the best book I have ever gotten from them. It's a sci-fi thriller, so it's right up my ally. It's kind of dark and, I don't want to say disturbing, but it is. Don't read this if you are looking for a happy tale. It's about a girl who gets in a car crash in this futuristic world. They download her into a robot like body. You get to see the repercussions of this and they are quite painful. The book itself is wonderful and has many twists and turns. The first half moves semi-slow because everything has to be explained but the rest is wonderful. You also get to see Lia, a rich spoiled *insert own word here*, evolve into quite the dynamic character. Another reason the beginning is semi slow is because you don't like the main character at this point, she's obnoxious and self centered. That all changes for Lia.
I highly recommend this book for my sci-fi readers and anyone looking for a futuristic romance. It's very good and will have you to the very last page.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.
Okay, so this is my first review in a while. I've been really busy, no joke, and the reviews won't be coming as fast as they used to but, hopefully now they will be steady at least. Thank you to everyone who emailed me and told me they wanted updates, I appreciate it so much.
Now to the review,
To be honest, I didn't love Untamed as much as Chosen. It was a filler novel, if you get what I'm saying. Few things where resolved and more problems where just brought up. I guess it's a set up to the next novel, but I wish this novel had more of a resolution. Zoey and her friends seem to solve one problem from a previous book and BAM, they've got 10 more, which is kind of frustrating because I want them to be happy. I was glad about the whole Erik/Zoey sexual tension type thing going on, and I want to seem more of them in the next one. It wasn't a bad book but I wish there was more problems solved and less problems added. Once again, The Cast's writing gets an A+, they are wonderful
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
What inspired you to write science fiction?LOL. I guess the science and math :) My college degree's in engineering, and I worked in the field, designing chips, for fifteen years. Growing up, Fantasy and Science Fiction were basically all I read. So when I started writing, I never considered anything else. I'm not even sure I could write something with no fantasy or sci-fi elements involved. I'd just so want to sneak something in.
Do you have a favorite character?I'll go with Heidi, though Jack the Nogical is a close second. Heidi's got spunk. She's not the most gorgeous gal around (like Iva), but she's down to earth and isn't afraid to have a little fun. And plus...well, you'll just have to read the rest of the series to find out.
Which of the characters are you most like, Ben or Andy?Hmmm. Neither. Both. I guess if I had to pick one I'd go with Benjamin. Andy's a bit of a show-off, and that's never really been my style. Benjamin's funny without being overly sarcastic, and he's also destined to save the world.
Are you excited about writing the next 2 books? How far along are you?I love working on the next two books and have completed drafts for both of them. The second is currently with my editor, and the third will get another revision from me before my editor gets a peek.So, yeah, I know how the series will end. It's just fine tuning the path to get there.
Which would you rather have: Telekinesis or Mind-Reading?Telekinesis. No brainer for me. Sure, telekinesis would perpetuate laziness. Imagine not having to get up off my butt and move things myself. But, come on, mind reading? I don't think I'd really want to know what other people are thinking all the time. After all, not everyone has days filled with nice cheery thoughts. And it doesn't mean people hate you or are diabolical if they have bad thoughts here and there. It just means they're human.How about you?
Would you like to spend your summer like Ben and Andy?If I was a teenager, sure! Going off, away from my parents, and hanging out with my friends all summer--sounds like a dream. Growing up, I was the kid who never went to camp ever but always wanted to. Never even a day camp. So, as a new teenager, summer camp away would have been my dream.Plus, add in the benefits of discovering you're from a whole new world. I don't think there's a kid around who would resist this--even if it did mean you had to go to classes.
Do you believe in Atlantis?I want to believe! (Cue X-files music here) I like to believe there was some advanced civilization on an island somewhere near the Mediterranean, and I leave open the possibility for it's existence. After all, so many civilizations have flood myths. Why not another one whose existence was wiped off the face of the earth except in random stories here and there from Plato.
Are you working on any new projects?Yes! New projects are fun. I have an Egyptian series I've been working on for a while now, and I've just started an older YA (not really sure what genre to consider it yet). And, yeah, there's something science fiction or fantasy-ish about all of them.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny–and a confrontation with Darth Vader.
Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine’s ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant’s Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. And they’re not the only ones in search of the elusive Jax. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax–about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding–and risk detection by Darth Vader–to fulfill his Master’s dying wish.
I picked up Jedi Twilight simply because I needed something Star Wars to read-my nerd tendencies where driving through. I was excited for it. I like the prequel trilogy era and I thought that this was a cool concept for a Star Wars novel-the whole mystery, Jedi losing his powers ala Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2 feel. I like Michael Reaves work, his original characters are always very enjoyable-which leads us to our 1st topic-
The story pretty much revolves around Jax Pavan, one of the lucky Jedi to survive Order 66/Knightfall. Jax is the son of Lorn Pavan, a character introduced in another Reaves novel, Darth Maul:Shadow Hunter(highly recommended) We also get to see a more of I-5IQ and Dal Perhi(also introduced in DM:Shadow Hunter) Kaird is also in it(Medstar I:Battle Surgeon) as well as one of my favorite characters introduced in Shatterpoint-Nick Rostu, who wasn't as sharp as I remembered him it was still nice to see him. and of course, Prince Zizor( pronounced SHEE-ZOR, or that's what I've been told) himself from Shadows of the Empire. A new character introduced was Rhinann, who is Darth Vader's aide. He makes an interesting character-new characters sometimes scare me because they always have that potential to end up being stupid. But Rhinann makes a nice addition to the Coruscant Nights team.
To say the least, it was refreshing. Not the most intriguing story, but it was a good read and made for a nice filler to hold me over from Invincible to The Clone Wars and The Force Unleashed.I liked the whole pulp feel. And to be honest-I liked the prequel era. Especially the post Order 66/Knightfall but pre-Ep IV. I like the fact that it's all gone down hill. Yeah the surviving Jedi thing is kinda old(Rahm Kota, A'Shared Hett, Shaak Ti, Obi-Wan, Yoda and a slew of others) but's its still kinda cool. A little thing that bugged me was paladin Jedi. The concept is cool-all force, no lightsabers, but the name well......Samuel L. Jackson's crazy character Roland in Jumper was a "Paladin". They are completly different things but, I just kept thinking of Sam and his bleached hair every time I heard the word- just a little pet-peave
So In Conclusion: A good Star Wars novel, you can read it and not feel like you need to be on Suicide Watch like in Invincible(Stupid Denning and the Stupid Jacen jokes) So pick it up, it'll ease your excitement pre-The Clone Wars + The Force Unleashed.
Also-the next book,Street of Shadows, is being set up in my mind as very exciting. Spoilers ahead, 1st chapter is in the back of Jedi Twilight. Typho, Padme's head of security, is revealed to have been in love with her(I knew it