Are You Ready for BONES Season 10? How About CASTLE Season 7?

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I can’t believe my beloved TV show Bones is heading into its tenth season! Now, like many long-running TV shows, it’s had its ups and downs. Bones has become increasingly message heavy in the last few seasons, much to my dismay. (Dammit, I’m watching for entertainment’s sake, not to mention getting to stare at David Boreanaz, T.J. Thyne, and John Francis Daley for an hour each week!) It feels like every episode has become a vehicle to shine a light on a cause that needs some attention—identity theft, various diseases, depression, cancer—rather than putting the focus where it needs to be: on the story and the characters. Nonetheless, I still love my Bones, since I’ve been watching it faithfully since the very beginning.

In case you’re not up to speed, last season this happened (please note: if you are squeamish, beware! Graphic depictions of dead bodies ahead! You have been warned!):

There was quite a lot of drama at the end, and I don’t want to spoil it if you’re just catching up on Season 9, but I can’t wait to see what happens next:-) The new season premieres on Thursday September 25th!

Castle Season 7And then there’s the awesome Castle, which also ended on a horrible cliff hanger! I couldn’t find an “official” promo video for Season 7, but I did find this video which isn’t bad and shows how Season 6 wrapped up:

And I wouldn’t want to leave out my “boys” from Castle: Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas, and of course, Nathan Fillion:-)

Castle Season 7 premiers on Monday, September 29th! Do you watch either (or both) of these shows? What did you think of the season cliffhangers??

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Waiting on Wednesday (113) THE HEART DOES NOT GROW BACK by Fred Venturini

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. Click on the link to read more WoW posts and add some new reads to your TBR pile!

I can’t remember where I saw this book, but I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before now. It sounds sooo good, and it’s got some very good reviews so far:

The Heart Does Not Grow Back

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini. Releases in November from Picador. This is a superhero story, and I love that you can’t tell it’s about a superhero from the cover. I believe this originally started life as The Samaritan, but it was rewritten and repackaged with a new title. Here’s what Goodreads says:

EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE…

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise?The Heart Does Not Grow Back is a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale, introducing an exceptional new literary voice in Fred Venturini.

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As soon as I heard about this book, I frantically went looking for it on NetGalley and Edelweiss (and found it!). I was (shockingly, considering my stats on NetGalley) approved right away! So excited! This is why I love books: those times when you stumble upon something unexpected.

Let me know what you’re waiting on:-)

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop: Win a Box of Secret Books!

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Welcome to my stop on the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not a WriterFirst off, this giveaway is for US residents only. I know I have lots of international readers, but it’s just too expensive to ship a box of books out of the country. I participated in this hop last year, which also fell right after I returned from San Diego Comic Con, and this year I will also be giving away a box of books that I picked up at SDCC. This year, however, I wanted to do something different, so the contents of this year’s box are a SURPRISE, although if you are really on the ball, you will probably recognize some of the teaser photos that I’ll share with you.

Here are a few clues about the contents of this box:

1. There are nine books in the box.

2. Of the nine, two are adult books and the other seven are young adult.

3. Seven of the books are ARCs, and two are finished copies.

4. Of the ARCs, two were published in July, one will be published in August, two will be published in September, and two will be published in October.

5. Two of the books are mysteries, six are fantasy and/or dystopian, and one is urban fantasy.

 6. One of the books is slightly controversial, and was written by a very controversial author.

Warning: Secret box of books may contain Comic Con swag! Enter at your own risk:-)

And now for a glimpse at the books:

Obviously, some of these photo clues may be easy to guess, but I’m sure I’m going to stump someone, right? If you live in the US and you’re interested in winning this box of books, simply click on the Rafflecopter button below:

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BROKEN FOREST by Eliza Tilton – Review

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Broken Forest (The Daath Chronicles: Book One) by Eliza Tilton
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release date: May 2013
Source: Finished paperback from author
Pages: 229

three stars

The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and magical tale that just needs more work, with female characters that mostly disappointed me, but some fierce action scenes that sort of made up for some of the let downs.

I’m a bit surprised by all the five-and-four-star reviews for this book on Goodreads and Amazon. Maybe I’m just not the right target audience for this story. There is no doubt that Eliza Tilton has a vivid imagination and a promising future as a writer, but the execution of this story did not work for me in many ways. The author sets out to write a fairly traditional fantasy novel, complete with character names that are nearly unpronounceable and a fantasy realm that may or may not exist, and to some extent she succeeds. Broken Forest has a quality of mystery and magic to it that I really enjoyed. There are riddles to be solved, characters that you don’t understand and who require more scrutiny, and exciting action scenes that were very well written. However, despite the very low page count of this book, it took me nearly a week to finish.

