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book review | Sungrazer by Jay Posey | Outriders 2

jay posey sungrazet book review night mode readingAuthor: Jay Posey
Title: Sungrazer
Series: Outriders 2
Genre: Sci-Fi; Military Fiction
Pages: 448
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Read Sungrazer by Jay Posey, second, and luckily, last book in the Outriders series, despite it having ended with direct line into the next one. It’s not out yet, and I feel no obligations to continue if it ever is.

About the Book: An autonomous AI warship, no crew, capable to commit chirurgical precision orbital strikes, basically a weapon in itself, disappears. And as it’s made to be untraceable – it’s the Outriders who’ll get the honors to find it. Following up on any lead, no matter how cold, unlikely, or dangerous. As, once again, planets worth of people are on the line.

My Opinion: Reads like American teenagers who loved their football and were about to join collage, but are now somehow adults in space military. That very specific and annoying stereotype, so very common in YA books, at least the older ones… Add that to the fact that there’s really not that much going on on the page as you read it, even someone, again, kidnapped is mostly just sitting there and thinking, trying to convey discomfort, poorly. Impossible made easy. Extraordinary made dull. It just lacked personality all through out.

At least it’s over, a 2 out of 5.

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book review | Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi | Old Man’s War 4

zoes tale by john scalzi book review night mode reading library nosferatuAuthor: John Scalzi
Title: Zoe’s Tale
Series: Old Man’s War
Genre: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
Pages: 335
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi is the same tale as the book before, but told from the perspective of main characters’ adopted teenage daughter Zoe. And I almost regret reading it.

About the Book: Colony of many different races, humans included, are slowly nearing a new planet, where they’ll live and try to make it hospitable enough for second batch of people. All the fun stuff, from home building, to infrastructure, to domesticating animals, and planting whatever possibly grows there. It’s just that someone changed the plans in secret, and it’s no longer the previously decided upon planet. Nor can they use any technology, all to protect them from a threat greater than they’ll face out here, in an unknown wilderness…

My Opinion: Tale of a primitive living on an alien planet full of sentient beings, told from perspective of high-school students, by an adult author who is not, in fact, a teenager, and likely hasn’t been for a lil while now. As these are shallow, stereotypical characters that were hard to read due to just how stereotypical. You met them in every young adult series ever, from Vampire Diaries, to Sabrina, to whatever else there is. Could predict dialogues from the start of the scene, how lacking it felt. The only saving grace is that the book provides an additional perspective on the previous one. If you do not feel a burning need for such, just skip it.

A wobbly 3 out of 5.

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book review | Outriders by Jay Posey | Outriders 1

jay posey outriders night mode reading nosferatu reads book reviewAuthor: Jay Posey
Title: Outriders
Series: Outriders 1
Genre: Science Fiction; Space Opera
Pages: 444
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

One of those dusty books from the back that I try to get through, Outriders by Jay Posey, tried to bore me to death.

About the Book: Killed and revived, the final challenge, Lincoln was ready to ace the test and join an elite unit. Just to be plucked out of said test, and get planted into a far more secretive one, one that operates in missions no one ever hears about if they’re successful. The one he’ll test his mettle in will be no different, with entire planets worth of lives at stake.

My Opinion: No sense of tension, urgency, all while stakes are very high. Conflicting descriptions of events, where bad guys are only bad in a sense that author told you they do bad things, all while being very morally classy for no damn reason that we know of (e.g. treating one person nicely while trying to kill two planets full of people doesn’t make you a good guy either). It’s a very slow, dull spy thriller in spaceships, with mechs for decor.

I have one more book, will read it to see if anything improves. This one gets a 2 out of 5.

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book review | ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

adhd 20 edward m hallowell john j matey book reviewAuthor: Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey
Title: ADHD 2.0
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; ADHD
Pages: 208
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Trying to educate myself on some topics that keep appearing in my immediate space, among which is, of course, ADHD. So I’ve read ADHD 2.0 by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. While there’s some valuable thoughts in the book, others are outright harmful, so keep that in mind.

About the Book: Authors go through a very fine introduction on what it’s like to have and live with ADHD, from the inside, and the outside, how it affects the self, and those around, and what’s the difference between living with diagnosed ADHD and one that is being overlooked or not considered, aka., not diagnosed. And then proceed through variety of tales on hope. ADHD is not a bad diagnosis, and how from learning about it – things can only improve. They provide examples of those who thrive with it, even if examples given aren’t very substantial. And then name a great handful of coping mechanisms. From harmless stuff such as exercise, caffeine, to not wholly defined (I am a user myself) such as CBD, to absolutely atrocious things likened to conversion therapy.

My Opinion: As I said, the start of this book felt promising, it allowed me to define certain things in my head better, and I’ll directly benefit from that. But the whole generalizing felt iffy even before ABAApplied Behavioral Analysis got mentioned. There’s a reason why it’s not “one medicine fits all” ADHD: some need downers, others need stimulants, to the third and other-other neither might help, so why promote structure to kids as a way out? To some structure will feel like absolute hell, and they’ll seek ways to break out of it. With other suggestions authors were a little more clear that it’s not for all, but hey, feel free to try. But the ABA thing, through punishments and rewards it teaches neuro-divergent people to respond in neurotypical ways, and that got likened to conversion therapy, akin to torture. Keep this in mind if you intend to pick this book up. Additionally, it’s not very scientific, so what you get is a bundle of ideas to try out, often based on nothing more than “well, for some it works“.

