My Thoughts On books

  • My Kindle Reading List

    Posted on April 30, 2012 by in books

    I keep a wish list for Kindle Books that I plan to read soon. I welcome any suggestions.

    Here is my Kindle Reading List

     

  • Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 1 – Sean Platt & David Wright

    Posted on April 1, 2012 by in books

    One of the things that the Kindle has opened me up to is short stories and serialised novels. Like Dickens of old they are back with vengeance.

    Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 1 is the first of 12 episodes that are currently available in this series and is at this time free on the Kindle.

    The story follows a number of people in the immediate aftermath of something that causes 99.9% of the worlds population to disappear, with the characters ranging from a 7 year old boy to a escaped prisoner how they tackle the situation varies greatly. As the pieces start to come together the mysteries increase as to what happened and what the future will hold for the survivors.

    The book is very well written is one of the better written self published books I have read recently and I am currently straight into the second episode.

    So if you like Science Fiction, post apocalyptic or just a nice cliff hanger it is well worth investing the time into this book.

     

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  • E-Books VAT Abolition

    Posted on March 21, 2012 by in books

    If your in the UK and find the 20% VAT rate on ebooks when physical books are exempt it might be worth signing this petition.

  • Review of The Hunger Games Triology

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by in books

    With the upcoming release of the film version of Susan Collins book I thought I would take the time to read the trilogy before I let Hollywood make my mind up for me.

    I would love to review the first book as a stand alone piece of work, however the author decided to turn the book into a trilogy and that is where it all falls apart in my eyes.

    The setting is sometime in the unspecified future where the world has changed, and Panem is a new country founded where the USA is now, there is a Capital City and 13 districts. In the past the Districts had an uprising and the Capital retaliated by destroying District 13 and starting the Hunger Games as a reminder to the Districts of the power they hold over them.

    The Hunger Games held each year take a Boy and Girl from each district and pit them together in a to the death fight televised for the nation.

    Whilst gruesome the general set up holds a lot of promise and the books start off well, with the first book selling the characters and games to the reader allowing a strong connection to form. Without spoiling the plot, this continues right to the end of the first book and if it ended there I would have wanted more.

    The problem was that Susan Collins gave me more, but what she gave me in my mind was the content of one book spread over two and far to many unexplained questions. Being a review this is not the place to ask those questions as this would spoil the plot of the first.

    I cannot imagine that the second and third books are worthy of a movie but unfortunately the decision will be based on money made rather than the quality of the book. I guess the studios hope this may fill the Harry Potter void, but if they had done a decent job with Philip Pullmans “His Dark Materials” trilogy then that hole would not be there yet.

    So in short read the first book or see the movie and then stop there, life is short.

    *amazon links are affiliate links, however this does not effect my reviews honesty.

  • Railroad! Volume One:Rodger Dodger (a steampunk western)

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by in books

    This book by Tonia Brown is another free pick up from the Kindle Store, the combination of Steampunk and Railroad in the title was enough to convince me to download it, it is however now £0.77.

    Whilst this is Volume One of three it does stand alone very well and provides enough of an hook for me to want to go back and find out more about the slightly cheesy named Rodger Dodger and his future adventures aboard the Sleipnir. Like many Steampunk novels there is a super natural element, however this does not overpower the story and sits comfortably in the plot. The book is a well written introduction to the character and the world he lives in, providing a good amount of technical info on the inventions without boring the reader.

    All three volumes are now available for £1.99 so if you like the free 1st chapter sample you may be better opting for that over the individual volumes.

     

    *amazon links are affiliate links, however this does not effect my reviews honesty.

  • Doctor Who: Infinity Doctors

    Posted on March 15, 2012 by in books

    Finished Lance Parkin’s Infinity Doctors last night, would recommend to anyone. Its an Eighth Doctor adventure and is set back on Gallifrey. Possibly set a separate time stream to the modern TV series, it does however give some very nice info on the Time Lord back story.

     

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  • Uprising (The Fall of Haven)

    Posted on December 28, 2011 by in books

    Just finished Uprising (The Fall of Haven) by +Justin Kemppainen (I think its him)

    It was a really enjoyable read and the sequel is in the queue to be read.

    It is more future fiction rather than science fiction and takes a really interesting perspective at the sociology of a closed society, think Animal Farm without the pigs & with an unexplained life form and you will not be far wrong.

     

    *amazon links are affiliate links, however this does not effect my reviews honesty.