book review | Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

bridge to terabithia katherine patersonAuthor: Katherine Paterson
Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Series: –
Genre: Fiction; Classics
Pages: 190
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I remember watching “Bridge to Terabithia“, how gripping, beautiful, and soul-wrenching it was. Figured, I might as well read the book by Katherine Paterson. Well, it’s just as wonderful and heartbreaking.

About the Book: Jess’s only escape was painting, drawing. Something his father didn’t approve of much, so the boy didn’t get to do it as much as he wanted, nor really flourish his fantasy until Leslie moved into the house next door. Strange girl of seemingly eccentric parents broke the mundane routine, hardships at home, nightmares at school. In the woods across the river they made themselves a safe haven, a fantastical Kingdom of their own, Terabithia. Which, as their rulers, they had to defend from monsters, and solve the problems as they arose.

My Opinion: It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve read, with gorgeous movie to go along. Vivid, lively characters, magical story.

A great book I can greatly recommend. 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Streams of Silver by R.A. Salvatore | high fantasy

streams of silver r.a. salvatore high fantasy book cover forgotten realms dark elf legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Streams of Silver
Series: The Legend of Drizzt 5
Genre: High Fantasy; Adventure Lit.
Pages: 349
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

At times it’s good to rest with known characters in unknown lands. Such was “Streams of Silver” by R.A. Salvatore, fifth book in The Legend of Drizzt series, second book in the second trilogy of it. And it’s just getting better and better.

About the Book: Drizzt, our infamous kind-hearted dark elf, allows his dwarven friend to convince him to embark on yet another deadly dangerous expedition. This time it’s to find the legendary Mithril Halls, where the dwarf originates from. He, due to trauma of the battle that has left no survivors, and turned the legendary kingdom into a fairy tale, a myth, cannot recall much of it, just the general existence of it. But one thing is clear to everyone in the party off onto an adventure: neither the path there, nor the Halls themselves will be safe. For whatever destroyed the Mithril Halls might very well still lurk in the deep darkness underground.

My Opinion: Oh, this was good. This was Moria meets Deep Roads good. With foes in the dark, forgotten evil magic awaiting, darkness taking shape. And treasure filled halls, history of ancient dwarven kingdom wiped out.

These are really great so far. Could definitely recommend to anyone into classic adventure-filled high fantasy. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Exit Strategy by Martha Wells | sci-fi

exit strategy martha wells the murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Exit Strategy
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 4
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 176
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Damn. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, especially with “Exit Strategy” are definitely up there, in my favorite sci-fi series now. Just below such grand things as Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson.

About the Book: Murderbot’s not very happy about his new sense of caring. Upon learning that Dr. Mensah got in trouble due to it, and then possibly got kidnapped, definitely due to it, Murderbot is jumping all kinds of security hoops in attempts to reach her and find a way to save her. It’s good humans are so very bad at security.

My Opinion: Murderbot’s becoming a serious badass. I’ve happily re-read all of the fight scenes, and a few thought process paragraphs. Do yourself a favor and if you didn’t like first or even the second book – try to power through it, it really gets better and better.

Masterfully simple short books that are an easy pleasure to read. A 5 out of 5 from me, and a torment as I wait for the 5th one to be published. Eh.

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book review | Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells | sci-fi

rogue protocol martha wells the murderbot diaries sci-fiAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Rogue Protocol
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 3
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 158
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Alright, since I have a fourth book to read, let’s get on with this. Finished “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells, third book in The Murderbot Diaries. So far – so good.

About the Book: Dr. Mensah has bought Murderbot’s contract for herself, thus becoming his owner under what I understand are laws that androids can’t be ownerless. And since Murderbot didn’t feel like being property on some farm or what was it, it escaped, and Dr. Mensa didn’t seemed too concerned about it. But people are getting concerned for her: where’s this SecUnit rogue, responsible for mass murder? Is it murdering?? So to help itself and the kind Dr., Murderbot decides to gather some data that would point them all away from her, to the real problem. And of course, as its luck would have it, things ought to be buried under layers of corrupt corps who want to kill all kinds of witnesses, innocent people. Why it cares? It doesn’t know.

My Opinion: I like how the structure of events seems to be the same or at least similar, but the actions are so very completely different. Yes, there’s always enemies to be fought, and metaphorical soiling of the pants that comes with the too strong robots threatening to make it personal. But the reasons, the places, and the fights are always different and require plans, finesse, thinking on your feet. I also appreciate the relatively easy world-building. While I love the long-winded high-fantasy realms, it’s nice to rest from it by getting information in bits related to the story for a change.

So far I really like it. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Artificial Condition by Martha Wells | sci-fi

artificial condition by martha wells murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Artificial Condition
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 2
Genre: Sci-fi; Fiction
Pages: 158
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

While there’s many series I started that await continuation, I couldn’t help myself and grabbed Artificial Condition by Martha Wells, second book in The Murderbot Diaries.