Written in a smooth way, makes it easy to read. Strange skirting around genders. Stranger still the generalizing. A 3 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 | Dracember | Draculas – A Novel of Terror by Blake Crouch

draculas a novel of terror crouch blake dracember book review read like a villain dracula book nosferatu reads night mode readingAuthor: Blake Crouch
Title: Draculas – A Novel of Terror
Series: Konrath / Kilborn Collective
Genre: Horror; Thriller
Pages: 326
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Randomly discovered this book here, “Draculas – A Novel of Terror” by Blake Crouch and a few other authors, who each wrote a character for this one, edge-of-the-seat tale. My second book of Dracember, December with Dracula, brings us to a hospital about to be overrun by vampire infestation.

About the Book: Elderly man who’d fit Stephen King‘s novels, has bought a strange, seemingly human skull. Greatest difference between actual human skull and this is, of course, the set of teeth. Sharp, pointy, and hollow. He even hired an assitant with appropriate knowledge to tell him whether it seems real enough. Really, his only mistake has been not sharing the information with her. For as he pushed those fangs into his neck, he knew what he was doing. While she, unknowing, in shock and fear, took him to a crowded hospital, full of wounded, bleeding patients who can’t escape… For, you see, the skull has likely once indeed belonged to Dracula, whose headless body has been discovered previously.

My Opinion: Action packed humorous horror thriller, an absolute pleasure to read. It’s almost sad to take a point away for where writing left plot or logic holes. You’ve likely seen a movie or a few just like this, and so know, this book is better. Trapped in a hospital, with stalking, mindless monsters hunting them down, protagonists each apply all their wit and skill to survive and inform the outside world of what’s going on, convince them of this unreal reality. Read on the edge of my seat, and occasionally laughed at… well, you’ll see. Lots of lovely nightmare fuel.

Fantastic. A very solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 6

vampire hunter D piligrimage of the sacred and the profane by hideyuki kikuchi book review by reading nosferatu read like a villain reading in night modeAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane
Series: Vampire Hunter D 6
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 206
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

The last Vampire Hunter D book that I had, Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Hideyuki Kikuchi is still going strong with great ideas and mediocre execution.

About the Book: Granny Viper is known for her ability to deliver things, even through pretty dangerous places. But the value of the merchandise, and the looming desert ahead make her take precautions and hire extra hands. Among whom is a vampire hunter known only as D. It’s not really a job he’d normally take, no. But the curiosity, and direction too, won the damphir over, as the merchandise in question is a young woman who has been held captive in an infamous castle of the few remaining vampires…

My Opinion: Same old cons. Dull, sometimes even shallow writing, with too high an emphasis on the protagonist looks. But everything else is pretty great. There’s more of the unusual adventures, in unusual place, with some more story on how changed the world is, reminding the reader it’s definitely a science fiction book, as strange and unique as Warhammer 40k, but incomparable even then. D was very, very slightly better written too, as he showed more proper curiosity, and, gasp, almost humanity. Basically, these books are definitely not bad. They’re just not good either.

Will definitely read more when I have more. For now, 4 out of 5.

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book review | Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 5

vampire hunter d 5 the stuff of dreams read like a villain nosferatu reads night mode reading book reviewAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: The Stuff of Dreams
Series: Vampire Hunter D 5
Genre: Sci-Fi; Vampires
Pages: 204
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Read Vampire Hunter D: The Stuff of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi, fifth book in the Vampire Hunter D series. While the plots are woven a bit dully, story itself is always different, always interesting, strange, unusual.

About the Book: D is called into a town that is like a haven of safety in an otherwise dreary and dangerous world. Once even Nobility, the vampires, lived here in peace with humans. Once. Now the townsfolk are on their own, and aren’t harboring the best of feelings for the nobility due to one young woman, who, bitten, fell asleep, and slept like this, not aging, for decades. The fact that everyone here dreamed of D at least once makes the hunter wonder if it’s not the sleeping woman herself who called him here, as no one seems to know who else could it have been, or even why.

My Opinion: It’s not an easy read as it’s pretty dull plot-wise. But I do like the strange ideas, all the unusual visuals written. In this book it’s hard to tell what’s real, and what’s a dream, for the tale is a dream within a dream. So you read and try to keep all of the strings in mind, connecting their ends as someone somewhere wakes up or falls asleep. Pretty good if it wasn’t for the horribly gorgeous D who bothers everyone with his mere presence. I’m really looking forwards to his own history crumbs though, as it seems he’ll be related to Dracula.

A mediocre 4 out of 5 that isn’t yet three.

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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 | Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town by Hideyuki Kikuchi | Vampire Hunter D 4

vampire hunter d 4 tale of the dead town by hideyuki kikuchi book review read like a villain night mode reading nosferatu readsAuthor: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Title: Tale of the Dead Town
Series: Vampire Hunter D 4
Genre: Sci-fi; Vampires
Pages: 201
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

There is only a handful of novels in Vampire Hunter D series by Hideyuki Kikuchi that I can get, so, yes, I am determined to read them all. Finished the fourth one, called Vampire Hunter D: Tale of the Dead Town.

About the Book: A traveling city, entire metropolis, on an unknown course, and a very strict policy for boarding it or leaving, that almost left D on the other side of the door, except… Against all odds, they have found themselves in need of a vampire hunter, better still if one’s as skilled as D, for who or what could possibly hide here, where every citizen can easily be accounted for?

My Opinion: If I haven’t warned you yet, let me do so now: do not play a drinking game where you take a shot every time D’s described as gorgeous, you will end up in the hospital. Other than this annoying flaw that continues through all of the books, the story was pretty good. An interesting concept of a traveling town, where motion and walls were meant to keep everyone safe from what’s outside. But a single threat on the inside of the walls has turned it into a death trap.

Solid one, a 4 out of 5.

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