The story goes like this: Avikar is a young man who feels responsible for his young brother’s death—he drowned in a lake while Avikar wasn’t paying attention. When his sister Jeslyn is kidnapped, Avikar feels it is his duty to rescue her. But the rescue plans don’t go all that smoothly, especially when Jeslyn gets to the land of Daath, the magical realm where her captor, Lucino, lives.

Not everything worked for me, although these things did:

1. A sense of magical mystery. A lot of plot points aren’t explained until late in story, which kept me interested and trying to guess what was happening. Several clues about who Lucino really is are dropped here and there, but the author never really explains his origins. It was frustrating at times, but hopefully book two will delve into the mysteries of Lucino and his people.

2. Bows and arrows, swords and general violent mayhem. Bows and arrows! Enough said.

3. Multiple points of view. I do love stories that jump around to different characters’ POVs, and Broken Forest circled around the three main characters—Jeslyn, Avikar and Lucino—giving the reader a broad picture of the rather ambitious scope of the story. It’s always fun to peek into the minds of both the good guys and the bad guys!

4. A secret realm called Daath that humans don’t believe in. Just like the fae realm, Daath is simply a fairytale that humans have grown up hearing stories about, but they don’t believe it actually exists. Jeslyn doesn’t either, until she’s brought there by Lucino.

And in the spirit of constructive criticism, here are some things that I think needed work:

1. Tilton’s writing is solid, and she’s on the right track, but some of her sentences are particularly awkward and strange and needed more editing, such as:

“The brush passed through my hair methodically.”

This definitely felt like a “first book” to me, and while I can see the author’s potential, it just wasn’t up to my standards of writing.

2. The character names had me scratching my head. I understand the need to come up with “fantasy” names to make your story feel exotic, but I stumbled over most of the names in this book, over and over again. Avikar, Lucino and Tarrtainya all stopped me in my tracks, for some reason. More perplexing to me was that in the midst of these fantastical names, a few of the characters were named “Martha” and “Susie.” Huh?

3. The horrifyingly old-fashioned, downtrodden, and abused female characters that saturated this story. As a (yes, I’ll admit it) feminist, I’m always on the lookout for strong female characters. It’s almost a given these days, at least in YA literature, that your female lead needs to be strong. But the women in Broken Forest were mostly weak. Jeslyn, our “heroine,” fainted so many times I lost count. Instead of being enraged by being kidnapped and taken to another world, where she will be forced to marry the leader, she meekly accepts her fate, gushes about the wonders of Daath—the flowers! the animals! the beauty!—and (gasp) starts to fall in love with the enemy. Only one female character avoided this trap, sort of, and that was a plucky girl named Raven who, despite her pluck, starts to fall for Avikar.

4. The unexplained “reptilian race” that Lucino is part of. I know, I know, up there I said I liked the mystery. But it was also frustrating that Lucino kept referring to himself as able to change into his reptile form, but we never really get to see that happen. (At least I don’t remember it.)

There was so much more I wanted to know about the characters and the world that Tilton created, and I’m sure she has much more in store for readers in the second book. Whether or not I will read the next installment is still up for debate. Unless Tilton’s female characters take a giant leap forward, I’m not sure I’ll be there for the ride.

I want to thank the author for supplying a review copy.

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Book Review Giveaway! July 2014

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It’s time for another Book Review Giveaway…have you been keeping up? If not, you can read my reviews from July and think about which book sounds the best to you. It was a very slow month for me, due to all sorts of things (work, mostly) that kept me away from blogging, so I only posted six reviews last month. But, there are some great ones to choose from, and like most months, there is a mix of adult and young adult. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I’ll go with California Bones, which just made me so happy to read:-) This giveaway is International, provided the Book Depository ships to your country.

Also, I want to congratulation last month’s winner, Josh Atkins!