About the Book: Murderbot has hitched a ride on a Research Transport, ART. Together, not having enough things to do to keep themselves busy, they watched series and discussed Murderbot’s possible past, the reason why his memory got purged. ART came up with a brilliant idea of Murderbot needing to pursue this further. You know, like humans do in series. And to do that it might as well pretend to be more human, and maybe start working with them as a private Security Consultant or something. Also, like in the series. So here’s Murderbot, uncomfortable in his modified appearance, once again guarding humans from their own suicidal plans, while they attempt to extract their stolen data, naively expecting it to be handed to them, just because it’s theirs… So very much like in the series.

My Opinion: I don’t know why it’s so mightily amusing to read about AI’s who are so much like human toddlers attempting to adult and getting frustrated when they can’t, but it is. Loved the new dynamics between ART and Murderbot, and loved Murderbot’s evolution of “I can say no, they don’t own me“, even if it failed most the time anyway.

It’s a very fun and interesting book. So far I’m really enjoying the series. A 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | All Systems Red by Martha Wells | sci-fi

all systems red murderbot diaries martha wellsAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: All Systems Red
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 1
Genre: Sci-Fi; Humor
Pages: 144
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

There’s something magical about humorous sci-fi books and AI’s that develop personality. Such is, more or less, “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells, first book in The Murderbot Diaries series that I intend to consume whole. The dash of horror it contained really helped too.

About the Book: Murderbot is a security android for rent at the Company that gives permits to research groups to go and dig around on certain planets for research. The only difference between it and the rest is that it hacked its systems a while ago, and doesn’t technically have to obey all the commands. Especially not ones that demand it defend Company’s good name if anyone wants to tarnish it. Lucky for the humans Murderbot is protecting, it prefers watching series, alone. But this damned planet they landed on could not be peaceful now, could it?…

My Opinion: The story got a great balance of humorous android diary who refers to self as Murderbot due to certain aspects of its job; and horror when they have to flee the danger that’s coming for them, and Murderbot is humans only chance of survival. Murderbot is awkward, funny, strange, and very likable. The plot is told in such a way that reader gets to figure things out as the rest of the crew does, and nothing’s made too complex to follow if you’re not into sci-fi per say.

This was a very fun and light read. A very strong 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop | self-help

unfuck yourself gary john bishop coverAuthor: Gary John Bishop
Title: Unfu*k Yourself
Series: –
Genre: Self Help; Psychology
Pages: 221
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Such a perfect timing. I swear, I needed “Unfu*k Yourself” by Gary John Bishop exactly now. And also, I now know what to give one unruly soul in my life for the Holidays. Or whenever I can afford it. I don’t like December much.

About the Book: Have you ever looked at anyone and wondered why they made it, and you’re such a failure? Is it because you were raised wrong? Or are you a professional procrastinator? Either way, what have you done and stuck to doing to improve it? Author explains us in beautiful, witty language, how we settle for what we can tolerate. Life’s bad? And yet we return from work, plop in front of Netflix, browse social media to 3am, get up angry for having to get up, and walk to work with dread: what if I fail? This is what you can tolerate, because you don’t change a thing. The “I need rest after work” and “it keeps me going” are excuses we tell ourselves. Truth is, we wouldn’t die without it. Because none of us have motivation laying about. Motivation comes with doing, much like appetite comes with eating to some. If you do nothing, you’ll spend your life awaiting for that perfect time, perfect feeling.

My Opinion: Author wittily expresses his displeasure at us for being so mean to ourselves. No, we’re not failures. We just need to kick ourselves off the hamster wheel we ourselves climbed into. And we absolutely can. No, they’re not worth the million they made, but neither are you. But they put in the work, and so can you. You can do it. You just have to do it, dammit, try doing it, give it your best, and if you fail, assess the situation, adjust your strategy, and give it your damned best again. Your life is in your hands, and no stubbed toe should ruin your day.

This is one of the best this type of books I’ve ever read. And if you think you don’t need it, most likely you do really need it. A firm 5 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Hollywood Godfather by Gianni Russo | memoir

hollywood godfather gianni russo gangster mobsterAuthor: Gianni Russo
Title: Hollywood Godfather
Series: –
Genre: Memoir; True Crime
Pages: 304
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

While “Hollywood Godfather” by Gianni Russo has its own issues and problems, deriving mostly from the times it all took place in, and the inequality dominating the masses back then, the story itself was a fascinating read.

