Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2) by Orson Scott Card

RATING: 5/5

Brilliantly woven, I mean, really. I'm not sure about the science, but it was good enough. Whether or not the "piggies" could have that level of sophistication of abstract ideas, I'm less convinced. I'm also not a big fan of the underlying assumption that it is every intelligent species' right to conquer and plunder as many planets as they can, bending 'lesser' species to their will. I'm still giving it five stars though, because it was a superbly crafted story.

Ender's Saga Reviews:

Ender's Game (#1)
Speaker for the Dead (#2)
Xenocide (#3)
Children of the Mind (#4)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James

Rating: 1/5

My curiosity overrode my usual literary snobbery and so I read this book. I will admit I loved to hate it and laughed my way through this train wreck. It's the most unintentionally hilarious unintentional parody I've ever read. If I'd known you could just write down your own drawn out, elaborate sexual fantasies without regard to credibility, sense, story, plot, or writing ability and make a shitload of money, well, I'd have a shitload of money. and for anyone who finds this book liberating or empowering or whatever, please take a moment to realize the author didn't even have the guts to type the word vagina or penis, not once. Oh my. Maybe it was too UNNERVING.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello 

Rating: 2.5/5


*sigh* What started out as a nice, easy, fun read started to fizzle about half-way through and totally kerplunked at the end. This is my second Masello book, and he really seems to have trouble with endings.

The romance between Michael and Eleanor was completely ridiculous, cheesy, forced, implausible, unnecessary, late ... choose your adjective. The author spends so much effort making the vampire thing scientifically reasonable, but can't be bothered to make credible relationships between his characters. Most of the book was relatively enjoyable, but when you get such a lame ending, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Tragedy was a major theme in this story, so it's a shame the book loses its integrity by selling out with happily ever after.

See my reviews of Masello's The Medusa Amulet and The Romanov Cross