Sci Fi fantasy short story collection by the Earthsea lady. Some of it entertaining, some weird, all thought provoking.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Sci Fi Dystopian Young Adult mega hit.
After a hiatus I picked this book back up. (Mad spoilers for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire) Continue reading Finishing it up – Mockingjay – Cannonball Read #7
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands. I read this so you don’t have to.
Valerie Moyer is kidnapped and held captive in a basement with several other women. She frees herself and manages to call 911 before jumping out of a window. Anders (his first name will be addressed a little later) is an Immortal who works to contain other immortals who rick exposing themselves and all their kind by preying on humans for blood. Anders and his team respond to Valerie’s 911 call and our romance is off to the races.
I have once again taken on the Cannonball Read Challenge. Read and review 52 books in one year. I have never actually completed it. Reading books is easy and fun. Writing reviews is really, really hard. I do this to make myself write because I want to be a better writer. The more reviews I write, the better they get. I have written a couple of reviews that I am extremely proud of. I know I can write passionately and well when I am enthused about the subject matter. I can hate it or love it, as long as I have energy I can write a great review.
I’m flexing this muscle on books I don’t have a lot of energy around. I run slow to run faster later. I bike slowly up big hills to do it faster later. This is just another way to get better by working at it.
P.S. The Cannonball Read is a fundraiser to fight cancer in honor of Alabama Pink, someone I never met but whom I miss dearly. Check it out.
The Grey King & Silver on the Tree from The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. Young Adult Fantasy, heavy on the folklore.
The Dark is Rising sequence is the story of four children, the three Drew children – Barney, Jane, & Simon, and Will Stanton. Will is important because he is an Old One, a member of a race of beings who have magical powers and can move through time. The Drew children are important precisely because they are not magical beings. They are ordinary human children.
SonicRob: in other news, a guy thought he bought an XBox One off ebay for $750. The auction was “for the item pictured”. It turned out the auction picture was a picture of a photo of an XBox.
SonicRob: so he got that with a “thank you for bidding” note written on the back
FyreHaar: oh shit
FyreHaar: fuck the auctioneer
FyreHaar: fuck him
FyreHaar: no excuse you fraudster
SonicRob: fucking psychopath
SonicRob: like, buying up a bunch of new consoles and then gouging on ebay is already borderline scammy *pretending* to do that and then actually committing what’s essentially a con, and then *smiling the dude’s metaphorical face* with a thank you note borders on sociopathic.
SonicRob: glow in the dark? really?
FyreHaar: of course!
SonicRob: that’s like a commemorative MLK rifle bullet.
FyreHaar: It’s slightly different
FyreHaar: but yeah, I see the parallel
If you feel bad, DO something.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Non-Fiction, history, kind of a biography I guess.
In 1951 Henrietta Lacks died from aggressive cervical cancer. She left behind a husband and four young children. She also left behind a sample of cancerous tissue that did what very little other human tissue had ever done before, it lived. Her tissue survived and reproduced, providing a unlimited source of human cells for experimentation. You can imagine the breadth of research possibilities that became possible when this cell line – called HeLa – originated at Johns Hopkins.
But the Lacks family couldn’t. Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Cannonball Read 6 – Review #3
FyreHaar: I gave Spark her first pair of Chuck Taylors yesterday
SonicRob: aw, hipster toddler
FyreHaar: she loved them
FyreHaar: wore them all day
FyreHaar: didn’t want to take them off to go to bed