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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book review | The Marked Prince by M.A. Grant | Fantasy lit.

the marked prince m.a. grantAuthor: M.A. Grant
Title: The Marked Prince
Series: The Darkest Court 2
Genre: LGBT+ Literature; Fantasy
Pages: 305
Rate: 3-5 | Goodreads

Ah well, I couldn’t wait any longer, so I’ve read the second book in The Darkest Court series by M.A. Grant, “The Marked Prince“. It wasn’t as good as the first, but it wasn’t too bad either.

About the Book: Sebastian, on the eve of War between the Courts has to return to the Summer, one he was born into, but long as not considered home. He expected hostility, possibly even imprisonment, but still risked it all, for that was the only way to help his friends, Phineas and Roark, with whose Court lies his heart. Sebastian has to find Roark’s brother and return him home, by kidnapping or even murder if that’s what it takes. But standing before the King of Summer Court he is greeted as a long lost family member, a prince… And while that gives him hope to come closer to the target, it also puts one on his back, for there already is an heir to the throne, and she is not so happy to see him.

My Opinion: The theme of the book was a lot alike Captive Prince with the, well, captive prince falling in love with the opposing kingdom’s prince. And while it wasn’t as well written as Pacat’s work, it was still not bad, so I will continue with the series.

Yeah, so this one gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

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book review | Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant | LGBT+ Fantasy YA lit.

prince of air and darkness by m. a. grant book coverAuthor: M.A. Grant
Title: Prince of Air and Darkness
Series: The Darkest Court 1
Genre: LGBT+; YA Fantasy
Pages: 310
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Sometimes by sheer accident I find these lovely books as “Prince of Air and Darkness” by M.A. Grant and get to wonder so how does book marketing work then? Is it all based on money? Because this book could be promoted hard as Maas’s ACOTAR series with Captive Prince characters to it. It’s not yet that level of good, but it was pretty darn nice, and is worth picking up if you like the fairy tale like stories as acotar were (I harbor no love for the author, mind you), but would like it to also be m/m romance.

About the Book: Phineas Smith is one of those rare humans with such grand magical powers that he gets to study in a School of Magick. And while that sounds great and all, it really isn’t. He’s bearing through it, hoping it’ll help his parents in the long run. But magical people, fae and alike, don’t like him all that much. Not to mention that his powers are seriously impossible to tame, so he’ll likely fail his exams. And then there’s the odd creatures who crave raw power like that and end up hunting him… But not all is bad, of course. He does have a friend of two. And his roommate, arrogant prince of Air and Darkness, Roark Lyne, happens to be there for him at the right time in the right place, whenever he really needs some ass saving. Phineas can hate him all he wants, but he has to admit… Roark doesn’t seem as bad as he plays to be.

My Opinion: While not per say anything special, the book was absolutely good enough for me to not wish to put it down. I wanted to read it cover to cover, and didn’t only because time didn’t allow for it. There’s some weak spots, like Phineas’s want to help his parents, but then, at the start of the book he doesn’t want to talk to them, and at the end of the book he doesn’t even think about letting them know he solved his own problem too. But there were some real strong points too that made all the difference. Like finding true silver lining in what seemed to be the worst possible outcome.

I give this book a strong 4 out of 5, and am looking forwards to reading the next one.

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book review | Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant | Vampire lit.

fat vampire johnny b truantAuthor: Johnny B. Truant
Title: Fat Vampire
Series: Fat Vampire 1
Genre: Vampires; Humor
Pages: 196
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ah, there it is, the “Fat Vampire” that I did want to read, first in the Fat Vampire series by Johnny B. Truant. Though it ends so well it could very well be a stand alone too. I appreciate the non-cliffhanger endings.

About the Book: Reginald never really thought of whether he’d like to be a vampire or not. His days were spent busy trying to survive adult bullies at his job. And they say it gets better after high-school! But even with all that in mind, once given a choice to die or become a vampire, Reginald didn’t hesitate, and made a choice he found himself enjoying greatly: as a vampire he was faster, stronger, and didn’t start dripping sweat by merely moving about. Yet his maker still watched him with a degree of pity for some reason…

Humans who wish to become vampires train martial arts, work out, eat right, just to be their best self, have that muscle memory, all that. And by having to go through a test formed by a vampire council Reginald will soon discover what it’s like being fat in this world of darkness.

My Opinion: Characters felt a little too dull, more like better versions of groupies ready to propel Reginald through the plot. And the jokes were a tad on the dull side. But the plot was clever, well condensed, and had a good pace to it. All in all making it a nice, different afternoon read.

I’m definitely giving this book a very solid 4 out of 5, and I do believe I’ll take me the next book in the series too.

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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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book review | The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer | Steampunk lit.

the last necromancer c.j. archer ministry of curiositiesAuthor: C.J. Archer
Title: The Last Necromancer
Series: The Ministry of Curiosities 1
Genre: Historical Fiction; Steampunk
Pages: 268
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’ve been on a quest to find me some books on warlocks and necromancers, and I’ve succeeded to gather a little trove of them. Starting with “The Last Necromancer” by C.J. Archer, the first in The Ministry of Curiosities series. And while it had its issues, it was pretty decent.

About the Book: Charlie lived on the street, joining gangs and moving on when need arose, ever since her father put her out of his house for raising her dead mother. He then decided she’s a devil’s daughter, and she learned to hide her gift. Up until she got in trouble and had to revive a dead man to defend her. Now two men in league with supernatural are fighting over Charlie, for it seems she’s the last of her kind. But Charlie isn’t sure whom she can trust in this, if anyone at all.

My Opinion: There were these not very important, but real annoying plot nuances that bothered me to the core. Charlie sometimes made decisions without having anything real to base them on. Like the time she decided she’ll be hunted relentlessly by a man she saw once, from afar. Then there’s a lot of repeating, it’s like you’re getting re-briefed on the topic you just had been briefed on in the previous paragraph. But other than that, flaws and all, I liked how down to earth Charlie was, her simplicity. She’s scared, she wants to hurl, and her powers are relatively useless seeing how dead people don’t just lay about to defend her. It made for a plot that was just interesting enough to oversee the flaws.

I give this book a solid 3 out of 5 and will definitely read the next one. Simple, but hey, it’s the first book.

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book review | Queen Takes Checkmate by Joely Sue Burkhart | Their Vampire Queen 5

queen takes checkmate joely sue burkhart book coverAuthor: Joely Sue Burkhart
Title: Queen Takes Checkmate
Series: Their Vampire Queen 5
Genre: Polyamorous Romance; Vampires
Pages: 350
Rate: 3-5 | Goodreads

Hmm. It seems to me that often first three books in the series are the best ones. “Queen Takes Checkmate” by Joely Sue Burkhart not being an exception, what with the great culmination towards the battle with the god of light, Ra, and the flop that it felt to be.

About the Book: Shara absolutely cannot live in fear of Ra, the God of Light. Not fear for herself, not fear for others. And so he must die, for a Queen of Darkness cannot pray and receive peace from a God of Light. But how does one kill an immortal god whose very presence causes you physical pain?

My Opinion: The plot relied too much on sex, thus greatly weakening the actual action, sequence of events, battles, fights. Ra was not a misunderstood hero, a villain in someone’s story, no he was a mere old fashioned pig who underestimated women, because they’re that: women. And personalities of characters are falling short too, very rapidly to that. Maybe there’s finally too many of all those Bloods (“knights“).

I still hope it picks up with the next book. This one sadly only gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

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