Here are the books you can choose from if your name is randomly selected (click the book titles below to read my reviews):

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California Bones by Greg van Eekhout

five stars
Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

four and a half
Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

four stars
Irredeemable by Jason Sizemore

four stars
Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes

three stars
Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir

You can grab the giveaway button here:

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Waiting on Wednesday (112) – ZODIAC by Romina Russell

WOW 2014 copyWaiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books you can’t wait to read! This week I’m featuring another book I was fortunate enough to pick up at Comic Con a few weeks ago:

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Zodiac by Romina Russell. Releases in December 2014 from Razorbill. For some reason, this story about the different houses of the zodiac is reminding me of Battlestar Galactica, which is a very good thing! I met the author and had her sign my ARC, which makes me even more excited to read this. Here’s the story via Goodreads:

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

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Seriously Awesome Dialogue: LOCK IN by John Scalzi – Review

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Lock In by John Scalzi
Genre: Adult science fiction
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: August 26 2014
Source: ARC from publisher at Comic Con
Pages: 331

four stars

The nitty-gritty: A terrible virus sets the stage for a futuristic police procedural, filled with unique ideas, snappy dialog, and a bit of social commentary about what it means to be disabled.

“I royally pissed off Trinh tonight,” I said. “I think she hates me more than she hates you.”

“Oh, I doubt that,” Vann said. “But if you got her even halfway there I’ll buy you a drink.”

“I don’t drink,” I said.

“Good,” Vann said. “Then you buy me a drink. Come on. I know a bar.”

“I don’t really think you should be hitting the bars tonight,” I said. “You have a hole in your shoulder.”

“It’s a scratch,” Vann said.

“A hole in your shoulder from a bullet,” I said.

“It was a small bullet,” Vann said.

“Fired by someone trying to kill you.”

“All the more reason I need a drink.”

This was my first John Scalzi book, but it won’t be my last. Scalzi’s humor is definitely in sync with my own, and I enjoyed the playful and humorous banter between the characters immensely (see above).  Scalzi took a tried-and-true formula—the police procedural—and gave it a unique futuristic spin. The story sounds simple enough: two FBI agents, one a rookie and the other a veteran, try to solve a murder. What aren’t so simple are the complex relationships that emerge between the victim and the guy caught red-handed—literally—at the crime scene. Scalzi’s story has multiple twists and turns that were confusing at times, but the murder was almost beside the point. I was much more interested in the characters and the crazy but thoroughly interesting medical condition called Haden’s syndrome, the result of a world-wide pandemic that has become the norm for many people.

I loved this book in much the same way that I love the television show Castle: the murder is somewhat interesting, but what keeps me coming back again and again are the characters and their relationships. Scalzi’s dialog is perfection. He’s also done a ton of research about viruses, computer hardware and software, and corporate and political America (or maybe he’s just really smart!).

The story begins with a brief introductory chapter, told in the form of a Wikipedia-like entry, on the history Haden’s syndrome. My first reaction to this was “info dump!” However, it turned out to be a handy tool that I referred back to more than once while reading the book. Hayden’s is a very complex disease. Many people who contract the virus simply die, but others survive the fever and later become “locked in,” unable to move their bodies while their brains continue to function normally. These Hadens use android-like conveyances called “threeps,” where they can upload their brains and use the threep to move freely about, giving them nearly normal lives. Still other survivors of the virus called Integrators, the smallest percentage of all, retain their physical and mental capacities, but have the ability to allow locked in Haydens to “borrow” their bodies (for money, of course).

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What a threep might look like. I’ll let you think about it for a minute. Got it?

I found this set-up fascinating, and while somewhat confusing (there is a lot of discussion about neural networks that frankly went over my head), I went with the premise and had no problem buying into Scalzi’s future.

Our main character, a famous Haden named Chris Shane who has recently joined the FBI, and his new partner, the jaded and unpredictable Leslie Vann, join forces to solve the puzzle of a murdered Haden that appears to be a suicide. Things get complicated when the perp at the scene turns out to be an Integrator who has no knowledge of what happened. On the sidelines, trouble over a controversial bill is brewing, a bill which has just been passed and which will drastically cut funding for Hadens. And it’s only Chris’s second day on the job!

Scalzi has given us a disabled main character, which was a bold move that really works. At first I was having a hard time picturing exactly what the heck a threep looked like, but then it clicked and I suddenly had a much better understanding of how Chris and his fellow Hadens got around. (see above visual reference!) I loved the fact that twenty-some years after the first wave of the virus, people are more or less comfortable interacting with Hadens and their threeps, although no matter what decade you live in, I suppose there will always be people who are prejudiced.

