Review: BioShock: Rapture

BioShock: Rapture
BioShock: Rapture by John Shirley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gives you everything with regard to a prequel for the game. I haven’t played the games myself, as I’m not very good at remembering the right buttons to push, but I have watched roommates play. I’m fairly certain it sets up both the first and the second Bioshock games.

There’s nothing outstandingly good or bad about the book. It will likely only appeal to you if you already have an interest in the history/lore of the game. The only I wish was better was that the time line jumped large chunks, and i wasn’t always paying attention to the year, so I would have to go back.

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Review: Hemlock Grove

Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book because I watched the Netflix series. I loved the series, but wanted answers to some of the things in the show, and thought I would get them in the book. Nope. There are parts of the series/book that are word for word the same, and the characters even use the same tone of voice and same facial expressions. I’ve never read/watched anything that followed each other so closely. There were only a few small details that added any insight to what the series had shown.

There are a few technical issues with the book such as grammar, writing style, etc. but it wasn’t too bad. Its obvious from the parts written in Shelley’s POV that the author isn’t ignorant of proper writing technique, so I am going to assume it was almost all intentional.

I haven’t found the sequal yet, but I intend to look to see if it exists after I finish writing this. I imagine that parts left out of the show was so that they could focus on certain mysteries the first season, and move on to the more complicated ones for the second season.

Overall I really enjoyed the complexity that was added into an otherwise unoriginal werewolf type story (of course there are bodies and the protagonist is being blamed, duh). The added gypsy discrimination, the obvious issues Roman has, Litha’s pregnancy, and the general mystery of the order of the dragon, the hint of LOD, and just what exactly are the Godfreys. All this makes a fuller setting, allowing the werewolf lore to be simplified and traditional, and the mystery makes it harder to put down. Even having seen the series first, I was still reading it like I needed to know what was going to happen next (and could easily guess).

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Review: A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book is a ridiculous mash-up of Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey for young adults. Too bad, because it started out great, until they added the vampire.

Diana:
Started out an intelligent, independent girl
-Got flustered when she met the vampire, ignored the danger, becomes weak and relies on him for everything, desperate to please him, can’t live without him, loves his family, has untold power none of them expected and is capable of another twilight feat that I won’t spoil.

Mathew:
– Super Rich, Rude, Smart, Stylish, “young” but incredibly accomplished, concerned with how much food and exercise the girl gets etc, etc. Christian Grey clone but also vampire who is irresistibly drawn to the girl that he doesn’t want to live without, who loves her despite the rules saying he shouldn’t, tries to warn her away, but watched her sleep and stalks her, takes her to meet his family, etc. etc. stupidity

Overall frustrating. It needs more of the alchemy plot and less twilight/50shades. Even the major plot points match up. Its frustrating and disappointing how little originality there is now.

And as if this isn’t frustrating enough, it was actually horribly written. As a reader, I shouldn’t be revising your grammar and feeling like I should send you all my notes. There was such awkward run-on sentences that I had to re-read large chunks just to figure out what they meant. A paragraph is made of multiple sentences, not one. The funny part is that my own writing isn’t even all that great and my experience with it goes no farther than research papers for school, but even I will notice when you use the same adjective too many times.

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Review: The Infinite

The Infinite
The Infinite by Douglas Clegg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was actually really disappointed in this series as a whole.

It sets up a great plot idea, and lots of mystery, but then falls flat. The plot doesn’t make sense, like it was written without knowing how it would end, and the author adding in things as he thought of them. Not only are no answers given, but you are actually more confused the closer you get to the end. The first book, Nightmare House, was probably the best with regard to not sharing these same issues, however it also did not live up to expectations and potential. The second book, Mischief, was similar, and fell shorter. But this one, was the worst.

The sum total of this book was a bunch of random half-considered ideas thrown together for no reason. The more I think about it, the less sense it made. The set up was most of the book, and the conclusion was abrupt and poorly done.

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