April 8th, 2010

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Feed (ARC) by Mira Grant

This is a review for an Advance Reading Copy. Feed is currently available for pre-order.

The year is 2039 and bloggers have taken over the world. Twenty five years ago the Kellis-Amberlee virus went live. Infected humans and animals began reanimating after death--some underwent spontaneous change--to become walking feeding machines. With an appetite for the truth as insatiable as a zombie’s diet, Georgia--George--Mason and her brother, Shaun, have climbed the ranks of news bloggers around the world. Their ratings have everything to gain from their recent invitation to join a senator’s political campaign. Now they’re on the road providing coverage of what’s promising to be the campaign trail for the next President of the United States of America. There’s only one problem: wherever they go, KA begins breaking out, putting the team at risk. Will they survive to see their candidate win the Republican ticket?

Feed is Seanan McGuire’s third published book, but first under the pen name Mira Grant. Fans of her October Daye books will recognize some similarities between the two series. Mainly, these are minor--writers will invariably develop quirks that nuance their writing. Georgia is an independent, no-nonsense workaholic with a license that requires her to carry a gun and a disease that makes it impossible for her to cry. Clearly Grant likes writing strong female protagonists. They lean toward the flinty end of the spectrum and stop just short of growling when not amused.

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The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Title: The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Pages: 224
Rating: 2/5
Genre: YA Lit
Summary (Off Goodreads): Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.

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Books so far this year: 14/75
Currently Reading: Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire and The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) by Scott Westerfeld
You can read this review and all other atim_writing  or my Goodreads account.

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Summer of Series Reading Challenge

I run a separate book blog called Jawas Read, Too! This summer I have planned a four month, four series reading challenge.

Anyone is invited to join! I encourage participation in at least one of the months--it should be a lot of fun. :)

Click the graphic for a link to the sign-up sheet.

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Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer

Calculating God
by Robert J. Sawyer

July 15th 2001 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2000)
Paperback, 338 pages
Literary awards
Hugo Award Nominee (2001), Homer Award for best SF novel (2001)

Description via Amazon.com

Creationists rarely find sympathy in the ranks of science fiction authors--or fans, for that matter. And while Robert J. Sawyer doesn't exactly make peace with evangelicals on the issue, Calculating God has to be one of the more thoughtful and sympathetic SF portrayals you'll find of religion and intelligent design. But that should come as no surprise from this crafty Canadian: in the Nebula Award-winning Terminal Experiment, Sawyer speculated on what would happen if hard evidence were ever found for the human soul; in Calculating God, he turns science on its head again when earth is invaded by theists from outer space.
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Accepting you have a problem is the first step

 Okay guys, we're among the safety of people who love to find themselves surrounded by bookshelves on all sides. So let's just come out an say it. Who here considers themselves addicted to books?
Yeah, me too. I recently went to the library for one book. One. I came out with seven in my hands and three more on hold. I then proceeded to read almost a thousand pages in under thee days.
Houston, I think we have a problem.

I am proud to say, however, that four of those books were by authors I had never read. Okay, three of them were Scott Westerfeld books and the other was Good Omens (that has two authors at least!), but still! This is either a sign of personal growth that I'm branching out, or a sign that my *ahem* problem is taking over my life. I, uh, well I'm okay with either explanation.

I do, however, have a question. For those of you currently living in a dorm, what, if any, books did you bring? How did you store them? How did you decide which books to bring? People keep telling me not to bother as I won't have time to read but I really do read obsessively. I never leave the house without a book and I read whenever I have a spare moment so not bringing books is just not an option for me.

Thanks for all your help!
Kitty: Angry Calico

Snyder, Maria V.: Inside Out

Inside Out (2010)
Written by: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: YA/Science Fiction
Pages: 315 (Trade Paperback)

The premise: ganked from BN.com, which also happens to be the back-cover copy:

Keep Your Head Down.

Don't Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own. . . until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: I've enjoyed everything Snyder's written, and this is no different in that regard. What makes it different from everything else, though, is that this is Snyder's SF debut, so if you're a fan of her work, don't come to this hoping for fantasy or magic. It's magic of another sort, and I think Snyder handles her SF debut pretty darn well. While the setting was a little bland, the themes are strong, the character growth is excellent, and the story really moves along at a good pace. I gotta give props to Snyder too for her character of Trella. I think anyone who's ever been a loner (or who still is), will really, really relate. It's a fun read, with an ending that raises more questions and gets you excited about the sequel, Outside In, which comes out next year. It's not a cliffhanger (not what I'd consider one, anyway), but it leaves you looking forward to more. My only real question about these books lies in the fact that week one million is SO far away. There's no way that's where the story will end, which makes me wonder, if that's the case, what the hell does Snyder have in mind? I'm looking forward to finding out. :)

Review style: There's really not a lot I want to talk about, but I do want to discuss Snyder's use of first person POV, how our heroine isn't perfect and why it works, discuss the plot in vague detail and talk about some of the questions that pop up, and lastly, how all of that relates to world-building. Vague spoilers, but I'll try not to say anything TOO revealing, but still, consider yourself warned. :)

The full review may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

REVIEW: Maria V. Snyder's INSIDE OUT

Happy Reading!!

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