I especially loved Chris’s partner Vann, who has some very personal secrets that she holds close—secrets that she eventually shares with Chris. Vann is a heavy drinker and always seems to spend her free hours in a bar looking to get laid. But she cares about her job, and I loved her relationship with Chris as she slowly begins to trust him. Plus she gets some really funny dialogue!

Some of the political situations in Lock In echo our current—and ongoing—state of affairs: big corporations lying in wait to take over the little guys, the plight of the disabled and who is going to pay to take care of them, among other hot topics. The author wraps it all up in the context of the story, and although it could have turned into a rant about the downfalls of our society, the events are simply woven among the other story threads, and it all feels just right.

One element that I didn’t get enough of was the virtual reality world, created just for Hadens, called the Agora. The Agora is a place where Hadens can go to interact with other Hadens, and where “Dodgers” (regular humans) aren’t allowed. It had the potential to be a very cool part of the story, and while there were a few scenes that took place there, I wanted more.

Overall, though, Lock In was a great read, filled with just enough action for those who are looking for it, and just the right kind of humor to keep me laughing up until the end. Highly recommended.

Big thanks to Tor Books for the review copy. Above quote is taken from an uncorrected proof and may differ in the final version of the book.

Check out John Scalzi’s blog Whatever.

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Over-Booked (8) – A Book Haul Post

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Welcome to Over-Booked, my book haul post where I link up with Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Head on over to link up your own book haul post, or jump around and see what everyone’s got!  I have a smallish haul this week, which is good after my Comic Con haul last week, and I’m very excited about these books:

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The Golden City and The Seat of Magic by J. Kathleen Cheney. I was so excited when I found out I had won these beauties from The Bibliosanctum! This is one series I’ve heard nothing but good things about, and I’m anxious to start reading them. Thanks, Mogsy and Wendy!

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone. I loved this third entry in Max’s series, and Tor was kind enough to send me a finished hardcover. Thanks Tor!

The Apex Book of World SF3 edited by Lavie Tidhar. I’ll be reading this anthology this month. Apex has never let me down, and I’m excited to read some diverse stories from all over the world. Thanks Apex!

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I don’t usually read middle grade, but this looks like fun, and it’s pretty short. Thank you, Scholastic Press!

Edelweiss/NetGalley review titles:

Into Darkness (Night Prowler #6) by J.T. Geissinger. If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know I’m one of J.T.’s biggest fans. This is the final book in her Night Prowler series—boo!! I know the author is probably ready to move on to something else, but I’m not! Big thanks to Montlake Press.

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge. Right after I featured this book on Waiting on Wednesday, I realized it was an Edelweiss title, and I was thrilled to be quickly approved. Thank you Harper Voyager!

Indie review titles:

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Rewinder by Brett Battles. Yeah, I know. I don’t review indies any more. But Brett and I, well, we go waaay back. And when he told me his latest is a suspense/time travel story, of course I said I would read it! I love his books, and he’s one indie writer that really knows how to do things right. I mean, check out the cover! It looks professional, right? (And it is. He does everything professionally.) I may not be able to squeeze this in this month, but next month for sure. Thanks Brett:-) And put this up on Goodreads, will ya?

That’s it for me. Let me know what goodies you acquired this week!

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A Blockbuster of a Story: THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir – Review

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The Martian by Andy Weir
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Release date: February 2014
Source: Finished hardcover from Blogging for Books
Pages: 369

five stars

The nitty-gritty: An edge-of-your-seat survival story, a brilliant and sarcastic main character, lots of twists and turns, and a fascinating look at our country’s potential for space travel.

Seriously, this was the best time I had reading a book in a long time. I mean, I’ve read some really good books lately, but The Martian was just so much fun! I wish I had time to read it again, and I wish I could read it again for the first time. I am jealous of all of you out there who haven’t read it yet, because you have that experience to look forward to. Andy Weir can do no wrong in my eyes, and I hope he’s working on his next book right now. When I got back from Comic Con last week and was looking through the event schedule, I discovered that Andy Weir had been on a panel, and I didn’t get to see it! Of course, that was before I read his book, so I may not have gone anyway, but I’m kicking myself right now. Simply put, if you have any love at all for space travel and exploration, you are going to love this book.

In many ways, The Martian reminded me of the 1995 movie Apollo 13, one of my all-time favorite movies, and strangely enough, when I turned on the TV this morning, Apollo 13 had just started playing on TNT! It was fate! I stopped what I was doing and watched the entire movie, which made me want to read The Martian AGAIN.

