book review | Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor

roadkill by dennis e taylor book review night mode readingAuthor: Dennis E. Taylor
Title: Roadkill
Series: –
Genre: Science Fiction; Humor
Pages: 333
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Dennis E. Taylor has marked himself in my shelves with the Bobiverse series (trilogy+). So, I took a shot with the new release called Roadkill. Good decision, lemme tell you.

About the Book: When it rains, it pours. Jack, who already had a fairly bad streak, totals his delivery van into… Well, into something on the road. Something big, invisible, and… furry? Having gropped around a little, he does the one logical thing: calls his friends to come help him figure this shit out. One thing leads to another, and here they are, trying to disrupt the evil plans of evil aliens to take over the Earth!
My Opinion: Superbly written book, smooth, and so very easy to read. Characters might not become your favorites, but they fit this story perfect. Young, curious, and with moral compass still on ride or die. Through the book they get to build on themselves, their friendship, and the new found friend too, sassy asshole of an alien AI who got conscious, and is now banking on these kids to win the day so they, yes, they can protect him from getting reset. Great humor, and great story.
Solid 5 out of 5.
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book review | Normal Sucks by Jonathan Mooney

normal sucks jonathan mooney book review night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Jonathan Mooney
Title: Normal Sucks
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Memoirs
Pages: 256
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Statue of Adonis represents the unachievable human perfect. Mortal man fit to bed Aphrodite herself. Norma and Norman statues, meantime, represent the human normal state, mean, medium. Fun fact, it’s just as unachievable. They found approximate fitment for Norma, and had to settle for it. In his biographical book Normal Sucks, Jonathan Mooney dissects this theory of normal, alongside how’s shoved unto all of us.

About the Book: Since we were little, we were all taught that normal is good. Match others, catch up, stay in the middle of the herd. If you manage more – great, wonder child. If you are incapable of the average – you’re a burden now, in need of tutors, lectors, and other help. Despite both of these states usually coming from the same source. Not fitting the norm is only ever forgiven if it fits said norm by managing more of it, it seems. In this interdependent world, the normal, the right side of society, fully expects the other side, the wrong side of society, to pick up and adjust. All while people who decided what’s the norm – didn’t fit the bill either, so why is their normal – the default state? Wouldn’t it be easier if both sides adjusted a little at a time, wouldn’t it be more fruitful? Through the book author tells his story, from the diagnosis that shook him to the very core, to life with it, the emerging bigger picture, through people who had it tougher, to people who had it bad, to people on the other side of the ramparts who had enough empathy to adjust their end, until it was all clear: normal just fucking sucks.

My Opinion: Normal is a lie. As author himself states, if you think someone normal – you don’t know them well enough just yet. And those old white dudes who made up the concept of normal didn’t fit it either. From there on it only brought the very worst out in people, as it would be hard to point examples where people strived for normal and got happy, but there’s so many absolute catastrophic examples where people got normalcy into their minds and wrecked entire nations over it. It’s a false idea, from statistical 2.5 child, to ideal average pilot seats – we neither see the half a child running around, nor said seats were comfortable for any of the pilots. So if both ideal and normal states are both unachievable: why waste your time striving for the most average, most boring state there could ever be? Read this book. Read it especially if you have, or plan to have children, as author writes this book for his kids. And, for point of reference, he has ADHD and dyslexia.

Great book. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir

andy weir the egg and other stories book reviewAuthor: Andy Weir
Title: The Egg and Other Stories
Series: –
Genre: Short Stories; Fiction
Pages: 1.15h
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I really like Andy Weir. Some books more than others, but all of quality. So, in need for light and short content, I picked up The Egg and Other Stories to listen to. Did not disappoint.

About the Book: A handful of absolutely stunning tales, with plot twists written to blow your mind. From mental illness to trauma. From aliens to meaning of life. And, of course, from serial killers, to cats.

My Opinion: Extremely good writing. Each tale packs a punch, some still better than others, but each one – memorable, because it’s just, wow, at every ending of it. Do yourself a favor, pick it up too.

Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Failure Mode by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 15

failure mode by craig alanson nightmode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Failure Mode
Series: Expeditionary Force 15
Genre: Sci-fi; Space Opera
Pages: 697
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Another year, and seemingly the last one, that I start with Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson. Fifteenth book, Failure Mode, ends the series and it’s just too bittersweet.

