Stereotypical overweight programmer gets to live out dream of being trained as a secret agent. Only it's a realistic version of a secret agent with all the boring parts and there's an alien voice inside his head. I was worried it would be too similar to The Host but it's completely different.
Funny and was refreshing to read something with modern day pop culture & geeky references. First half should be used for workout motivation showing the large amount of work involved in getting an overweight couch nerd into shape.
I think it went too far with the amount of influence aliens had on human evolution. According to it every single historical event or person was influenced by the aliens. Has a somewhat surprising ending and written with intention of a sequel.
Anyone with a remote interest or curiosity of the middle east should read this book. It's an honest first hand account of what it's like for a girl growing up in Pakistan. Malala recounts what life for her, her family, her village and her country is like before the Taliban, living under the Taliban rule and after the military "officially" pushed them out.
I like to think of myself of well informed but this explains many questions. How terrorist organizations are able to use propaganda and start off with compassionate gesture like providing funding to win the heart and minds of locals. Why the country citizens don't trust the United States, the extent of government corruption and political maneuvering.
The second take away we see through Malala, a girl who strongly believes in her rights to an education, and her father how one person can make a difference. It's an inspiring tale of how standing up for what you believe and against what is wrong can affect people and change.
The book does a good job of not getting tied down in the high level politics but covers them just enough to understand what is going on.
Forget the rhetoric and listen to this first hand account of life in Pakistan.
This is a long and slow read taking place in a well thought out world. It's the first in a popular series so while it plays into cliche and tropes of the genre it may not have been a big deal when it was written. This makes the plot predictable and not very thrilling.
Characters are stereotypical but distinct from each other, however as often the case with many main characters only a few are really fleshed out and even then briefly.
If you like dungeon crawlers, campaign based stories (RPG) or classic fantasy it is worth a read.
How could the tower of babel be built, how would a mad scientist view the world, What if we could make ourselves unaffected by people's looks, and what if Angel sightings were common everyday occurrences and we could see the deceased in heaven or hell? These are some of the stories this collection examines with their social, scientific and psychological impact. Some stories better than other, aimed more at plot and themes so some readers may find them boring.
An urban fantasy taking place in the middle east, which may feel like a different world for western readers. Computer hacker inadvertently get involved with mystics, government censors and involves the Arab spring. At the heart it's a coming of age and romance story. Good introduction into middle eastern culture and themes. If you're use to western fantasy it's worth a read for something different.
By now if your thinking of reading this book you already committed to the series. A different tone than the previous books and we get to see the rest of the world the previous books built. This is much more focus on the politics and media manipulation on both sides.
It's rare to see a popular book series show the brutal consequences to ones mental health of living through a tragedy. This book really explores the trauma, P.T.S.D and mental repercussions on Katniss. Hopefully your use to being inside the girls head because it pretty messed up at this point.
This is not a clean tying up of lose ends. There are twists and turns, surprises you may not see coming but can be understood.
A great end to a series, staying true to what came before while keeping it fresh.
Finished reading: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.
The classic question: if you could live your life again, what would you do differently knowing what you know now? For Harry August this isn't hypothetical, he is born, lives, dies and is reborn again at the exact same day and place as before. The premise has been explored before in Groundhog day and Edge of Tomorrow but having to live his whole life again is a big difference.
This is a book about concepts and big picture plot. Explores how an individuals would react, what kind of secret society would form, deal with the tediousness of childhood, try different careers, and keeping life interesting. This allows other concepts like alternative history and pre-crime prevention to be examined.
This kind of story needs many characters and settings but only two characters are really developed. While the concepts that are introduced are interesting to think about the story narrative is only adequate. There no interesting characters to draw you in and no risk or thrill until the last third.
Narrator was excellent keeping the different characters and accents distinct.
The story is slow and not a page turner. Read if your an ideas person.
I would rate this as on par with an average David Tenant and Rose episode. Nothing memorable or ground breaking. Didn't take advantage of the possible extra length or unlimited budget (imagination) a book has over a TV show.
This book recommended from two people so I read it not knowing what to expect. I was presently surprised.
Written by Saint Therese of Lisieux it starts off sharing the story of her life, growing up devoted to God and follows her short life. It offers a unique look of the actions of a Saint and share her mindset, thoughts and views. While the life she lives is challenging and requires personal sacrifice, it is not impossible and brings a relatable example of someone truly devoted to Christ.
On the surface you think it unlikely to offer guidence for a 'modern world' but the lessons and advice are timeless. Advice on dealing with life's little annoances, from people you don't get alone with, to dealing with people who talk at the theater. Shows how often it is the little things we do that have greatest affect on people and pleases God.
While you probably won't go into it or finish expecting to become a saint yourself it does give guidence and inspiration.
This is a suspense action pack thrilling page turner. Political intrigue, coups, danger, assassinations, mystery, uncommon but familiar setting, clever & unique magic system. What more could you want?
Setting is familiar but uncommon in the fantasy genre, inspired by the French revolution. A coup overthrows the wealthy and magical elite but the civil unrest must be quenched before foreign powers take advantage. old debts and promises repaid, backroom deals and alliances must be struct and traitors must be sniffed out. All the while the mysterious last words regarding the return of a god must be investigated.
The story is engaging often taking twists and turns. Think the story is going one way but then it changes and once you think it going to change it brings it back. There three kinds of magic systems and two of them follow rules at make sense. The most interesting revolves around gun powder.
The book has many ideas but not enough time to see them all develop. Some of the character consequences were not fully realized or undid after a few chapters. But it does not go easy on the characters.
A refreshing read if your getting tired of common fantasy settings.
At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytically take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel
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