Ray Bradbury #ShortStories #BookReview

18305955Ray Bradbury was nothing if not prolific. An American author and screenwriter who dabbled in a variety of genres, he’s sure to have written something for everyone.

This anthology was certainly an eclectic mix, and I feel like it gives the reader a good idea of who Bradbury was as a whole, from his likes (Stan and Ollie), to his dreams (flights to Mars), his moral views, his faith, his time spent in Ireland, memories of his boyhood, and everything in between, this man must have always been writing.

Which is why I read this book. Each story didn’t just give you insight into the author, but also his method. The ways in which he made you identify with his characters, his tricks for endearing them to you, investing you in the story and making you care about the outcome even if the story itself wasn’t something you’d normally read. (And let me tell you, I am not a huge sci-fi fan, yet probably 500 pages of this book was about space travel and Mars colonization and a myriad of other subjects I’d usually avoid, and yet I kept reading!) 4 stars!

The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch ~ Fiction Book Reviews

Wayward Pines (3 Book Series) by  Blake CrouchI’m not big on sci-fi, but after watching the TV series, it left me wondering about the book. I had read, and enjoyed, Dark Matter, also by this author, so I knew I liked his writing style and that he told a good tale. Then I got a cheap Kindle offer for the series.  And, finally (can it really be almost 2 years later???), I got around to the actual reading part.

After putting it off for so long, one word comes to mind. Why???? I loved this series! I’m not sure if it was more enjoyable because I had watched the miniseries or not, but, thanks to some extra time over Thanksgiving, I read the second and third book in less than 24 hours. I’m kind of sad now that it’s over.

Even if you aren’t a huge sci-fi fan, there’s enough mystery, suspense and action in this series to keep you reading. I didn’t want to put the books down until I found out what happened. The stakes were high and it all happened so fast! 5 stars!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ~ Fiction Book Review

27833670I usually don’t like sci-fi. Science heavy fiction, yes, but sci-fi is usually a no for me. But . . . this book was getting a lot of hype . . . and the author, Blake Crouch, wrote Wayward Pines, which I haven’t read yet, but I watched the miniseries on TV and enjoyed it, so I figured I’d give it a go.

The sci-fi was a very light, tolerable dose. Some science, some introspection, nothing life changing, but it was quickly paced and kept my attention. It’s not going to make my list of favorites, but it is what it is – a good time.

I hate giving spoilers, so all I’ll say is that it reminds me very much of a Jet Li movie that came out in 2001.

Fun and fast. 5 stars!

Relic II: Resurrection by Jonathan Brookes ~ Fiction Review

book17I’ve said it before and  I’ll say it again – I’m a HUGE fan of books that mix fiction with plausible science. And as an Anthropologist (Go Gators!) who spent more than her fair share of time in the paleo trenches, I’m also a sucker for books about Neanderthals. With the continuing influx of new discoveries about this breed, who can resists such a hot topic? I can’t 🙂

Relic II: Resurrection is the second novella in the Relic series by author Jonathan Brooks. While the first installment centers around the attempt to clone the extinct hominid species for military purposes, this book follows the project to fruition – a Neanderthal baby is born – and relays the race to claim rights to the child. It’s a great combination of action and science guaranteed to keep you turning the pages!

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