About the Book: Elder Ones, seemingly the first or among the first races of the Universe, have ascended into a different kind of existence, abandoning their bodies. But not before they put together technology that was meant to keep this corner of Space – clean of life. This way they planned to protect their power source and the barrier built against someone or something that scared even them. Said plan, of course, didn’t wholly work, as is proven by Joe Bishop and his Merry Band of Pirates, entire humanity, and many other races, and species, who got into quarrels with them over the past several books. But, as Skippy thought, for as long as Elders aren’t aware of it all, it’s as good as perfect. And then he had to kill that other damned Elder AI, who sent out a distress call, one that can only be sent by their kind. Worse still, Elders acknowledged the call. Now, Skippy can’t see any scenario in which Elders would just go back to sleep and ignore everything, instead of, you know, waking up and committing some genocide to tidy up the mess, fixing their rogue AI on their way out so, his, and Universe’s best hope are us, the monkeys. Joe Bishop at the helm, with such insane and impossible plans that, hehe, no one’s going to like them…

My Opinion: It’s hard to resist the greed when tales of your favorite characters are so very well finalized, because they might just be the last ones. Turned pages through high-strung action on the edge of my seat, the fights, the escapes, the impossible, the momentary lapses of judgement, and perfect ideas from people in the book, rather than universal luck by author’s divinity. Every character, even the side-side had their own firm personality, characteristics that made them – them. Basically, quality is so superb that 15 books later I wish there were more in the future. Because while I couldn’t ask for more, got my open ending to daydream about, got a glimpse into things that were forbidden through the previous books, and so on, I’d still have more, happily.

A wonderful start of the year, 5 out of 5.

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book review | Animal Farm by George Orwell

animal farm by george orwell book review read like a villain banned books nosferatu reads night mode readingAuthor: George Orwell
Title: Animal Farm
Series: –
Genre: Classics; Politics
Pages: 122
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Read Animal Farm by George Orwell, and I don’t know whether to cry or laugh now. Hope everyone reads it.

About the Book: All animals are equal. Having defeated their human master, they set up amendments of sorts and start working on an utopia, where there’s enough food, less work, plenty of rest, no whip, and no stealing of eggs or the young. But fierce slogans made to stoke the fires of superiority and idealism won’t keep that belly full. Food doesn’t just appear, it needs to be grown. And then processed into actual morsels. Which then might be made better with an egg or some milk. And what about sugar, that could be bought for money if excess could be sold? Oh, and just think, if you didn’t have to share it either… But no. No. All animals are equal. Simply, some are more equal than others.

My Opinion: A masterpiece, so good. First published in 1945, and the stench of totalitarism still lingers in the air. Hopefully it’s a stench of a rotting corpse only. Superbly written book of cogs in the machines, corruption, greed, and disregard for others, where no price is too high to keep the power stable in own hands. No better time to read it either.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | I’m glad my mom died by Jennette McCurdy

im glad my mom died by jennette mccurdy book reviewAuthor: Jennette McCurdy
Title: I’m Glad My Mom Died
Series: –
Genre: Memoir; Nonfiction
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I still don’t know who Jennette McCurdy is, but I’m very glad for having read her memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died“. It was mostly recommended to me by friends whose… Let’s say, whose parents are complaining about the lack of communication these days.

About the Book: Author tells an extremely painful tale of trying to please someone abusive, controlling, and narcissistic. Psychological abuse, mental terror was impossible for a child to fight, so she learned to recognize the signs of it about to happen, and to dampen the attack, diffuse the situation. Knowing what her mother will be angry about, sad about, or guilt trip her over, she learned to predict the moods and act before entering the event horizon. A case of “be good, or else…” all while fully believing your mother only wants the best for you, because she is your mother.

My Opinion: I never really got the people who told others off on their choices about their own parents. The whole entire “but you only got one of those” is a very twisted victim blaming, expecting someone to make peace without even knowing the full story. Just think about it for a moment: what would make you disown your own parents? Whatever you thought about likely happened to someone. There’s a chance something even worse happened to someone. So why do we do such stupid things as expect people to dance by the tune that is in our own heads? Author’s tale is painful to read, but it’s very important, and I’d like to thank her for writing it. Even if the abuser, manipulator, the terrorizing person in your life wasn’t your parent, read it anyway, so you can recognize the signs of it, and the trauma it leaves.

A wonderful book, strong 5 out of 5, and high recommendations.

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book review | Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Lost Boy by Christina Henry captain hook story book reviewAuthor: Christina Henry
Title: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
Series: –
Genre: Horror; Retelling
Pages: 292
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Pirates were my thing when I was a kid, and captain Hook – definitely among the favorites. Happy to have had discovered Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry thus, for it was a very interesting Hook’s origin reimagining.

