Hey remember when I used to finish series?! Yeah. Me either. BUT I finished this one! The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer is a weird Sci-Fi series about a zone of land that seems like it should be straight out of the X-Files and the shadowy government agency that studies it. Continue reading
I wasn’t planning on going to into depth on my recent read of Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. I enjoyed the snot out of that little book – but I didn’t really feel like I had too much to say on it yet. I decided to hunt down the TV show with fingers crossed I could find it and I did! I can watch it in a few places, though I do have to pay for it, but after catching the first episode it’s super worth it. So I’m going to talk about the first book and first episode (and hopefully each consecutive one) to record my thoughts. Continue reading
The Last Policeman Series by Ben H. Winters
The Last Policeman, Countdown City, World of Trouble
Recommended! Fast and Enthralling Mysteries
I’m pretty bad at series, let’s all just accept that. I think this might be the only series I’ve started and finished this year? Ah well, I suppose that should go to show you how easy and fun a read they were! The series takes place over the few months before the world ends. Certainly a fun setup, huh!?
Our main character, Hank Palace, is a detective working in the police force in these last days when he stumbles upon a murder during the course of an investigation. Initially the murder is pegged as ‘yet again’ another suicide. As can be expected, with the knowledge of the world’s ultimate end so close many people are taking a bit of faster route out seeing no point in sticking around. It’s a dim and depressing setting to put a story, but it works. Hank is the only one who sees the murder for what it is and even cares to investigate. The series spirals out from there, descending downwards as the world it’s set in, further into chaos and darkness.
I enjoyed the shit out of all three books. I can’t pick a weaker book in fact, all three came across fairly strong. The characters were all believable for me, you’ll see some of the tropes you might expect in this setting but you also begin to see depth to them. The narrative is told in a disconnected manner that might through some people off so that’s something to keep in mind. For me that seemed to further enforce Hank’s mentality. He keeps going. The world is ending, it didn’t matter if it was 4 months out or 2 days, he kept going. Was it just stubbornness or something else? I have my opinions on that, but nothing I can safely discuss without spoiling it. I just really enjoyed it for that.
I also felt the world too, after a certain point it almost feels ruined and empty – which again, I feel like would be the case. You see people struggling to hold on, hoping. You’ll also see people just flat out giving up. The world around Hank reflects that as he travels and works, continuing to be a policeman. It’s what he is, so it’s what he does. He’s the classic white knight and so he continues to be that white knight even in the darkest of times. The final book, of course the darkest of the three is where things get personal and harder hitting. We see our knight crumble just like the world around him. It’s all so well done.
I really recommend this series for anyone. My only reservation is disconnected feeling to the stories, especially in the beginning, but it’s well worth that if you don’t mind it. They are also hella fast reads, I blew through each book in less than 4 hours each (though I tried super hard to make that last one stretch out). Great series, I’ll definitely put this on the reread list.
The Generation V Novels by M. L. Brennan
Overall Rating : 4.25 stars
Have you ever felt completely robbed of something in media? Be it a ship that never sailed, or a backstory never completed, a death that was completely meaningless? This my friends is what I feel like having finished Dark Ascension and finding out that there are, as of yet, no more books on contract for this series. I am simply not okay with this. This is a series that to me stands out in the crowd of Urban Fantasy as unique, different, and just hopeful. In the same way that Goblin Emperor gave me a hero I wanted to win, I wanted to be friends with and support in every way possible, this book gave me Fortitude the reluctant vampire. Continue reading
The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Books by Ransom Riggs
Overall Rating : 4 Stars
I’ve completed yet another series
while starting so many others, so here’s another series review! I have a mess of mixed feelings about these books. Here is they are in nice bullet format!
- I really enjoyed the first book but while rereading it to my husband I found it a little more dense than I remembered. It’s written more as adult fiction than YA.
- Book 2 was by far my favorite. Some of that dense language from the first book still carried over but there was much more dialogue and action to counterweight it.
- I felt like many of the characters, though interesting didn’t have depth behind that. Horace, Enoch, Fiona… what were these kids like besides just Peculiars? While I understand that was there whole life trapped in the loop surely they had thoughts and feelings outside of that or petty jealousy for Jacob (I’m looking at you Enoch).
- Was it just me or was Miss Peregrine kind of a mean lady? I can’t tell if it was intentional or if she was just meant to come off as stern teacher type, but definitely in that last book. There was no remorse for her family and how her treatment shaped them.
- I loved the time travel. Loops of time, repeating over and over? That was neat.
- The idea of the matriarch society of the women (I honestly can’t remember how to spell that word, Ymembranes?) Was interesting. I wish we’d seen a lot more of them and that dynamic.
- It wrapped up too neatly, especially with the only death of a major (?) character being ‘off screen’.
- I also loved the children and the peculiar powers they had. Very creative ways of adapting those found images (though I feel like some of the ones in the third might have been stretched to fit the book).
Overall I enjoyed the books, but there were holes and problems with it in my opinion, or things that didn’t work for me. I will be picking up more of his work to see how he evolves as a writer of fiction and I would love to see his hand at adult fiction one day.
I am going to admit to some pretty shameful things here. Please keep in mind I’m a frequent victim to overhype, I don’t have that much time for reading (lies), and I picked up a lot of these to read so late I missed the bandwagon – EXCUSES!
There are a lot of good reasons I haven’t read or finished these yet, and I swear I am going to read them! So please, don’t hurt me.
1) The Grisha Trilogy
Everyone loves this and it has a fabulous setting. I have all but the last and just haven’t started them…
2) The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
To be fair I want to hurt myself for this one. I have the beautiful box set and I’ve read the first Percy series. I’m just scared of the feels.
3) The Hunger Games
You know what. Screw it. No excuse. Just my overhyped, hipster, evil core screaming ‘Nooooooo’
4) The Old Man’s War series by John Sclazi
I am fixing this one! I swear! I have the first one on my desk, in fact it’s a backup book for my #TBRTakedown tbr.
5) The Bloodlines series and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Again this one I am pissed at myself for. I adore Richelle’s writing, Her Georgina Kincade series is one of my favorites. I’m on book 5 of VA, I just don’t get along with Rose aka BAD DECISION QUEEN.
6) The Others by Anne Bishop
This has just been getting popular lately. I have in the past, read her previous series… The Black Jewels? I think that’s the name on it.
7) Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Right now I’m not in a place for Game of Thrones. After the debacle of the TV show I’m not really interested in it… at all.
8) Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
I have the first two! And they’re all pretty short, so this will happen soon. I swear!
9) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This is one of those dystopian series that I could just breeze through if I would sit down and actually read it but I haven’t had the spare change to pick up some copies. *shame*
10) Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I really want to read this series. I’ve heard amazing things, across the board, about the main character, the development, the world, all of it. I am just a terrible human being like that.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. A tiny percent of the unbelievably long list of books and their series that I haven’t read and probably should.