Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Currently reading:
The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations) 
"The smallest of the children fascinated Myron, and he watched them in amazement. They were like short drunk people, loud and usually dirty, but all were surprisingly cute and looked at him in much the same way that he looked at them."
Location 3067 from Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan

Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: Boneshaker

Second Steampunk novel for my challenge. Hosted over at BA Reading Challenges!

 Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Goodreads blurb:
Cherie Priest's much-anticipated steampunk debut has finally arrived in the form of a paperback original. Its plot features the sort of calibrated suspense that readers of her Four and Twenty Blackbirds would expect. Boneshaker derives its title from the Bone-Shaking Drill Engine, a device designed to give Russian prospectors a leg up in the race for Klondike gold. Unfortunately, there was one hitch: On its trial run, the Boneshaker went haywire and, long story short, turned much of Seattle into a city of the dead. Now, 16 years later, a teenage boy decides to find out what is behind that mysterious wall. Can his mother save him in time? Zombie lit of the first order.

Crazy inventions, Civil War era, a mad scientist, zombies, airships, and a devastated city in ruin what more could you ask for? If you are looking for action/adventure Steampunk-style I'd say this is a book you will want to read. If you are looking for beautiful scenery and in depth characters and story this will probably not be for you.

I will say I scratched my head a few times with the thought of, 'Huh?' running through it while reading this book. Overall it was a good read and I don't feel I wasted my time in the least. The long and short of it is teenage boy goes searching for more info about long lost and/or dead father in a less than friendly environment. Mom has to go and fish him out whilst berating herself for not sharing more information with him while she had the chance.  Madness ensues.

So, story-wise it was a tad shallow. Or perhaps it would be better to say there seems to be too much world and surroundings for Ms Priest to go into too much detail. Action happens too fast to expand on some things as a reader I would have liked to learn about. Something's occur just to move the story along in the right direction even though they seem too convenient or even unnecessary at times. I get the sense this would be well adapted to a tv miniseries or full length movie the way it is written.

Put this book on your to-read list for sure, but don't shell out full price. Buy it used or borrow it for a quick and fun read.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WWW Wednesday (2)

WWW Wednesdays is hosted at Should Be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
I'm currently reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. 2nd book for my Steampunk Challenge
   What did you recently finish reading?
 Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, Book 5)
I just finished up Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton
   What do you think you’ll read next?
The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations) 
Up next is the Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan for my 2nd book in my e-book challenge