About the Book: Jamie was the first Peter brought to the island. Afterwards followed many more. Many boys plucked from their hardships with promises of adventure, and a chance to never grow up and be boring, lame adults. But Jamie knows better by now, so many seasons having passed. He knows most of them don’t grow up not because of the magic in this island, but because they die in fights, wars, and raids Peter, who can’t sit still for a moment, drags them into. And so, Jamie acts like a buffer. Trying to both keep them safe, and keep Peter happy. Until he no longer can…

My Opinion: It reads so good, plot twisted like a mix of Lord of the Flies and, well, Peter Pan. Characters are well written, each one got their own small tale, and adjustment to behavior depending on who they were communicating with the most, so even if it was predictable, it made sense applied to a bunch of kids striving to be the favorite. A very fine tale of dark magic that demands blood, sacrifice, devotion, and love. A tale of doubt, growing up without growing up, cruelty, selfishness. All of that plus great fights, battles, and a very well written villain’s arc.

Highly recommend to all those who enjoy redemption arcs, villains, and retellings. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

medican gothic silvia moreno-garcia book reviewAuthor: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Title: Mexican Gothic
Series: –
Genre: Horror; Gothic
Pages: 301
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Finally found myself a copy of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and just in time for the end of the spooky month. It was a very unique, classically gothic tale.

About the Book: A Victorian style manor high on the hill in a remote Mexican town. Full of dark secrets, as appropriate for such a place, and unpleasantly strange lords, the Doyles. This is where Neomi will have to venture to find her cousin, who has recently married into the family, and has sent her a cryptic message requesting help, saving. But saving from what? Or whom?

My Opinion: This was a completely unexpected tale, and a gothic one to boot. Events are very well muddles together, you read, and believe you know answers, but as more information is given – additional ideas are introduced, and what the reader thought they knew turns out to be something entirely else. It reads like Harker’s visit at Dracula’s, all while a tale is unlike anything I’ve read before. Highly recommend it to those who enjoy classic gothic, but aren’t into reading classics (or got none left).

A very fine book, 5 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 2

vampire hunter d raiser of gales hideyuki kikuchi book review night mode readingAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Raiser of Gales
Series: Vampire Hunter D 2
Genre: Horror Books; Sci-fi
Pages: 250
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Continuing October reads with Vampire Hunter D: Raiser of Gales by Hideyuki Kikuchi, second book in the Vampire Hunter D series. Definitely feeling that dystopian sci-fi vibe.

About the Book: Vampires known as nobility, the peak of science and evolution, have vanished, leaving behind their relicts, and experiments. One of such starts terrorizing village of Tepes (yep) D’s passing by, where he gets hired to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late…

My Opinion: Almost strained my eyes rolling, due to every D’s description, even when he’s only mentioned as a rider, starting with “gorgeous youth“. Gorgeous, gorgeous youth that makes even the hearts of straight men beat faster. You know, I have a suspicion D might be handsome. Anyway, other than that the story was alright. Felt a bit unfinished or lacking logic at times, but was interesting visually and action-wise.

A medium 3 out of 5.

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book review | Tender is the Flesh Agustina Bazterrica

tender is the flesh by agustina bazterrica book review night mode readingAuthor: Agustina Bazterrica
Title: Tender is the Flesh
Series: –
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Pages: 211
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

In search for October horrors I’ve stumbled upon “Tender is the Flesh” by Agustina Bazterrica, and it’s the freakiest pieces of horror that I’ve ever read.

About the Book: A virus made all animals unsafe to consume for humans. Needing or wanting the meat proteins anyway, people both found the justification for what they did, and the means to do it without guilt. They started eating other people. In a post-purge world, where humans were the only commodity in abundance, processing plants began emerging, offering “special” meat, bred and raised as cattle. And it didn’t take long for black market to appear for it too…

My Opinion: It’s absolutely vile, and incredible. A well woven story of society’s moral collapse, lines between right or wrong blurring, then outright shifting elsewhere. A perverse humanity where people are taught how to keep their “stock” alive, all while taking parts for food. A world where you’re cheap meat post death, or expensive one if the client wanted their steak with a name. Place where a billionaire can buy you for your debt and a chance of hope. Honestly, protagonist’s struggles and drama were in the way of the good stuff I wanted to read more of. Terrifying, yet can’t look away kind of situation.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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