About the Book: If you’re wondering where you’ve heard the name or seen the face – Carlo Rizzi from Godfather, and many more. A real life mobster in a movie about mobsters, and he wasn’t even the only one. Gianni Russo tells us in detail how the movie got produced, what events took place, and what people got to be in it. Being a business man at the core, he also mentions what markup he made on soda cans he was selling to the crews. From estrangement with his parents, to first business ventures re-selling pens, to meeting a mobster who’ll become a father figure, to making it in the world. Gianni Russo leaves us with words: “yes, you can“, so if you needed any more motivation…

My Opinion: It was funny to read about the need to fake danger for the bright stars rubbing shoulders with mobsters, wanting to imagine they’re part of this thrilling world. From trash bags filled with newspapers, to introductions. Even more fun was to read about all the people Gianni Russo knew, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and so on, what where they like. There’s many historical events too, mob orchestrated happenings involving politicians, assassinations, and such. And while I wish he would’ve spoken out about some issues, instead of just glossing over them, I enjoyed the book, and the people I get to know in it. Some things will never look the same ever again.

I never know how to rate a memoir. It’s one thing to rate a creation, a whole other to rate someone’s life. So, taking in writing, and how captivating it was, I give it a 5 out of 5.


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comic review | Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn; Dalibor Talajic | Deadpool Killogy 1

deadpool kills the marvel universeAuthor: Cullen Bunn; Dalibor Talajic
Title: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
Series: Deadpool Killogy 1
Genre: Comics; Superheroes
Pages: 96
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I don’t really like superhero genre, like at all. With deadpool being the one exception. So when I got the opportunity to borrow “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, I took it. The volume consists out of four chapters full of roller-coaster events.

About the Book: Deadpool was always aware of us here, reading his and others’s stories. He never hesitated to break the fourth wall and rely us his feelings on the events. But after yet another very traumatic event, his understanding of our existence, and his existence in consequence – deepened. And he’s absolutely not happy about it. In fact, he’s out to kill every superhero and villain we ever loved because of it.

My Opinion: Let me just tell you, it’s so weird and yet strangely satisfying to read a paper comic book. Especially when you can just give it back after, and don’t have to add to your own clutter. As for the story, well, as the title suggests, Deadpool goes on a killing spree, and no one is safe. Not your favorite hero, not your favorite villain. At times it got so dark I was genuinely sad due to the events. And that ending, oh… That ending.

This was great. Deadpool’s great. 5 out of 5.


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Samhain | 08 – 10 | The Best, The Worst, The Overrated

The Best, The Worst, The Overrated from Lughnasadh to Samhain!

The Best:

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  • The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis: A great book on responsible and irresponsible consumerism, where it leads, and what can we do about it. Because we absolutely can, and it doesn’t mean you may not buy the thing you want but don’t need per say.
    Nonfiction | Review
  • The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles: A book that reminded me how great the adventure genre is. My next year’s goal is to find more adventure books.
    Adventure | Review
  • Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky: A book on what happens after the great evil is vanquished, the same one for which many nations united and tossed their lot into same kettle. What happens when you need to divide things back up, and go home?
    High Fantasy | Review
  • The Borgias by G.J. Meyer: A great book on a very prominent family. How did they came to be what they are, what made their name so notorious and known, and how it all went down. Reminded me of teenage years where I’d seek out information on this family on my own. Or the good old Assassin’s Creed games with Ezio.
    History | Review
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson: An unbelievable net cast over a whole world, a very complex, but superbly interesting high fantasy. It’s colossal and amazing.
    High Fantasy | Review
  • American Kingpin by Nick Bilton: A very fine book on Dark Web and the most notorious market place in it, the Silkroad. And the man who created it.
    Nonfiction | Review
  • Dead Jack by James Aquilone: James Aquilone was a discovery for me, and I will sure read more of their books. Dead Jack was a great dark humor book, just the way I like my dead rotting skeleton private eyes.
    Dark Humor | Review

The Worst:

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  • The Last Hellfighter by Thomas S. Flowers: A poor retelling of Dracula. Dull and uneventful.
    Horror | Review
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: A world where vampires rule, where vampirism gift has mutated to create more mindless monsters than actual vampires, and where humans are like cattle. But cattle with hope and dreams of utopia, one ruled by co… by humans.
    Vampires | Review
  • Midnight in a Perfect World by Ambrose Ibsen: A tale of a Lovecraftian thing handing humans a recipe for a drug that makes them fall into its world, where it can build a ladder out of its prison. Humans are great mortar in the hands of the gods. Poorly executed idea.
    Horror | Review
  • The Mark by Lee Mountford: Another great poorly written tale of a… Well, that’s the best part, so I won’t spoil. But in general, the book is full of unnatural dialogues, strange shortage of logic, and very one-way plot.
    Horror | Review

The Overrated:

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  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch: It’s hard for me to accept this is an actual demon attack, where a child clearly is fighting to supress memories of actual assaults, molestation, and now, as a teenager, snorts cocaine all the time. She’s messed up, by human beings. What was the demon for even?
    Horror; Mystery | Review
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