For those not yet in the know, here’s the story set-up:  Mark Watney is an astronaut who has just been stranded on Mars, after the rest of his crew leaves him for dead following an accident that cuts short their mission. Mark tells his story in the form of log entries, using the Martian term “sol” (in place of “day”) to show the progression of time. He wakes up after being severely injured in an explosion and realizes that 1) he’s not dead, and 2) he’s all alone. This sets the stage for a thrilling survival story as Mark attempts to stay alive in the harsh environment of Mars with limited tools and materials—and food—at his disposal.

When a NASA tech named Mindy inadvertently picks up a satellite photo that proves Mark is still alive on Mars, all hell breaks loose as NASA’s mission suddenly becomes urgent: instead of mourning the loss of one of their astronauts, they now have the nearly impossible task of trying to bring him home alive. With the other five members of the Mars mission on their way home—a grueling eleven-month journey—a decision must be made: is there any way to save Mark? And if so, can the crew of the Hermes help?

One of the best parts of this story is Mark Watney himself: a laid-back, extremely intelligent botanist who has a sarcastic streak the size of a Martian crater.  His ingenuity may feel over-the-top and unrealistic at times—I mean, that man can do anything! He’s more MacGyver than MacGyver is! But he’s been sent on the Mars mission for a reason. He’s highly intelligent, he’s got mad survival skills, and he’s trained to think fast and calmly in the face of disaster. I don’t think it will be a spoiler to tell you one thing that Mark does: he figures out HOW TO MAKE WATER. I am not joking. And so water—or lack of it—isn’t really a big problem for him. (Oh, don’t worry. He’s got a lot of other problems…)

His sense of humor really shines through, and the book is filled with lines like these:

“I unraveled Martinez’s bed and took the string outside, then taped it to the trailer hull along the path I planned to cut. Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.”

“I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.”

“It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.”

“I’ll spend the rest of the evening enjoying a potato. And by ‘enjoying’ I mean ‘Hating so much I want to kill people.’”

The story would have worked well if we’d only had Mark’s log entries to go by, but the author decided to show three main points of view instead, so we get a much more layered story. The narration cuts back and forth between Mark’s log entries, the big-wigs at NASA who are trying to decide the best course of action to save him, and the crew of the Hermes, the ship that’s traveling back to earth with the other five astronauts. Weir manages to give all his characters depth, and I especially loved the parts with the five astronauts—Lewis, Vogel, Beck, Johannson and Martinez—as they come to the realization that Mark is not dead after all, and they must decide what lengths they are willing to go to in order to save him.

The book is filled with technical jargon: mathematics, chemistry, botany and details about mechanical and electrical engineering, all which had the potential to lose me, right-brained human that I am. But despite the pages and pages of intricate descriptions of Mark fixing things and figuring out how not to blow himself up, I was riveted to the page. Even the details that went over my head couldn’t diminish my enjoyment of this story!

The pace kept me turning pages as fast as I could. There are parts where you think, “Wow, things are going really well. Wait. They can’t go well forever, can they?” And guess what. They don’t. Just when you feel you can breathe a sigh of relief, bad shit starts to happen. Luckily, Mark Watney is pretty good at handling unexpected situations.

I didn’t know before I started reading The Martian that it started its life as a self-published book online, and like many self-published success stories, it took several years before it was snapped up by a major publishing house. Now it’s a best-seller and all set to be a movie next fall (allegedly!), starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott (and that’s one movie I’ll wait in line for).

My advice? Read the book first. You won’t regret it.

Big thanks to Blogging for Books for sending me a free review copy. All opinions are strictly my own.

Read more about The Martian and Andy Weir:  The Martian Press Release | A Conversation with Andy Weir | Author Bio

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Waiting on Wednesday (111): THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER by Beth Cato

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books we’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. I recently attended San Diego Comic Con and was lucky enough to pick up some amazing books. One of them was an ARC of this book:

The Clockwork DaggerThe Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato. Releases in September from Harper Voyager. Steampunk, folks! And check out the diversity on this cover! Even author Kevin Hearne is excited about this book. Here’s what Goodreads says:

Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”
—New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

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I’ll be squeezing this into my reading schedule soon for sure! Let me know what you’re waiting on in the comments:-)

 

 

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